Travel from coast to coast and see all the scenic wonders Malaysia has to offer with this spectacular 10-day tour. Start your journey in Penang, a unique region that blends East and West influences together. Here, you’ll take a stroll through Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of colonial buildings and century-old churches. Next, make your way to the Cameron Highlands and admire the endless view of lush green tea plantations. Continue to Taman Negara National Park, where you’ll walk across suspension bridges high above the ground. Finish your adventure in Kuala Terengganu and visit the tropical island of Pulau Tenggol. Here, you’ll snorkel under the sea and witness alluring coral reefs and exotic fish.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Marine Life: The coral gardens off Pulau Tenggol are known for an abundance of colorful fish as well as seasonal turtles.
• Cameron Highlands: Temperatures drop in the Cameron Highlands, where you'll enjoy an idyllic picnic lunch tucked amongst the tea plantations.
• Great Outdoors: The 130-million-year-old rainforest at Taman Negara National Park is a habitat for cheeky macaques, exotic birdlife and hidden tigers.
• Architecture: A tour of historic Georgetown offers a blend of sacred temples and colonial-era buildings.
Begin your journey by arriving in the exciting Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. In the afternoon, take a guided tour through the bustling city or explore your surroundings on your own. After a day of sightseeing, check into your hotel and rest up for the exciting day ahead. We recommend staying at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental.
In the morning, head to the airport and fly to Penang. In the afternoon learn about the many cultures that make up Penang with a tour of the city's notable ethnic enclaves. You'll visit religious sites, such as the Chinese Kwan Yin Temple, the Malay Mosque and the Kapitan Keling Mosque. Afterwards, tour the houses of the Khoo and Yap clan, preserved in their with their original antique Chinese architecture and appointments. Next, walk to the Tengku Syed Hussain Mausoleum, down Armenian Street and onward to an exhibition on Dr. Sun Yat Sen, regarded as the father of the modern Chinese state. Afer touring, head to your hotel of choice. We recommend staying at the elegant Eastern & Oriental Hotel or the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.
Today, you’ll have the opportunity to discover Penang on your own. The region is a unique fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences and embraces modernity while keeping its old world charm. We recommend going back in time and walking through historic Chinatown. Here, you can visit ancient clan houses, charming shops and sacred temples. Don't forget to stop by a hawker stall and try Penang-style laksa, a spicy seafood noodle soup.
After breakfast, depart Penang and take a scenic 4-hour drive to the Cameron Highlands, one of the largest hill stations in the country. The Cameron Highlands were named after Sir William Cameron, a British surveyor who was commissioned by the then colonial government to map out the Pahang-Perak border area in 1885. After your arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. We recommend staying at the wonderful Cameron Highlands Resort.
Today will be spent hiking through lush green tea plantations in the gorgeous Cameron Highlands. Stop for a lunch break and enjoy an unforgettable picnic experience at the Boh Tea Centre. In the afternoon, enjoy trekking through the rich jungles and keep your eyes open for tropical birds and other wildlife.
Leave the Cameron Highlands after breakfast and make your way to Taman Negara National Park, a 4-hour drive. Here, you’ll trek through the serene forest and admire the natural beauty that surrounds you. In the evening, rest at your hotel and prepare for an exciting day ahead. We recommend staying at the comfortable Mutiara Taman Negara.
Start the day with a thrilling boat cruise through the largest national park in the region. In the afternoon, take a stroll across suspension bridges high above in the trees. From the summit, you’ll witness a plethora of rare flora and fauna.
Depart Taman Negara National Park in the morning and travel 5 hours to Kuala Terengganu. Here, you’ll visit local villages in the rustic countryside and witness traditional Malaysian life. Next, head to the idyllic island of Pulau Tenggol for an afternoon of snorkeling. Prepare to be captivated by tropical fish and beautiful coral reefs. Spend the evening at Tanjong Jara Resort and enjoy the sounds of waves at night.
Spend the day on the beaches of Kuala Terengganu at your leisure. We recommend taking a stroll through Pasar Besar Kedai Payang, a local bazaar full of ripe fruits and traditional handicrafts. In the afternoon, consider taking a short boat ride to Seberang Takir, a traditional fishing village near Kuala Terengganu.
On your final day, depart Kuala Terengganu and fly back to Kuala Lumpur. Here, we say farewell and are more than happy to assist you with your next travel plans. Transfer for your flight home or to your next exciting travel destination.
The Mandarin Oriental is ideally situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur between the Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur City Center Park. The hotel has 643 rooms, including 41 suites, Mandarin Oriental Club floors, and 51 fully serviced apartments. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars, including Casbah, an Arabesque-style lounge, Lai Po Heen, a Chinese restaurant serving Cantonese cuisine, and Wasabi Bistro, a contemporary Californian-Japanese inspired restaurant. Amenities include two ballrooms and 16 function rooms, a business center, high-speed or wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, a spa with nine treatment rooms, a fitness center, an outdoor infinity pool, tennis courts and squash courts. The hotel is only approximately a 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur international airport (KUL).
Uniquely situated in a lush rainforest sanctuary, Mutiara Taman Negara Resort offers guests a unique window into a pristine tropical ecosystem and the opportunity to discover the wonders of an ancient forest. An eco-tourism destination, Mutiara offers a wide variety of accommodations and modern yet rustic comforts while maintaining its ecologically responsible mandate. Guests may wake to the hum of the cicada or the song of a foreign bird, as well as enjoying wildlife sightings from the comfort and safety of your room or balcony, all beneath the towering green canopy. A number of activities are available to guests, including night safaris, a suspended canopy walk and waterfall excursions. Guestrooms are fitted with tiled or wooden flooring; most rooms and chalets are made of natural timber. With a selection of different accommodation styles from tent to bungalow guests can expect a view either over looking the Tembeling River or a window into the lush green jungle. The Seri Mutiara Restaurant serves Malaysian delicacies and international favorites.
Along the east coast of Malaysia rests the five star Tanjong Jara Resort. Channeling the Malay foundational concept of Sucimurni to combine purity of spirit, wholesomeness, and well-being together, the luxurious resort is ideally situated among 17 hectares of beautifully landscaped tropical gardens. Guests can explore the ocean’s coral ecosystems, swim with the diverse marine life, and wander along white sandy beaches. The award-winning architecture, inspired by the 17th century wooden palaces of local sultans, faces out toward the golden crescent beach, ensuring every room has either a view of the sand and sea or the verdant gardens behind. All rooms are furnished with local timber and rich fabricswhile offering luxurious amenities such as an oversized bathtub, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen television, and climate control. Guided Malay relaxation, stretch routines, and yoga are offered in the morning. Guests can easily visit the nearby elephant sanctuary, swim in the resort’s free-form pool, scuba-dive, attend traditional handicrafts classes, or relax at the Spa Village enjoying any one of the extensive treatments offered. Two on-site restaurants offer scenic views while serving local flavors and seafood dishes along with Asian and Western flavors.The resort is 1.5 hours drive from Kuala Terengganu Airport.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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