Borneo Excursions

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12 days 11 nights Malaysia Explorer

12 days / 11 nights Malaysia Explorer

Itinerary:

Day 1 – KLIA / Kuala Lumpur

Arrive KLIA, meet and greet by your tour guide and travel for 1 hour to your hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Afternoon free and easy. Overnight at hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

Meals : None

Day 2 – Batu Caves / Kuala Lumpur City Tour.  

Morning visit to local market. A typical market with fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, various bags and cloths and full of interest. A great place to take pictures and buy groceries. Continue tour and drive 13 km North of KL to visit Batu Caves. A sacred and popular limestone hill caves temple for the Hindu worshipers. Lunch at a local restaurant.

The afternoon tour of Kuala Lumpur, you see the highlights of this city, passing by the fascinating Chinatown district and Parliament House.  You also stop at the War Memorial (dedicated to those who died during the 12-year Emergency against communist forces), New King’s Palace, Federal Court and drive past the stunning Masjid Negara, a modernistic, nationalist mosque, one of the largest in southeast Asia, set in seven hectares of landscaped gardens. Return to hotel, evening at leisure. You may like to visit the many shopping malls in KL selling from very inexpensive items to the most luxury goods.

Meals : Breakfast/Lunch

Day 3 – Kuala Lumpur – Elephant Sanctuary   

Drive for 2.5 hours to Kuala Gandah Elephant conservation which was established in 1989 by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Lunch enroute. The centre is a base for the Elephant Relocation Team, which began the elephant translocation programme in 1974.  The only one of its kind in Malaysia, the team is dedicated to locating, subduing and then translocating problem elephants from areas where their habitats are constantly being encroached by plantation and to other suitable habitats throughout the Peninsular such as Taman Negara. Return to hotel and overnight at hotel in Kuala Lumpur. 

Meals : Breakfast/Lunch

Day 4 – Kuala Lumpur - Malacca. 

0930 hours check out and depart hotel to drive approximately 2 hours south of Kuala Lumpur to historical Malacca, the third smallest state in Malaysia and one of the oldest, and most strategic trading ports in Malaysia which has undergone Portuguese, Dutch and English rule.

Drive past the largest 17th century Chinese cemetery outside of China, located at Bukit Cina. Stop at the foothill to view the Sultan's well. Visit the 'Abode Merciful Clouds' or the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple (1600s) the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia. Visit to Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum. Baba Nyonya are descendants of the early Chinese immigrants to the Malay Archipelago who inter-married with local folks. They were partially assimilated into the Malay culture, especially in food, dressing and language yet still retaining some of the Chinese traditions and culture they brought from China, thereby creating a new kind of mixed culture of their country of origin with local elements. Among those, like Baba Nyonya cuisine which has develop with strong influence of the spices of Malay cuisine and the famous Sarong Kebaya clothing for the ladies.  An included lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch continue to view the famous gateway, the well-known Portuguese "Porta De Santiago" and the ruins of St. Paul's Church lined by 17th Century Dutch Tombstones.  Visit "Red Square", the salmon pink Dutch Administrative buildings which today house the Malacca Ethnography Museum and government offices. The majestic Christ Church building (1753) is next on your stop. Overnight at hotel in Malacca.                        

Meals : Breakfast/Lunch

Day 5 - Malacca

Today’s excursion is at a more leisurely pace and features a 45-minute boat ride along the Malacca River.  Where once the merchant ships came from ports in India, China and Arabia to trade their textiles and silk for spices and scented woods. The centre street of Malacca’s Chinatown was once renowned for its antique shops. During the Dutch Malacca era, servants and subordinates of Dutch Masters used to live at the nearby Heeren Street. After the Dutch left, it became noblemen’s street. Rich strait born Chinese started to live and did business within the street area, giving the street a deep-rooted ethnic and cultural flavor. Over the years it has turned to clothing and crafts outlets as well as restaurants. The best part of Jonker Street today is the night market on Fridays and Saturdays that sells everything from tasty treat to cheap genuine imitation keepsakes. Overnight at hotel  

Meals : Breakfast/Lunch

Day 6 – Malacca–Cameron Highlands, Pahang 

0800 hours check out and depart Malacca for a 5.5 hours drive to the highlands. In the 19th century the Cameron Highland was a popular spot for the British colonialists to retreat to from the heat and humidity of the lowlands. Much of the colonial character remains in the architecture of the highlands and resembles the English countryside more than tropical Malaysia. Afternoon free at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cameron Highlands.

Meals : Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 7 – Cameron Highlands      

In the morning, depart hotel to visit BOH tea plantation and go for the factory tour to see how tea leaf is processed.  The highland was first founded in 1885 by Mr. William Cameron, a British Government surveyor while on a mapping expedition. The cool temperature and undulating hills provide perfect conditions for growing strawberries and tea. Many hill slopes are covered with iconic tea plantations with their distinctive pattern. The beautifully manicured tea plantations look like a carpet that stretches from miles and miles into the distance. Lunch at local restaurant.

Proceed to the farm and markets place selling the local produce. Take a walk along KEA Farm, the whole area is just one big market garden. Many of the vegetables supplied in Malaysia and Singapore are grown here. Besides vegetables, flowers like roses, dried flowers and small potted plants are commonly seen in the market. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cameron Highlands.

Meals : Breakfast/Lunch

Day 8 – Cameron Highlands – Penang                                                                                            

At 0830 hours, depart Cameron Highlands for a 2.5 hours for the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar.  Stop at one of the most beautiful mosque in the country, the Ubudiah Mosque. Visit the Royal Museum and drive around the old colonial town. After lunch, proceed to Orang Utan Island. for a 2 hour drive to Penang. Overnight at hotel in Penang.

Meals : Breakfast/Lunch

Day 9 – Penang                                                                                                                     

This morning’s tour starts on the seafront at Georgetown with time to walk into the Water Village and see the intricate stilted Chinese Clan houses.  A walk along the Street of Harmony leads you past the Goddess of Mercy Temple, an Indian shrine, and a Malay mosque before you pass parts of Chinatown and Little India.  A visit at the Penang State Museum and before coming back to the hotel, you will have a short stop to a Reclining Buddha temple in Burma Lane. This beautiful gold plated reclining Buddha sits calmly inside a magnificent Thai temple. Local lunch provided. After lunch return to hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

Meals : Breakfast/Lunch

Day 10 – Penang

In the morning proceed to Penang Hill. It is one of the oldest colonial hill station established by the British during their time in Malaysia. Explored in the late 18th century, a horse trail was cut by the Waterfall Gardens (present day Penang Botanic Gardens) to the summit of the hilly spine of Penang, allowing the British to escape from the chaos of Georgetown to the cooler climate on the hill.

Proceed to Ayer Itam and visit Kek Lok Si Temple, also known as the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.

After lunch, drive back to Kuala Lumpur.

Meals : Breakfast/Lunch

Day 11 – Free Day

Meals : Breakfast 

Day 12 - Departure

Transfer from hotel to airport for flight home.

Meals : Breakfast

 

Tour inclusion : All tours and transfers as stated, accommodation and meals as stated, English Speaking Guide, all relevant entrance, conservation fees, heritage fee and local government fee.

Excludes :  All airfare, camera fee, beverages, personal expenses, gratuities, items not stated

Remarks :

1.Tour is based on private vehicle and private guide (all boat transfers and boat excursions is based on sharing basis)

2.All prices valid until 31 March 2016.

3.Please enquire for other types of accommodation or for seat in coach arrangements