Classic Malaysia

9 Days, from AU $1,571

Beautiful sunset in Kuantan

 Ubudiah Mosque, Penang

Kenyir Lake

Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands

Fisher Boat & Penang Bridge

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Discover Malaysia’s diverse landscapes and fascinating mix of nationalities and cultures in nine days. Begin in sprawling Kuala Lumpur, taking in its towering skyscrapers and enjoying some of the endless restaurants, before the contrast of the green, hilly Cameron Highlands. Penang perhaps best demonstrates the country’s diversity of culture, people and food. Cross the country for rainforest exploration, wildlife spotting and head to South East Asia’s largest man-made lake for some tranquillity before returning to Kuala Lumpur.

Our Classic itineraries cover the key attractions with carefully selected experiences to ensure you get the most out of your holiday. Classic itineraries include time for relaxation or for adding extra activities. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur

Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel.

On its first glance Kuala Lumpur may seem like any other metropolis full of shining skyscrapers and busy streets. Though, Kuala Lumpur, referred to as KL, has maintained its original character and charm throughout the rapid development of the recent years where colonial buildings rub shoulders with skyscrapers and wooden-roof houses. Multiple races and religions live together and influence and form the city’s being. Whether it is Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity or traditional Chinese religions, each left their foot prints and are part of the eclectic society creating an astonishing atmosphere. No doubt, shopping, eating and nightlife are the highlights of any visit to KL, however, it is worth going beyond the surface to explore its mosques, historic temples, monuments and surrounding parks.

Itinerary Option: If you wish to spend some more time in Kuala Lumpur, discuss additional nights and activities with our Asia experts.

Day 2: Cameron Highlands

Depart from your hotel in Kuala Lumpur towards the Cameron Highlands, 1542 meters above sea level and famous for its world-renowned tea. En route visit the Royal Pewter Factory to watch the production and take part in the decoration of pewter. You will also visit the Batu Caves with its 272 steps leading to a limestone cave, guarded by a huge golden Hindu deity statue. Continue to the Cameron Highlands visiting a cottage industry specialising in bamboo baskets and the Lata Iskandar Waterfalls before checking into your hotel.

Famous for the scenic Boh tea plantation and its many strawberry farms, the lush green hills of the Cameron Highlands provide a cooling respite to the humidity of Kuala Lumpur. The small town offers a relaxed way of life, where you may feel as if you are in the middle of the English countryside.

Day 3: Penang

Transfer to the historic and interesting Penang, the Pearl of the Orient. En route visit the Gua Tempurung Cave, a spectacle cave and former hideout of the communist guerrillas. Continue to Kellie’s Castles, an unfinished mansion built by a wealthy Scottish plantation owner, William Kellie Smith, with a neighbouring Hindu temple for the workforce. Stop at the fine Ubudiah Mosque in the royal town of Perak. Arrive in Penang, crossing the Penang Bridge, one of the longest in South East Asia.

Day 4: Penang

Explore Penang on a city tour visiting the Batik Factory for intricate cloth making skills, and the impressive temples on the island. Admire the British colonial architecture and learn about the interesting past that make Penang a fascinating and culturally diverse city. The rest of the day will be at leisure to further explore the city, with its ancient wooden jetties, quirky street art and to enjoy some excellent fusion cuisine.

Day 5: Kota Bahru

Cross the country to the eastern coast and Kota Bahru. The drive is along the East West Highway which cuts through the main mountain range and offers breathtaking views of the tropical rainforest. If you are in luck, you may see elephants cross the road on the journey! Check into your hotel in Kota Bharu for the night.

Day 6: Tasik Kenyir

Visit Kota Bharu’s colourful wet market before the journey to Tasik Kenyir, or Lake Kenyir. This, the largest man-made lake in South East Asia, is surrounded by 1,000 acres of woodlands including 340 islands and a number waterfalls, rapids, rivers and limestone caves. Arrive at your accommodation and enjoy the tranquillity of your new surroundings.

Day 7: Kuantan

Depart for the scenic drive to Kuantan, stopping en route at local villages to see the traditional way of life. Visit Cherating village to see bags, mats and crafts created using Pandan leaves. Observe brassware creation, brown sugar production and witness monkeys climb palms and pick coconuts. Arrive in Kuantan and check into your hotel. The city is transforming into a modern metropolis, whilst offering historical and religious edifices as well as attractive beaches.

Day 8: Kuala Lumpur

Depart Kuantan for the Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary Camp, located in Kuala Gandah. Learn about the conservation of the elephants and its habitats. Arrive in the city of Kuala Lumpur for some time at leisure, where you may wish to do some shopping in the vast and pristine malls or sample some of the city’s excellent food with influences from around the world.

Day 9: Kuala Lumpur

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Travel Styles

All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.

Standard:from AU $1,571
Superior:from AU $1,742
Deluxe:from AU $2,083

All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!

Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels/lodges each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day).

Inclusions:

• All entrance fees 
• All transportation
• English speaking driver/guide
• All accommodation with daily breakfast

Price Dependent:

Availability of accommodation and season.

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"The itinerary with our customized changes worked well, the hotels and also the guides were fine especially Cheng from Malaysia. He went over and above to make our week with him excellent and took us to some great places to eat so that we experienced different types of food at very low cost. Highlights for us were the elephant sanctuary, Mt Kinabalu, an excursion to Sandakan and the longhouse visit. The day at Mt Kinabalu and Poring hot springs was enhanced by a visit to Kundasang War Memorial near Ranau where the Sandakan death march ended. For any Australian, this basic, small war memorial operated by volunteers is an incredibly moving place. This was not on our itinerary and was an extra provided by our guide Cheng. The war memorial was wonderful and of course the Orang-Utans and the sun bears were delightful and conveniently located next to each other. Also, the English Tea House was a treat! Generally Malaysia provides a very good example of all that South Asia can offer. It has big modern cities, shanty towns, rich and poor, beaches and resorts, jungles and forests, amazing animals, incredibly diverse cultures, beautiful temples and mosques, very interesting history, war history particularly involving Australia and Britain and so on. It struck us that if a traveler could only see one Asian country then perhaps Malaysia would be it!" — Mr. and Mrs. Barker, Sydney, NSW, August 2017

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