Best of Malaysia Trip Notes

Best of Malaysia

Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016
Best of Malaysia
Trip code: TMSA
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
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 longer travel days on this itinerary by public bus. The public buses in Malaysia are comfortable and more reliable than the trains.
- *Spend one night in simple homestay accommodation, based in several local homes around the village. Rooms are twin-share, with fan cooling. Bathroom facilities are shared within each home, 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 throughout the year. The humidity levels and likelyhood of rain tend to increase from May to October, however all year around the temperature levels remain fairly constant.
Why we love it
- *Trek through lushTaman Negara National Park, where your local guide will explain traditional medicines made from the plants.
- *Snorkel the turquoise seas around the Perhentian Islands.
- *Spend time with a local family at our homestay, and get a real insight into local culture.
- *This itinerary spends quality time in each destination, to give you are real feel for each place.

Day 1 Kuala Lumpur
Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel 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.
Kuala Lumpur, the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia, is affectionately 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.
If you arrive early, grab a map and talk to the hotel staff about things to do in KL. Combine the markets of Chinatown, Indian food and traditional Malay arts and you have the heart of Kuala Lumpur. You might be tempted to head out of town to visit the famous Batu Caves or the Orang Asli Museum and the evening is best spent at the night market sampling the many different cuisines on offer and bargain hunting amongst 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 (approx 2.5 hrs).
    Once the most important trading port of Malaysia, Melaka attracted Chinese, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese and British traders, all seeking wealth or an opportunity to control the Straits of Malacca, a vital trading route between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Today, Melaka's wealth of historical sites remind visitors of times gone by and its multicultural past is revealed in its distinctive cuisine.
    Take a quaint trishaw tour along the narrow winding streets to get a taste of old Melaka and learn about the ancient spice trade. Take in sites such as Harmony Street, a mosque, 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
        A full day's travel by bus. We take a minubus to Melaka Sentral, followed by public public bus to Termloh (4 hours) and then a private minibus for the 30-40 min drive takes us to the ancient rainforest of Taman Negara (National Park).
        Taman Negara (National Park) is home to what's considered to be the oldest rainforest in the world.
        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 high up in the trees. Following the walk, those seeking additional challenges can take the time to explore Bukit Teresek.
        Head upstream (approx 1 hr) in longtail boats to brave the low level rapids. There's time for a swim surrounded by rainforest jungles before returning to our accommodation.
        Included Activities
        • Canopy Walk - Taman Negara
        • Longtail boat trip
          Guesthouse (1 nt)
          1 breakfast, 1 lunch
          Day 5 Taman Negara National Park
          Meet our local guide and head off into the jungle for a short trek - surely the best way to experience this pristine primary rainforest. We hope to see some of Malaysia's extraordinary wildlife including many exotic birds, and perhaps learn about some of the traditional uses of endemic plants and flowers. The trek is about 4 hours along purpose cleared paths through primary and secondary jungle, so be prepared to sweat! The walking isn't overly challenging, but a good level of fitness is required as the humidity can affect even the fittest trekker.

          Having completed our trek, 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 to walk for 30 minutes to the cascades further upstream before we return back down the Tahan River in small dugout canoes.
          Included Activities
          • Taman Negara - Trek to Cascades and boat ride
            Guesthouse (1 nt)
            1 breakfast
            Day 6 Perhentian Islands
            A long drive by private bus to Kuala Besut (6-7 hours) where we take a boat over crystal-clear waters to the sun-kissed beaches of the Perhentian Islands (approx 45 mins).
            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.
            Optional Activities
            • Sea kayaking - MYR15
              Hotel (1 nt)
              1 breakfast
              Day 7 Perhentian Islands
              Take a half day snorkelling trip in the turquoise waters, with beautiful coral and an array of fish. Keep an eye open for the majestic green turtles and, if we're lucky, maybe even a reef shark or two.
              Included Activities
              • Half-day snorkelling trip
                Hotel (1 nt)
                1 breakfast
                Day 8 Perhentian Islands
                Time can be spent snorkelling, swimming, trekking into the inland jungle, exploring the nearby islands or just lying in a hammock. And don't miss one of the seafood BBQs on offer!
                Hotel (1 nt)
                1 breakfast
                Day 9 Kota Bharu
                A speed boat to Kuala Besut and then a minibus takes us on to Kota Bharu.
                Epitomising traditional Malay culture at its best, Kota Bharu is home to several cultural and historical museums. Take time to learn about the art of batik, shadow puppets, silversmithing and kite making.
                This is a good chance to do some souvenir shopping. The night market of Kota Bharu is renowned around the country as an epicurean wonderland so don't miss this chance to sample various northern Malay delicacies not found elsewhere.
                Optional Activities
                • Handicraft Museum - MYR2
                  Hotel (1 nt)
                  1 breakfast
                  Day 10 Malay Homestay
                  A long bus journey (approx. 8 hrs) and a short minibus ride take us to the west coast and our home away from home – Kota Aur a small traditional Malay village set amongst the rice paddies. Here be prepared for an authentic local experience. On arrival we will have a home-cooked dinner. Afterwards we meet our hosts and are billeted out to different homes throughout the village. Accommodation is on a twin sharing basis with fan cooling. Bathrooms are shared and some homes will only have cold showers.

                  Note: Out of respect to our hosts, we request that you wear conservative clothing during your stay, and ensuring shoulders and knees are covered. Your group leader will give you more information on cultural etiquette before you arrive as well as helping you to learn some basic Bahasa Malay.
                  Alcohol is not available during our stay.
                  Homestay (1 nt)
                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                  Day 11 Malay Homestay
                  Awake to the sounds of village life, or and possibly the cockerels! This morning take a tour of the village and rice fields by bike and learn about how the local coconuts are harvested. Experience a cooking demonstration and a home cooked meal together with the group and one of our hosts. Tonight there is 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
                    After breakfast we will depart to Penang Island by private minibus (approx. 1 hour).
                    Penang - Malaysia's prized island - has a beautiful coastline, wonderful cuisine and its colonial heritage is still present in amongst the modern skyscrapers that tower over Georgetown.
                    This afternoon take a guided city tour of Georgetown passing sites such as Clan Jetty, Goddess of Mercy Chinese temple, Sri Mahamariamman Hindu temple and Kapitan Kling Mosque
                    Included Activities
                    • Penang - Orientation Walk
                      Hotel (1 nt)
                      1 breakfast
                      Day 13 Penang
                      Enjoy a free day to explore the many sites of Penang. Perhaps make the most of the island’s great beaches and incredible cuisine - why not head out to find the best Assam Laksa or char koay teow to enjoy as an evening meal.
                      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 and spend an evening enjoying the hustle and bustle of KL. We walk to the bus station (approx. 10 minutes) and take a bus public bus to Kuala Lumpur (approx. 5 hours).

                        Find the best bowl of Mee Goreng you can and sit back to do some people watching at one of the many markets or stalls.
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        1 breakfast
                        Day 15 Kuala Lumpur
                        Your Malaysian adventure concludes today and you are free to depart at any time for your onward travel.
                        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
                        Canopy Walk - Taman Negara
                        Longtail boat trip
                        Taman Negara - Trek to Cascades and boat ride
                        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, Longtail boat, Speed boat, 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.

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

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

                        Budget for meals not included: 180.00

                        EMERGENCY FUNDS
                        Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
                        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
                        AnCasa Express @ Pudu
                        4th Floor, Pudu Sentral, Jalan Pudu,
                        Kuala Lumpur
                        Phone: +60 (03) 2072 2688
                        Joining point description
                        Located within walking distance of vibrant Chinatown, with its wide variety of colourful night bazaars, hawker stalls, food courts featuring authentic Chinese based local mouth watering delicacies and neighbouring Chinese medical stores and textiles shops. Chinatown is within walking distance of main bus terminal, the Puduraya, which connects the north and south of peninsular Malaysia.
                        To access the hotel,
                        Our hotel is located on the 4th Floor of Pudu central in Chinatown. To access the hotel you will need to enter the bus station and catch an elevator to the 4th floor where the hotel is situated.
                        AnCasa Express @ Pudu rooms have en suites bathrooms with air conditioning, telephone and TV.
                        Joining point instructions
                        There are two airports in KL, and both are accessible by public transport or have taxi stands. Taxis are cheap, safe and reliable. Taxi vouchers can be purchased at taxi counters found as you exit the baggage claim area at both airports. A taxi to the hotel from either airport should cost about MYR100-120 and take approximately 1 hour.
                        To catch public transport:
                        1. If you are arriving at KLIA Airport, take the KLIA Express Train to KL Sentral station, the cost of a ticket is MYR35. Change to the LRT train to Pasar Seni, a ticket costs MYR1.60. From here the hotel is a 10 minute walk or a short taxi. Total travel time this way would take approximately an hour.
                        2. If you are arriving at LCCT Airport, catch the StarBus Shuttle to Jalan Petaling, cost of a ticket is MYR10. From here the walk to the hotel is about 3 minutes. Total travel time for this option would be about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
                        Normal check in time at the hotel is after 12:00.

                        An arrival transfer from the airport is available if arranged at the time of booking. Transfers cannot be arranged on arrival. Please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your departure. If you plan to arrive earlier, this arrival transfer can only be offered in conjunction with pre-tour accommodation booked through Intrepid.

                        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 the transfer operators hotline at +6012 6388382.
                        Finish point
                        AnCasa Express @ Pudu
                        4th Floor, Pudu Sentral, Jalan Pudu,
                        Kuala Lumpur
                        Phone: +60 (03) 2072 2688
                        Finish point description
                        Located within walking distance of vibrant Chinatown, with its wide variety of colourful night bazaars, hawker stalls, food courts featuring authentic Chinese based local mouth watering delicacies and neighbouring Chinese medical stores and textiles shops. Chinatown is within walking distance of main bus terminal, the Puduraya, which connects the north and south of peninsular Malaysia.
                        To access the hotel,
                        Our hotel is located on the 4th Floor of Pudu central in Chinatown. To access the hotel you will need to enter the bus station and catch an elevator to the 4th floor where the hotel is situated.
                        AnCasa Express @ Pudu rooms have en suites bathrooms with air conditioning, telephone and TV.
                        Finishing point instructions
                        A departure transfer is available - please enquire at time of booking.

                        Alternatively, a taxi from our hotel to either KLIA or LCCT Airports will cost about MYR80 and take approximately 1 hour.
                        To catch public transport:
                        1. To KLIA Airport, walk 10 minutes to the LRT Pasar Seni station and catch a train to KL Sentral. Ticket cost MYR1.60. From KL Sentral catch the KLIA Express train, ticket cost MYR35. This takes about 1 hour total.
                        2. To LCCT Airport, walk 3 minutes to Jalan Petaling stop and from there catch the StarBus Shuttle to the airport. Tickets cost MYR10. This takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes total.
                        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:

                        For general contact details please use the following page:

                        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 Asia, 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. 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.
                        Climate and seasonal information
                        The month-long Ramadan Festival will start on the 7th of June 2016. 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 7th July 2016.

                        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 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.

                        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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