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The Malay Peninsula, Malaysia Tour

From Kuala Lumpur's eclectic mix of colonial and ultra-modern we'll venture into the oldest rainforest on earth by way of World Heritage George Town and the picturesque Cameron Highlands

10-day Malaysia tour

Discover a vibrant mix of cultures; spectacular scenery, exotic wildlife, varied activities, some of Asia’s best food and plenty of friendly locals on our 10-day West Malaysia tour, The Malay Peninsula.

Visit Kuala Lumpur with its eclectic mix of ultra-modern and British Victorian; UNESCO World Heritage George Town, the tea plantations, (and tea shops) of the delightful old hill-station, the Cameron Highlands, before heading into the rarely visited interior of the Malay Peninsula – still covered by vast expanses of pristine jungle and inhabited by indigenous tribes.

Following on from the tour a choice of extensions is on offer to reflect seasonal variations from coast to coast meaning the spectacular tropical island of Langkawi is recommended from October through to March with the coral reef and turquoise water-fringed Perhentians our suggestion for the March to September period.

Note for those with more time to spare (or to optimize the cost of your airfare!) you can continue your Malaysia exploration to the other half of the country with a flight to Kuching for our 12-day Borneo Adventure or to Kota Kinabalu for the 1-week ‘Land Below the Wind’ Sabah tour.

An off-the-beaten-track and famous sites look at this fascinating and surprisingly still little-known region.



Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

Day 1 - Kuala Lumpur - arrival and tour by night

Arrival in KL and check-in to our hotel in the heart of the Capital’s bustling Chinatown.  Afternoon to relax, recover from 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 and a local-style welcome dinner.

Overnight: Kuala Lumpur Transport: Train, Walk,  Meals: D,

Day 2 - Kuala Lumpur - a tour of some of the City sights

Walking tour of some of the highly varied sites of the fascinating Malaysian capital: Little India, the fabulous Victorian-era architecture of Merdeka Square, the spectacular Central Mosque and of course time to soak up the street-life in a traditional-style, local coffee shop. An evening walking tour introduces you to the fantastic array of local street food.

Overnight: Kuala Lumpur Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, L,

Day 3 - Kuala Lumpur to the Cameron Highlands

Departure for 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.

Overnight: Cameron Highlands Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D,

Day 4 - Penang - west coast train ride

Morning train ride to Penang Island where we’ll stay in the heart of World Heritage George Town, the Island’s capital with its 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 at leisure to explore the fascinating and friendly town.

Overnight: George Town/Penang Transport: Minibus, Train, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D,

Day 5 - George Town - walking, heritage tour

Walking tour of this well-preserved, historical town in collaboration with the excellent Penang Heritage Trust. Exotic temples, Chinese clan houses, colourful Little India and impressive British colonial-period architecture are just some of the items on the menu.

Overnight: George Town/Penang Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, L,

Day 6 - Penang Hill - cable car up and hike down

Visit Penang Hill with its Victorian-era cable car, graceful villas and spectacular views and hike down the lush jungle-clad slopes to the island’s famous Botanical Gardens. Evening visit to one of the town’s famous street markets to graze on the bewildering and tempting array of offerings.

Overnight: George Town/Penang Transport: Minibus, Train, Walk,  Meals: B, L,

Day 7 - Banding Island - into the jungle interior

Into the rarely visited, still forested interior to tranquil Banding Island in the centre of the stunning Temenggor Lake. Time to relax, take in the scenery with accommodation at a beautifully situated, lakeside eco-resort.

Overnight: Banding Island Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D,

Day 8 - Belum Forest - overnight in the jungle

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 wild elephants – spectacular scenery guaranteed!

Please note, single accommodation is not available and therefore accommodation will be on a shared basis.

Overnight: Belum - jungle camp Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D,

Day 9 - Belum Forest - boat journey on Temenggor Lake

The second day of our exploration of Belum continues with a boat trip on picturesque Lake Temenggor and an afternoon return to the eco-lodge for some relaxation time in the beautiful lakeside setting.

Overnight: Banding Island Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, L,

Day 10 - Penang - return or island extension

Return to Penang for an afternoon departure or on to the Perhentians or Langkawi for a few days’ quality island time?

The east coast Perhentian Islands are perfect from the March to September period while Andaman Sea Langkawi is suitable for the months of October to March.

Extra accommodation in Kuala Lumpur or George Town is available on request

Overnight: Departure Transport: Minibus,  Meals: B, 

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Just a few of the many highlights

Culturally rich and amazingly diverse with Indian, Chinese and Malay influences plus Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial heritage. Equally rich in flora & fauna and home to one of the planet's oldest rainforest.

  • Vibrant KL; the street-life of colourful Chinatown, classic Victorian architecture and the iconic, ultra-modern Petronas Towers
  • Explore World Heritage George Town; British colonial heritage, Little India and Chinese clan houses
  • Head into the interior with an expedition into the vast and still largely pristine jungles of Belum Forest
  • The serene and scenic old hill-station, Cameron Highlands with it's fantastic flora and fauna, tea plantations and stunning landscapes
  • Penang Island where we'll ride the famous cable car, hike through dense rainforest and visit the fabulous botanical gardens
  • Sample the local delicacies of what is undoubtedly Southeast Asia's most varied and richest cuisine

Air Departures (UK)

  • 15 August 20 2,350 GBP
  • 19 September 20 2,350 GBP
  • 17 October 20 2,350 GBP
  • 14 November 20 2,350 GBP
  • 19 December 20 2,550 GBP

Land Departures

  • 16 August 20 1,550 GBP
  • 20 September 20 1,550 GBP
  • 18 October 20 1,550 GBP
  • 15 November 20 1,550 GBP
  • 20 December 20 1,550 GBP

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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from

*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

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. Your tour leader will usually order a selection of dishes, local-style, while a number of meals are not included, which allows you to ‘do your own thing’ or take a break if you’re feeling ‘riced out’.

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.

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