Malaysia, populated by a blend of Malays, Chinese, Indians and indigenous groups, boasts a rich cultural heritage noticeable in its architecture, gastronomy and rural crafts.
Even with Islam as the cultural force, its the religious plurality is extremely attractive, providing the coexistence of mosques, temples and churches. A multicultural society of success, where the streets have a colour that is not seen elsewhere and its friendly and welcoming people, makes us surrender at the first contact.
Of an astonishing beauty, its nature offers us one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests, idyllic beaches, mountains of breathtaking views and ancient caves. Its numerous Natural Parks are a constant invitation to hiking and wildlife-watching and its crystal clear waters, to exploring a charming underwater world.
It’s not possible to see everything in Malaysia, but this adventure will take you where the action is, giving you an inside glimpse to this fascinating country.
- Discover the corners of the cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur;
- Dazzle with the tea plantations and with the “green pharmacy” of Cameron Highlands;
- Delight with an exotic mix of cultures, art and gastronomy in Georgetown;
- Snorkel the turquoise seas around the Perhentian Islands;
- Adventure through the trails of one of the world's oldest tropical rainforests in Taman Negara National Park.
Day 1 – Arrival in Malaccasee
Selamat datang ke Malaysia!
Once installed, you can rest from the long hours of flight or start discovering the Portuguese roots of this city.
Day 2 - Malaccasee
We start the day in the centre of Malacca, where the strong Dutch influence predominates and contrasts with everything you will see during this trip. Here, we highlight the São Francisco Xavier Church, built in the 19th century from the ruins of a Portuguese church. Then we continue to the Church of São Paulo, on the top of a hill with a fantastic view of the straight, passing through the Port of Santiago, or "A Famosa", a fort built in 1511 which, even with the Dutch occupation, and afterwards English , retained the Portuguese name.
In the afternoon, you can take a stroll along the trendy "Jonker Street", where there are numerous restaurants, shops and cafes or visit the Portuguese Quarter, a few minutes by car from the city center.
Day 3 - Kuala Lumpursee
In the morning we take the bus that will take us to the capital of the country - Kuala Lumpur.
Founded in the mid-19th century, Kuala Lumpur is an authentic amalgamation, without a coherent style and you will easily notice it as you take your first steps here.
In the afternoon, we continue to the emblematic Petronas, the symbol of Malaysia with its 451.9 meters tall. We stroll through the KLCC Park and explore the surrounding area and at the end of the day, when the heat is not so strong, we head to Menara KL Tower to enjoy the sunset over the city. Before we get there, we pass through the forested area of Bukit Nanas and take the route of suspended bridges.
Day 4 - Kuala Lumpur, travel to the Cameron Highlandssee
We still have the morning to explore Kuala Lumpur. The Merdeka Square, in the colonial center, tells us the rich history of this city.
We set out early in the afternoon for the Cameron Highlands on a 5-hour bus ride in a snaky road.
The Cameron Highlands are over 1000 feet high and the real reason travelers come here is reflected in their exceptional beauty landscapes, particularly their tea plantations.
Accommodation: guesthouse (possibility of shared WC)
Day 5 - Cameron Highlandssee
The great attraction of the Cameron Highlands are undoubtedly its tea plantations. However, the region offers fantastic hikes. That is precisely what we are going to do today!
Accompanied by a local guide, for about 7 hours, we cross the forest tracks that lead us to Gunung Jasar (1696m). On the slightly strenuous way, we are introduced to some of the plants that the "green pharmacy" of Malaysia has and its medicinal application. After a stop to enjoy the panoramic views and gatter energy with a small snack, we begin our descent, which reserves us a challenging end, to the valley of tea plantations. Get ready, because the landscape is surreal! We then proceed to the Bharat Tea Estate, for a broader explanation of the production of the different qualities of tea. Later on, we jump into a jeep to discover more of the area: the Mossy Forest, and its scenery that looks more like a Lord of the Rings movie! In a walk, we will discover this forest and its unique ecosystem.
Accommodation: guesthouse (possibility of shared WC)
Meals: small snack
Day 6 – Trip to Taman Neggara National Parksee
Early in the morning we said goodbye to the Cameron Highlands, it was time to visit the first National Park of Malaysia, the Taman Negara.
It is believed that this area of natural beauty is one of the oldest forests in the world about 130 million years old. It is home to an incredible range of wildlife ranging from elephants to monkeys as well as exotic birds such as the cala. Here, we also find one of the greatest diversity of trees on the planet.
We arrive in the mid-afternoon, so no visits to the park are allowed. we rest and wait anxiously for the next day.
Day 7 – Taman Neggara National Parksee
In the morning, after a good breakfast, we cross the river by boat to reach the National Park. The offer of trails is wide, but one of them, wich we will not miss, is the suspension bridge, which allows us to experience the forest from a monkey's point of view, along 500 meters.
Following the hike, for those seeking an additional challenge, they can explore the Bukit Teresek. Although a little challenging, is rewarding, offering a panoramic view over the park.
In the middle of the afternoon, we set out for the Orang Asli village, the oldest inhabitants of the Malaysian Peninsula. Your lifestyle is still very traditional and that is precisely what we are witnessing today, respecting at the same time your family and individual privacy.
Day 8 – Travel to the Perhentian Islandssee
Early in the morning, we bid farewell to Taman Neggara National Park and set off for the Perhentian Islands.
We arrive in the afternoon at Kuala Besut, where we jumo into the boat that will take us to one of the Malaysian paradises, the Perhentian Islands, more precisely Perhentian Besar, for around 45 minutes.
Located off the east coast of Malaysia, the Perhentian Islands are one of the most beautiful islands in the world, with luxurious coral reefs and white sandy beaches bathed in crystal clear waters. Are you going to take a dip to refresh yourself?
Day 9 – Perhentian Islandssee
Good Morning! Believe me, this is life in paradise!
But if you think you're going to be relaxing on the beach, you'll be disappointed! Put on the snorkeling mask and enjoy a half day tour in these turquoise waters. Between beautiful corals and thousands of tropical fish, stay tuned! You might see some green turtles and, perhaps, one or two gray reef shark.
Day 10 - Perhentian Islands and travel to Georgetown - Penangsee
Part of our morning will be spent on the island, so you can enjoy the last dips.
In the afternoon, we journey to Georgetown on an internal flight of about 1 hour, crossing the peninsula from the east coast to the west.
Day 11 – Georgetown - Penangsee
Georgetown may not impress at first sight, but once we get to the center, we easily realize why it is UNESCO's heritage. It preserves beautiful colonial buildings, as well as an exotic mix of cultures and cuisine that has attracted international attention. There is a challenge today! With the map in hand, we will discover the various street art murals that adorn the city, getting lost between Buddhist and Hindu temples, on our way to visit the Jetty Clan on the seafront. In the afternoon we will go to the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia by its name Kek Lok Si.
Day 12 - Georgetown - Penangsee
Today is completely free!
For nature lovers, there is the suggestion of a visit to Penang National Park, to hike the trails or simply enjoy the beach, or to go to Penang Hill.
Culture lovers will be able to visit other Buddhist temples around the city and appreciate a bit more of its eclectic architecture with a visit to the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion. The Hin Bus Depot Art Center is also an excellent option to enjoy exhibitions, concerts and markets of national and international artists.
Day 13 – Trip to Kuala Lumpursee
It is time to return to Kuala Lumpur and the bus await us. Take the trip to rest, because later there are no excuses, we are going out tonight!
. Dinner is in the bustling Jalan Alor with its restaurants and Chinese food stalls. Finally, how about a drink at the famous Sky Bar overlooking the iconic Petronas?
Day 14 – Return from Kuala Lumpursee
Your adventure in Malaysia comes to an end today. The memories are fantastic, full of symbols and different colours, adorned by the smiles of these people who welcomed us so well.
Selamat tinggal give khasi terima!
What is included?
- Days: 14
- Accommodation: 13 night in hotel, guesthouse and resort
- Transports: bus, van, airplane and boat
- 9 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 small snak
- Activities: All the activities mentioned on the itinerary
- Guide in Malacca and Cameron Highlands
- Entrance in Taman Negara National Park
- Travel insurance on the dates of the program
- Monitoring and guidance throughout the whole trip by Liliana Ascensão
- Groups: 4 (minimum), 9 (maximum)
What is not included?
- International Airfare (~800€)
- Visa (not appliably for portuguese citizens)
- Airport Transfer (~35€)
- Transports within the cities (~ 3€)
- Single supplement: 300€
- Tourism tax (10RM/room/night)
- Unspecified meals (~15€/day)
- Extra activities
- Unspecified visits
- Expenses of personal nature