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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 sun-soaked beaches of the Peninsula, 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. Starting in Malaysian Borneo, enjoy a week of 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. Next, it is the cultural and historic riches of the peninsula as you explore Malaysia’s thriving capital city and the UNESCO listed trading port of Malacca. It is then off to the east coast for a relaxing beach retreat on Tioman Island, a haven for barefoot luxury in the emerald waters of the South China Sea.
Days 1 - 3 : Sandakan, Borneo
Stay at MY Nature Resort for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Sabah’s thriving port city of Sandakan, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel on the outskirts of the city. Wildlife encounters begin the following day with a visit to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to watch daily feed of rescued orangutans from around Borneo, before continuing to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, a centre dedicated to protecting this rare native species.
Days 3 - 5 : Kinabatangan River, Borneo
Stay at Abai Jungle Lodge for 2 nights
On the morning of day three, it is time to head into the steamy jungles of Sabah as you are transferred overland and by boat to Abai Jungle Lodge on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. Over the next two days enjoy a number of excursions and activities including night walks, jungle safaris, river cruises and strolls along the in-house nature boardwalk. Keep an eye out for orangutans, silver leaf monkeys and rare birdlife hiding amongst the jungle canopy.
Days 5 - 7 : Danum Valley, Borneo
Stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge for 2 nights
This morning, you will take short boat transfer to Sukau followed by an overland transfer to Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the Danum Valley. Spend the afternoon trekking along the trails surrounding the lodge, swimming in rock pools and traversing along the suspension bridge in search of wildlife hiding amongst the tree canopy. The next day explore more rainforest trails, trek to ancient burial sites and head off into the night on a guided night safari in search of the larger mammals of Borneo.
Day 7 : Flight from Lahad Datu to Kuala Lumpur
Days 7 - 9 : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Stay at Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur for 2 nights
Swapping the ancient rainforests of the Danum Valley for the towering skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur, you will be driven to Lahad Datu Airport in time for a four hour flight to the peninsula. Enjoy a guided tour of the city the following day, visiting highlights including the National Mosque, the National Museum, King’s Palace and the iconic Petronas Towers. The rest of the day is at your leisure to continue exploring as you wish, perhaps choosing to take a stroll along Petaling Street, renowned for its delicious street food stalls.
Days 9 - 11 : Malacca, Malaysia
Stay at The Majestic Malacca for 2 nights
From Kuala Lumpur, you will be collected and driven approximately two hours to the historic city of Malacca, one of Malaysia’s oldest trading ports. Enjoy a full day tour of this UNESCO listed city the next day, taking you through more than 600 years of history. Visit an array of historic sites including St. Peters Church, the fames Porta de Santiago, a 16th century Portuguese fortress and the Red Square. You will also get the opportunity to sample local cuisine, browse the stalls of Jonker Street and enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Malacca River.
Days 11 - 15 : Tioman Island, Malaysia
Stay at Japamala Boutique Resort for 4 nights
The final stop is Tioman Island, a lush tropical island in the South China Sea a short distance off the east coast of mainland Malaysia. The next four days are at your leisure to enjoy the spoils of your hotel and the island. Unwind on the white-sands, indulge in spa treatments, head off on snorkelling and diving trips to Monkey Bay Marine Park, discover nearby waterfalls or grab a snorkel and mask and explore the house reef. For those wishing to continue the adventure, the interior of Tioman island is home to monkeys, monitor lizards and colourful birds which you can explore on your own accord or with a guide. On day fifteen, you will be collected by boat from your resort and transferred back to the mainland where a driver will be waiting to transfer you to the airport in time for your flight 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.
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.
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.
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 $4442 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation and breakfast
Excursions and activities as listed
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.