Best of Malaysia Trip Notes

Best of Malaysia

Last Modified: 10 Oct 2016
Best of Malaysia
Trip code: TMSA
Validity: 01 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2017
Travel to South-East Asia and experience the very best of Malaysia. Since its emergence from colonial rule, Malaysia has developed a reputation as a land of diverse cultures, exotic foods and natural beauty. On this adventure, we take you where the action is - past outstanding colonial architecture, among friendly locals, close to exotic marine life and into ancient rainforests. Amble along forest walks, haggle in some of Asia's best markets, discover perfect beachside paradise and make friends with welcoming locals. This trip introduces the best of Malaysia and gives an inside glimpse to this fascinating country.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodation NotesFinishing point instructions
ThemesMeals introductionEmergency contact
Is this trip right for you?MealsVisas
Why we love itTransportWhat to take
MapMoney mattersClimate and seasonal information
ItineraryGroup leaderHealth
Itinerary disclaimerSafetyTravel insurance
Physical ratingJoining pointA couple of rules
Included activitiesJoining point descriptionResponsible Travel
Group sizeJoining point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Your fellow travellersFinish pointFeedback
AccommodationFinish point description
Is this trip right for you?
- There are some long days of travel by public bus. You will be pleased to know that public buses in Malaysia are quite comfortable and in fact more reliable than the trains!
- The conditions on your homestay will be more basic than in other places. Bathroom facilities are shared, and some will only have cold showers. However, the experience with a local family is a real highlight.
- The climate in Malaysia is generally hot and humid, so be prepared for some balmy days no matter when you visit. It tends to be wetter and more humid from May to October, but the temperature remains fairly constant throughout the year.
Why we love it
- Adventure through the lush Taman Negara National Park, where your local guide will explain traditional medicines made from the plants
- Snorkel the turquoise seas around the Perhentian Islands, a paradise of unspoiled forests and white sands
- Spend time with a local family at a homestay, an authentic local experience that gives a real insight into village culture
- Pedal out to the rice fields around Kota Aur and learn all about how local coconuts are harvested
- With quality time in each destination, you'll get a real feel for each place and the freedom to make your own discoveries

Day 1 Kuala Lumpur
Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive early, get out and get a taste for Kuala Lumpur, the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia (affectionately known as 'KL'). Grab a map and talk to the hotel staff about things to do. The markets of Chinatown, exceptional Indian food and traditional Malay arts make up a large part of the city's essence. Your evening is best spent at the night market sampling the many different cuisines on offer and bargain hunting at the many stalls.
Optional Activities
  • Kuala Lumpur - City tour - MYR203
  • Kuala Lumpur - KL Tower - MYR49
  • Kuala Lumpur - Orang Asli Museum - MYR10
    Hotel (1 nt)
    Day 2 Melaka
    Transfer by local bus to the old port town of Melaka (approximately 2.5 hours). A former colonial outpost, this town retains a distinctive old-world charm that makes it a delight to visit. Travelling by trishaw in the local style, you will take a tour of the town, cruising through the narrow, winding streets to get a taste of old Melaka and learn about the ancient spice trade the town is known for. Along the way you will pay a visit to Harmony Street, an aptly named strip of mosques and temples that exudes a tranquil air. You will also check out a mosque, a variety of Chinese Buddhist temples and a traditional Muslim house-museum.
    Included Activities
    • Melaka - Trishaw Tour
      Optional Activities
      • Melaka - Riverboat Trip - MYR15
      • Melaka - Baba Nonya Heritage Museum - MYR8
        Hotel (1 nt)
        1 breakfast
        Day 3 Taman Negara National Park
        Embark on a full day's travel by bus. First you will take a minibus to Melaka Sentral, then a public bus to Temerloh (approximately 4 hours). From there, board another private minibus for the short journey (approximately 30–40 minutes) to the ancient rainforest of Taman Negara National Park. This vast natural beauty is believed to be the oldest rainforest in the world, dating back some 130 million years. It's home to an incredible variety of wildlife, from elephants and monkeys to exotic birds such as the elusive Malaysian rail-babbler and the easily recognisable hornbill. The park also boasts one of the highest diversities of trees on the planet.
        Included Activities
        • Taman Negara - National Park Entrance
          Guesthouse (1 nt)
          1 breakfast
          Day 4 Taman Negara National Park
          Experience the jungle from a monkey's point of view on a canopy walk that will take you high up in the trees. Following the walk, those seeking additional challenges can take the time to explore Bukit Teresek. This trail is rigorous but rewarding, offering some world-class birdwatching and some amazing panoramic views from the top. Afterwards you will head upstream (approximately 1 hour) on a longtail boat to brave the low-level rapids. There will be plenty of time for a swim amid the lush jungle surrounds before returning to the acommodation for the evening.
          Included Activities
          • Canopy Walk - Taman Negara
          • Longtail boat trip
            Guesthouse (1 nt)
            1 breakfast, 1 lunch
            Day 5 Taman Negara National Park
            Meet your local guide and head off into the jungle for a short trek (approximately 4 hours). This is the ultimate way to experience this pristine rainforest. As well as spotting wildlife, you'll be able to learn more about the plants and flowers and some of their traditional medicinal uses. While your journey only lasts a few hours, you'll be walking through primary and secondary jungle, so be prepared to sweat! The walk itself isn't overly challenging, but a good level of fitness is required, as the humidity can affect even the fittest trekker. At the end you will arrive at the crystal-clear waters of the Tahan River where there's time for a refreshing swim – very welcome after the hot and humid jungle. After lunch, the adventurous can continue walking 30 minutes to the cascades further upstream before it's time to head back down the Tahan River in a small dugout canoe.
            Included Activities
            • Taman Negara - Trek to Cascades and boat ride
              Guesthouse (1 nt)
              1 breakfast
              Day 6 Perhentian Islands
              Take a private bus to Kuala Besut (approximately 6–7 hours). Here you will take a fun boat ride over crystal-clear waters to the sun-kissed beaches of the Perhentian Islands (approximately 45 minutes). Located off the east coast of Malaysia, the Perhentians are some of the most beautiful islands in the world, with unspoilt reefs and pure white sand. This will be well worth the long drive today!
              Optional Activities
              • Perhentian Islands - Sea kayaking - MYR15
                Hotel (1 nt)
                1 breakfast
                Day 7 Perhentian Islands
                Enjoy a leisurely half-day snorkelling trip in these turquoise waters. You'll be among beautiful coral and an impressive array of tropical fish. See how many different varieties you can spot. It's worth keeping an eye open for the rarer beauties too – green turtles and, if you are lucky, maybe even a reef shark or two.
                Included Activities
                • Perhentian Islands - Half-day snorkelling trip
                  Hotel (1 nt)
                  1 breakfast
                  Day 8 Perhentian Islands
                  Indulge in this divine coastal spot in your free time today. You can do some more snorkelling, laze and swim in the water near the shore, trek into the inland jungle, explore the nearby islands or simply lie in a hammock with a good book. And don't miss one of the delicious feasts of barbequed seafood on offer. 
                  Hotel (1 nt)
                  1 breakfast
                  Day 9 Kota Bharu
                  Take a speed boat to Kuala Besut and then a minibus to Kota Bharu. Epitomising traditional Malay culture at its best, Kota Bharu is home to several cultural and historical museums. Take the time to learn about the art of batik, shadow puppets, silversmithing and kite making while you are here. This is also a good chance to do some souvenir shopping. The night market of Kota Bharu is renowned across the country as an epicurean wonderland, so don't miss this chance to sample some delicious northern Malay delicacies you won't find anywhere else.
                  Optional Activities
                  • Kota Bharu - Handicraft Museum - MYR2
                    Hotel (1 nt)
                    1 breakfast
                    Day 10 Malay Homestay
                    A long bus journey (approximately 8 hours) and a short minibus ride takes you to the west coast. Arrive at your home away from home – Kota Aur. In this small traditional Malay village set amongst the rice paddies, you'll stay with a local family. Enjoy a home-cooked dinner on arrival. Afterwards you will meet your hosts and be billeted out to one of the various home lodgings found throughout the village. Accommodation is twin-share and has fan cooling. Bathrooms are shared, and some homes will only have cold showers.

                    Note: Out of respect to your hosts, it is important that you wear conservative clothing during your stay. Ensure that your shoulders and knees are covered. Your group leader will give you more information on cultural etiquette before you arrive, as well as help you learn some basic Bahasa Malay. Note that alcohol will not be available during your stay.
                    Homestay (1 nt)
                    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                    Day 11 Malay Homestay
                    Awake to the sounds of village life, maybe even the resident crowing cockerels! This morning you will take a tour of the village and rice fields by bike and learn about how the local coconuts are harvested. You will also experience a cooking demonstration and enjoy a home-cooked meal together with the group and one of the hosts. Tonight there will be the opportunity to learn about the Malay game of congkak and enjoy a taste of family life in Malaysia. Relax and make yourself at home.
                    Included Activities
                    • Kota Aur - Cooking Demonstration
                    • Kota Aur - Coconut picking demonstration
                    • Kota Aur - Village bike tour
                      Homestay (1 nt)
                      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                      Day 12 Penang
                      Continue to Penang (approximately 1 hour), Malaysia's prized island. Discover an exotic blend of cultures, and of course its signature foods which you can sample at one of the many street-side stalls. Try a sweet ice kacang (crushed ice, syrup and a mixture of jellies, nuts and sweet beans), or a hearty nasi kandar (steamed rice with curry, fried chicken, seafood or vegetables). Tour the historic Georgetown area in the afternoon with your guide, passing Clan Jetty, the Goddess of Mercy Chinese temple, Sri Mahamariamman Hindu temple and Kapitan Kling Mosque. Your accommodation (twin-share rooms with private facilities) is conveniently located in the heart of Georgetown. Though basic, it is a great base for exploring the temples, mosques and museums.
                      Included Activities
                      • Penang - Orientation Walk
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        1 breakfast
                        Day 13 Penang
                        Enjoy a free day to explore the many different sides of Penang at your leisure. Georgetown is a particularly great area to delve deeper into. You will have discovered by now some of its impressive architecture, but this eclectic cultural arena seems to offer a new surprise at every turn. Those looking to relax and cool off, on the other hand, might like to venture further afield to one of the superb local beaches. In the evening, perhaps head to the street food hot spot that is Lg Baru. Here you can indulge in a Assam Laksa, char koay teow, or maybe some spicy fish curry for dinner.
                        Optional Activities
                        • Penang - Tastes & Traditions of Penang Urban Adventure - USD52
                        • Penang - Chong Fat Tze Museum - MYR12
                        • Penang - Funicular Railway - MYR55
                        • Penang - Penang Museum - MYR1
                        • Penang - Malaysian Cooking Class - MYR200
                          Hotel (1 nt)
                          1 breakfast
                          Day 14 Kuala Lumpur
                          Set off for Malaysia’s capital today. Take a ferry to Butterworth (20 minutes), and then take the train to Kuala Lumpur (approximately 4 hours). When you arrive, you'll spend an evening among the hustle and bustle of KL. You are free to spend the evening as you please. This is a city that's best explored on foot, so stretch your legs and get amongst it. While you're here, perhaps shop at the Bukit Bintang, see the sprawling city from the Menara Tower, head out of town to visit the famous Batu Caves, or explore the Lake Gardens. At the latter you will find some excellent places to visit – the Botanical Garden, Orchard Park, a bird sanctuary and the Islamic Arts Museum.
                          1 breakfast
                          Day 15 Kuala Lumpur
                          Your adventure comes to an end today and you are free to depart at any time.
                          Hotel (1 nt)
                          1 breakfast
                          Itinerary disclaimer
                          ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
                          Physical rating

                          Included activities
                          Melaka - Trishaw Tour
                          Taman Negara - National Park Entrance
                          Canopy Walk - Taman Negara
                          Longtail boat trip
                          Taman Negara - Trek to Cascades and boat ride
                          Perhentian Islands - Half-day snorkelling trip
                          Kota Aur - Cooking Demonstration
                          Kota Aur - Coconut picking demonstration
                          Kota Aur - Village bike tour
                          Penang - Orientation Walk
                          Group size
                          Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
                          Your fellow travellers
                          GROUP TRAVEL
                          As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

                          SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
                          Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

                          A single supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information. Please note that on the single supplement is not available on the following 5 days:
                          - Days 3-5: Taman Negara
                          - Days 10-11: Malay Homestay
                          Guesthouse (3nt), Homestay (2nt), Hotel (9nt)
                          The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

                          TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS
                          Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.

                          CHECK-IN TIME
                          Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

                          PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
                          If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.

                          Please note that at our homestay we stay in shared A-frame huts which have cold water and no fans. Some of our guesthouses may not have windows which is typical in Malaysia.
                          Meals introduction
                          While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
                          14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
                          Boat, Bus, Ferry, Longtail boat, Minibus, Speed boat, Taxi, Train, Trishaw, Van

                          PUBLIC TRANSPORT ON THIS TRIP
                          Please note that we make extensive use of multiple types of public transport on some days and some journeys may be long. You will need to be able to carry your own bag on and off public transport including public buses and ferries.
                          Money matters
                          The official currency of Malaysia is the Ringgit (MYR).

                          The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATM's are now readily available and visa cash advances are available in major banks. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange, clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques can be difficult to change.

                          SPENDING MONEY:
                          When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

                          If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier.

                          The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

                          Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.

                          Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.

                          Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.

                          Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline US$2-US$4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

                          In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-US$10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

                          Optional Tipping Kitty:
                          At your group meeting on Day 1 your tour leader will discuss with you the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassles of needing small change and knowing when and what is an appropriate amount to tip. Participation in this kitty at your own discretion.

                          Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult

                          DEPARTURE TAX
                          All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

                          Budget for meals not included: 180.00

                          EMERGENCY FUNDS:
                          We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.
                          Group leader
                          All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.

                          Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
                          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.

                          SEAT BELTS:
                          Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.

                          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 or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

                          MOTORBIKE BAG SNATCHING:
                          Be particularly aware of motorbike bag snatching, especially in the bigger cities.
                          Joining point
                          The 5 Elements Hotel
                          Lot 243 Jalan Sultan (Chinatown)
                          Kuala Lumpur
                          Phone: +60 3 2031 6888
                          Fax: +60 3 2031 6811
                          Joining point description
                          The 5 Elements Hotel is located in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, within walking distance to Petaling Street. The 5 Elements Hotel is a 10-minute walk form Pudu Raya Bus Terminal and Pasar Seni Light Rail Transit. The 5 Elements Hotel is easily accessible via Jalan Hang Tuah or Jalan Pudu.

                          This boutique hotel features free WiFi and 24 hour reception and luggage storage. Safety deposit boxes are located at reception. The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, 32-inch flat screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities. Hairdryers and irons are available upon request at reception.
                          Joining point instructions
                          Intrepid can assist with pre-booking an arrival transfer from the airport - enquire with your agent. Please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your departure.

                          If you have pre-booked an airport transfer, please make your way to the main Terminal arrival hall and your driver will be holding a sign bearing your name.
                          Please do not believe touts in suits who tell you there is an 'issue' with your arrival transfer.
                          If you cannot find your pre-booked transfer, or you have any concerns about your transfer, please call transfer hotline at +6012 6388382.

                          Alternatively both airport terminals offer public transport and taxis to the city. A taxi to the joining point hotel will cost approximately MYR80-MYR110. Taxi counters in the arrivals hall will offer set fares.
                          The KLIA Express train stops at both terminals, travelling directly to KL Sentral, approximately MYR55. From KL Sentral change to the LRT train to Pasar Seni (MYR1.60). It is a 10 minute walk or short taxi to the hotel.
                          Public buses are also available to the city.

                          Normal check in time at the hotel is after 14:00.
                          Finish point
                          The 5 Elements Hotel
                          Lot 243 Jalan Sultan (Chinatown)
                          Kuala Lumpur
                          Phone: +60 3 2031 6888
                          Fax: +60 3 2031 6811
                          Finish point description
                          The 5 Elements Hotel is located in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, within walking distance to Petaling Street. The 5 Elements Hotel is a 10-minute walk form Pudu Raya Bus Terminal and Pasar Seni Light Rail Transit. The 5 Elements Hotel is easily accessible via Jalan Hang Tuah or Jalan Pudu.

                          This boutique hotel features free WiFi and 24 hour reception and luggage storage. Safety deposit boxes are located at reception. The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, 32-inch flat screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities. Hairdryers and irons are available upon request at reception.
                          Finishing point instructions
                          A departure transfer is available - please enquire at time of booking.

                          Alternatively, a taxi from our hotel will cost approximately MYR80-MYR110, and take approximately 1 hour (depending on traffic). Public transport via bus and the KLIA Express train both depart from KL Sentral.

                          Normal check out time is 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.
                          Emergency contact
                          In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Thailand Office can be reached on Tel: +66 898 103 722 (Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia, Burma & Phillipines) and Tel: +855 92 555 969 (Cambodia).

                          For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist. For further contact details please use the following page:

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                          While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

                          We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                          You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                          Intrepid's Thailand Office: +66 898 103 722
                          As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required.
                          Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

                          Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                          Most nationalities do not need visas to visit Malaysia as a tourist for up to three months. Please check with your relevant Malaysian embassy or consulate.
                          What to take
                          What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).

                          Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

                          Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:


                          WATER BOTTLE
                          Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.

                          LOCAL DRESS:
                          When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Malaysia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. At the homestay we ask that you show respect to our hosts by wearing conservative clothing including long trousers or skirts. In many rural areas in Asia women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.
                          Long sleeve tops and long trousers are also recommended to protect against leeches for walks in Taman Negara.
                          Climate and seasonal information
                          The month-long Ramadan Festival will start on the 27th of May 2017. This is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan business hours are shortened, including opening hours at all popular tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. While you definitely need to expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month of Ramadan is a fantastic month to travel in Muslim countries as it offers a chance to witness this fascinating Islamic event and the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken, from 25th June 2017.

                          CHINESE NEW YEAR:
                          An important 15-day festival for the Malaysian Chinese, based on the lunar calendar in January or February. In 2016, the Year of the Monkey is scheduled to be held from 8th February. This can be a busy time and some transport delays, shop closures and reduced opening hours at some sites may be expected, but there are also many fabulous festivals and rituals to observe during this time, so it's a great time to travel. Although we make all reasonable efforts to avoid disruption a flexible approach from the traveller is appreciated.
                          All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid Travel reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                          You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

                          Zika Virus
                          Areas of Malaysia are experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and we advise all travellers to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Malaysia or talk to their doctor about possible implications.

                          Please see further information about the Zika virus (and our current cancellation/change policy) on our safety page of the Intrepid website at

                          DENGUE FEVER:
                          Rare instances of dengue fever have been reported in this region. This virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. There is no vaccination against it, but there are preventative measures that you can take such as wearing long clothing, using repellent and being indoors particularly around dusk and dawn.

                          AIR POLLUTION
                          From June to October, Malaysia can experience air pollution from forest fires in Indonesia. Current recorded pollution readings in a number of states are higher than usual for this time of year. The persistent hot and dry weather conditions also causes dust to remain suspended in the air and accumulate, causing haze. Please be aware of this if you suffer from any medical conditions exasperated by air pollution.
                          Travel insurance
                          Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

                          When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

                          If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

                          A couple of rules
                          Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

                          Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                          Responsible Travel
                          We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.


                          The Intrepid Foundation
                          Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

                          The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:


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