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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
13 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Kuala Lumpur - Stroll through Chinatown and marvel at the Petronas Towers in Malaysia's capital
  • Malacca - Discover centuries of colonial rule in the old trading port of Malacca. Take an evening river cruise through the city
  • Belum Rainforest - Explore one of the oldest rainforest's in the world, home to indigenous tribes and the mystical Rafflesia flower
  • Georgetown - Uncover 'the Pearl of the Orient' and try some wonderful street food in Penang
  • Langkawi - Spend time relaxing on the idyllic white-sand beaches of tropical Langkawi

Short Description

This fascinating journey takes us from the gleaming metropolis of Kuala Lumpur to the idyllic beaches of Langkawi. We discover colonial buildings in Malacca, visit orphaned Orang-utans at Bukit Merah and trek through one of the oldest rainforests in the world in Royal Belum. The trip then takes us to colourful Georgetown where we get the chance to sample some authentic Malay cuisine before ending on the tropical island of Langkawi.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Langkawi

Destinations

Malaysia

Cities & Attractions

Kuala Lumpur

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join trip in Kuala Lumpur

Description

We join our trip in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur. East and West rub shoulders in this eclectic and energetic city. KL (as it is known locally) has a hugely varied population, comprising mainly of Malays, Sikhs, Chinese, Indians, Tamils (many in local dress), and the odd splash of saffron from a robed Buddhist monk, adding colour to the vibrant street scenes. After checking into our hotel, the rest of the day is free at leisure.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Discover Kuala Lumpur's varied sights on a walking tour of the city

Description

This morning we embark on a walking tour to uncover some of the cultural diversity of this lively and modern city. The tour starts at the colourfully decorated Guan Yin Temple, an ornate Buddhist temple dedicated to Guan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion. We then venture into Chinatown and onto Petaling Street, a pedestrianised lane lined with traditional Chinese lanterns and where anything from sunglasses to Bonsai trees can be bought. We move next onto the Hindu temple of Sri Maha Mariamman, a towering temple that is South Indian in style, and is said to be the oldest Hindu temple in all of Malaysia. On our way out of Chinatown we stop via the Central Market before crossing the Gombok River and onto the city's birthplace. This area offers a stark contrast from Chinatown and is full of historic buildings such as the Cathedral of Saint Mary and the Tudor-styled Royal Selangor club, from Malaysia's colonial days.

The rest of the day is free at leisure. If you would prefer to explore, you may wish to visit 'KLCC' , the area in which the magnificent Petronas Towers lie. For wonderful views of the Towers along with a choice of Asian-inspired cocktails, head for the 'Sky Bar', residing on the 33rd floor of the Traders Hotel, directly opposite the towers.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Morning visit to Batu Caves, free afternoon in the city

Description

This morning we head out of the city and on to the iconic Batu Caves. Some 272 steps lead up to the sacred Hindu temple that lies inside the cave, and wonderful views of the city and beyond can be had from the entrance. The temple is a shrine to a Hindu deity, Lord Murugah and the complex consists of three caves full of colourful Hindu murals and artwork. After some time spent exploring, and perhaps witnessing a puja if we are lucky (a Hindu ceremony of worship where often an offering to the gods or deity will be made), we will return to Kuala Lumpur this afternoon, where the rest of the afternoon has been left free.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - Drive to Malacca, afternoon walking tour of the Old Town. Evening river cruise

Description

Today we leave Kuala Lumpur and drive south to the old colonial port of Malacca. It is one of the oldest towns in Malaysia, and certainly the most cosmopolitan. In its time it has been ruled by the Portuguese, the Dutch, the British and the Japanese, finally becoming Malay in 1957. Old Malacca is a fascinating area to wander around by yourself, and we include a walking tour of some of the major sights such as the tomb of Huang Kasturi, one of Malacca's five great 15th century warriors, and Cheng Hoon the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia. Malacca is the place to pick up antiques along 'antique row', and there are plenty of open-air restaurants along the water front in which to try the local speciality 'steamboat' - satay sticks of all types cooked in a pot in the middle of your table and eaten communally. This evening we include a river cruise, offering an interesting vantage point to watch the sun set over the colonial cityscape.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Free morning to explore Malacca on foot, afternoon train back to Kuala Lumpur

Description

This morning has been left free for further exploration of the narrow winding streets of Old Malacca, a city best explored and experienced on foot. Later this afternoon we make our way to Malacca train station for a scenic train journey back to the capital, Kuala Lumpur. This is a great opportunity to converse with the locals and enjoy the lush rolling scenery as it passes by the window.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Visit Bukit Merah Orang-utan Sanctuary, travel to Belum Rainforest

Description

We head north today, first travelling by train to the Perak State capital of Ipoh, where we then transfer to our bus and continue by road to the Bukut Merah Orang-utan Island. Bukit Merah was originally set up as an orang-utan Sanctuary in early 2000 and after many successfully rehabilitations it has now been recognised as a full conservation centre, caring for a total of 24 orang-utans. Bukit Merah rescues orang-utans either from illegal possession or illegal trade, and acts to rehabilitate these gentle primates before returning them to the wild. It also acts as an education centre for locals and tourists alike, teaching people about the importance of the 'Men of the Forest' and how vital the conservation of their natural habitat is. We make the short trip across to the Island by ferry and then spend some time watching the orang-utans and learning about the important conservation work being done here. (Please note that if the water levels are too low we will not be able to visit Bukit Merah, and instead will visit Kuala Sepetang Mangrove forest, where we can explore the forest on foot via the maze of boardwalks through the low-lying mangrove trees.)

We later continue our journey north and cross into the Belum Rainforest. The Royal Belum State Park covers a large swatch of northern Malaysia and is believed to be one of the oldest rainforests in the world, dating back over 130 million years. Upon arrival in the park, we settle in to our rooms where the rest of evening is at leisure to enjoy our surroundings.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Morning visit to Orang-Asli tribe. Afternoon free for jungle activities

Description

After breakfast this morning we head out by boat onto the Temenggor Lake to visit the aboriginal villages of the Orang-Asli people. Translated from Malay to literally mean 'the original people', these tribes are indigenous to Peninsular Malaysia and live remotely in the forest regions of the north. We visit the Jahai and Temair tribe, where we learn about their ancient customs and traditions that have been passed down to them for generations. We will then continue our journey through the forest on foot, where we will attempt to seek out the magnificent 'Rafflesia' - the world's largest flower.

This afternoon has been left free where we can either relax in our surroundings, or take part in a number of optional activities organised with the resort's front desk. There is a variety of excursions on offer which include jungle walks, a river cruise, fishing, bamboo rafting and night walks.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Travel to Georgetown by bus and ferry via Lenggong Valley

Description

We leave the tropical rainforest behind today as we wind our way out of Royal Belum State Park through the Lenggong Valley and onto Butterworth. It is here we leave the road and the mainland behind as we board our ferry to cross over to Georgetown, Penang Island. Upon arrival, we will visit the charming temple of Cheah Kongsi where we can admire its intricate carvings, with its woodwork bearing all the hallmarks of master craftsmen from China. We then continue on foot to the 'Little India' of Penang, a melee of stalls selling colourful sarees, garments and bangles through to household items and crafts. We also have the chance to try some local delicacies such as 'Teh Tarik', a kind of cappuccino tea made with foam and milk!

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 9 - Morning tour of Penang, Afternoon free

Description

Often called the 'Pearl of the Orient' by the local people, Penang lies some 4km off the Malay mainland. Its deep-water harbour is ideal for trade and so the island has become a haven of commerce. This morning we take an excursion around the island by local bus; visiting the majestic Kek Lok Si Temple, located on top of a hill, giving us a good insight into local life as it takes us through rural villages. You can also ride on the funicular railway to the top of Penang Hill (690m) for far reaching views across the island. In the afternoon you are free to explore. The Botanical Gardens are beautiful and can be reached quite easily by local bus, and there are many other interesting mosques and Buddhist temples to see. Appreciators of art should search out the local batik work at the Penang Art Gallery. In the evening we will probably eat at one of the many local food outlets that Penang is so famous for, whether Indian, Chinese or Malay, the choice is yours!

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 10 - Morning ferry to Langkawi island, free afternoon

Description

We rise early this morning for our ferry to the idyllic island paradise of Langkawi, a journey of approximately three hours. Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands lying just off the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsular. Surrounded by turquoise waters, the interior of the main island is a mixture of jungle-clad hills and picturesque paddy fields. This lush interior is encapsulated by white-sand beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Andaman Sea; an ideal place to relax or explore for our last few days in Malaysia. We will be met on arrival on the island and transferred to our base for the next 3 nights, where the rest of the day has been left free at leisure.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 11 - Free time in Langkawi - relax or optional island hopping

Description

Today is a free day where you can choose to relax on the beautiful coconut palm-fringed beaches or perhaps snorkel amongst the tropical fish of the Andaman Sea. If you would prefer to remain more active, there are a number of optional excursions which can be arranged. Optional excursions include a cycling tour where you can explore some of the island's towns and villages on two wheels, an island-hopping cruise where you can discover some of the lesser-visited islands of the archipelago, or a visit to the Northern Mangroves taking in the unique geology, flora and fauna of this area.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 12 - Free to relax or optional cycling & exploration of mangrove forests

Description

We have another free day to relax, unwind, or explore.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 13 - Trip ends in Langkawi

Description

The trip ends in Langkawi this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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We have travelled all over the world with explore on their family adventure holidays. We have an only child and she benefited so much with instant friendships, and has some wonderful holiday memories. Explore has always been very helpful with the booking process, and we have found most of the tour leaders they use to be professional, committed, really good at their jobs.
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I have travelled with Explore on several occasions. Each experience has been positive and every trip extremely enjoyable. The itinerary’s are excellent ensuring a full and varied experience and the use of local guides is hugely beneficial.
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It's fantastic trip for me..just not very happy for accommodation. And the trip leader .If he can make more time with us.and make more interesting and funny when he was talking. It is should be good..other way he is good..
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Danijela, our tour guide, was wonderful. She shared plenty of facts about Croatia with us and managed all the arrangements really well. One of our group had a birthday while we were away and Danijela gave her a present and we celebrated. Transfers to and from the airport went well. Prior to going, the staff on the phones were really helpful with any questions.
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Optional Excursions

Penang - Take a trip on the funicular hill railway for views of Georgetown and beyond - £7.00 per person Kuala Lumpur - Dinner dance show £12.00 per person Langkawi - Cable Car and Oriental Village - £25 per person Langkawi - Tour of northern mangroves and bat caves - £32 per person Langkawi - Boat trip and snorkelling Pulau Payar Marine Park - £50 per person

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