Day 1 Departure from London for Kuala Lumpur.
Day 2 Morning arrival in KL and transfer to our hotel in the heart of the Capital’s bustling Chinatown. Afternoon to relax, get over your jet-lag or explore the area’s lively markets before an evening trip on the ‘sky-train’ to see the famous Petronas Towers by night.
Day 3 Walking tour of some of the very varied sites of the fascinating Malaysian capital: Little India, the fabulous Victorian era architecture of Merdeka Square and the Central Mosque.
Day 4 Scenic morning drive to the old British hill station and tea growing region of the Cameron Highlands – an area famed for its spectacular jungle-clad mountain scenery and mild temperatures. Afternoon to discover the lush tropical vegetation as well as a visit to one of the famous tea plantations.
Day 5 Continue up the West Coast to Penang where we’ll stay in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage George Town, the Island’s capital: - a bewildering mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese cultures, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Hindu religions with Thai and Indonesian influences thrown in for good measure! Afternoon walking tour of this well preserved, historical town in collaboration with the ‘Penang Heritage Trust’: temples, Chinese clan houses and British colonial period architecture.
Day 6 Visit Penang Hill with its Victorian era cable car, graceful villas and spectacular views and hike down the forested slopes to the famous Botanical Gardens. Evening visit to one of the town’s famous street markets.
Day 7 Head off into the rarely visited interior; through the jungle-clad, hills to tranquil Banding Island in Temenggor Lake. Accommodation at a beautifully situated, lakeside eco-resort.
Day 8 Expedition into the surrounding Belum Forest, hike through pristine rainforest to mountain streams and waterfalls, visit a village of the indigenous, forest-dwelling Orang Asli tribe, an exciting night hike through the forest and camping overnight in the jungle. With luck we’ll see monkeys and maybe even elephants - spectacular scenery guaranteed!
Day 9 Second day of our exploration of Belum continues with a boat trip on Lake Temenggor and an afternoon return to the eco-lodge for some R & R
Day 10 Departure for Penang for a return flight to London.
Day 11 Arrival in London
Note: this tour if offered with or without return flights from London. Persons not wishing to take up the flight option will join the tour on day 2 in Kuala Lumpur and depart in Penang on day 10
Visa requirements: No visa in advance is required. A free 60 day visa is issued on arrival.
Please note these are photos of sample hotels and resorts; accommodation options may vary and are subject to availability
View over bustling downtown from our favourite Kuala Lumpur hotel, the comfortable and ideally located Ancasa Hotel.
Located right on the edge of Chinatown but you can already sample the local delicacies and take in the bustling streetlife from the excellent hotel coffee shop.
The outstanding Belum Rainforest Resort, Banding; comfort in the heart of the jungle!
And our lakeside jungle campsite in Belum Forest.
Camping dinner during our exciting overnight jungle stay.
View across World Heritage George Town from the Hotel Continental, Penang
"We just wanted to say a personal thank you for our wonderful holiday in Malaya.
We could not have asked for a better host as an introduction to your beautiful country with its fascinating culture. We started our holiday with a guide and finished it with a friend. For me (Sue) you enabled me to fulfill my dream of camping in the jungle and it did live up to expectations." Sue and Jim Melville, 2010