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Malaysian Highlands, Heritage & Island Escape tour
Religious History Malaysian Highlands, Heritage & Island Escape package

Malaysian Highlands, Heritage & Island Escape

Jacada Travel
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
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
11 days
From: $ 3,574 $ 325 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Private transfer to Cameron Highland Resort
  • The highlights of the Cameron Highlands
  • See the various types of flowers and vegetables
  • Visit to a local market
  • Boat Transfer from Penang Marina to Pangkor Laut
  • Visit centuries-old colonial structures

Short Description

This is a trip to show you the very best of mainland Malaysia's cultural heritage and scenic locations, to include four nights relaxing on the heavenly shores of Pangkor Laut Island.

Begin with Malaysia's distinctive highland life of tea plantations, hill stations and rolling countryside in the Cameron Highlands. Enjoy exploring them with guided walks or by bicycle. Your next stop is cultural heartland of Penang for a private heritage tour of the city and a guided night-time excursion around the UNESCO site of George Town. Then spend four delightful nights on the tranquil island of Pangkor Laut; soaking up the sun, fine service and exquisite beaches. Spend two further nights in Kuala Lumpur to relax in preparation for your flight home.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
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 Kuala Lumpur
End City Kuala Lumpur

Destinations

Malaysia

Cities & Attractions

Kuala Lumpur

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History

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Trip Includes

  • Completely private tours of the Cameron Highlands, Penang and Kuala Lumpur
  • Private tour options in Pangkor Laut
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip

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Itinerary

Day 1
Private transfer to Cameron Highland Resort
Transfer by private vehicle from Kuala Lumpur to the Cameron Highland Resort.
Duration: 2.5 hrs
Check into Cameron Highlands Resort
Check into your room at the colonial Cameron Highlands Resort.
    Includes: Breakfast

Half Day Hill & Forest Tour
Embark on a short afternoon walk through the hills and forests of the Cameron Highlands. Return to your resort for dinner.
Duration: 2 hrs

Day 2
Half Day Cameron Highlands Tour
This fascinating tour will cover most of the highlights of the Cameron Highlands. You will begin by cruising through the green carpets of Boh Tea plantation - the pioneer of the growers in Malaysia. Founded in 1929 by John Archibald Russell, a Scottish, this vast estate is still owned and managed by the family till today. Here you will not only see the various types of flowers and vegetables but also the methods used by the industrious local farming community. After that, you will take a visit to a local market where most of the local produce can be found.
    Includes: Return transfer and private guide
    Duration: 4 hrs

Day 3
Private transfer to E&O Penang
Transfer by private vehicle to the E&O Penang.
Duration: 3 hrs
Check into E&O Penang
Check into your room at sophisticated the E&O Penang.
    Includes: Breakfast

Georgetown Night Discovery
Travel through the bustling streets of Georgetown to the 360 Sky Bar where you will enjoy dinner whilst taking in the sights of Penang.
    Includes: Trishaw ride and dinner
    Duration: 4 hrs

Day 4
Full Day Georgetown Trishaw Heritage Tour
Experience an afternoon travelling through bustling Georgetown on a trishaw before taking a stroll around Weld Quay, Khoo Kongsi, Street of Harmony, Penang Peranakan Mansion, E&O Hotel and Little India (Mahamariamman Temple. Afternoon Tea will then be served at the E&O Hotel.
    Includes: Entrance fees, trishaw ride and English Afternoon Tea.

Day 5
Private Transfer from Penang to the Marina
Transfer by private vehicle from Penang to the marina.
Duration: 3 hrs
Boat Transfer from Penang Marina to Pangkor Laut
Transfer by boat from the marina in Penang to the island of Pangkor Laut.
Check into Pangkor Laut Island Resort
Check into your villa at the beautiful Pangkor Laut Island Resort.
    Includes: Breakfast

Day 5-9
Four days at leisure on Pangkor Laut
Spend your time on this paradise island retreat relaxing on secluded beaches and visiting traditional fishing villages.

Day 9
Boat Transfer from Pangkor Laut to Penang Marina
Transfer by boat from the island of Pangkor Laut to Penang Marina.

Day 9
Private Transfer from Penang Marina to Kuala Lumpur Hotel
Transfer by private vehicle from the Penang Marina to your hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Duration: 3 hrs

Day 9-11
Two days enjoying Kuala Lumpur
Explore this bustling metropolis, a potent blend of the old and new. For your time here, Jacada Travel will recommend and arrange privately guided excursions to see the best the city has to offer. Head to Sungei Wang Plaza if you're looking to shop to your heart's content and dine on Malay cuisine steamed in banana leaves, eating in the traditional manner by using your bare hands. Of course, a trip up to the sky bridge between the famous Petronas Towers is a must if you're looking for excellent panoramic views of the city.

Day 10
Half Day Kuala Lumpur Discovery Walk
Explore Kuala Lumpur's most important heritage spots with a delightful walking tour. Visit centuries-old colonial structures. The walk will include Jamek Mosque, Malay Street, Indian Mosque Street, The Colonial Core, Medan Pasar (Old Market Square), Central Market, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Chinatown & Chan She Shu Yuen Clan House.
    Includes: English speaking guide Transfers via LRT and monorail Morning tea, tea demonstration and lunch
    Duration: four hours

Day 11
Private transfer to Kuala Lumpur Airport
You will be collected from your hotel by your guide and driven to Kuala Lumpur Airport in a private vehicle.
    Private driver and vehicle
    Duration: one hour

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Jacada –perhaps it is better in Africa, but definitely, do not use in Europe.
Like most travel agencies, they appear good early on- however, unavailability due to minimal staff- inexperienced agents doing the planning. They do not deliver what they promise.
All the confirmations were either not done, or done last minute-within days of the trip, and multiple last-minute changes resulted. No reply for literally a month before the trip and at the midpoint of the journey I was still waiting on an answer regarding rail luggage.

No attention to the details or involvement by our Jacada agent. They just subbed it out to another company and failed to forward a correct final itinerary. For instance, the agenda lacked correct times resulting in an hour, and a half debacle occurred on the second day. We received several erroneous itinerary envelopes and books that did not match. Everyone was out of their office, and our so-called concierge was on his annual leave the same dates as our tour. Due to the failure to provide a final schedule 10 days to two weeks out with times, spa appointments were all but impossible to arrange in advance and Jacada gave us no help. The last schedule book and envelope at the hotel were incorrect and out of date. In an example, the ridiculous bound book, that they give everyone was printed weeks earlier and out of date. The envelope with the Jacada schedule and hotel schedule all contradicted the times. Also, changes with phone numbers only appeared on final email the day we left, which could only be viewed on my phone or printed at a business center. The Jacada itinerary lacked names of guides and their phone numbers. We booked 18 days, three countries, and no one considered our luggage, transportation, or informing our driver of changes. Subsequently, you can expect to be extorted for email payments after the trip has begun. When you spend close to six figures, it is insulting the lack of response. Liquor bar chocolate does not make up for laziness. The only quick response was automated when your card was charged. The agent was incapable of listening or responding to my concerns. They did not even forgot the ages of my family and had a booster seat everywhere for my 15 year old. We had to pay for adult ticket upgrades at tours due to the agent booking for two adults and a toddler. I expected so much more (accuracy and a quick response when things did not go as planned and was unable to get a call back at a reasonable time, and some emails are still unanswered. My family has a genuine need for the type of service Jacada should provide. However, all of this was because Jacada is not a travel agent, but a third party-"middle man". Do not use Jacada in Europe; I encourage you to use custom Ireland direct and have them utilize Kerry coaches. In Spain, you should book through Made for Spain and Portugal. Arrange your transportation in-country so that you won't leave anything to chance. The economy flight they picked was horrible and hours late. The Barcelona business yatch club mediterranean cruise was a no show. The group was 30 minutes late and we were given multiple addresses and told that we needed to walk across the port and look for a 40 foot boat with a yellow cover. It was 94 degress and three quarters of a mile away after two cab rides, because the Captain moved the boat and it was not ready. Jacada refused to get involved and was unresponsive a week later. Furthermore, I gave our Jacada representitive one last opportunity to redeem herself when our flight was cancelled after a 10 hour delay. I asked for a porter to meet us at Heathrow, and was told she would arrange it and get back to me in an hour. Well she forgot and hours later I had to make my own arrangements. Do not use in Europe! This is not a true travel agent, just a third party and I could have done better without them involved using a reputable agency like custom Ireland or Made for Spain or Portugal.

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Our family trip to Australia was extremely well organized by Jacada.
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We had a fantastic holiday from start to finish, all thanks to Kate and Gloria at Jacada Travel. The organisation covering hotels, flights, the many tours and little added extras was excellent and we always felt well looked after by you and the local guides. Thank you for organising a great holiday for us! We will definitely be using Jacada again.
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Jacada’s attention to detail was outstanding!
All the accommodations were 5 star!
Communication via email, Phone, mail prior to the trip was very prompt and informative.
We were always looked after upon arrival to all of destinations within Thailand and Cambodia, never left to wonder what we were to do or where to go because someone was always waiting to guide us through.
The itinerary was tailored to us, and we had adventures and life experiences that we would have never even known existed if it weren’t for the contacts Jacada has with the local people.
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Cameron Highlands

These cool, emerald highlands filled with a temples, hiking trails, hill stations and tea tasting is ideal for those looking to escape the heat, or discover Malaysia’s more sedate rural side.

Bearing more of a resemblance to the English home counties than Malaysia, Cameron is a network of four hill station townships (Ringlet, Tanah Kata, Brinchang and Kea Farm) enveloped by prolific highland jungle, farms, flowers and tea plantations. Explore these with trekking and hiking trails. For the best mountain-top view, choose the Gunung Brinchang Trail which boasts magnificent panoramic vistas from the Highland’s highest point.

You can also discover its picturesque waterfalls, the beautiful Buddhist temples in Brinchang, night markets, butterfly gardens, to dining on ‘steamboats’ (fragrant hotpot) to curry to tea and scones, and of course just enjoying the peaceful and cool countryside living.

Penang

Up the coast from Kuala Lumpur, Penang’s mix of historical heritage, alluring cuisine, easy going beaches, modern city life and the interesting UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgetown, makes for a very worthwhile destination.

A city with an assured contemporary buzz has also held onto its past and multicultural heritage for an intriguing mix of architecture with churches, mosques, temples and reflects Penang’s assorted social fabric of Chinese to Malay and Indian.
Infamous throughout all of South East Asia for its gastronomy, many find its food stalls, hawker centres and restaurants reason enough to visit Penang. Thanks to the culinary contribution of its varied inhabitants you can feast on Indian curries, Thai delicacies, Malay specialities and Chinese staples.

Besides history and culture, Penang also boasts an array of luxurious sun-soaked beaches on the northern shore. Here, swaying palm trees dot the serene, sandy coastline with Batu Ferringhi being a top choice

Pangkor Laut

Pangkor Laut, once a Dutch fort, is where to come for a tranquil and authentic fishing village atmosphere, quiet, beautiful beaches and its wild, jungle interior. Not to mention its eminent award-winning resort, Pangkor Laut on its own private island.

You can reach Pangkor Laut by road from Kuala Lumpur (3.5 hours by road plus a 15 minute boat ride) or by helicopter from numerous locations.

Fish, play golf, go kayaking or simply kick back and relax.

Kuala Lumpur

Booming and burgeoning, Kuala Lumpar is a considerable sight to behold in the form of a towering cityscape, sprawling neighbourhoods, assorted cultural collage, and a rich dining, shopping and nightlife scene.

While the city has much to offer, given the other more desirable locations in Malaysia in which to spend your time, KL (as the locals affectionately call it) is more of a necessary entry or exit point.

Nonetheless we can organise the best and most convenient hotels, fine dining experiences and privately guided tours led by our expert guides so as to make the most of your time in KL, according to you.

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