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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.
Classic Malaysia and Borneo
Sandakan, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Tioman Island
Best for: Culture History, Highlights, Wildlife
From the wildlife-filled jungles of Malaysian Borneo to the historic cities and culinary capital of Penang, this two-week itinerary offers a varied introduction to the highlights of Malaysia.
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This two-week itinerary is a great option for first time visitors to Malaysia, both adventure seekers and culture enthusiasts alike. From the towering modern city of KL to Penang, Malaysia's culinary hot spot, you'll experience the highlights of mainland Malaysia before flying to Borneo home to tropical rainforests, rare and endemic wildlife and spectacular island paradises.
Days 1 - 3 : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Stay at Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur for 2 nights
This two-week itinerary is a great option for first time visitors to Malaysia, both adventure seekers and culture enthusiasts alike. Starting in Kuala Lumpur, your private guide will show you the hidden side of the city from bustling Chow Kit Market to Little India. Interact with locals and experience the varied sites, smells and sounds of one of Asia's growing cities. Your guide will take you to see the beautiful Masjid Jamek mosque, one of the regions most reputable before exploring Chinatown where you will enjoy tea in a traditional tea house.
Days 3 - 6 : Penang, Malaysia
Stay at 23LoveLane for 3 nights
Next you'll fly to Penang, the foodie capital of Malaysia known for its fruit farms and up and coming culinary scene. Wander the markets sampling local food or independently explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Georgetown. We've included a cycling tour of Penang's countryside allowing you to explore the hidden charms of rural life and allow you the opportunity to meet residents of local villages. Meander along laneways and across lush paddy fields and rolling hills seeing a different side to this beautiful island. You will also enjoy a heritage culinary walking tour of bustling Goergetown where you will have the opportunity to sample some of the local delicacies from steamed buns with roast port to delectable dim sum.
Day 6 - 7 : Sandakan, Borneo
Stay at MY Nature Resort for 1 night
Your next stop is Malaysian Borneo where you will spend one night in Sandakan before continuing your journey deep into the Borneo Rainforest.
Days 7 - 9 : Kinabatangan River, Borneo
Stay at Abai Jungle Lodge for 2 nights
During your time at Abai Jungle Lodge you will enjoy trekking through tropical rainforests and cruising along meandering rivers as they carve their way through the jungle, spotting an array of rare and endemic wildlife including orangutans, proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants.
Days 9 - 11 : Danum Valley, Borneo
Stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge for 2 nights
Staying in some of the areas preferred jungle lodges, you'll awake to natures orchestra before spending your days navigating the river ways in search of some of Asia's rarest and most enchanting wildlife.
Days 11 - 13 : Gaya Island, Borneo
Stay at Gaya Island Resort for 2 nights
The last stop on your epic Malaysia and Borneo adventure is the enchanting Gaya Island. Surrounded by crystal clear waters yet nestled into the island dense jungle lies Gaya Island Resort - the perfect location to while away time spent snorkelling or relaxing with a book before your return home.
When to go
Malaysia experiences a tropical climate with high levels of humidity and warm temperatures throughout the year. Generally speaking, the best time to visit Malaysian Borneo and Malaysia's east coast is between the months of March to September. During this time, rainfall is at its lowest and it is the best time to see orangutans in the wild.
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.
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.
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.
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
Visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary, the perfect place to spot the rare Proboscis Monkeys amongst a variety of other wildlife species.
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.
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Sandakan City Tour
A full day spent visiting the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre followed by an in depth city tour allows you to get under the skin of this beautiful region and see the endangered primate in the flesh.
Sepilok Nursery & Sun Bear Discovery
Enjoy a morning excursion to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn all about these wonderful animals.
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.
From $5158 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation and breakfast
Excursions and activities as listed throughout the itinerary
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.