10 days

Malaysian Encounter

Malaysian Encounter

15th Century port town of Malacca

Kuala Lumpur

Penang

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  • Emerging from Dutch, Portuguese and British rule, Malaysia has prospered into a diverse and multicultural country where Chinese, Malay, Indian and Indo-Chinese cultures have combined to give the nation its unique flavour. Beginning in the futuristic city of Singapore, journey to the bright lights of Kuala Lumpur, hop down to fascinating Malacca (Melaka), enjoy the cultural spoils of an island hideaway and get a dose of colonial history in Penang before winding up the adventure on the beaches of Pulau Langkawi. Sample mouth-watering foods, see a wealth of modern and historical sights and savour the natural beauty of the Malaysian landscape on this treasure-filled trip.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Singapore

    • Arrive in Singapore where you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel if you have pre arranged a transfer.
    • A pre-trip briefing will be held in the evening, generally around 6pm, where you will meet the other members of your group and discuss the trip itinerary. Please check for a welcome notice on the hotel noticeboard located near the hotel lifts, which will provide your tour leader's name and the details of the meeting.
    • In the meantime we encourage you to get out and discover the delights that Singapore has to offer including trying some of its famous cuisine.
    • After the group meeting you may head out to a nearby restaurant and enjoy a meal together (this is optional and at your own expense). The rest of the evening is free - perhaps a quiet drink in the Clarke Quay or Boat Quay areas. You may wish to arrive a bit earlier before the start of the tour to explore the island-state's many other attractions.
    • Singapore has one of the best zoos in the world and Sentosa Island has its share of tourist attractions including a few small beaches, Fort Siloso and the Universal Studios theme park.
    V Hotel Lavender or similar

    Day 2-3 - Malacca (Melaka)

    • You will travel to Malacca today. This town is a former colonial outpost, its history is still evident in the pretty streets that remain today - it maintains a distinctive old world charm that makes it a delight to visit.
    • A trishaw ride through the city is a great way to acquaint yourself with the winding streets and must-see sights.
    • You will also take part in a wonderful cooking class, where you will learn the art of fusing the flavours of Malay and Chinese cuisine.
    Hatten Hotel or similar, Melaka
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 4-5 - Kuala Lumpur

    • From colonial charm to the bustling capital, today you will make your way to Malaysia’s most cosmopolitan city, Kuala Lumpur.
    • With a wonderful mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, Kuala Lumpur is a truly unique city.
    • Discover the key sites of Kuala Lumpur on a half-day city tour. Visit some of the city's most impressive architecture such as the National Monument, National Mosque, Istana Negara (National Palace), Batu Caves and Royal Selangor Pewter.
    • You will have some free time to explore the city and soaking in the spectacular views from the top of Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower) is a wonderful way to while away the hours.
    • An optional evening out (at additional cost) is a buffet dinner followed by a cultural performance of traditional dances from around the Malay Peninsula as well as Borneo.
    Ancasa Hotel & Spa or similar, Kuala Lumpur
    Breakfast

    Day 6 - Kuala Kangsar - Lakeside Homestay

    • Again you will enjoy the great juxtaposition of this beautiful country by travelling from a busy city to the heart of Peninsular Malaysia.
    • We travel towards Kuala Kangsar and make our way to a local-style hideaway located by the side of a lake.
    • You will be accommodated by a local family here, and will have the opportunity to indulge in the local traditional delicacies and learn more about day-to-day life of the more rural Malay people on a guided walk around the village.
    • Stay in basic traditional houses with twin-share beds and cold showers. Please note that out of respect for our hosts, alcohol is not available during our stay.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Kuala Kangsar - Penang

    • Discover the rich Malay culture on a tour of the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, with its sultans' palaces and the Ubudiah Mosque with its impressive golden dome.
    • Continue to Penang, another Malaysian city successfully fusing the best of a myriad of cultures.
    • From the ornate Indian temples to the Islamic mosques and Chinese shop houses, Penang is a city of contrasts, and boasts a rich and varied history.
    • You will have the opportunity to tour the grand and opulent Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and the Khoo Kongsi (both optional - small entrance fees payable) today, as well meander past wonderful antique shops and absorbing the old-time Chinatown charm of Chulia Street, evoking the ambiance of a bygone era.
    Banana Boutique Hotel or similar, Penang
    Breakfast

    Day 8-10 - Penang - Pulau Langkawi

    • A morning tour of Penang takes in Fort Cornwallis, the site of the original British settlement. You also take a drive to Kek Lok Si, the largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia.
    • You then fly from Penang to the island of Langkawi.
    • Finish your trip with a few days of blissful relaxation in the beautiful beachside villages of Pulau Langkawi. From the pristine white sand beaches to the luscious rainforests and quiet, untouched Malay villages, this is a truly beautiful place to let your hair down.
    • You will have the opportunity to swim amidst beautiful shoals of brightly coloured fish in the local marine park and enjoy an indulgent barbecue dinner.
    • Taking a cable car to a lookout where you’ll enjoy expansive views across this tropical paradise is another highlight.
    • Just pull up a towel and take some time to relax and enjoy the beauty of this magical place from the beach.
    • Your trip will come to an end after breakfast on Day 10.
    Holiday Villa or similar, Langkawi
    Breakfast | Dinner
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Peregrine tour leader, arrival transfer, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees.

    Not Included

    • International flights, airport departure taxes, visas, insurance, other meals, any optional tours and activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY: While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS: You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    BALCONIES: Some hotel balconies don't meet western standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    SEAT BELTS: Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Malaysian Encounter

    Rebecca - Australia, 21 Jan, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    The Mekong Explorer trip was an excellent introduction to Laos and Cambodia. The tour leaders were friendly and knowledgeable and took great care of us. Overall the value for money was good.
    One main point of feedback would be to encourage Australians to get their Laos visa before arrival. The border crossing wasa shambles and it took several hours of crammed queuing to get the visa sorted. The other is to remind customers that some of the areas visited are quite remote. After the wheel came off our minibus to Phonsovan there were little choices in terms of getting the bus fixed and an already long day of travel turned into a 12 hour + day.
    The Cambodia guide, Kheang, rates a special mention for his care and attention and willingness to share his personal stories as an insight into the history of Cambodia.
    Rebecca

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Trip Code PAMK
Start City: Singapore, Singapore
End City: Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia
Style: Small Group

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