Day 1 : Arrival Kuala Lumpur Airport – Kuala Lumpur
Arrive in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Transfer to your hotel in the city centre. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant metropolis, striking for its remarkable cultural diversity. Ethnic Malays, Chinese prospectors, Indian migrants and British colonials all helped carve the city out of the virgin jungle, and each group has left its indelible mark on the capital. Around the iconic Twin Towers you can spend hours in one of the numerous air-conditioned shopping malls of the Golden Triangle, or visit the colourful Chinatown, the hawker stalls at Jalan Alor, and discover the Indian culture near Brickfields or Masjid Jamek.
Day 2 : Kuala Lumpur
Breakfast at hotel. After Breakfast meet our representative at the lobby, for your tour of Kuala Lumpur countryside.
You will visit the Thean Hou Chinese Temple, Batu Caves and the Pewter Factory.
Thean Hou Chinese Temple, is one of the largest Chinese temples in South-East Asia and is located on top of Robson Hill. This temple belongs to the Malaysian Chinese community in Malaysia and public donations made it possible to open the temple in 1989.
This is a spectacular place and a first class example of the beauty of Chinese architecture. Before you enter the temple grounds you have the fountain of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and statues of gods and lions. The main shrine with Thean Hou Goddess, the Goddess of the Sea/Ocean, you find on the third floor of this four levels temple. Even if this is a place for worship there are more than 100 cultural activities annually with the Chinese 15v days New Year celebration, when the temple is decorated with thousands of red lanterns, as the main event.
Thean Hou Temple is a perfect place to just sit down and relax and watch the majestic Kuala Lumpur skyline behind the spectacular pagoda roofs of the temple. The temple is very popular among newly married couples to take their wedding photos. On the second level you can find the marriage registration office, a service that more than 5000 couples are using annually.
Batu Caves is a an iconic and popular tourist attraction in Selangor. Site of a Hindu temple and shrine, Batu Caves attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. A limestone outcrop located just north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves has three main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines. Its main attraction is the large statue of the Hindu God at the entrance, besides a steep 272 climb up its steps to finally view the stunning skyline of the city centre.
The Pewter Factory: The discovery of tin in Malaya had lured Yong Koon and thousands of other Chinese to the fledgling tin-mining town, where he joined his brothers who had established themselves as tinsmiths. Yong Koon enjoyed brisk business making simple household items of tin, operating from his shop at No. 23 Cross Street. He later made pewter incense burners, joss stick holders and candle stands for the altars of Chinese temples. Employing a few other craftsmen, he was among the first pewter smiths in Kuala Lumpur.
Just as silver products are hallmarked, Yong Koon stamped each of his products with the mark “Yu He Zu Xi”, where “Yu He” or Jade Peace was the name of the shop, and “Zu Xi” or pure tin reflected the high quality of the material used.
In the 1930s, when demand for traditional ceremonial pewter ware was on a decline, Yong Koon and his sons started making European-style products for the British and other expatriates. This was an important turning point for the business.
Day 3 : Kuala Lumpur
Breakfast at staying hotel.
A great way to spend the day is with a day-trip to the historic town of Melaka is located 2.5 hours south of Kuala Lumpur. Melaka is strategically located along the Straits of Malacca. Due to its ideal location, Melaka was home to the British, Portuguese, and the Dutch, all of contributed and influenced the unique culture of the Baba Nyonyas.
The town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and on this trip, you will visit many of the historical landmarks such as Porta de Santiago (a fortress built by the Portuguese in 1511; is also known as A’Famosa), the ruins of St. Paul’s Church (built in 1521 and were St. Francis Xavier was once buried).
You will also visit the famous Red Square, with the Stadhyus (where you will find the reddish-pink building that the Dutch once used as their administrative centre) and Christ Church.
Visit Harmony Street where you will find, within a stone’s throw of each other, the Cheng Hoon Teng Buddhist-Taoist temple, the Kampung Keling Mosque and the Sri Poyatha Moorthi Hindu temple. A fitting representation of Malaysia’s 3 main cultures co-existing with one another.
A trip to Melaka is not complete without a stroll along Jonker Street with its brightly coloured shops and vendors on both side of the road peddling their wares, ranging from cheap souvenirs to hand-crafted Baba Nyonya shoes.
Lunch is included in this trip. Return back to Kuala Lumpur at the end of the day and overnight in Kuala Lumpur.
Day 4 : Kuala Lumpur – Cameron Highlands
Today, you continue on to Cameron Highlands, located at 1,542 metres above sea level, famed for its tea plantations, strawberry farms and cool temperatures. The drive is approximately 3.5 hours on well-paved highway and country roads. As you head higher into the highlands, the road will become more winding and you will get wonderful views of the rainforests as you climb higher and higher.
Upon arrival, check in and the rest of the day is free at your leisure to enjoy the cool temperate of Cameron Highlands or it back in a local café and enjoy some tea and scones. Overnight Cameron Highlands.
Day 5 : Cameron Highlands
Breakfast at hotel. This morning, you will depart on an exploratory tour of Cameron Highlands. In the colonial days, Cameron Highlands was a highland retreat for the British.
Your tour begins with a visit to Mount Brinchang, the highest peak (6,666ft.) in Cameron Highlands. Take a walk through the mossy rainforest before cruising down the hill to view the most scenic tea plantation, the Sungai Palas Boh estate, which is regarded as the largest and best known tea station in the region. You will cruise through the ‘green carpets’ of Boh plantations – the pioneer of tea growers in Malaysia. Take a tea break after the brief guided tour of the Boh tea factory. After the refreshing tea break, visit the butterfly farm (entrance fees NOT included). Back to the hotel.
*Tour is inclusive of packed lunch
** Note: Tea factory closed every Monday & Public Holidays. If it is closed, guests will be brought to a Cameron Highlands strawberry farm instead.
Day 6 : Cameron Highlands – Penang
Your journey today takes you onwards to the island of Penang: The Pearl of the Orient. The Journey to Penang Georgetown is approx. 3.5 hrs (Km 260).
Overnight in Penang.
Day 7 : Penang
Breakfast at staying hotel before heading out to explore Penang in a half-day tour which will show you the different facets of Penang: City, Culture, and Heritage.
Visit the 4th longest Reclining Buddha in the world, next is the Botanical Gardens which offers lush green surroundings with a wide variety of tropical plants and bird life. Visit the Kek Lok Si Temple built in 1904, the most beautiful and largest Buddha Temple Complex in South East Asia and is known as the Temple of 1000 Buddha’s and Fort Cornwallis where Captain Francis Light first landed. Continue the tour to the heritage town on Penang, Georgetown. Return to the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Penang.
Day 8 : Penang – Kuching
Early Breakfast at staying hotel. Check-out and transfer to Penang Airport for flight to Kuching Airport. The flight is approximately 2 and 10minutes hours.
Arrive at Kuching Airport. Meet driver and transfer to hotel. Upon arrival hotel, check-in and rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Kuching.
Day 9 : Kuching (Visit to Bako National Park)
Breakfast and transfer to Bako Fishing village, for your boat to Bako National Park. Proceed by motorized boat for about 30 minutes, cruising along the coast facing the South China Sea, to reach Bako National Park. Arrive at Bako N.P. and visit the information and exhibition centre for orientation of the park.
With the nature guide, take a stroll along the headquarters compound to see monitor lizards and macaques and familiarize yourself with the environment and continue your adventure onwards by trekking through mangrove forest to observe the mud-skippers and blue-fiddler crabs; on the Paku trail, look out for the Proboscis Monkey; climb to the plateau which is home to various botanical delights and several species of the carnivorous pitcher plants; notice the changes in the vegetation (mangrove, rainforest, kerangan and padang forest). All this before finally returning to the jetty, for your boat back to Kuching. Overnight in Kuching.
Day 10 : Kuching – Batang Ai (Iban Longhouse)
At 08:00hrs, pick-up from Hotel then depart for Semonggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is located about 22km from Kuching. It is the only one of its kind in Sarawak. Set up in 1975, this 740 hectare of virgin forest is home to orang utans, honey bears, hornbills, porcupines, storks, eagles, barking deer and monkeys. Most of these animals were rescued from captivity and are being rehabilitated here in their natural surroundings. To get to the center involves a 30 – minutes drive by car from the city and a 1.6km walk (20 minutes) which snakes through lush tropical rainforest. This tour provides an opportunity of a lifetime to observe how the orang utans are being rehabilitated and trained to fend for themselves before being released into the wild. Visitors are allowed to study and observe the orang utans at a distance then continue the journey to the Batang Ai Jetty for Ulu Batang Ai River Longhouse 02 days / 01 night package. There will be three stopovers along the route: – I) Serian, a predominantly Dayak trading town, II) Chinese farm house to see how pepper and cocoa are grown and (III) at Lachau for lunch. The journey passes through scenic countryside of rice fields, rubber, cocoa, pepper and oil palm plantations, which intermingle with luxuriant tropical rainforest, rivers and mountain ranges. Upon arrival at the river jetty, proceed by motorized longboat for about 45 minutes, crossing the Batang Ai Lake, passing through scenic views, rice fields, fish farms to reach Mengiling Longhouse. Proceed to the longhouse for a warm welcomes tour the longhouse, watch the natives at work such as making mats, baskets, handicrafts and mending fish nets. Join the natives in their daily chores, like feeding their livestock, washing clothes and enjoy a swim in the floating swimming pool. After dinner, socialize with the longhouse dwellers, witness cultural performances and presentation of gifts before retiring for the night at the guesthouse.
Day 11 : Batang Ai (Iban Longhouse) – Kuching (Damai)
After breakfast, blowpipe demonstration before departing from the longhouse by longboat for about 30 minutes across the Lake. Detour to a stream, poling, taking part to push the longboat against the current along the clear water stream. Somewhere along the stream, we will make a stop to continue the journey through forest trail to reach a scenic spot by the stream. Relax, take a nice swim and enjoy a sumptuous native style lunch. Return via the same route to the stream, then by longboat to the Jetty and by van to Kuching and transfer to, overnight.
Day 12 : Kuching (Damai)
Free & Easy
Day 13 : Kuching (Damai) Depart
Breakfast at your Damai Resort.
Our driver will meet you at the Resort for your transfer to Kuching Airport where you will catch the flight to Kuala Lumpur and then your onwards flight home.
The tour ends here. It was a pleasure creating a program for you and we thank you for this opportunity to serve you.