Travel to Kuala Lumpur and experience the Best of Malaysia

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.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
283kg pp per trip


  • *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.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Your Malaysian adventure concludes today and you are free to depart at any time for your onward travel.
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14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Boat, Bus, Longtail boat, Speed boat, Trishaw, Van
Guesthouse (3 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (9 nights)
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


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Best of Malaysia , March 2016

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