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Malaysia offers plenty when it comes to holidays and tourist attractions. Urban landscapes, heritage sites, beaches, islands, nature, culture, culinary delights and more. The country is perfect for holiday styles such as family escapes, shopping trips, romantic getaways, exciting adventures and historic tours. And... enjoying time relaxing on the beach.
Geographically, Malaysia is made up of two regions separated by the South China Sea: Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo. Top holiday destinations such as Kuala Lumpur (gateway), Penang, Malacca and Langkawi are situated in the Peninsular Malaysia while Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) is situated in Malaysian Borneo.
The capital city Kuala Lumpur is a blend of contemporary urban landscapes and traditional charms. Hawker stalls and heritage shop houses sit alongside tall skyscrapers with modern architecture. There are numerous shopping districts, restaurants and markets. The iconic Petronas Twin Tower, one of the world’s tallest buildings, overlooks the city. Other tourist spots include the shopping malls of Bukit Bintang, Petaling Street’s night market (Chinatown), Malaysian street food stalls along Jalan Alor, Batu Caves and Thean Hou Temple. Further afield, don’t miss Taman Negara National Park and the historic town of Malacca.
The island state of Penang is known for numerous water sports, cultural sights, culinary delights and nature. You’ll be amazed at how much you can do. From walking on sandy beaches, playing with vipers in the Snake temple, or shopping in Georgetown, you’ll never have a dull moment! Other attractions include Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si Temple, Tropical Spice Garden of Teluk Bahang, Fort Cornwallis, Batu Feringghi and the fishing villages of Clan Jetties.
The island of Langkawi is one of the most beautiful tropical destinations in South East Asia. Enjoy azure sea water and warm beaches fringed with gently swaying palm trees. The island is a duty free shopping haven. For those wanting some adventures, visit the crocodile farm and take a cable car ride up to Mount Mat Cincang, Langkawi’s second highest peak.
Sabah is known for its incredible nature, long sandy beaches, paradise tropical islands, coral reefs and virgin rainforests. You’ll find this part of Malaysian Borneo ideal for diving, snorkelling or simply relaxing on the beach. Two of the major attractions include the mighty Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South East Asia and the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre at the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort.
The largest state in Malaysia, Sarawak is located on the island of Borneo and its capital, Kuching, is best known for its extraordinary landscapes, animals and plants. Sarawak is home to the world’s largest cave chamber as well as white-sand beaches, winding rivers, thick rainforest, remote islands, distinctive culture and orangutans. A holiday to wild Sarawak is a grand adventure.
6 Days / 5 Nights from Kuala Lumpur
Day 1: Kuala Lumpur
For first timers to the city, The Best of Kuala Lumpur tour introduces you to the beauty of old and modern Kuala Lumpur. Overnight at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel.
Day 2: Kuala Lumpur
Shop until you drop at the Suria KLCC Mall, the perfect place to pick up the best high-end brands. Overnight at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel.
Days 3 - 5: Kota Kinabalu
Relax by the pool or explore the city of Kota Kinabalu and its surrounds. Visit local handicraft and night markets. Overnight at The Pacific Sutera Hotel.
Day 5 - 6: Selingan Turtle Island/Sepilok Orang Utan Centre
Fly to Sandakan and take a ferry over to Libran Island. In the afternoon watch turtles lay eggs on the beach at Selingan Turtle Island and the following day see the feeding of orphaned orang utans at the Sepilok Orang Utan Centre. Overnight at the Libran Island.
7 Days / 6 Nights from Kuala Lumpur
Day 1: Kuala Lumpur
Take in some of the city’s top attractions such as Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower. In the evening, head out for a night of fine dining followed by a night cap at View Rooftop Bar. Overnight at the Westin Kuala Lumpur
Day 2: Kuala Lumpur
Spend a day at Pavilion KL, a retail haven with 500 outlets offering the finest fashion, entertainment and culinary delights. Overnight at the Westin Kuala Lumpur
Days 3 - 5: Langkawi
Get into holiday mode and relax by the pool for a few days or enjoy a relaxing spa treatment at TheSpa at The Datai. Overnight at The Datai Langkawi
Day 6 - 7: Langkawi
Take a leisurely sunset cruise and witness the stunning sunset over the Andaman Sea while enjoying a cocktail and romantic music in the background. Overnight at The Datai Langkawi.
Drive through the city and admire the distinct skyline of fine Moorish architectures and the modern edifices such as the Petronas Twin Tower. Ascend Kuala Lumpur Tower. Visit the Royal Palace and drive through Chinatown. View Masjid Jamek - the oldest mosque in the city. Stop at Dataran Merdeka and take in the view of the surroundings. Visit Royal Selangor Pewter and observe how raw materials are shaped into the most exquisite pewter designs.
As the sun begins to set, a different scene begins to light up in the city. This tour takes you on an outing to experience the street-side bazaar of Chinatown, where it is full of life in the evening, and a colourful Hindu temple, where intricate carvings and the smell of incense fills the place. The evening is heightened with a sumptuous Malay dinner and a colourful cultural show performance.
Situated in Kuala Gandah, in the east coast state of Pahang, this elephant sanctuary is just 2 hours drive from KL city. Here, you will witness the local rangers and the elephants under their care. This sanctuary is used for rehabilitating this endangered animal before its release into the natural jungle. Learn about the importance of sustaining the environment and habitats for the elephants. Lots of activities await you at the sanctuary, see, touch, bath, ride, milk and feed the elephants.
This tour takes you to the outskirts of Georgetown where you witness the actual process of Batik, using wax and dyes. Then proceed to the Fishing Village, from here you will pass a Fruit Plantation, a brief stop at a fruit stall to show you some of the local fruits available in season and a traditional Malaysia village. Proceed on to the famous Snake Temple built in 1850, it is probably the one and only of its kind in the world. The final stop is the OE (Oeding & Erdel) Factory. You will be taken on a tour to see how jewellery is made.
Visit one of the biggest temples in Southeast Asia, Kek Lok Si Temple. The 7-Tier Pagoda of 10,000 Buddha which dominates the temple, is influenced by the architecture styles of the Thais, Burmese and Chinese. A beautiful bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy overlooks the temple. Next, take the funicular train ride up Penang Hill and elevation of 833m above sea level for panoramic views of Penang Island and for a cool hill retreat from the tropical heat.
Visit the Botanic Garden, an oasis of tranquility with 30-hectares of lush green surrounds and vibrant colours. Next, visit Penang Butterfly Farm, home to 3,000 living specimens from over 50 species of colourful butterflies, frogs, scorpions and other insects. It features a lily pond, rock garden, bubbling mud-pool and waterfalls. You will also be taken to Propolis Bee Farm which offers insight into bee breeding. Get to know the differences between natural and synthesized honey, various types of bees and honey produced.
Experience Southeast Asia’s only award-winning tropical climate spice garden. With over 500 varieties of tropical spices and herbs used in flavourings, medicines, dyes and perfumes. Retrace the historical spice trade routes and get hands-on experience in preparing simple Nyonya, Chinese, Malay and Indian dishes in the fully-equipped cooking school. Enjoy the meal you have prepared for lunch followed by a dessert in a tropical fruit farm to sample an array of tropical fruits and juices. NOTE: Minimum 2 passengers required for tour to operate.
Begin your journey with a visit to Batik Factory to witness the making of Batik, a cloth that traditionally uses a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. Then proceed to Mahsuri’s tomb, the legendary icon of Langkawi and get to know the whole story. Stop at the Black Sand Beach where you can take some snaps at the ancient fishing jetty. You will than be taken to the 12 metre high brown eagle which symbolises Langkawi where it is standing strong at the Eagle Square. Last but not least, enjoy the splendid of duty free shopping in Kuah Town.
Enjoy a speed boat trip to the southern islands of Langkawi. Stop off for a dip in the freshwater lake located on the island of the Pregant Maiden (Dayang Bunting), renowned for its fertility bestowing powers. Swim, sunbathe or have fun on the white sand beach at Pulau Beras Basah.
Pick up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu and transfer to the jetty for boat transfer to Gaya Island. Take an interesting walk in the lowland Dipterocarp forest and mangrove plankwalk which reveals insight of a mangrove swamp forest. A boat will transfer you to Sapi Island where snorkelling gear are provided for you leisure on the beach. Lunch is served on Mamutik Island. Return to your hotel. NOTE: Bring insect repellent, swim wear, sun block, towel and drinking water.
Pick-up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu at 7.00am and transfer to Poring Hot Spring. Upon arrival, proceed to the canopy walkway through nature trails of the lowland forest. Observe wildlife and the tropical rainforest from the canopy. You may be able to see birds and butterflies flying below. After lunch, depart Poring for Kinabalu National Park. Take a guided walk to the Mountain Garden to see a rare collection of mountain plants and flowers. Return to Kota Kinabalu and transfer back to your hotel. NOTE: Good walking shoes are recommended for this tour.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu and transfer to the airport for a short domestic flight to Sandakan. Upon arrival, transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Centre and witness the feeding of the orphaned orangutans. Walk along a jungle to the Observation Pavilion for a birds eye view of Sandakan. Drive up to the Chinese Temple located on a hill to see the colourful interior decoration of this magnificent temple. Continue the journey to St Michael’s Church to see a colonial style building where Christianity is preached. Drive to Sim Sim where you can see houses on stilts above the water occupied by local tribes. Transfer to Sandakan Airport for your return flight to Kota Kinabalu and transfer back to your hotel. NOTE: Do not wear bright coloured clothing such as red or yellow and good walking shoes are recommended.
Morning pick up from your hotel in Kuching and proceed to Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre. The centre consists of 740 hectare of virgin forest and is home to orangutans, honey bears, hornbills, porcupines, storks, eagles, barking deer and monkeys. You will have an opportunity to observe how the orangutans are being rehabilitated and trained to fend for themselves before being released into the wild. Visitors are allowed to study and observe the orang utans at a distance.
This award-winning living museum showcases Sarawak’s unique and diverse cultures. The seven authentic traditional buildings are set amidst a scenic 17-acre site and are populated by members of Sarawak’s many ethnic groups, going about everyday activities. These include beadwork, weaving, sagomaking, sugar-cane crushing, pepper-growing and the preparation of birds nests.
Travel 45 minutes from Kuching to Bako Fishing Village and continue by boat for a 30 minute cruise along the coast to Bako National Park. Here you will trek through mangrove forests to observe the mud skippers and blue - fiddler crabs. Follow the Paku trail to look for proboscis monkeys and climb to the plateau to see various species of carnivorous pitcher plants. After lunch, explore the eastern part of the park through monstrous rainforest trees for bird watching and other wildlife.