Your day-by-day itinerary
Twin Towers & Chopsticks
Kuala Lumpur is a city of exciting extremes, where space-age skyscrapers nudge up against cluttered Chinese markets and timeless Indian. You’ll explore Kuala Lumpur independently, watching East bump into West with your own eyes. You can stare up at the famous Petronas Towers, throw yourself into lively food-court culture and get a bird’s eye view from the top of the KL Tower.
Colonial Sights and Culinary Delights
Today you will arrive in Ipoh – one of the largest cities in Malaysia with plenty of colonial charm. You’ll stay in a boutique hotel in the old town, perfect for exploring this fascinating city on foot. During your time here we’ll organise a city tour with an English speaking guide who’ll be able to tell you all about the city’s history. Ipoh is one of the culinary centres of Malaysia, and you’ll sample some typical Malaysian snacks whilst here.
Bites and Bikes of Penang
Penang is a patchwork of Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures, there’s something fascinating happening on every street corner. The food here is famous throughout the world, a mouth-watering hotchpotch of Asian flavours that will get your taste buds dancing. During this trip you’ll take a bike ride around Georgetown, the cultural heart of Penang and sample some tasty traditional cuisine.
Kota Kinabalu: Gateway to Sabah
This booming coastal city at the foot of the immense Mount Kinabalu is the starting point for your journey to Sabah. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel which is quiet but close enough to reach the city centre by foot or taxi. Kota Kinabalu is a relatively modern city with many western influences. During your time here you’ll head to Kinabalu National Park with a guide to walk amongst the canopy and spot the diverse wildlife.
Orangutans and a Jungle Boat Cruise
Borneo is the land of orang-utans. The very best place to see them and learn all about them is at the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary. This morning a guide will take you to Sepilok and answer any questions you may have about the park’s furry inhabitants. At feeding time you’ll find yourself at a safe distance, yet incredibly close to the endearing primates. After your visit to Sepilok you’ll climb into a boat and you’ll travel deeper into the jungle.
During our trip we saw monkeys playing on the riverbanks and crocodiles creeping about. If you’re very lucky you might even see wild elephants by the river for a drink of water. On the second day you’ll explore the area a little further to see more of the local wildlife. Your guide is an expert at finding animal’s hiding places and will help point out any scurrying creatures. You’ll spend the night at a cosy wooden lodge right next to the Kinabatangan River. After breakfast on your final day you will take an early morning transfer from the jungle back to Sandakan to arrive around lunchtime/early afternoon.
Castaway Beach on Lankayan Island
Today you’ll be transferred to the jetty for your boat transfer to Lankayan Island. This peaceful, unpopulated island is the perfect place to rest after travelling. You can spend your days relaxing on the white sandy beaches or swimming in the crystal clear sea.
You will be staying in a seafront bungalow, situated right on the beach. All your meals are included and are served at the restaurant, which boasts an amazingly beautiful open-air wooden terrace. After your dinner, you can sit on the terrace and watch the sun setting over the sea. On your last day on the island you will leave at 7am and head back to Sandakan where you will continue on your travels.