Our PENINSULA MALAYSIA SONATA (12 DAYS) combines an attractive overview of the wonderfully diverse range of destinations the Malay Peninsula has to offer and forms a highly interesting platform from which it is possible to enhance your stay and adapt the pattern to include a whole range of potential activities, depending upon your interests.

 

From the towering Petronas building, emblem of modern Kuala Lumpur, rising above the colourful mix of Malay, Chinese and colonial British heritages, the city is an exciting start to a trip which also takes in the rarefied atmosphere of the Cameron highlands, with its mock Tudor houses and rose gardens very much a living memory of the peculiar world of the British Empire's tea plantations.

 

Further north and over the splendid bridge to Penang Island, once the far-eastern base of operations for the British Empire, a chaotically interesting fusion of cultures prevails.

 

The trip also introduces you to Malaysia's most iconic creatures, the Orang Utans, before heading to the east coast to Kuala Terengganu and offshore to the idyllic white-sand beaches and crystalline blue luminescence of Pulau Redang, where you can relax in style, enjoying its numerous white sand beaches and surrounding islets.

 

Aside from being a stunningly beautiful location, the island is also a premier global snorkelling and diving destination, and if you have more time, it is the easiest and most seductively desirable thing to extend the trip to derive maximum benefit from your stay on this delightful paradise.

 

The tour ends with a visit to historic Malacca, variously contested in warfare by the colonial powers of Holland, Portugal, France and Britain and more recently by the Japanese, during the occupation of the Second World War, all of whom have left their mark on this city, throughout which the unique Peranakan culture has also thrived.

 

If you are visiting Singapore as part of your Malaysian holiday, or having an extended stopover there, our MALAYSIA'S COLONIAL ECHOES (9 DAYS) tour starts at Singapore and travels across the Johor Causeway into Malaysia and visits the historic treasure of Malacca, the thrumming capital of Kuala Lumpur, the Batu Caves shrine, the beautiful cool of Cameron Highlands and the island of Penang, with an emphasis on the colonial legacies of the country.

 

The classic tour of Malaysian Borneo takes in the features of both Sarawak and Sabah, visiting their state capitals of Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. However, it is the jungles that are the main attraction for most visitors wishing to get a flavour of the ancient Headhunting way of life and encounter the most famous of all its residents, the Orang Utans and the Rafflesia.

 

In Sarawak, a visit to the traditional longhouses of the Iban peoples provide cultural nourishment, while the national parks found in this region also offer plenty of scope to explore the forests, wildlife and stunning natural features such as the truly awesome caves and pinnacles at Gunung Mulu.

 

In Sabah, the highlights are the Crocker Ridge and the forest trails around Mount Kinabalu, but there are many other natural areas to explore if you want to get well off the beaten track to explore its waterfall filled forests.

 

Aside from deeper excursions into the wilderness, a good way to extend a classic tour is to visit Kota Kinabalu’s offshore islands for some enjoyable tropical beach time in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine National Park, or travel even further offshore for some beautiful oceanic isolation or immerse yourself in the underwater splendour of some of the world’s finest diving and snorkelling sites.

Country: Malaysia
Type of holiday: Classic, Heritage
Destinations: Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Pulau Penang, Kuala Terengganu, Malacca
Duration: 12
Guideline price: US$ 2090     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This 12 day tour of Malaysia’s Peninsula visits the bright modern capital of Kuala Lumpur before heading to the serenity of the Cameron highlands and its rarefied colonial and local charms. The tour continues with a visit to meet the Orang Utans, followed by a stay in Penang, once the centre of British colonial operations in the east, before enjoying the delights of the beaches of Malaysia’s east coast. The tour concludes with a visit to historic Malacca. 
Country: Malaysia
Type of holiday: Classic, Heritage
Destinations: Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Pulau Penang
Duration: 9
Guideline price: US$ 0     (per person for Superior accommodation)
Highlight: Sample travel plan only: for a ‘no obligation’ comprehensive itinerary within 24 hours, click here.

This 9 day tour of the Malay Peninsula focusses on the history and development of the colonial infrastructure from which modern Malaysia has emerged, exploring Malacca’s turbulent early years, passing through the hands of several colonial powers, together with a foray into both early and modern Kuala Lumpur, and culminating in visits to the gentle climes of the former colonial tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands and the British Empire’s earliest settlement in Malaysia on the island of Penang.
Country: Malaysia
Type of holiday: Classic, Heritage, Wildlife
Destinations: Kuching, Sarawak's interior, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah's interior
Duration: 8
Guideline price: US$ 0     (per person for Superior accommodation)
Highlight: Sample travel plan only: for a ‘no obligation’ comprehensive itinerary within 24 hours, click here.

This 8 day discovery tour of Malaysian Borneo explores the natural landscapes and rainforest cultures of Borneo, and includes a first-hand encounter with an overnight stay at an Iban Longhouse in Sarawak as the guest of the Headman, enjoying tribal life and testing your skill with the blowpipe.
  
Another highlight is meeting the Orang Utans in their forest reserve at Semenggoh. The journey then takes you to Sabah, exploring the rainforest beneath the looming presence of Gunung Kinabalu, hunting for Rafflesia and visiting the beautiful orchid gardens. The tour culminates with a thrilling white water rafting experience down the Padas Gorge.


Country: Malaysia
Type of holiday: Classic
Destinations: Kuala Lumpur
Duration: 3
Guideline price: US$ 382     (per person for Superior accommodation)
Highlight:
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This tour brings you to the best of the city’s many historical and modern landmarks. A palace, a mosque, British colonial buildings, Malaysia’s iconic skyscrapers, and the world’s largest pewter company all await you in Kuala Lumpur.
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