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Malaysia is one of the most diverse and culturally rich countries in Asia, with a subtle and harmonious mix of the Chinese, Indian and Malay population interacting with each other to make Malaysia a fantastic country to visit. From its abundant wildlife, incredible National Parks, stunning beaches, rich history, colonial architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and lush tea plantations. Experience incredible marine life, warm and friendly people, and the most delicious food in all of Asia.
Over the course of a hundred years Kuala Lumpur has transformed itself from a small tin-mining town of just a few houses to Malaysia’s most populous global city and cosmopolitan capital. It is an exciting and ever expanding modern metropolis with stylish new towers springing up alongside the colonial style buildings of days past. A colourful blend of the old and the new, Kuala Lumpur offers travellers a vibrant mix of historic monuments, awe-inspiring sky scrapers, deliciously diverse street food and plush mega-malls.
Penang’s richly-woven history and melting pot of cultures have transformed it into one of Asia’s foremost gastronomic destinations. Here’s a guide to our favourite local street-food delicacies to sample during your stay…
Tioman is one of Malaysia’s unsung islands. This teardrop shaped dot in the ocean is a tapestry of tropical rainforest and pristine beaches lapped by the emerald green waters of the South China Sea. Without a doubt, this sought after destination, nestled off the east coast of Malaysia, is amongst the most beautiful islands in the world. Spanning a little under forty kilometres from north to south, Tioman might be small but it is mighty, considered a haven for barefoot luxury, scuba diving and spectacular trekking.
Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Penang
Best for: Culture History, Highlights
Discover Malaysia’s unique cultural blend and rich colonial history on this 11 day itinerary, taking in the UNESCO listed towns of George Town and Malacca, the tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands and KL’s lesser visited cultural treasures.
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This itinerary is perfect for those with a keen interest in uncovering Malaysia’s rich cultural and culinary heritage, each with a level of diversity unrivaled in Asia The trip begins in the historic city of Malacca, discovering the diverse cultural influences that line its cobbled streets before travellingto Malaysia’s cosmopolitan capital to explore daily life behind the modern skyscrapers and sample delicious local delicacies in Chinatown. Next, travel inland to the rolling hills and tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands, a former British hill station, before continuing to UNESCO listed George Town to try your hand at cooking some traditional Malay dishes. Throughout, we have included some of our favourite heritage hotels to further the experience, including a converted 1920s mansion, a traditional 19th century Anglo-Chinese terrace house and an elegant colonial hill retreat.
Days 1 - 3 : Malacca, Malaysia
Stay at The Majestic Malacca for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, you will be collected by one of our representatives and driven approximately two hours to Malacca, a historic port once the hub of the spice trade. During your time in Malacca, enjoy a guided walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage city, soaking up the diverse architectural styles and visiting highlights including Christian churches, one of Malaysia’s oldest Chinese temples, Red Square, and a Portuguese Fortress. If visiting on the weekend, make a visit to the vibrant Jonker Street Night Market to browse the stalls and enjoy some delicious street food.
Days 3 - 6 : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Stay at Villa Samadhi for 3 nights
From Malacca, you will be driven two hours north to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s cosmopolitan capital. The following day, enjoy a walking tour of the city that takes you beyond the modern sky scrapers to discover Kuala Lumpur’s lesser visited cultural and historic treasures. Stroll along streets lined with food stalls and small Malay houses, observe the daily haggling at the Chow Kit Market, browse the jewellery shops of Little India and visit the striking Jamek Mosque. The next day, enjoy some local cuisine in the food stalls of Petaling Street, one of the best places for street food in the city.
Days 6 - 8 : Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Stay at Cameron Highlands Resort for 2 nights
On the morning of days six, you will be collected from your hotel and driven to the Cameron Highlands, an expansive hill station boasting a pleasantly cool climate, rolling hills, lush tea plantations and a distinct air of colonial nostalgia. On the way, make a short stop at the Batu Caves, a series of remarkable limestone caves and temples just outside of Kuala Lumpur. Spend the following day exploring the hills of Cameron Highlands, touring a tea plantation and strawberry farm, browsing a local market, visiting a butterfly fam and soaking up the picturesque rural scenery.
Days 8 - 11 : Penang, Malaysia
Stay at Seven Terraces for 3 nights
Today, you will be driven approximately four hours to Penang’s historic capital of George Town, stopping at different points of interest on the way to break up the journey. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage town the following day on a guided walking tour, visiting highlights including the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, the Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple, the spice market and meet with a local joss stick maker. Enjoy your final day in the city with a local chef as you try your hand at preparing some traditional Malay dishes, before you are driven to the airport the following day in time to catch your flight home.
When to go
Malaysia’s west coast boasts a warm tropical climate, with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year. The driest months are from December to March, particularly good times to enjoy the islands of Penang, Langkawi or Pangkor when the sun is shining and there is only occasionally rainfall. The rains arrive in April and last until October, with thunderstorms typically occurring in the afternoon. However, these are usually brief and can offer a welcome relief from the humidity during the hotter months.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Forgotten Trails of KL City
Explore behind the scenes of modern-day Kuala Lumpur discovering the forgotten trails hidden behind the allure of the city’s skyscrapers.
Historical Walking Tour of Malacca
Delve into the history of Malacca on this walking tour. Taking in the remnants of the colonial history visiting many interesting sights and admiring the architecture of the city.
Historical George Town Tour
Take an extensive tour to view the sights of George Town on Penang Island, gaining a great insight into Malaysian culture and heritage.
A Heritage Walking Tour - Penang
Stroll around Georgetown, a UNESCO World heritage site, discovering the many sights and experiencing the town’s liveliness as you stop by the Spice Markets.
Kuala Lumpur City Tour
Discover the charm of Kuala Lumpur, exploring both the old and new on this captivating half-day tour of the city’s highlights.
George Town by Bicycle
Explore the local township of Balik Pulau and the surrounding countryside on this bicycle tour. Witness daily life, local traditions and sensational scenery as you journey around the Penang Countryside.
Little India Heritage Stroll - Kuala Lumpur
Get to grips with Little India, experiencing the culture and traditions whilst visiting the many Indian heritage sites on this half day heritage tour.
Penang Grand Tour
Uncover Penang’s enchanting beauty on a tour of the island, stopping by fruit farms, a butterfly farm and the historic Georgetown and its famous sights.
Eating Asia - Heritage Walk
Explore historic Georgetown, strolling the lively markets and sampling local Malaysian delicacies set amongst the backdrop of temples.
Penang By Night With Dinner - Pasar Malam Night Market
Visit Pasar Malam night market for an insight into authentic Asia and enjoy the evening strolling the stalls.
Petaling Street Heritage Food Walk
Sample the tradition and heritage of the local cuisine and its diverse flavours whilst wandering Petaling Street.
Kampong Tour (Fireflies)
Enjoy an evening taking in rural Malaysia in Kuala Selangor, savouring a Chinese seafood dinner before taking to the river to gaze upon the magnificent firefly lined riverbanks.
Malacca Day Tour with River Cruise
Spend a day exploring Malacca, journeying through more than 600 years of history of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Batu Caves and Royal Selangor Pewter Tour
Spend a morning or afternoon marvelling at the remarkable limestone Batu caves and the temples within, including a statue of Hindu God Lord Murguan.
Cameron Highlands Tour
Explore the highlights of Malaysia's central highlands including a visit to a tea plantation and a local market.
Full Day Taman Negara
Enjoy a day in Taman Negara, one of the world's oldest tropical rainforests.
Penang Pickles, Spices and Cooking
Spend a morning expanding your palette with a local chef, wandering the street markets and practising your hand in traditional Malay style cooking.
From $2753 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation with breakfast
Excursions and activities as specified
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.