Malaysia Family Tour – Coast to Coast
A 2-week Malaysia tour designed with families in mind
West Malaysia, family adventure
Explore the stunning scenery, tropical wildlife, delicious local cuisine and vibrant mix of cultures on this exciting and award-winning Malaysia family tour – Coast to Coast.
You’ll discover the mix of old and new in the capital Kuala Lumpur; visit the scenic, former British hill-station of the Cameron Highlands; and Penang’s World Heritage George Town; head into the rarely visited parts of jungle interior of the Malay Peninsula, still covered by vast expanses of dense rain-forest and inhabited by indigenous tribes; and finish your tour on the unspoilt tropical Perhentian Islands.
Exciting activities for all ages include KL’s spectacular modern and colonial heritage landmarks; Penang’s vibrant street-life in fabulous UNESCO-listed Chinatown and ‘Little India’; a visit to lush Penang Hill with its historic cable car; walks among the tea plantations at picturesque Cameron Highlands; and the ancient rain-forest of Belum. Whilst on the Perhentian Islands, options include diving or snorkelling amid the turtles and baby reef-sharks on the well-preserved coral reefs.
Discover incredible landscapes, awesome flora and fauna and the superb cuisine of both well known and off-the-beaten-track destinations on a tour of this fascinating, yet surprisingly little-known country.
This is a private family tour and therefore can be organised on dates to suit your family and does not have set dates. The price is based on a family of 4 sharing two twin/double rooms. Flights are extra and vary according to the season. Please ask for our most competitive quote.
Note the below is our March to September version and from October to March we change our island/beach section (days 9 to 12) to Langkawi on the west coast.
Winner of the Malaysia Tourism, ‘best-escorted tour to Malaysia travel award’.
Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.
Day 1 - Kuala Lumpur - arrival and night tour
Morning arrival and transfer to our hotel in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s bustling Chinatown. Time to relax, recover from your jet-lag or perhaps explore the area’s lively street markets before an evening trip on the sky-train to see the iconic Petronas Towers followed by a welcome local-style dinner.
Overnight: Kuala Lumpur Transport: Train, Walk, Meals: D,
Day 2 - Kuala Lumpur - walking tour and Batu Caves
Morning 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. In the afternoon we’ll travel by local train to the nearby Batu Caves – one of the largest and most prestigious Hindu shrines outside of India. An evening, walking tour of the fantastic street hawker food completes our day.
Overnight: Kuala Lumpur Transport: Train, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 3 - Cameron Highlands - head into the hills
Scenic morning drive to the old hill-station and tea growing area of the Cameron Highlands – 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.
Overnight: Cameron Highlands Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 4 - Penang - walking tour of historic George Town
Transfer to Ipoh to catch the train up the west coast to Penang. Stay in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage George Town, the Island’s capital with its vibrant mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese cultures and Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Hindu religions. Afternoon walking tour of this well-preserved town in collaboration with the Penang Heritage Trust including temples, Chinese clan houses and British colonial architecture.
Overnight: George Town Transport: Train, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 5 - Penang - cable car and hike on picturesque Penang Hill
Visit Penang Hill with its Victorian-era cable car, graceful villas and spectacular views followed by a hike down the lush forested slopes to the famous Botanical Gardens. Evening visit to one of the town’s famous street markets.
Overnight: George Town (Penang) Transport: Minibus, Train, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 6 - Banding Island - off into the jungle-filled interior
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.
Overnight: Banding Island Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B, D,
Day 7 - Belum Forest - overnight in a 130 million year old rainforest
Expedition into the surrounding Belum Forest – Malaysia’s largest preserved forest area – where we’ll hike through pristine rainforest to mountain streams and waterfalls. 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!
Overnight: Belum Forest camp Transport: Boat, Walk, Meals: B, L, D,
Day 8 - Lake Temenggor - explore Belum on foot and by boat
The second day of our exploration of Belum continues with a boat trip on Lake Temenggor, a visit to a village of the Indigenous, forest-dwelling Orang Asli Tribe and an afternoon return to the eco-lodge for some relaxation time in this stunning setting.
Overnight: Banding Island Transport: Boat, Walk, Meals: B, L,
Day 9 - Perhentians - a boat trip to the islands
Transfer to Kuala Besut port on the Peninsula’s East Coast, and on by speedboat to the jungle-clad and coral-fringed paradise of the Perhentian Islands. Tourism is still relatively undeveloped in these islands and we’ll be staying in a comfortable beach-side resort.
From October to March we switch our island section to Langkawi on the west, Andaman Sea coast
Overnight: Perhentian Islands Transport: Minibus, Boat, Meals: B,
Day 10 - Perhentian Islands - at leisure on these idyllic islands
At leisure on the islands or take a snorkelling tour of some of the vibrant coral reefs that surround the island. Fantastic turquoise waters, myriad colourful fish and encounters with baby reef sharks and giant turtles!
Overnight: Perhentian Islands Transport: Walk, Meals: B,
Day 11 - Perhentians - just another day in paradise
Day exploring the island – hike into the well preserved jungle interior to search for the prehistoric looking giant monitor lizards that roam the islands – plus monkeys, colourful bird-life and visits to some of the more remote bays and creeks.
Overnight: Perhentian Islands Transport: Walk, Meals: B,
Day 12 - Kota Bahru - transfer to the mainland and Kota Bahru Airport
Morning at leisure and transfer at your convenience to nearby Kota Bharu Airport for a return flight to Kuala Lumpur.
Extra nights on the Perhentians or in Kuala Lumpur are available on request
Overnight: Departure Transport: Plane, Boat, Meals: B,
The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.
Just a few of the many highlights
Explore the old and the new with KL and the historic, now UNESCO World Heritage, George Town, (Penang). Stay overnight in a 130 million yr old rainforest and snorkel on vibrant coral reefs on tropical islands
- Discover vibrant KL; the street-life of Chinatown, classic Victorian architecture & the iconic Petronas Towers
- The scenic Cameron Highlands; former British hill-station & it's fantastic flora and fauna, tea plantations and stunning scenery
- 3-day stay on the fabulous Perhentian Islands; jungle clad and surrounded by white sands and turquoise waters
- Explore UNESCO World Heritage Penang with its British architecture, Little India and well-preserved Chinatown
- Head into the interior with an expedition into the vast, still largely pristine, yet little visited, jungle of Belum
- ...and of course meet the super friendly locals and sample one of Asia's most outsanding and varied cuisines
Air Departures (UK)
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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Kuala Lumpur
*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.
We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...
Ancasa Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
- Great location right on the edge of KL's Chinatown
- Spacious, comfortable and well-appointed rooms
- Friendly and efficient service
Belum Rainforest Resort, Banding view
- The outstanding Belum Rainforest Resort, Banding Island
- Comfort in the heart of the jungle!
- Located on an island in Lake Temengor
Bubbles Resort, Perhentian Islands view
- Boat trips, snorkelling and a fully-licensed scuba school
- Low-key, friendly and with a great beach front location
- Participate in their turtle and reef protection projects
The Frangipani, Langkawi view
- Beach-front setting in a quiet and secluded bay
- Facilities include a spa, 3 pools and beach bar and grill
- Genuine eco-friendly and responsible tourism practices
*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.
Visa Info & Notes
Visas: No visa in advance is required. A free 60-day visa is issued on arrival at any international airport. As usual, a minimum of 6 months validity from the date of arrival and at least 1 blank page in your passport is required.
Meals: Breakfasts are generally hotel buffets with lunch and dinners based on local food.
With its kaleidoscopic population, Malaysian cuisine is one of the most varied and richest anywhere on the planet and includes all the various, regional Indian and Chinese dishes, the unique Chinese/Malay Nonya cuisine as well as traditional Malay food alongside Thai and Indonesian influences. Dishes are generally mild with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options on offer.
Accommodation: all choices fall into the comfortable 3* range and are en-suite and air-conditioned. We have posted a selection of sample accommodation on the lefthand hotel tab but please note that as we try and avoid the larger hotels, availability, in high season particularly, means we use several options in each destination.
Activities: note that no activities are compulsory and that any, including trekking, can be tailored for any fitness level or alternatives suggested.
Further info: detailed descriptions and photos can be found on the corresponding page of our travel blog.
Here is what out guest have to say about their experience on this tour...
Susie and Edward Cook
" This was an exceptional, once-in-a-lifetime holiday and we can't recommend it highly enough. It was an ideal experience for a family and the children have learned and experienced so much, in addition to having a really brilliant, exciting, relaxed and happy time visiting jungles/beaches/rainforests/cities ..... Our guide was outstanding and we feel we have made a lifelong friend. A total genius at finding drinks/toilets/lunch stops for tired/hot children at the drop of a hat. "
" This holiday far exceeded our expectations. We travelled with our 12 and 14 years olds and they were never bored for a moment, loved the variety of places we visited. The Perhentian Islands were definitely a highlight and a such a wonderful surprise at the end of the holiday. Some of the best snorkelling we have experienced in Southeast Asia. The kids loved camping in the jungle and we loved relaxing at the resort in the Belum Forest. We can't thank you enough and will definitely book again with you. "