Uncover a delightful new corner of Malaysia on this tropical adventure

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Pulau Penang, Malaysia
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
479kg pp per trip


  • Meet the Rungus people in Kudat
  • Be inspired by views of Mt Kinabalu
  • Soothe muscles during a soak in the Poring Hot Springs
  • Meet the furry locals at Sepilok
  • Soak up the beauty of Kuala Lumpur's modern skyline
  • Take a trishaw tour around historic Melaka
  • Relax on the beaches of Langkawi


Nestled between the Borneo jungle and the South China Sea, Kota Kinabalu is a great location to start this adventure. If arriving early, why not get into holiday mode with a beach excursion.
Visit the first capital of British North Borneo, Kudat, which is also the island’s northernmost tip. Make friends with the Rungus people and discover some of their daily rituals.
The Kinabalu National Park is among the most important biological sites in the world, with around 1,000 species of orchid, 600 species of fern and 320 species of bird. Soak up the sublime views of looming Mt Kinabalu on a walk through this stunning region.
Traipse across the jungle rooftop on a canopy walk before slipping into the steaming Poring Hot Springs to soothe tired muscles. Continue on to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and fall in love with these beautiful creatures.
Hit the road to Sukau, stopping to visit the Gomantong Caves en route. Continue on to a jungle lodge near Kinabatangan River. Spend free time here relaxing and enjoying the surroundings before spotting local wildlife on a river cruise.
Board a plane back to Kota Kinabalu and spend time relaxing at our beachside location. Toast the end of a great journey with new friends during a farewell dinner.
The cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia is the first stop, with its mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures. Perhaps soak up the view from atop the Menara Kuala Lumpur before being treated to a cultural performance and buffet dinner. Be entertained with traditional dances from around the Malaysian Peninsular and Borneo.
Leave urban life behind and travel into the lush and dramatic Cameron Highlands. This area, a former getaway of the colonial British, is a place of tranquillity and a welcomed escape from the humidity of the jungles. Indulge in a steamboat lunch before heading out to tour the verdant tea plantations. Be sure to sample a few cups of steaming local brew.
Travel to Melaka, a former colonial outpost, which retains a distinctive old-world air. Absorb its character on a trishaw ride through its winding streets and sample flavours of the exciting fusion of Chinese and Malay cuisine in a nonya cooking class.
With miles of white, sandy beaches, lush tropical rainforest and plenty of sleepy traditional Malay villages, Pulau Langkawi is the perfect place to get away from it all. Swim with shoals of colourful fish in the Pulau Payar Marine Park, indulge in a barbecue seafood dinner and take a cable car ride to enjoy spectacular views over this tropical haven. Be sure to spend some time channelling holiday vibes while kicking back on a soft, sandy beach.
From its elaborate Indian temples to its Chinese shop houses and statuesque Islamic mosques, Penang is packed with cross-cultural historic attractions. Take time to tour the magnificent Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, poke around the antique shops of Chulia Street or enjoy a final group dinner to celebrate the end of this Malaysian odyssey.
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11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Boat, Plane, Taxi, Trishaw, Van
Chalet (1 night), Cottage (1 night), Hotel (12 nights)
Included activities
  • Baba Nyonya cooking class
  • Cable car
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Culture show and dinner
  • Kudat - Longhouse visit
  • Kundasang - War Memorial
  • Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
  • Langkawi island tour
  • Melaka - Trishaw tour
  • Mt Kinabalu - Guided walk around lower trails
  • Mt Kinabalu National Park
  • Poring Hot Springs
  • Poring Hot Springs - Canopy Walk
  • Seafood dinner
  • Sepilok - Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Sukau - Gomantong Caves
  • Sukau - River cruise & wildlife spotting on Kinabatangan River
  • Tea plantation tour


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Important notes

1. The internal flight from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur is NOT included. Please see important notes for details.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip (excludes Borneo).
3. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
4. Strict luggage limits apply. See under the Important Notes section of Trip Notes for more information.

Trip notes

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