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Overview

From Kuala Lumpur to Penang, experience all the culinary, cultural and natural highlights of Malaysia’s famous towns with the family. Travel at a leisurely pace by various modes of transportation, participate in craft-making activities for the children, indulge in traditional foods and cycle or walk to discover lesser-known sites through interacting with the locals and learning.

Trip Highlights

Family Fun in Malaysia

Traditional ride down Putrajaya Lake

Set sail on picturesque Putrajaya Lake on board a traditional Perahu and enjoy magnificent views of Putra Mosque, Seri Wawasan Bridge and more.

Explore captivating caves of Ipoh

Trek to Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and the Gua Tempurung Caves and marvel at the spectacular sights on flexible and safe walking trails.

Discover heritage-rich Penang

Hop on a traditional trishaw and cycle the country roads to discover Penang’s famous eclectic street art and lesser-known traditional villages.

Itinerary

1

Kuala Lumpur to Malacca

Today, begin the journey from Kuala Lumpur (KL) to Malacca along the major highways that are flanked by palm trees.

Steeped in history as a trading post due to its vital location along the Malacca Strait, the town is a melting pot of cultures. Notably due to the substantial Portuguese and Dutch influences, the town’s history is distinct from the rest of Malaysia.

On arrival in Malacca, be transferred to the hotel for check-in and meet the guide for the evening tour.

Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant followed by a Trishaw tour of Malacca by night. Climb aboard the soft-toy covered trishaw – lit up with flashing lights.

Overnight in Malacca.

2

Malacca

This morning, depart at 08:00 to take a 3-hour bicycle tour of Malacca (SIC basis). Cycle through neighbourhoods where visitors to Malacca rarely see. The cycle will be at leisure with several stops at rubber plantations for an explanation of the tapping of rubber, harvesting of palm oil fruits and spices grown in the villages. Get off the tourist trail and pedal into real Malacca neighbourhoods and discover the way of life and hospitality of the local people. Finish the ride by lunchtime.

Please note: The cycling distance is flexible depending on the group. The terrain is flat on quiet roads. Heights will need to be given prior to departure to assign the correct bike height. The wearing of helmets is compulsory during the ride.

Take a local lunch before freshening up at the hotel and spend some time at leisure before meeting the guide in the mid-afternoon for an exploration on foot. Meander through areas steeped in history starting at the oldest remaining example of European architecture in Southeast Asia, A Famosa, before climbing St Paul’s Hill to visit St Paul’s Church and descending to one of the best examples of Dutch colonial architecture, the Stadthuys - the former Dutch City Hall which is flanked by flamboyantly decorated trishaws. Next, head to Temple Street, named for the multicultural range of temples and mosques that have lined the street since the early 18th century. This is the perfect place to get a taste of the area’s uniquely diverse local culture. Explore the famous Jonker Street before finishing the day with an early local Dinner.

As the sun goes down explore Malacca tonight on a 45-minute river Cruise. Sit back, relax and enjoy the colourful buildings lit up at night.

Overnight in Malacca.

3

Malacca – Putrajaya – Kuala Lumpur

This morning at 09:00 check out and take a two hour transfer to Putrajaya. For a more personal and nostalgic trip down memory lane, experience more of Putrajaya from a genuine replica of the local Malay traditional Perahu or wooden gondola-like vessels, all intricately crafted and made in the state of Terengganu. Set sail for a 25-minute sail on Putrajaya Lake and enjoy the magnificent views that include the iconic Putra Mosque, Seri Wawasan Bridge and Perdana Putra. Sail past the pink-domed Putra Mosque, one of the most well-known mosques in Malaysia. The mosque is constructed with rose-tinted granite and the architecture is the combination of Middle Eastern and traditional Malay design elements.

Stop for lunch before continuing the 1-hour transfer to Kuala Lumpur for early afternoon arrival.

Check-in to the hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. Meet the guide in the hotel lobby at 18:30 and be transferred to dinner. Enjoy a night of Malaysian culture and cuisine at a traditional dinner show. Enjoy a multi ethnic dance while savouring traditional and international food prepared with fresh ingredients in an authentic setting. The traditional cultural show of music and dance lasts for about an hour. The dancers will present a selection of Asia’s rich cultural heritage with contemporary and cultural performance which from the Minangkabau, Chinese, Indian, Portuguese ethnic groups.

Optional Post Dinner Activity

After dinner, transfer to Chinatown, also known as Petaling Street for some late-night shopping. Move through Petaling street and explore the vibrant market, ancestral shrines and hidden old shop houses of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinese-Malay residents. Shop for counterfeit handbags, watches, trainers, and clothing. Learn the art of haggling from the guide as is the way of life here. Stop for a sweet snack or beverage (at own expense) before returning to the hotel at 22:30.

Overnight in Kuala Lumpur (KL).

4

KL

Spend the day at leisure in KL or choose from one of the optional tours.

OPTION 1: HD Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens and KL Bird Park. (4 hours)

Also known as the Taman Tasik Perdana, this is the oldest and most popular park in Kuala Lumpur, dating back to the 1880's. Today, city dwellers venture out here for a jog along the beautiful trails or for some early morning tai chi. This 92-hectare parkland provides a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of the city, with its close-cropped lawns, undulating hills and carefully cultivated garden, showcasing the harmony, beauty and tranquility created by both nature and man. Build around two lakes, this pleasant oasis within the city provides a cool and soothing ambience, as one walks through a vista of exotic blooms, luxurious foliage, imposing sculptures, creative theme parks and majestic-looking raintrees. The Lake Gardens also encompasses the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Garden, Deer Park and Asian Garden.

Rate: MYR211 per pax (minimum 2 pax)

OPTION 2: FD Captivating Hindu Culture in KL (6 hours)

Meet the guide at 09:00 for a day to gain a better insight of the Hindu culture of KL.  Vanakkam! Greetings in the Tamil language. The smallest of three main ethnic groups in Malaysia, the Malaysian Indians form about 10% of the population. Most are descendants of Tamil-speaking South Indian immigrants who came to the country during the British colonial rule. Predominantly Hindus, they brought with them their colourful culture such as ornate temples, spicy cuisine and exquisite sarees.

First, be taken to a local shop and get a chance to try on the saree for the ladies or the traditional male attire called the vesti for the gents. Saree is a famous Indian ethnic piece of clothing.  It is one fashion trend that has stood the test of time and is still worn by millions of women worldwide.

Next, visit the local Hindu temple to receive a blessing by the local priest. Not to be missed here is an opportunity to break a coconut for the deity.  In Hindu mythology, breaking of coconut symbolises the breaking of the ego. The coconut represents the human body and before the Lord it is shattered – breaking the ‘aham’ or ego and symbolically totally surrendering and merging with the supreme soul.

Visit Little India and discover a profusion of authentic Indian items such as assortment of sweetmeats, aromatic spices, exotic fragrances and dazzling adornments.  Don’t miss the sights of local florists tying garlands at the flower shop. Learn how they make the flower garlands and if desired get hands on. Teased with a fragrant morning of aromatic spices, take a seat and enjoy some  banana leaf rice and a cold lassi.

Transfer back to the hotel in mid-afternoon. (L)

Rate: MYR470 per pax (minimum 2 pax)

Overnight in Kuala Lumpur

5

Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh

This morning meet a guide and driver at the hotel to transfer to KL Sentral Station for a train ride to Ipoh.

(Please note: Luggage will be transferred separately to the hotel in Ipoh. Recommended train time 08:30 or 10:48 in the morning)

Upon arrival into Ipoh take a walk on Ipoh’s Heritage Trail to discover the rich history of this old colonial town and the capital city of Perak. Originally a village Ipoh is now alive with boutique cafes, street art and a rich heritage trail.

Ipoh Heritage Walk is a leisurely stroll around the compact and historic old town area of Ipoh. The walk is about 6 km’s long but there is a choice and option to extend or shorten the walk depending on physical ability. Take in several notable historical landmarks around the city. In just over 130 years Ipoh transformed itself from a sleepy Malay village to the bustling city it is today. Continue past the mosque at Ipoh and onto the Birch Memorial Clock Tower, built in 1909 in memory of James WW Birch, Perak’s first British Resident. Stop at the Fantasy House Trick Art before having lunch in one of Ipoh’s trendy cafes.  Finish the walking trail at the vibrant Concubine Lane which is home to the best antiques in Ipoh and fantastic architecture.

Have dinner at leisure. (Please note: The driver will be on hand to recommend one of the many restaurants in Ipoh.)

Overnight in Ipoh.

6

Ipoh

Ipoh Hotel to Gua Temperung Caves (30km): 40minsGua Temperung Caves activity: (1.5hours)

At 09:00 this morning, transfer with the English-speaking driver to Kek Lok Tong cave temple. A cave temple situated on 12 acres of land and dates back to as early as the 1920s as a place of worship. Set in a limestone outcrop spend 45 minutes exploring the temple featuring a number of Buddhist figures. Continue to Gua Tempurung Caves, one of the longest caves in Peninsula Malaysia. Take a well-lit and well-maintained boardwalk trail to platforms of differing heights to view the spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. The length of the trail is flexible. If physical ability is capable, choose the walk to platform 5 (standing 120m high) which will cover over 1,000 steps. Take a breather on the wind tunnel and feel the breeze before proceeding to the Giant Cavern. Spend up to 1.5hours in the cave before returning to the vehicle and taking a traditional lunch at Gopeng Antique Kopitiam (Closed on Mondays). Return to hotel after the tour.

Dinner at leisure.

Overnight in Ipoh.

7

Ipoh – Penang

Ipoh Hotel to Penang direct transfer (165km): 2.5hours

Depart this morning for a 2-hour transfer to Penang. Just before departing Ipoh stop briefly at Perak Tong Cave Temple. Created in 1926 by a local Chinese couple, this beautiful temple features brightly coloured murals as well as a large standing Buddha - a serene experience. Optional halfway stop on route at Taiping Lake Gardens to stretch legs. Take a quick snack and a local coffee before continuing onto Penang for local lunch before checking into the hotel.

Penang has a long history as a stopping point for traders traversing the long route between India and China. Blessed with a natural harbour and bountiful fresh water, it came under British control in the mid-1700s and soon became a world-renowned trading port. Today, UNESCO World Heritage site, Penang is still calling visitors to its shores, promising a distinctive cuisine and unique colonial charm.

Freshen up at the hotel and spend the late afternoon and evening at leisure.

Overnight in Penang.

8

Penang

This morning head to Georgetown, Penang’s cultural centre and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the streets in a way that is fun for all the family. Look beyond the heritage buildings and religious sites to discover remarkable street art.  Today explore Georgetown’s Street Art on a colourful trishaw. Locally known as beca, trishaw riders are a dying breed with less than 150 trishaw riders left as motorcycles and cars are used as the main transportation in Penang these days.  The trishaw is a great way to move around Georgetown and see all the whimsical street art and interactive murals it has to offer in a fun and colourful way.

Finish the ride at the Made-in-Penang Interactive Museum, housing numerous interactive mural art work. Finish the tour with a 10-minute walk to The China House Cafe to enjoy a delicious cake and soft drink. Be sure to check out the art gallery upstairs!

Return to the hotel or continue with the family to explore Georgetown.

Optional Activity (2hours) (9:00 -11:00):

Joss Stick Making Workshop

Start the walking tour with a morning class with Mr Lee, the heritage joss stick maker. Born in Perak Mr Lee has been making joss sticks here for more than 65 years. Commonly used for religious and ritual purposes, joss sticks are made from a variety of aromatic materials which releases a pleasant-smelling smoke when burned. Spend 2 hours as Mr Lee demonstrates techniques of rolling joss sticks and be rewarded with a joss stick to take home. Finish the tour at the Goddess of Mercy Temple.

Rate: MYR476 per pax (minimum 2 pax)

Tonight, meet the guide at 18:00 in the hotel lobby for dinner at Red Garden Food Paradise Night Market. The hawker venue offers all of Penang’s favourite dishes. Taste the popular satay sticks of barbecued meat and char koay teow noodles fried with seafood. Watch and be entertained by how these street food dishes are prepared. 

Overnight in Penang.

9

Penang

Pick-up at 08:30 from the hotel by the English speaking driver for a transfer to Tropical Spice Garden.

On arrival take a guided tour of the Spice Terraces, explore the lush landscaped award-winning gardens set out over 8 acres of secondary jungle. For families with children under the age of 12 years old introduce them to nature with a fun and educational program and activities. Together with a nature facilitator, explore the garden and get up close and personal with the rich diversity of nature as well as spices and their role in history. Enjoy a nature-based scavenger hunt paired with a kid-focused guided tour of the locally-grown spices and herbs found in the gardens.

At 11:30 transfer 15 minutes to Penang National Park, the smallest and youngest of Malaysia’s National Parks just over 25 kmsq and established in 2003. Meet a nature guide and take a slow cruise around the headland to Monkey Beach. Stop for a banana-leaf wrapped local picnic lunch with water and seasonal tropical fruit. Spend some time enjoying the beach at leisure before a short ride back to the park headquarters.

The final stop of the day at 14:00 is at Entopia Butterfly Farm. Within Entopia lies two worlds - The Nature outdoor gardens and The Cocoon indoor discovery. Over 150 species of fauna and more than 200 species of flora are being showcased through Entopia. Spend up to 1.5 hours exploring one of the largest butterfly gardens in Malaysia with approximately 15,000 free flying butterflies at any one time.

Return to the hotel in Penang at approx. 16:30.

Spend the evening at leisure.

Overnight in Penang.

10

Penang

Penang walking tour (Excluding workshop): 4hoursOptional Activity Joss Stick Making Activity: 2 hours.Optional Activity: Kek Lok Si, Penang Hill and The Habitat: 4 hours

Spend the morning at leisure.

Optional morning Cycle

(Please note: Minimum age is 10 years old for the cycling tour (SIC))

At 07:00 this morning, ride off-the-beaten track to rural Penang to discover another part of the island away from the famous preserved heritage of Georgetown and the sandy beaches of Batu Ferringhi.  

Cycle the countryside of Penang and visit local artisans and villages, sampling local produce along the route. Depart early for this tour to catch the true sights and sounds of Malaysia that is not yet encountered. Visit the local market full of fruits, herbs and spices from the local area before learning the making of one of Malaysia’s most important spices – Belacan or shrimp paste which is a favourite that is used in a range of Malaysian dishes. Come across the production of a much used, home grown beauty item – made from rice and fragrant leaves, said to cool the face in the heat of the day. Coconuts are an important staple in Malaysia and a visit to this farm will educate one on the myriad of daily uses.

Cycling along the quiet country roads, this is a side of Penang often forgotten – pathways flanked by sustainable farms, mangroves, herds of goats and traditional wooden villages. The King of fruit – durian, is also grown here and if in season, have the opportunity to sample this pungent but creamy fruit.

Rate: MYR98 per pax (minimum 2 pax)

This afternoon, be picked-up by the driver and guide at 14:00 to visit The Habitat on Penang Hill and take the funicular railway to enjoy panoramic views of Georgetown and the Malaysian mainland. Located a short walk from the iconic funicular railway top station, The Habitat preserves the natural beauty of the Penang hills. Discover the flora and fauna of the highland forest through a guided nature walk by a specialist guide. Environmental conservation, awareness and sustainability are at the heart of what The Habitat on Penang Hill is about, with a mission to reconnect people with nature through environmental education.

Set on the fringes of a 130-million-year-old rainforest take a leisurely stroll along its 1.6km nature trail built on an existing path dating back to the early 1800s. Witness the rich biodiversity of flora and fauna in their natural habitat. Rest at the Golden bromeliad and Orchid pavilions and take a moment to reflect in the sights, sounds and smells of the rainforest. Take to The Habitat Canopy Walk offering spectacular views of the rolling hills of Penang.

Learn all about nature with a specialised trained nature guide who will explain all about the racket tailed drongo’s symbiotic relationship with the Dusky Leaf Langur. Finish the nature walk on the Tree Top Walk, 100 metres in length and the highest viewing platform in Penang offering a 360-degree panoramic views of the island and mainland. Take a drink and snack (at own expense) at The Habitat Café before returning to the Funicular.

Finish the day with a visit to Kek Lok Si Temple. Construction first started in 1883 and the unique Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas traces the connection of Buddhism through China, Myanmar and Thailand. Climb the steps up to the temple, make a wish by tying a ribbon on a wishing tree.

Spend dinner at leisure.

Overnight in Penang.

11

Penang

Spend the day at leisure until it is time to depart Penang for the onward journey.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or triple room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English Speaking Driver for Overland Transfer and Tour
  • Local English-Speaking guide for Walking Tours in Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang
  • Transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned Vehicle
  • Entrance Fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance (must include helicopter evacuation for Malaysia)
  • Visa for Malaysia
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Tourism tax

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