SN08LGK – 9D8N Highlights of Malaysia (West Coast)

A complete tour of the west coast. This is the best developed region and it has probably the best attractions in Malaysia. Malacca & Penang are both UNESCO listed heritage cities. Langkawi is the gem here for it`s laid back lifestyle tropical island. Then you have Kuala Lumpur & Cameron HIghlands to add to the list. All in all a great holiday tour. 

Departure : Daily

 

Tour Summary

Travelling northbound from Singapore to Penang by overland, a popular trail on Peninsular Malaysia and enjoy an enchanting stay at Langkawi at the end.

Highlights of Tour

  • Historical Malacca – where it all began
  • Kuala Lumpur – the exciting capital city with plenty to offer for visitors
  • Cameron Highlands – a mountain resort offering peace & tranquility
  • Penang – Pearl of the Orient – City Tour
  • Langkawi – this is a gem island for rest & relax.

Day 1     Singapore – Malacca (3.5 hrs)

View from Malcca River - ChurchPick up at City Hotels at 0730 hrs.Cross the Johor Causeway, which links Singapore to Peninsula Malaysia. After brief formalities, you will enter Johor Bahru – the southern most state of Malaysia. The Malacca Experience begins. Visit St. Paul’s Hill, Porta De Santiago, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and Jonkers Street – popular for it’s antiques and local art & craft. The Baba Nyonya Museum offers an interesting insight of the lifestyle & tradition of the unique peranakans.

Day 2     Malacca-Kuala Lumpur (2 hrs)

After breakfast, you rejoin the highway passing Seremban to Kuala Lumpur – the capital city of Malaysia. In the afternoon, our guide will give you an orientation tour of Kuala Lumpur where you will be introduced to the humble beginning of the city to what it is today – a modern cosmopolitan city. Major highlights of the tour : National Monument, Sultan Abdul Samad Building – Independence Square, the Selangor Club & the King’s Palace.  Enjoy a breath taking view of the city from the KL Tower. In the evening, you may want to join an optional tour for a taste of traditional Malay cuisine with a cultural show plus a visit to Chinatown
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Day 3     In Kuala Lumpur

Transfer to Petronas Twin Towers for a photo stop only. The twin tower has a skybridge, which is open to the public – subject to availability as the entry is limited to aSultan Sulaimancertain number of people each day.We set off to Batu Caves – a daunting cave where you will climb 272 steps to reach the entrance of the main cave. This is where the Hindus have erected a sacred shrine devoted to Lord Muruga. Thaipusam Festival turns this cave into a frenzy and dramatic affair with colourful chariots hooked on to the body of the devotees paying their respect. Royal Selangor is the largest producer of pewter in the world and you have an opportunity to see the craftsman at work. This afternoon, you are free to explore the city. Shopping is great and it is easy to move around with taxis and the monorail.
(Breakfast)

Day 4     Kuala Lumpur  – Cameron Highlands (4 hrs)

Travel to Cameron Highlands via the highway with a rest stop at Tapah. This is the town leading to Cameron Highlands and you will get to see the local fruits including the King of Fruits – Durian if in season.On the way up to the mountain resort, we will stop at a small Aborigine village and a teahouse. Continue to drive up the road passing through Brinchang and finally the main town – Tanah Rata. Settle in your hotel of your choice and enjoy the peace & serenity of Cameron Highlands.
(Breakfast)

Day 5     Cameron Highlands – Penang (7 hrs)

Visit one of the tea plantations owned by the Boh Plantations to watch the processing of black tea and later to sample various kind of tea in the teahouse. (Note : Tea factory is closed on Mondays).   Depart Cameron Highlands via the Simpang Pulai Highway to Bukit Merah Laketown.  Visit the Orang Utan Island & see the primates and the in-house infant care unit. Continue to Penang & cross the Penang Bridge into the island of Penang. Check into your hotel
(Breakfast)

Day 6     In Penang

Khoo Konng Si

Today you explore Penang – the Pearl of the Orient and the oldest British settlement in Malaysia. See the various attractions in Georgetown including the Khoo Kongsi (Dragon Mountain Hall) clan house with its ancient design constructed to capture the splendour of an Imperial palace, the historical Fort Cornwallis and the Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram, which houses a 32 metres reclining Buddha.

In the afternoon, visit the legendary Snake Temple. The temple is filled with the smoke of burning incense and a variety of pit vipers. The vipers are believed to be rendered harmless by the sacred smoke. But it is not advisable to touch the snakes nonetheless. Local devotees believe that the temple’s snake population has come there of its own accord. The temple was built circa 1850 in memory of Chor Soo Kong, by a Buddhist monk who moved to Penang.

Returning to the city, we visit the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, the typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago is recreated to offer a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions. With over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era on display, this Baba-Nyonya museum is also housed in one of Penang’s heritage mansion of eclectic design and architecture. The Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas, was a prominent community of acculturated Chinese unique to this part of the world, especially in the Straits Settlements (Penang, Malacca and Singapore) hence its other name, the Straits Chinese. Adopting selected ways of the local Malays and later, the colonial British, the Peranakans had created a unique lifestyle and customs which had not only left behind a rich legacy of antiques but its cultural influences like cuisine and language are still evident in Penang today. 
(Breakfast)

Day 7     Penang – Langkawi
Transfer to Penang International airport for flight to Langkawi .On arrival, meet & transfer to your resort. Rest of day at leisure.
(Breakfast) 

Day 8     In Langkawi

Langkawi BeachThe outstanding landscape of the Langkawi Islands proclaims a true tropical paradise. White sands, clear tropical waters and lovely island sunsets. Located off the northern most tip of Peninsular Malaysia, Langkawi is a group of 104 islands where only three are inhabited.

We start the tour with the Oriental Village. This is located around a lake set against the backdrop of Mountain Mat Cincang. There is a duty free shop and a couple of restaurants here. You can be entertained – traditional music, silat, snake charmer and kite flying demonstration – this is all subject to availability.Located at the Oriental Village is the Langkawi Cable Car. The exciting ride will take you to 709 metres over a distance of 2.2 km. Enjoy the breathtaking view on the top of  Mt Mat Cincang.
(Note : Cable car is subject to weather conditions)

Later, we travel to the Kuah Town for the Eagle Square & Underwater World.
The Eagle Square stands a magnificent statue of an reddish brown eagle where the word `Langkawi’  is derived from according to local folklore. The Underwater World is one of the main attractions in Langkawi. It is a marine showcase featuring both fresh & seawater fish and marine life.
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Day 9     Depart Langkawi

Time to bid farewell to this wonderful tropical paradise – transfer to airport for your onward flight.
(Breakfast) 

End of Tour

Remarks : Please look at the 8D7N Hihlights of Malaysia tour. This tour extends to the East Coast of Malaysia for great coastline and the heart of the Malay Culture.

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