The Highlights of Malaysia: Ex Singapore (10D/9N)
Step across the border from Singapore for a wonderful journey featuring the very best that Malaysia has to offer!
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This package offers the very best of Malaysia: its diverse culture, great cuisine, and unique lifestyles. It is a journey that spans nine states, along the length and breath of Peninsular Malaysia. See the harmonious yet contrasting lifestyles of Malaysia's modern cities and its laid back countryside. Come experience life on the hills, explore two UNESCO listed heritage cities, and bask on beautiful pristine beaches!
Day 1: Singapore to Malacca
Your discovery of Malaysia begins when you cross the Johor Causeway into Peninsular Malaysia. After some brief formalities at the border checkpoint, your drive continues north through the southernmost Malaysian state, Johor. It is a pleasant morning drive that offers leisurely contemplation and relaxation as you make your way towards Malacca, a UNESCO listed heritage city – your first stop in your exploration of Malaysia.
Be transported to another era as you visit some of Malacca's most historic landmarks in the afternoon. Walk through the gateway of Porta De Santiago, and explore the remains of the Portuguese fort built on St. Paul's Hill, a vantage point overlooking the Straits of Malacca. Visit one of the oldest Chinese temples in Malaysia, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, and browse 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.
Day 2: Malacca to Kuala Lumpur
The day begins with a morning drive that takes you away from Malacca, through the state of Negeri Sembilan, and towards Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. In the afternoon, acquaint yourself with this delightful city in a tour that traces its evolution from its humble beginnings as a mining and trading town to a major cosmopolitan city.
Expect to see some of the major attractions linked to Malaysia's colonial past, and its journey towards independence, like the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which housed the British administration, and the adjacent Independence Square, where the Malayan flag was first raised at the stroke of midnight on Independence Day. The square was previously the cricket grounds for the Selangor Club, a club founded by British administrators, which is still active in to this day. Other sites include the National Monument, a reminder of the sacrifices made by Malaysia's people for peace and prosperity and the Kuala Lumpur Tower, a remarkable feat of architecture from which you can enjoy a breathaking view of the city.
Day 3: In Kuala Lumpur
Survey the city from one of the highest buildings in the world – the Petronas Twin Towers! A skybridge that links the twin towers is open to the public, but is subject to availability as the entry is limited to a certain number of people daily.
Another destination for the day will be Batu Caves, a series of shrines dedicated to Hindu deities within a spectacular cave network. The entrance to this marvel lies at the end of a 272 step stairway which rises up the mountainside. Visitors to this holy site are greeted by the world's largest statue of Lord Muruga, an important deity in the Hindu pantheon. This usually quiet temple complex is transformed into a vibrant sea of colours and sounds yearly as worshipers flock here during Thaipusam, a festival celebrating Lord Muruga's victory over a mythical demon.
A visit to Royal Selangor, a renowned Malaysian company specializing in pewter products, with over a thousand different designs and creations, rounds up the morning's activities. Lunch is an exploration of Malaysian cuisine, as you dine at a local restaurant.
See the city at your own pace after lunch. Browse through the myriad of selections available at the numerous shopping malls that dot the city centre, or sample local delicacies at food outlets. There is even an optional tour available in the evening that showcases the cultural side of Kuala Lumpur, incorporating traditional Malay cuisine, a cultural performance and a visit to the city's Chinatown.
Day 4: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands
Take a morning drive from Kuala Lumpur towards Cameron Highlands. The drive is approximately 4 hours long, taking you through the state of Perak, past Brinchang, the biggest town on the highlands, and finally ending at Tanah Rata, where you will settle into the hotel of your choice.
Highlights of the day will include a stop at a quaint aboriginal village and a tea-house, where you can sample Cameron Highland's distinctive teas.
Day 5: Cameron Highlands to Penang
Wake up to the cool and pleasant surroundings of the hills and then explore the highlands. Visit a tea plantation to learn the art of tea making, or take a stroll in the market and blend in with the local population.
Bid goodbye to Cameron Highlands as you make your way towards Penang. The highlight of the drive will be a pleasant visit to the Orang Utan Island at Bukit Merah Laketown, Perak. End your day by unwinding on Penang island after checking into your hotel upon arrival.
Day 6: Penang
An entire day of wonders awaits you as you begin 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 evident 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 clans 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 and immerse yourself in Penang's unique heritage.
Day 7: Penang to Kota Bharu
Bidding Penang goodbye, your drive eastwards towards Kota Bharu is the main highlight of the day. The journey, covering the breath of Peninsular Malaysia, takes you through three states, beginning with Penang on the west coast, and ending in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, on the east coast.
There is much to see along the way 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 your brief stop at Banding Island Resort before finally crossing into Kelantan. Bring your day to a close as you unwind after checking into the Renaissance Kota Bharu.
Day 8: Kota Bharu to Terengganu
Discover Kelantan's distinct and unique culture as you explore some of Kota Bharu's signature attractions. A potpourri of sights and sounds bound to tantalize you awaits as you walk through the capital's famous market. Marvel at the delicate weaving process at 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. Stroll through the sandy beach of Pantai Cinta Berahi before continuing southwards to Terengganu.
A short stop at Pulau Duyong to view local master boat builders at work rounds off the day.
Day 9: Terengganu to Kuantan
Wake up next to the South China Sea and enjoy the leisurely pace of life in Terengganu. See how locals produce traditional Batik cloth and brassware at a local cottage industry centre before embarking on a scenic drive along the coast into Kuantan, Pahang. Take the opportunity to sample some lemang, a traditional delicacy made from glutinous rice and coconut milk cooked in bamboo, as you pass by Malay villages along the way.
Check into your hotel at Kuantan after a brief visit to a weaving centre. Then enjoy a carefree afternoon basking in the sun on a sandy beach by the sea.
Day 10: Kuantan to Singapore
Enjoy a brief drive around Kuantan in the morning as you admire the Sultan Abu Bakar Palace, the residence of the Sultan of Pahang before leaving for Singapore. The journey will take you through Johor, with a rest stop at Mersing, before crossing the Johor Causeway back to Singapore.
St. Paul's Hill
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
Baba Nyonya Museum
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Traditional Malay cuisine
Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown
Orang Utan Island
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