ITINERARY BY DAY
Day 1: Kuala Lumpur
Arrive in Kuala Lumpur and make your way to your hotel by private vehicle. Spend the rest of the day settling into your hotel and exploring the bustling streets of downtown Kuala Lumpur. Hit the mega malls in Bukit Bintang district before heading back to your hotel for evening cocktails at the Petronas Twin Towers – located right next door. Enjoy five-star dining at 57, Kuala Lumpur’s highest rooftop bar, award-winning Italian restaurant and whiskey lounge, while savouring unparalleled views of the city.
- Impiana Hotel KLCC or similar – Deluxe Room
Day 2: Kuala Lumpur
In the morning, embark on a half-day tour of Malaysia’s most iconic towers. Start at the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest set of twin towers in the world and inspired by the vision of former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad. Now an internationally recognised masterpiece, this iconic tower powerfully captures the aspirations of a nation hurtling into the future.
Afterwards, head to the Menara Kuala Lumpur, or KL Tower, for an extravagant lunch 285m above ground at the revolving restaurant Atmosphere 360. Savour spectacular views of the city whilst tucking into a glorious spread of modern and authentic Malay and international cuisine. Take your pick of a delicious range of appetizers, including Thai papaya Salad and Vietnamese spring rolls, before heading over to the hot food counters for freshly made lamb masala, stir fried chili crab and other a-la minute dishes.
Spend the afternoon and evening at your leisure before spending the night in Kuala Lumpur.
- Beverages not included in buffet lunch.
- Dress code: smart casual (ie. no shorts, sleeveless shirts or slippers).
Day 3: Cameron Highlands
In the morning, embark on a scenic journey up north to the hill resort region known as the Cameron Highlands. Drive through Tapah Town and make your way to the majestic Iskandar Waterfalls and the Orang Asli roadside stall. Break for lunch and grab a souvenir at the roadside shops before continuing on for a spectacular view of the Cameron Highlands, spanning the Rose Garden and organic vegetable farms.
Spend the evening relaxing at the resort and enjoying the fresh country air.
- Light sweaters recommended for the evenings.
- Studio Room at the Strawberry Park Resort, or similar.
Day 4: Cameron Highlands
After breakfast, embark on your half-day Mossy Forest of Gunung Brinchang Tour (4 hours) in a Land Rover. Explore the sprawling tea plantations en-route to the summit of Mount Batu Brinchang, soaring 2,032m above sea level and the tallest summit in the region. Enjoy fantastic views from the top while learning about the region’s history as Malaysia’s tea-growing heartland.
Then, venture off on your hike into the Mossy Forest with your experienced nature guides. Discover exotic plant life, including the curiously named Carnivorous Pitcher Plant and medicinal plants once widely used in local medicines.
After a short drive down from the mountain, make a pit stop at the Sungai Palas ‘BOH’ Tea Factory. Enjoy a guided factory tour before sampling the wide varieties of tea at the Tea Shop.
Spend the afternoon and evening at your leisure.
Day 5: Penang
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before a late check-out. Then, start your descent through Kampung Raja on the winding road to Simpang Pulai. Head north and cross the impressive Penang Bridge, spanning some 13.5km and the second longest bridge in Malaysia.
Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy the evening at your leisure, with the option to visit the bustling pasa malam, or “night market” on your doorstep.
- Deluxe Room at the Lone Pine Hotel Penang (boutique), or similar.
Day 6: Penang
After breakfast, begin a half-day of cooking at a Tropical Spice Garden cooking class. Tucked away in a secluded corner of a tropical spice garden, this exotic cooking school lies in the midst of tropical jungle whilst commanding exquisite views of the Andaman Sea.
Under the guidance of professional local chefs, try your hand at crafting Nonya (a fusion of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine) specialties, including nasi lemak, assam laksa, chicken tandoori and some refreshing spiced beverages.
In the afternoon, relax and sample the fruits of your labour at the Pavillion before heading to the gift shop to stock up on herbs and spices sourced from all over the world, including Sri Lanka, Bali and nearby Penang. Head back to your hotel for a relaxing evening of free time.
- Class sizes are restricted to ten people
- Morning classes begin at 9:00am and include a complimentary tour of the Spice Terraces.
Day 7: Penang
After breakfast, enjoy a lazy morning off before making your way to the airport for your return flight home.