The Highlights of Malaysia: Ex Kuala Lumpur (8D/7N)
Embark on a discovery of Malaysia – its beauty, its culture and its people – from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
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Get a taste of everything Malaysia has to offer, from its multi-faceted culture to its heavenly cuisine, on this eight day trip across the Malay Penninsuala. Journey through its storied cities, explore its unique cultural landmarks, relax on its famed, gorgeous beaches, and experience the vacation of a lifetime.
Day 1: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands (4 hrs)
Begin your trip by heading from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur to the pastoral Cameron Highlands. The drive will guide you through the state of Perak, and to the town of Tanah Rata, where you can check into any hotel that suits you.
The day's activities include visiting an aboriginal village and tasting some of the fine teas for which the Cameron Highlands are famous at a traditional tea-house.
Day 2: Cameron Highlands to Penang (7 hrs)
Start your day by exploring the natural splendour of the highlands. See how the region's tea is prepared at a plantation, or search for treasures in the local market.
You'll depart the Cameron Highlands in the afternoon and drive to the island state of Penang next. On the way, make some new furry friends at Orang Utan Island at Bukit Merah Laketown. After checking into your hotel, watch the sun go down on one of Penang's many beaches or check out the deals at the Batu Ferringhi night market.
Day 3: Penang
A day of wonder awaits you on your tour of Penang. Founded in 1786, the island rapidly rose to fame as the Pearl of the Orient, one of the most illustrious jewels of the British Empire. Its rich history and culture led to the listing of its city Georgetown as a World Heritage City by the UNESCO in 2008.
The city's unique blend of diverse cultures is on display as you visit landmarks like Fort Cornwallis, the starting point of British expansion in South East Asia, and the Khoo Kongsi clan house, the ancestral heart of one of the most illustrious Chinese families in Penang. Marvel at the docile pit vipers that reside within the island's legendary Snake Temple, and gaze in awe at the world's third largest reclining Buddha statue at the Buddhist temple Wat Chayamangkalaram. Wander through the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, a museum showcasing the Peranakan Chinese lifestyle and traditions.
Day 4: Penang to Kota Bharu
There is much to see as you make your way through Kedah's beautiful countryside, the agricultural heartland of Malaysia. Relax at the border town of Pengkalan Hulu and admire the view of Malaysia's largest manmade lake, Temmengor Lake, during a brief stop at Banding Island Resort before crossing into Kelantan. Unwind after checking into the Renaissance Kota Bharu.
Day 5: Kota Bharu to Terengganu
Discover Kelantan's unique culture as you explore some of Kota Bharu's signature attractions. A potpourri of tantalizing sights and soundsawaits as you walk through the capital's famous market. See the delicate weaving process at the Cik Aminah Songket weaving workshop and be amazed by the craftsmanship of kite makers at Ismail Bin Jusoh as they work on giant traditional Malaysian kites. Wander down the sandy beach of Pantai Cinta Berahi before heading southwards to Terengganu, stopping at Pulau Duyong to view master boat builders at work along the way.
Day 6: Terengganu to Kuantan
Wake up beside the South China Sea and experience the leisurely pace of life in Terengganu. Watch locals produce traditional Batik cloth and brassware at a local cottage industry centre before taking a scenic drive along the coast into Kuantan, Pahang. Sample some lemang, a traditional delicacy made from rice and coconut milk cooked in bamboo, as you pass Malay villages along the way.
Check into your hotel at Kuantan after a brief visit to a weaving centre. Then relax and enjoy a carefree afternoon basking in the sun on sandy beaches.
Day 7: Kuantan to Malacca
In the morning, drive west towards Malacca. Originally a quiet village, it grew under the leadership of a Sumatran prince into a vibrant sultanate, and a coveted trading port strategically located at the centre of the sea route to China. Malacca's rich culture has been influenced and shaped by the various foreign powers that conquered it over the centuries – Portuguese, Dutch and British, along with the immigrants that flocked to this historic city state.
Taking a trishaw ride through Malacca in the evening will let you soak in the atmosphere of this UNESCO listed heritage city.
Day 8: Malacca to Kuala Lumpur
Journey into the past as you visit some of Malacca's most historic landmarks. Walk through the gateway of Porta De Santiago, and explore the remains of the Portuguese fort built on St. Paul's Hill overlooking the Straits of Malacca. Visit one of the oldest Chinese temples in Malaysia, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, and search for knick-knacks and souvenirs along Jonker Street. Immerse yourself in the living culture of the Peranakan Chinese and learn about their lifestyle and traditions as you visit the Baba Nyonya Museum.
Your tour finally comes to a close at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport or at your hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Orang Utan Island
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Kota Bharu market
Pantai Cinta Berahi
Traditional Batik cloth
St. Paul's Hill
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
Baba Nyonya Museum