Experience the best of Peninsular Malaysia on this 10-day journey to must-see destinations. Explore the bustling, modern city of Kuala Lumpur, home to diverse cultures, ethnicities and lifestyles. Enjoy crystal waters and white sand beaches, thick green jungles, cool highland tea plantations, unique landmarks, some of the world's best street foods, as well as traditional cultures thriving alongside modern times. Adventure and relaxation are yours as you embark on your journey through Peninsular Malaysia.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.
Begin your journey in the colorful capital of Kuala Lumpur. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel to check in and freshen up. This afternoon, begin with a visit to the Batu Caves, one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India. The series of caves are located at the top of a limestone hill, 272 stairs up. Return to the city and head to Petaling Street in Chinatown. This well-known shopping arcade turns into a vibrant night market in the evening with hundreds of cheap food and retail stalls. Sample an array of local favorite dishes, a fusion of Chinese, Malaysian, and Indian flavors. While here, pay a visit to Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, affectionately and appropriately referred to as “the Green Temple” for it’s vibrant decor.
Get a sense of Malaysia’s patriotism as you visit Merdeka Square or “Independence Square.” You will also see the Sultan Abdul Samad Building where the office of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture is located. See a traditional-style Malay neighborhood in Kampung Baru, an area that’s maintained it’s modest original build. Then, visit Royal Selangor's headquarters, and learn about this pewter manufacturer's roots and royal appointment. Here, have a hands-on experience of working with pewter; you can take your souvenir craft home. Round out your day with stops at the Petronas Towers and Sri Mahamariamman Temple, iconic sites.
Head for cooler climes as the British colonists did; a 3.5-hour drive takes you to the Cameron Highlands, a favorite getaway from the city and the heat. Here, you’ll check into the Cameron Highlands Resort which has been named one of the “five best tea plantation hotels in the world.” Take a private tour of the nearby Boh Tea Plantations’ grounds and facilities. Savor a cup of perfectly-made tea as you learn about the process of producing the popular beverage. That afternoon, enjoy a leisurely hike through the Highland’s rainforest. Stop by a rose garden or strawberry farm to enjoy highlands produce.
Continue your journey onward to Penang with a coastal drive. En-route, break up the drive with a stop at Ubudiah Royal Mosque to admire the stunning traditional Malaysian architecture style topped with gilded domes. Upon arrival on Penang island, check into your hotel and relax for the afternoon. In the evening, as the day cools down and food vendors emerge to line the streets, it is time to go on a streetfood tour. Malaysia has world-class food culture and Penanag is one of the country's top foodie destinations. Discover legendary stalls that have been serving specialties passed down from generation to generation. Fall in love with aromatic rich broths, wok-charred smoky noodles, flaky rotis dipped in lucious curries, bouncy fresh fish cakes, and more.
Enjoy the colonial architecture of UNESCO-designated Georgetown by traditional trishaw ride. The multi-cultural old town also features Chinese shophouses and mosques. In the Little India section of the town, enjoy a spicy masala samosa and pay a visit to Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion to get a taste of the good life back in the late 1800's. This striking indigo-colored mansion, built in the Straits Eclectic style, is now a museum and popular movie set. Head to the jetties to learn the history of early Chinese settlers on the island and how they set up a support system by clan. There are seven jetties in total, named after the dominant clans and residents remain living there today. Other notable sites around town today include the auspicious Snake Temple, which does indeed have snakes slithering freely, and the Khoo Kongsi Chinese clanhouse.
Explore more of the island today, beginning with the hilltop Buddhist Kek Lok Si Temple, one of the largest and finest temple complexes in Southeast Asia. Then continue north to the tropical spice garden to learn about spices and plants and their role in Malaysian culture, history, and cuisine. If you wish, you can take a cooking class or buy exotic spices to take home. Head to the coastline to Batu Ferringhi to enjoy the beach scenes with a fresh seafood lunch. Snap a picture of the Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque before continuing to Penang National Park. Although small in size, the park offers exciting trails and walks. Make your way through the forest and emerge at Kerachut Beach where you can see baby turtles at the Turtle Conservation Center. Take a boat back to the park entrance and return to your hotel for the evening.
Fly to Langkawi, part of a cluster of 99 islands off the mainland of Malaysia. After a busy week exploring Peninsular Malaysia, this is the perfect place to wind down your holiday. Spend the rest of the day blissfully in paradise as you lounge seaside and soak up the sun’s warm rays.
Kick off your shoes and dive into island living. Spend the day snorkeling, swimming and sunning. If you’re feeling active, explore one of the island’s many lovely beaches or take the sky tram to the peak for island-views. Take a ride along the coast - the island is only 193-square-miles and is easily-navigated.
Revel in the last day of your beach oasis before returning to the rest of the world. Those looking for adventure can choose from several treks, a hike to the Telaga Tujuh Waterfall and dolphin swimming excursions. But if you don’t care to move from your novel or the pristine cushion of white sand, we won’t force you to.
Thus ends your cultural experience and time in paradise. Enjoy your final beach moments before a private transfer to the airport for your flight onward.
A bustling metropolis with a name that translates to “muddy river confluence” in Malay, Kuala Lumpur is a capital city bearing wide international appeal and a healthy bit of flair. “KL,” as locals often call it, is an urban sightseer’s dream with its numerous shopping malls, museums, and architectural marvels. Those seeking an escape from the city, however, will be delighted to find several forest reserves nearby and other greenspace areas even within Kuala Lumpur that bring an opportunity to hike, see animals in their natural habitat, and find some tranquility. For luxury travelers seeking a five-star base from which to explore this fascinating city, the Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur exemplifies the height of panache lodgings with an ideal location in the midst of the Golden Triangle neighborhood, a shopping and entertainment hub located in the heart of the city. Within the Four Seasons, guests will find a wide array of rooms, suites, and even serviced apartments for extended-stay visitors. The hotel’s six on-site restaurants, lounges, and bars promise enough variety that guests may be tempted to never leave the hotel during their stay (despite the plethora of exotic and fine dining options surrounding the Four Seasons), and a full-service salon and spa is located on-site to serve all hair care and beauty needs.
Once a small tin mining outpost, in a mere 150 years Kuala Lumpur has blossomed into the capital and largest city of Malaysia with a thriving tourist industry and a multitude of other draws. Among these are one of the most lively nightlife scenes in all of Southeast Asia, some of the region’s best shopping, and abundant opportunities for unique culinary experiences. The Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is situated in the heart of the city’s Golden Triangle district, placing it near some of KL’s (the city’s name is often shortened to “KL” by locals) most famous attractions. The awe-inspiring Petronas Towers can be seen stretching skyward within walking distance, and KLCC Park, with its well-manicured greenspaces and gushing fountains that glow multicolored at night, is also a short distance away. The Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur features 55 rooms and suites. Accommodations and facilities are styled with contemporary flair paired with a good measure of class and sophistication, as shades of cream and taupe complement elegant furnishings and hardwood or marble floors. The hotel also shines as a couples destination, with a number of available activities tailored toward lovebirds like a session at the couples’ spa treatment room or an arranged candlelit bath complete with rose petals and champagne.
Perhaps the most luxurious resort on Langkawi, the Datai is surrounded by dense rainforest, its sleek architecture blending seamlessly into its surroundings. Each of the Datai’s 124 rooms, villas, and suites features satellite television, DVD player, hairdryers, telephones, air-conditioning, and in-room safes. All accommodations are decorated in rich colors, with deep brown timber, cream-colored walls and plenty of windows for views of the verdant surroundings.
The Datai’s restaurants include the Pavilion, which serves authentic Thai cuisine in the canopy of the rainforest; the Dining Room, which offers western specialties and Malaysian dishes; the Beach Club, which offers a dining venue with unobstructed views of the aquamarine waters of the Andaman Sea. There are a wealth of amenities available, including a world-class spa in an open-air pavilion, two swimming pools, two tennis courts, mountain biking facilities, water sports facilities, a well-equipped fitness center and an 18-hole championship golf course. There is no business center, although Internet access is available in the hotel’s library. The Datai is 30 minutes from Langkawi International Airport (LGK).
Set on blissful Tanjung Rhu, one of the island’s finest beaches, the Four Seasons Langkawi brings the brand’s trademark luxury to the island. The resort comprises pavilions and villas incorporating recently redesigned by designer Bill Bensley and team. All feature DVD/CD players, satellite televisions, Internet access, tea/coffee maker, in-room safe, and telephones. The Four Seasons hosts a series of first-class restaurants, including Serai, an open-air restaurant which serves Italian delicacies made from fresh, local produce; Ikan-Ikan, a Malay restaurant modeled after a traditional Malaysian home; and Kelapa Grill, an eclectic, beach-side eatery serving wood-fired pizza, stir-fries, and barbecue. Amenities include an all-day business center, a fitness center, two outdoor swimming pools, and a comprehensive spa offering an assortment of treatments. The Four Seasons lies twenty-two minutes from Kuah, the main town of Langkawi, and approximately twenty-five minutes from Langkawi International Airport (LGK).
An archipelago of 104 islands off of mainland Malaysia, Langkawi showcases beautiful landscapes of limestone ridges, forest-covered mountains, and stunning ocean views. This beautiful region can now be enjoyed from the comfort synonymous with the Ritz-Carlton brand name. A variety of rooms and villas provide luxurious living spaces and some villas are even equipped with their own private pools. Several dining options are available, such as Langkawi Kitchen, which serves an international assortment of flavors, and the water-adjacent Hai Yan where guests can dine over Chinese seafood dishes as prepared by a Michelin-starred chef. Yoga spaces, a fitness center, and even a tennis court set among the surrounding rainforest are available for guests looking to stay active while a boutique spa and adult-only infinity swimming pool provide prime real-estate for relaxation.
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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