- Boating through the Mangrove Forest on Langkawi Island
- Dining at the night market in exotic Penang
- Visiting a tea plantation in the Cameron highlands
- A Malaysian home cooking class in Kuala Lumpur
- Antique hunting in Malacca
Day 1 Depart USA
You board your flight destined for Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia.
Day 2 En Route
You cross the International Date Line "losing" a day which you will regain on your return trip.
Day 3 Welcome to Kuala Lumpur
You arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport where your guide will be waiting to take you to your waiting car. Upon arrival at the hotel you have a chance to relax, explore the neighborhood or perhaps take a swim or spend time at the spa. This evening enjoy a quiet dinner at the hotel and a good night's rest.
Day 4 Introduction to Kuala Lumpur
After a good night's rest and a hearty breakfast it is time to go exploring. Your guide will be waiting in the lobby to escort you to the car. You then commence your private orientation tour of the city. Despite the skyline of a modern metropolis, Kuala Lumpur has always been charming and full of characters and on your morning's excursion you will be exposed to the contrast between the Indo-Moorish architecture of the past and the ultra modern edifices of today. You'll see the Royal Palace and visit the National Museum. A journey through the beautiful Lake gardens brings you to the elegant Jamel mosque, through bustling Chinatown (which you will re-visit later) and ending at the Petronas twin-tower, the symbol of modern Malaysia and the tallest twin towers in the world. After lunch at a local restaurant, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. In the evening your guide will pick you up and take you back to Chinatown where the many restaurants have added outside cooking areas and stall for the evening. Assisted by your guide you and walk the stalls selecting what appeals to you; maybe roasted duck or clay pot chicken followed by La-La clams ( in a sweet and sour sauce)? The choice is yours.
Day 5 Culinary Traditions of Malaysia
After breakfast your guide will be waiting to take you out to the suburbs to a typically suburban Malaysian home. In this home, complete with herb garden you will participate in a LaZat Malaysian Home Cooking Class. LaZat means ‘delicious' in the Malaysian language and you will learn about the fusion cooking of Malaysia, a combination of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Baba. During the class you will be introduced to some of the traditional favorites like Rendang, Nasi Lemak, Char Koay Teow, Dhal and many others. You will work from a menu creating a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts which you get to eat at the completion of the class. As you leave, your host and teacher will present you with a detailed explanation of the ingredients, cooking methods and recipes handed down from generations past. This evening you have the chance to test your knowledge as we take you to a restaurant serving Malay food but with a modern twist.
Day 6 Flight to Langkawi and the Rain Forest
After breakfast, your car will be waiting to take you to the airport for your flight to Langkawi your island home for the next three nights. Langkawi is the name of a group of islands twenty miles off the coat of northwestern Malaysia in the Andaman Sea. In total there are 99 islands but only a few are inhabited. You will land on the main island known as Kuah Langkawi. Upon arrival you are met by your guide and taken to your hotel situated in a 40 million year old rain forest but offering all modern amenities and a spectacular private beach. You have the chance to enjoy the beach or seek out the spa for an invigorating treatment or massage. Suitably relaxed, you will be ready to dine in one of the hotel's three restaurant's including one in the rainforest and one on the beach.
Day 7 Langkawi by Day and By Night
This morning you will undertake an exploration of urban and rural Langkawi including the legendary and the real. Your first stop will be Makam Mahsuri where, according to legend, an island beauty who cursed Langkawi for seven generations before her death was laid to rest. Fortunately that was more than seven generations ago. With your guide at your side you than head to the countryside as your driver takes you on a leisurely drive through quaint Malay Villages, paddy fields with muddy water buffaloes and even a rubber plantation. After this rural exploration you have lunch before heading back to the hotel for some beach time or perhaps a walk in the rain forest? In the evening your guide will meet you and take you to the town of Kuah and the "pasar malam" or night market. After exploring the market you adjourn to the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club for dinner.
Day 8 Exploring the Mangrove Forest
After breakfast, your guide and driver will be waiting to take you on an exploration of the wonders of nature in Langkawi's coastal mangrove forest. You will start with a visit to a local fishing village before boarding a boat that will take you through the thick mangrove forest fringed by limestone caves and hidden canyons where you can spot monkeys, kingfishers, monitor lizards and mud crabs. You will visit a fish farm where some of the fish that you eat at home may have come from. A highlight of the visit is the feeding of three different species of eagles. You have lunch at a restaurant located in the mangrove forest before returning to land and your hotel. This evening you have the opportunity to try one of the other restaurants located within the hotel.
Day 9 The Ferry to Penang
This morning is at leisure until your guide comes to pick you up and supervise the loading of your luggage into the car. You will then depart for town stopping for lunch in town before heading to the jetty where you say goodbye to your guide and board the ferry for Penang This Island is actually connected to the mainland by the third longest bridge in the world but arriving by boat is more authentic. You dock at Penang's Swettenham Port where your guide, along with your driver, awaits you. Penang was the original British settlement even before Singapore so there is a certain colonial air to the place along with the exotic cultural mix. After all, the last colonial administrator left a little more than fifty years ago. You will be taken to your deluxe resort hotel where you have a chance to relax before dinner.
Day 10 Penang Island by Day, Georgetown by Night
Your morning will be devoted to exploring the diversity of the island from its sandy shores to quaint countryside. You will visit a factory where you will witness the traditional techniques of batik painting, using wax and dyes. You will then move to Balik Pulau to see rubber being tapped from the rubber trees. Until the creation of synthetic rubber, Malaysia was one of the principal sources of rubber and the reason for the British presence. You will also visit farms where exotics spices and fruits are cultivated. After a visit to the legendary Snake Temple, where Pit Vipers adorn the altars you stop for lunch before returning to the hotel for some relaxation. In the evening, Georgetown, Penang's Capital comes alive in the blaze of lights. With your guide, you enter the night market to savor the famous Penang dishes created in the open air food stalls. Taste the popular ‘satay', barbecued meat on skewers and ‘char koay toew' which are fried rice noodles among other popular dishes, while watching how they are prepared. Relax after dinner and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city by taking a trishaw ride through the heart of Georgetown. You will stop at the colonial Eastern & Oriental hotel for a refreshing drink on her seafront terrace before heading back to your hotel. At your option you can be dropped off at one of the Upper Penang Road nightspots for some dancing.
Day 11 From the Beach to the Highlands
This morning you will go from sea level to over 5,500 feet in the course of a day. From sultry breezes to refreshing air. You start out by meeting up with your guide and your driver. Your first adventure is to cross to the mainland via the Penang Bridge and then drive northwards to Ipoh to the city of tin mines. In addition to rubber, tin was, and still is, a major export. You will stop at the Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple where, among the stalactites and stalagmites you will view an impressive work of art and faith with various statues of Buddha on display. Following lunch you will continue the journey to Kuala Kangsar, the royal town of Perak. After viewing the Ubudiah Mosque you complete your journey to the Cameron Highlands. Discovered by the British in 1885, its situation at 5,500 feet allowed the colonial administrators to escape the coastal heat and eventually proved a natural environment for agriculture. Along the way, you will see waterfalls, gurgling jungle streams and, perhaps, meet aborigines on their hunting trip armed with blowpipes and poisoned darts.
Day 12 Nature’s Bounty in the Highlands
Start the morning with a visit to the fruit and vegetable farms that abound here in the highlands. Strawberries grow particularly well and are used to enhance the afternoon tea served at your hotel. You will visit a working tea plantation laid out in terrace upon terrace as far as the eye can see. Untouched, tea plants can grow up to sixty feet in height but are kept trimmed to a much lower level since the tea leaves are picked by hand and taken from the top of the plant for freshness. You will see the entire process including picking drying, blending and best of all, tasting. After lunch you head back to the resort where you have a chance to relax, play golf or decide to have afternoon tea.
Day 13 A Melting Pot of Religions and Cultures
Malaysia is multi-racial and multi-religious and on the road trip to Malacca your guide will take you to two diverse but equally interesting places of worship. Your first visit will be to Thean Hou Chinese Temple, a striking six tier temple dedicated to the Goddess Tian Hou which translates as Heavenly Mother. The temple blends elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism built in a structure which itself combines modern and traditional architecture. Your next stop is the Batu Caves, a massive limestone outcrop with its interiors home to a Hindu shrine lined with different deities. The shrine itself is located deep inside the high caverns which take 272 steps to reach. In the afternoon you arrive in Malacca.This evening a farewell dinner at one of our favorite Malaccan Restaurants.
Day 14 Return to USA
After breakfast, your guide and driver will take you to Kuala Lumpur where you board your return flight to the US, picking up the day you previously lost to arrive back the same afternoon.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Penang, Cameron Highlands, Malacca