Highlights of Malaysia
A luxury tailor-made journey created for Carlyn and James Kilpatrick
14 nights from 1 to 17 February for £3,495 per person sharing, including accommodation, guides, flights and transfers
There’s colonial splendour, Chinese temples and exuberant Little India to relish in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. Classic Malaysian experiences also include the ancient rainforest and jungle wilderness of Taman Negara National Park and the lush tea plantations and refreshing waterfalls of the Cameron Highlands. Plus George Town in Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And, of course, you’ll be sipping cocktails as the sun sets over a pristine private beach on Langkawi Island for 6 nights at the end of the trip.
1 February: UK to Kuala Lumpur
Depart Heathrow at 18.45 for the overnight flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital city.
2 February: Kuala Lumpur
On arrival at 15.25, you'll be met at the airport and driven to The Majestic where you can settle in and freshen up. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Perhaps relaxing by the pool or treating yourself in the spa. The original colonial style building of The Majestic (where you will stay for 2 nights in a Deluxe Room on bed and breakfast basis) dates back to 1932 and became one of the great hotels of Kuala Lumpur and is still a remarkable, grand place to stay in this fascinating city. Set in over 3 acres, the hotel is made up of two wings The Tower Wing and the Majestic Wing, blending art deco style mixed with modern facilities and colonial furniture.
The Majestic Kuala Lumpur
The spa and spa pool
3 February: Half Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour
A must for first time visitors to Kuala Lumpur. An interesting private guided tour which unveils the beauty and charm of the old and new Kuala Lumpur - Garden City of Light. Highlights of the tour include: Petronas Twin Towers, King’s Palace, National Monument, National Museum, National Mosque, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Tudor styled Cricket Club. Overnight at The Majestic
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple Roof
The city at night
4 February: Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara National Park
Departing in the early morning from Kuala Lumpur, you will be driven approximately 4 hours to Kampung Kuala Tahan. From here, board a longboat for the journey along the Tembeling and Tahan Rivers to Taman Negara Resort (where you'll stay for 2 nights in a Chalet on full board basis), swapping the city noises of Kuala Lumpur for the delicate sounds of nature echoing around you. After dinner, watch a video presentation of Taman Negara National Park before setting out on a guided group jungle walk to experience the forest by night. Enjoy the orchestra of jungle noises performed for your pleasure by cicadas and other night insects and animals. Soak in the fresh night air and enjoy Mother Nature as it's intended it to be. Located in the heart of the Taman National Park, surrounded by 130 million year old forest, Taman Negara Resort is a comprehensive wildlife resort. The kampong-style wooden chalets are inspired by traditional Malaysian architecture and provide a simple but comfortable stay, with all of the eco-friendly chalets offering views of either
the jungle or the Tembeling River.
Taman Negara National Park
Cascading river in the park
Buffalo taking a dip
Explore the waterways
Explore the rainforest
Chalets at Tamara Negara Resort
5 February: Explore the Rainforest
After breakfast, venture into the nearby forest for a slow trek through the riverine, lowland and mixed dipterocarp forest to reach Teresek Hill. Try a balancing act on the canopy walk, for an aerial view of the beautiful rainforest. You will then stop for lunch. In the afternoon, venture to Lata Berkoh by boat to enjoy the cool water pools and small cascading waterfall. Overnight at Taman Negara Resort
6 February: Transfer to Cameron Highlands
You will be met by your guide and transferred by private vehicle (approx 5 hours) to Cameron Highlands for a 2 night stay at the Cameron Highlands Resort in a Deluxe Room on bed and breakfast basis. The resort is situated on the largest hill retreat in Malaysia, surrounded by breath-taking scenery, lush greenery and rolling hills. The resort features 56 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites, and fronts Cameron Highlands' 18-hole golf course, plus the resort has an excellent wellness centre run by the award-winning Spa Village group (from Bali), which offers exotic treatments focusing on the healing and restorative properties of tea.
Cameron Highlands Resort
Jim Thompson Tea Room
7 February: Half Day Cameron Highlands Tour
After breakfast explore the many interesting sights of this hill resort. Visit a tea plantation and factory to learn about the tea making process and enjoy a cuppa too. The view overlooking the plantations is utterly gorgeous. This hill resort produces vegetables for the nation's consumption as well as for export. After visiting the vegetable farm and strawberry farm, continue to the morning market where you can find all the produce of Cameron Highlands sold in one place. Continue visit to Butterfly Farm and Time Tunnel Museum to take a peek into the past of Cameron Highlands through photographs and learn about its history. Lastly take a stroll around Tanah Rata before returning to the hotel at around 4pm. Overnight at Cameron Highlands Resort
8 February: Transfer to Penang
You will be met by your guide and transferred by private vehicle to Penang (approx 5 hours) for a 2 night stay in a Georgetown Suite/Deluxe Room on bed and breakfast basis at the acclaimed Eastern & Oriental. The colonial-era E & O is the premier hotel in Penang and has recently been restored to its old elegance and offers 101 luxurious, spacious suites. The hotel's swimming pool overlooks the Straits of Malacca and offers the perfect place to relax with a drink, or take stroll around the large, well-maintained gardens.
Arriving at Eastern & Oriental
Swimming pool overlooking the Straits of Malacca
Relax beside the pool
Poolside terrace overlooking the Straits of Malacca
9 February: Georgetown Tour
An extensive private tour to experience all the sights and sound of exotic Penang Island. Visit the world's 4th longest statue of The Reclining Buddha - Wat Chayamangkalaram. Proceed to Dhammikarama Temple, an elaborately decorated Burmese Temple and the first Buddhist temple to be built in Penang in 1803. Drive past the harmony street of Penang, the Saint George's Angelican Church (built in 1818), Kuan Yin - Goddess of Mercy Temple (Penang's oldest Taoist temple built in1800 when the Chinese settled here), Sri Mariamman Temple (the oldest Hindu temple) and Masjid Kapitan Keling (the oldest Indian Muslim mosque). Visit Khoo Kongsi - a magnificent hall embellished with intricate carvings and wood work. Followed by a brief photo-stop at Fort Cornwallis where Francis Light and crew landed in 1786. Overnight at Eastern & Oriental
Kek Lok Si Temple
View over the Straits of Malacca
10 February: Fly to Langkawi
You will be met by your guide and transferred by private vehicle to Penang Airport (approx 1 hour) for your 35 minute flight to Langkawi Island for your 6 night stay at The Andaman in a Deluxe Rainforest Room on a bed and breakfast basis. The Andaman is a luxury hotel on Langkawi's Datai Bay, with a backdrop of a 10 million year-old rainforest, calm seas and a coral reef just offshore. The hotel is a Luxury Collection Resort, located at one end of the calm and picturesque Datai Bay, which sits on the northern shores of Langkawi, nestled in a stunning location between the verdant mountains and
the Andaman Sea.
View over Datai Bay
Relax beside the pool
Deluxe Rainforest Room
Glorious beach and Andaman Sea
16 February: Fly home
Unfortunately, your 14 night Malaysian odyssey is now over and it's time to fly home. Private transfer to Langkawi Airport to a connecting flight from Kuala Lumpur to London. Arriving Heathrow 05.35 on 17 February.