Explore marvellous Malaysia travelling from Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Langkawi.

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

Singapore, Singapore
Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
242kg pp per trip


  • *See the sights of Melaka from the back of a trishaw.
  • *Spend time with a local family at our homestay, and enjoy a home cooked meal!
  • *Learn to cook the delicious local specialties that Penang is famed for.
  • *Finish your trip with a few days of blissful relaxation in the beautiful beachside villages of Pulau Langkawi.


Arrive in Singapore where you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel if you have pre arranged a transfer.
A pre-trip briefing will be held in the evening, generally around 6pm, where you will meet the other members of your group and discuss the trip itinerary. Please check for a welcome notice on the hotel noticeboard located near the hotel lifts, which will provide your tour leader's name and the details of the meeting.
In the meantime we encourage you to get out and discover the delights that Singapore has to offer including trying some of its famous cuisine.
After the group meeting you may head out to a nearby restaurant and enjoy a meal together (this is optional and at your own expense). The rest of the evening is free - perhaps a quiet drink in the Clarke Quay or Boat Quay areas. You may wish to arrive a bit earlier before the start of the tour to explore the island-state's many other attractions.
Singapore has one of the best zoos in the world and Sentosa Island has its share of tourist attractions including a few small beaches, Fort Siloso and the Universal Studios theme park.
You will travel to Melaka today by public bus, the journey is approximately 5.5 hours. This town is a former colonial outpost, its history is still evident in the pretty streets that remain today - it maintains a distinctive old world charm that makes it a delight to visit.
Take a 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.
From colonial charm to the bustling capital, today you will make your way to Malaysia’s most cosmopolitan city, Kuala Lumpur (approx. 2.5 hours)
With a wonderful mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, Kuala Lumpur is a truly unique city.
Malaysia's multicultural capital, Kuala Lumpur is home to green parks, skyscrapers, tropical storms and world-renowned food and shopping.
Discover the key sites of Kuala Lumpur on a half-day city tour. Visit some of the city's most impressive architecture such as the National Monument, National Mosque, Istana Negara (National Palace), Batu Caves and Royal Selangor Pewter.
You will have some free time to explore the city and soaking in the spectacular views from the top of Menara Kuala Lumpur is a wonderful way to while away the hours.
Travel north today on the new electric train service to Butterworth (approx. 4 hours). From Butterworth we travel about 30 minutes by minibus to our homestay at Kota Aur. Kota Aur means village of Bamboo, although now the village is located in a picturesque rice growing area.

On arrival 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. Most of the hosts speak a bit of English, but you will also be able to practice your Bahasa Malay.

This afternoon 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.

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.
Awake to the sounds of village life, or and possibly the cockerels! After breakfast with your hosts we will head to the nearby whispering market in the country town of Kepala Batus. It is called the whispering market because the customers prefer to whisper their bids to vendors to get the best prices for their fish. It is the only one of its kind left in Malaysia. Afterwards we will look at some of the traditional palm houses in an 8 acre palm plant nursery, and have the chance to taste palm juice. We also stop at a monument to commemorate the 2004 tsunami

Travel by minibus to Penang (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.
From the ornate Indian temples to the Islamic mosques and Chinese shop houses, Penang is an island of contrasts and boasts a rich and varied history.
A morning walking tour the Georgetown area takes in Fort Cornwallis, the site of the original British settlement. You also take a drive to Kek Lok Si, the largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia.

You will have the opportunity to tour the grand and opulent Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and the Khoo Kongsi (both optional - small entrance fees payable) today, as well meander past wonderful antique shops and absorbing the old-time Chinatown charm of Chulia Street, evoking the ambiance of a bygone era.
A cooking class today gives you a chance to learn the skills of preparing delicious Malaysian cuisine that encompasses Malay, Chines and Indian influences.

Fly from Penang to the island of Langkawi this afternoon. From the pristine white sand beaches to the luscious rainforests and quiet, untouched Malay villages, this is a truly beautiful place to let your hair down.
Spend a day island hopping around Langkawi and exploring some of the smaller islands by boat.
Not to be missed is a trip on the cable car with spectacular views over the Andaman Sea and some of the 99 tropical islands of Langkawi.
After a day of sightseeing just pull up a towel and take some time to relax and enjoy the beauty of this magical place from the beach.
Your Malaysian trip concludes here, but with such a beautiful spot to enjoy it wouldn’t be a bad idea to linger a couple of extra days and enjoy the laid-back beach vibes.
View trip notes to read full itinerary


9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Minibus, Plane, Public bus, Taxi, Train, Trishaw, Van
Homestay (1 night), Hotel (8 nights)
Included activities
  • Melaka - Trishaw Tour
  • Kuala Lumpur - City tour
  • Kuala Lumpur - National Mosque
  • Kota Aur - Village bike tour
  • Kota Aur - Coconut picking demonstration
  • Kota Aur - Cooking Demonstration
  • Palm houses
  • Tsunami monument
  • Penang - Half Day Sightseeing
  • Penang - Fort Cornwallis
  • Penang - Kek Lok Si
  • Penang - Cooking Class
  • Langkawi - Island Tour
  • Langkawi - Cable Car


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Important notes

1. Please provide passport details at time of booking, as these are essential for booking services on this trip. Failure to provide these could result in additional fees
2. A single supplement is available on this trip, please contact your booking agent for more information. On the following nights a single room is not available:
- Day 6 Homestay
3. There's a 15kg luggage limit on the included flight. Intrepid will not pay for any excess luggage.

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Classic Malaysia , March 2016

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