ITINERARY BY DAY
Day 1: Kuala Lumpur
Arrive at Kuala Lumpur airport and make your way to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at your hotel or exploring the bustling streets of downtown Kuala Lumpur.
Day 2: Kuala Lumpur
In the morning, embark on a full day tour to Pulau Ketam, otherwise known as “Crab Island”. Enjoy a scenic ferry ride from Port Klang, offering beautiful panoramas of the busy harbor and nearby islands.
Pulau Ketam is renowned for its rich fishing traditions and unique houses built on stilts. Spot different kinds of fiddler crabs, mud crabs and mudskippers scuttling on the shores of the island’s mangroves before taking a stroll through this once desolate fishing village. Frozen in time, little has changed in this rustic village, where local villages continue to go about their daily routines amidst the crowds of tourists that flock there every year.
Settle down for a delicious fresh seafood lunch before catching the ferry back to Port Klang. After disembarking, make your way to the majestic Palace of the Sultan of Selangor. Then, take wander through the Sultan Salahuddin Mosque, Malaysia’s largest mosque and the second largest in Southeast Asia. Take in its vast blue and silver dome and its towering minarets erected at each corner. Finish the day at Thean Hou Temple, one of the largest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia and housing some of the most elaborate murals in the capital.
Day 3: Malacca
In the morning, embark on a full day tour to Malaysia’s ‘historical state’ of Malacca. Once occupied by the Portuguese and home to the descendents of Chinese settlers, Malacca has a rich history of cultural fusion, reflected in its eclectic architecture and tasty cuisine.
Stop in at St Peter’s Church, the oldest Christian church in Malaysia, before continuing on to the famous ‘Port de Santiago’ landmark, built by the famous General Albuquerque. Later, visit the ruins of St. Paul’s Church lined with 17th century Dutch tombstones before heading over to the Red Square. Wander through this bustling plaza known for its salmon pink Dutch administrative buildings and market stalls ideal for a quick browse.
Later, make a pit stop in Christ Church, the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia, before continuing on for lunch at a traditional Peranakan fusion restaurant. Tuck into authentic local dishes combining Chinese, Malay and other exotic flavours before visiting the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, known as the only temple to house the 3 major doctrines of Chinese spirituality: Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
Then, in the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll along Malacca’s Jonker Street to the Malacca river before boarding a relaxing boat ride around the perimeter of this UNESCO heritage city.
Back in Kuala Lumpur, take the evening off to relax at your hotel or visit the nearby pasar malam, or, “night markets”, for some tasty satay and other street food delights.
Day 4: Penang
In the morning, embark a scenic drive to Penang, taking approximately seven hours. Pass through beautiful pineapple and palm oil plantations enroute to Sam Poh Tong, considered the largest cave temple in Malaysia. Take in the majestic rock formations interspersed with statues of Buddha as you wander through its dark caverns.
Afterwards, settle down for an authentic local lunch in Ipoh before continuing on to the picturesque town of Kuala Kangsar, perched on the mouth of the Perak River. Wander over to Ubudiah Mosque and the Perak Royal Museum before continuing your journey north across the Penang Bridge.
Arrive in Penang Island in the late afternoon and check into your hotel before enjoying a relaxing evening off.
Day 5: Penang
In the morning, make your way by high-speed ferry to Pulau Payar, home to the only marine conservation park along the West Coast of Malaysia. Comprising four uninhabited islands and clear stretches of coral reefs, Pulau Payar is a haven for brightly coloured fish and popular diving and snorkeling spot. Snorkel your way through the spectacular underwater habitat before relaxing on one of the secluded beaches. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch served on the platform before checking out the underwater observatory.
Back on Penang Island, relax in the late afternoon before taking the evening to explore the bustling Batu Ferringhi night market, located on the hotel’s doorstep. Find the vibrant, open-air food market and tuck into delicious local favouriites, including char kway teow (stir-fried noodles) and stir-fried raddish cakes. Spend the night in Penang.
Day 6: Penang
After breakfast, begin a half-day cooking adventure at a Tropical Spice Garden cooking class. Tucked away in a secluded corner of a tropical spice garden, this unique cooking school lies in the midst of tropical jungle and local wildlife 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.
Day 7: Penang
After breakfast, embark on your way to the Wet and Flea Market for a half-day tour. Experience this authentic Malaysian wet market bustling with stalls of fresh produce, spices and local treats ready to be bought. Wander through Chinatown and Little India before heading over to the flea market, or “thief’s market”, known for its unusual collection of goods.
Take a break for lunch at a small local café before embarking on your Hill and Temple Tour. Make your first stop at the 19th century Kek Lok Si Temple, otherwise known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss, the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. Visit its seven-storey Pagoda of Rama VI, home to 10,000 alabaster and bronze Buddha statues.
Later, take a ride on the funicular train up Penang Hill, one of the oldest colonial hill stations built by the British. Offering up the best panorama of George Town and the east coast of Penang Island, soak up the breathtaking views from Crag Hotel or sit back and breath in the fresh breeze rolling in from the Andaman Sea. Spend the night in Penang.
Day 8: Kota Kinabalu
After breakfast, head to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. Arrive in Kota Kinabalu and meet with your guide before making your way by private vehicle to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day settling into your hotel and exploring the streets of Kota Kinabalu village.
Day 9: Kota Kinabalu
In the morning, make your way across the mountainous Crocker Range boasting panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and soaring peaks. En-route, catch a glimpse of the majestic Mount Kinabalu, one of the tallest summits in Southeast Asia and a World Heritage Site. Arriving at Kinabalu Park, embark on an exciting nature trek to learn about the park’s rich biodiversity and local wildlife. Later, take a dip in the rejuvenating Poring Hot Sulphur Springs before scaling the high canopy walk, 41m above the Borneo Rainforest floor.
Spend the night back at your resort.
Day 10: Kota Kinabalu
Spend the day relaxing at your resort or explore the surrounding nature reserve.
Day 11: Kota Kinabalu
Spend another day relaxing by the pool or enjoy some exciting water activities available at your resort.
Day 12: Kota Kinabalu
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing for the airport to catch your return flight home.