5When you land in KLIA our transfer staff will meet you and take you to your pre-booked hotel. You will have a city tour of Kuala Lumpur, then tour the historic town of Melaka before returning to KL to go on a "country tour". The next day you leave by road to Penang to spend some idyllic and happy days there sampling Penang's delicious hawker food. An exciting sea adventure awaits you in Langkawi Island before you leave for home.

 Route: Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Penang, Pulau Langkawi

 

 

check16Inclusive:

• 10 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
• All land transfers in air-conditioned minivan
• Tours & sightseeing with your driver-guide
• 1 lunch during Island Hopping Trip in Langkawai
• All entrances fees
• English Speaking guide services.

stop16Exclusive:

• Airfares & airport taxes,
• Camera/video fee,
• Beverage,
• Tipping
• Travel insurance.

noteItinerary:

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur

Arrive in KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport), meet and transfer to your city hotel. Kuala Lumpur, the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia, is summarily known as KL and you'll almost always hear locals refer to it by its acronym. Communities of Indian, Chinese and ethnic Malay people mingle peacefully, allowing travellers to get the best of all three worlds. Experience the fascinating cultural mix that gives it such a uniquely cosmopolitan feel. In the afternoon do a tour of this vibrant capital city of modern Malaysia. Visit some of the city's most impressive architecture such as the impressive Petronas Tower, the Sultan Abdul Samad building of beautiful Moorish architecture located in Merdeka Square. Stand on the very spot at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers where the first Chinese immigrants landed to open up tin mines and founded the settlement of Kuala Lumpur. See the National Monument, National Mosque, Istana Negara (Royal Palace from outside only) and other sights as you drive along the busy streets. Overnight at Dorsett Regency Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2: Kuala Lumpur to Melaka (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up at 8AM at your hotel by your guide and private minivan to take you on a 2.5- hour drive to the historic port-town of Melaka, passing through Malay villages, oil-palm estates, rubber plantations, fruit orchards and rice-fields. Once the most important trading port in the Malay Peninsular, Melaka attracted Chinese, Arab, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese and British traders, all seeking wealth and an opportunity to control the Straits of Malacca, a vital trading route between the Indian ocean and the South China Sea. Today, Melaka's wealth of historical sites reminds visitors of times gone by and its multicultural past is revealed in its distinctive cuisine. Nonya food is a fusion of Chinese and Malay cuisine that people travel from afar to taste this unique fare. Sightseeing of the historic places of old Melaka – St Paul's Hill and St Paul's Church where St Francis Xavier was once entombed; Gateway of the Portuguese fort A Famosa built shortly after the defeat of Sultan Mahmud in 1511 by conquistadore Alfonso d'Albuerque; the esplanade where you can see the narrow expanse of the Straits of Malacca, once a busy shipping lane plagued by marauding pirates; the interesting Muzium Melaka housed in the former red-brick Stadhuys of the mercantilist Dutch who ruled this port from 1641-1795 depicting the fascinating story of the Malacca Sultanate from its founding in 1400 until the Portuguese captured it in 1511, and after; the reconstructed flagship, Flor de la Mar, of Alfonso d'Albuerque; Heeren Street (now Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock) where the fascinating Nonya Heritage Museum is located and Jonker Street (now Jalan Hang Jebat) with its rows of baba-nonya terrace houses built in the 19th century; the oldest Chinese Temple in Melaka, the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, founded in 1645; the replica of the Malacca Sultanate wooden palace; and other sights that you have time for. A nonya lunch is included in a peranakan restaurant.
Overnight at Hatten Hotel, Melaka. (Studio suite)

Day 3: Kuala Lumpur – Countryside Tour (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning pick up at hotel lobby for a tour to the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Visit Batu Cave inside which is a Hindu shrine revered by the Indians of Malaysia and where the annual Thaipusam festival is held attended by thousands of people. See the ancient Malay craft of tin-pewter and other objects at the Royal Selangor Pewter as well as the local Malay handicraft of batik printing. Acquaint yourself with a typical Malay kampong and if you like try your hand at tapping rubber – a crop which brought great wealth to Malaysia in the 1950s-80s. Drive up the Main Range to Genting Highlands for great mountain scenery and have fun at the Theme Parks (tickets not included) or in the casino among the clouds. Return to KL and be at leisure to spend time walking about in Jalan Bukit Bintang full of coffee cafes, restaurants, hotels, department stores, shops and supermarkets.
Overnight at Dorsett Regency Hotel, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur.

Day 4: Kuala Lumpur to Penang (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from Kuala Lumpur at 9am to Penang, a drive of about 4 hours along the scenic highway, sightseeing along the way with your guide. Stop awhile at the Chinese cave temples outside Ipoh. When in Penang island, have an orientation tour of Georgetown before check-in at your hotel, and be at leisure. (Your guide would have shown you the Penang hawker food stalls in case you wish to taste this unique type of food.)
Overnight at Bayview Hotel Georgetown, Penang.

Day 5: Penang – City Tour (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Penang Island was the first establishment of the colonial British in 1786. They invited Chinese, as well as others, to live on this island in the tropics. Today, this exotic blend of cultures still exists and the World Heritage site of Georgetown contains a fascinating blend of religious places of worship and ethnic design houses, quite a few recently converted into hotels. Discover Penang's Chinese and British colonial history around Georgetown, starting with a visit to Fort Cornwallis built in 1792. All around are the former colonial buildings standing solid and strong. Explore Georgetown's Little India getting a glimpse of the ancient Hindu traditions in its decorative temples and tasting freshly made delicious Indian snacks. See the intricately ornamented Khoo Kongsi (Khoo Clan House) built entirely by Chinese artisans brought over from China. Don't miss a visit to the Chinese stilt houses or the chance to have high tea at your own expense at the legendary Eastern and Oriental Hotel in Farquhar Street (just opposite to your hotel). Overnight at Bayview Hotel Georgetown, Penang.

Day 7: Penang – Island Tour (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide at 8.30am to go on a tour of Penang Island. From Georgetown we drive to Air Itam where the huge Chinese temple complex of Kek Lok Si is situated. See the pagoda of a thousand Buddhas and the Hall of the four Taoist heavenly gods, tortoise pond, fish pond (both have deep cultural significance to the Penang Chinese), prayer halls scented by the incense from burning joss-sticks, intricate carvings, pavilions and Chinese design moongate. We proceed from here to the Snake Temple housing vipers and pythons in its smoke-filled interiors. Next is Balik Pulau famous for its high-priced durians. The British once cultivated nutmegs and cloves on the hill slopes here. See the Tropical Fruit farm and taste many kinds of Malaysian fruits and juices. Farther on we descend to the coast at Telok Bahang. From here on you see Penang's beaches and seas until at Tanjong Tokong the road curves landward into Georgetown – and you are back at your hotel.
Overnight at Bayview Hotel Georgetown, Penang.

Day 8: Penang – Pulau Langkawi (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. At 7am pick up and transfer to the pier to board the ferry to Langkawi island, a sea journey of about 3 hours. Pulau Langkawi is only 487.5 sq km in area but it's one of Malaysia's premier tourist destinations, featuring stunning beaches, fresh seafood and some of the best sunsets you'll find in the country. It's essential to treat yourself to a swim, snorkel or sun bathe on the sultry exotic white sand beaches or perhaps unwind in a boutique spa.
Afternoon tour of the island, visiting the Princess Mahsuri mausoleum, Beach of Burnt Rice, Black Sand Beach, the Seven Wells and other island sights. Not to be missed is a trip on the cable car with spectacular views over the Andaman Sea and some of the 99 tropical islands of Langkawi. Return to hotel.
Overnight at Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi . (Superior room)

Day 9: Pulau Langkawi – Island Hopping Tour (Breakfast/Lunch)

Breakfast at the hotel. This is an exhilarating sea cruise to the surrounding islands, each as distinctive as the other. Sea eagles soar high above to swoop down on the sea as food is scattered on the waves by owners of tourist boats. Pulau Payar is the best snorkeling and scuba-diving island and you can indulge in these sports. (Equipment is supplied.) Overnight at Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi. (Superior)

Day 10: Langkawi – Free Day (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day to roam about on the island. Do some duty-free shopping by yourselves of bottles of liquor, boxes of cigarettes, bars of Swiss chocolate, electronic items, etc.
Overnight at Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi. (Superior room)

Day 11: Pulau Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up at hotel at 8am to transfer to the airport for your flight to Kuala Lumpur by MH1439, dep.1000/arr.1100 to connect with your flight home.

End of Tour.