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Malaysia

Two weeks in paradise... - Trip for singles

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GROUP SIZE: 4-24 | 13 DAYS

Malaysia

Here you can find the day-to-day description for Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

In Kuala Lumpur you'll find the famous Petronas Towers and huge shopping malls. In Chinatown you can find lots of delicious food and bargains. |Malaysia

Melaka

Melaka

In Melaka, you'll see many witnesses of the colourful past of the Dutch, Portuguese and English colonists. Melaka is easily discovered on foot. |Malaysia

Taman Negara

Taman Negara

In Taman Negara National Park you'll discover the jungle of Malaysia and the genuine inhabitants of the area. Go hiking in this beautiful national park. |Malaysia

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands

The pleasant, cool climate and the mountains make the Cameron Highlands a perfect place for tea plantations. Lots of flowers are also grown here. |Malaysia

Penang

Penang

The island Penang bears the nickname of 'Pearl of the Orient'. The capital, Georgetown, made it onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008.| Malaysia

Langkawi

Langkawi

On Langkawi, birds and butterflies are colourful and the mangroves house many tropical reptiles. You can also enjoy the beach. |Malaysia

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur
2 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur
3 Bus Kuala Lumpur - Melaka Melaka
4 Melaka Melaka
5 Bus Melaka - Taman Negara N.P. Taman Negara N.P.
6 Taman Negara N.P. Taman Negara N.P.
7 Boat, Bus Taman Negara N.P. - Cameron Highlands Cameron Highlands
8 Cameron Highlands Cameron Highlands
9 Bus Cameron Highlands - Penang Penang
10 Penang Penang
11 Boat, Bus Penang - Langkawi Langkawi
12 Langkawi Langkawi
13 Langkawi End of tour

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Day 1: Kuala Lumpur

Welcome to Malaysia!

Your tour starts in Kuala Lumpur, where you can use your hotel room from check in time (12.00 midday). Your travel companions will also arrive this first day, the exact time will be depending on their flight schedule. You will meet with your tour leader at 12.00 hrs noon on day 1 in the lobby of your hotel.

A capital city full of delightful contrasts, from chaotic Chinatown, serene Hindu temples, luxury shopping centres and one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Petronas Towers. Enjoy delicious snacks from the many markets and experience Kuala Lumpur’s hectic nightlife at one of the karaoke bars. The Merdeka Square and the Sultan Abdul Samad building sit within the colonial region of the city and are part of the optional city tour. The stunning Jamek Mosque and the Lake Gardens are highly recommended.

Day 2: Kuala Lumpur

Free day in Kuala Lumpur. There is plenty to see and do in the capital. You can also explore the surrounding area. Near Kuala Lumpur you can visit the imposing Batu Caves, a holy place for Hindus. Every February, the Hindus gather here together to celebrate the Thaipusam festival. This is a religious festival where many people display their own masochistic rituals such as the piercing of tongue and cheek with sharp skewers and the hanging of weights with meat hooks to the body.

Day 3: Kuala Lumpur - Melaka

Today we travel by bus to the port city of Melaka, a major centre for trade with links to China, India and Indonesia. The first Europeans to recognise its strategic importance were the Portuguese, over the centuries the Dutch, Portuguese, French and British have all had a hand in running this area and have left their mark on the city. These are visible in the varying styles of architecture, churches, mosques and Buddhist and Hindu temples throughout the city.

In the Dutch style city centre the City Hall houses three museums, historical, folk and literature and there is an optional bus tour of the city’s cultural highlights, taking in the jumble of cultural influences, including Chinese, Indian, Thai, British, Portuguese and Dutch.

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Day 4: Melaka

You have today free in Melaka where you can choose to explore in a becak (bicycle taxi) and visit the Chinese neighbourhood, take a night-tour or visit the Maritime Museum, the People’s Museum and the ruins of St. Paul’s church. Or you can visit nearby Porta de Santiago, once the main entrance to the Portuguese fortress A’Famosa.

Day 5: Melaka - Taman Negara N.P.

Travel by bus to the beautiful Taman Negara National Park.

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Having evolved relatively undisturbed over the last 130 million years, Taman Negara is one of the oldest rainforests in the world, and a treasure not to be missed. Offering an array of waterscapes from still lakes to wild rapids, scenic waterfalls and rainforest rivers flowing down from the mountain forest. This rich and diverse landscape is home to an abundance of flora and fauna with over 14.000 species of plants and trees and many species of mammal, bird, reptile and fish.

Choose to join a nice optional jungle trek or a ‘canopy tour’, high in the tree tops where you can enjoy the wildlife from above. This is the longest canopy walk in the world! The entrance fee for the national park is included.

Day 6: Taman Negara N.P.

Today in Taman Negara you can take an optional boat trip to the Gua Telingagrot, a moist ear-shaped cave. The ceilings are covered with bats and if you are lucky you will see the Malaysian giant turtles as big as a fist!

Are you ready for a refreshing swim, then it is in the river. It is also possible during your stay in Taman Negara an evening of exciting optional 'Night Safari' to be headed by a local guide. Between the leaves rustle small insects like centipedes and other animals such as salamanders, monkeys, birds, deer and wild boar.

Day 7: Taman Negara N.P. - Cameron Highlands

Today we travel by boat and by bus to the Cameron Highlands, a luxuriant green mountain region founded in the 19th century by the British as an escape from the lowlands. The temperature in this region rarely climbs above 24 degrees centigrade and cools dramatically at night. The region is home to many tea plantations and colourful flowers, including orchids that grow the whole year round.

It is an outstanding area for walking, with many routes leading to waterfalls, mountain peaks and breathtaking panoramic views. You may also wish to participate in an optional half-day trip by 4x4 to the highest point in the Cameron Highlands, trek through the jungle, visit a tea plantation or visit a large fruit and vegetable market among other options.

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Day 8: Cameron Highlands

Explore the highlands further. Continue along one of the many wonderful walking paths and immerse yourself in the beautiful natural scenery.

Day 9: Cameron Highlands - Penang

Pass along one of the longest bridges in Southeast Asia (13 km) then you'll arrive on the island of Penang, which is nicknamed "Pearl of the Orient '. We stop en-route in the Chinese Sam Poh Tong cave temple in the city of Ipoh, where there is a huge number of turtles.

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Another stop is at the Orangutan Island, a small tropical island in the middle of the large freshwater lake in Bukit Merah. When the orangutans are babies, they are cared for in the nursery. The program attempts to protect the apes from extinction by breeding them. Orangutan means "man of the jungle" in Malay. Orangutans are the largest animals that live in the trees and can live to be about 60 years old. They live in the forests of Borneo and eat mainly fruit, leaves and insects. The entrance fee for Orangutan Island is excluded. 

You stay in a well-kept hotel in Penang, close to the colourful city of Georgetown.

Day 10: Penang

Feel free to explore today. Georgetown has some fine colonial buildings like the Victoria Memorial Clock Tower and City Hall. One of the oldest colonial relics is the British Fort Cornwall, housing a number of historic cannons.

The 19th century Khoo Kongsi Clan House is a colourful mix of dragons, pictures, lamps and paintings. It operated as the location set for the movie "Anna and the King" in 1999. The Butterfly Farm has about 100 species of butterflies to watch. The Kek Lok Si temple complex with its colourful pavilions is also recommended.

The beautiful resort of Batu Ferringhi beach is easily reached by taxi. Please note that there are jellyfish in the sea here. In the evening the main road from Batu Ferringhi turns into a big night market, the pasar malam. It’s easy to find fine dining here as well. Take an optional sightseeing tour of the island, laze on a beach or enjoy the panoramic view from Penang Hill.

Day 11: Penang - Langkawi

Today we head to beautiful Langkawi, a cluster of 99 islands home to beautiful beaches, world-class infrastructure, mangroves rich in flora and fauna, ultra-cheap duty-free shopping and fascinating legends.

In Langkawi you can choose whether to relax on the beautiful white beaches, experience the cable car to the summit of Gunung Mat Cincang at 700m for a spectacular view of the islands including neighbouring Thailand or take a Mangrove Cruise and enjoy the spectacular fauna and flora of the islands. You can also go diving, snorkelling and visit the Pulau Payar marine park, where you can feed the sharks. Langkawi also offers many restaurants and a lively nightlife.

Day 12: Langkawi

Today you are free in Langkawi where the islands are a paradise for butterfly and bird experts. There are butterflies that can be found nowhere else in Malaysia. Langkawi has relatively quiet beaches and you can be transported to one of the uninhabited islands to sunbathe or try to catch your dinner on a deep sea fishing trip. You'll stay in Langkawi at a nice hotel with pool, close to the beach.

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Day 13: Langkawi

The last day of your tour. You can use your hotel room in Langkawi until check out time (most times at 12.00 hrs noon). We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Malaysia.

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When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 13) is not included.


Please note:
Small groups (up to 6)

Groups with fewer than 7 persons will travel in the company of an English-speaking driver who also operates as the tour leader. When there are fewer than 7 persons, the tour leader will not necessarily be staying overnight in all of the same accommodations as the group. The tour leader will leave the group in Penang. Once the group is on the island of Langkawi, assistance is provided by a local English-speaking 'station guide’.

Groups of 7 and above

Groups of 7 and above will be accompanied to Langkawi by a local English-speaking tour leader and a separate driver. For groups of 7 and above, the tour leader will sleep in the same accommodations as the group, with the exception of Kuala Lumpur.

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