Heritage Trails to Remote Rainforests

13-Day Short Malaysia Itinerary

Prices from £1,418 pp

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Duration13 days / 12 nights (flexible)

ItineraryMalacca - Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh - Belum - Pulau Perhentian

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In a little under two weeks discover the many faces of Malaysia with this express itinerary. Explore the lush countryside by bike, sample tasty local cuisine, spot monkeys swinging through the trees and relax on paradise islands with a good book. This itinerary is packed with a lot of punch but offers a relaxed pace with a mix of public and private transport. If you’re looking for something a bit different than the well-trodden tourist trail then this is the itinerary for you.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport as described
  • Excursions as described

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Malacca: Warm Welcome on Wheels

Malacca is the melting pot of Malaysia, a mosaic of many different cultures. Here, crumbling European colonial buildings, Indian bazaars, Chinese markets and modern chic all sit side by side. During this trip, you’ll stay in the heart of Malacca’s Chinatown, peppered with paper lanterns. We will organise an eco cycling trip for you, where you will learn about the tropical plantations and pedal through local villages.

Malacca: Warm Welcome on Wheels

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.

Brightly lit twin towers in Malaysia at night

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.

ipoh train

Monkeys in the Hidden Rainforest

Far off the beaten path, you’ll find no tourist crowds or bottlenecks, just spider monkeys playing in the thick jungle canopy and exotic birds twittering overhead. You’ll explore the Belum Rainforest, trekking, monkey-spotting and drifting along gently rushing rivers by wooden boat. You’ll sleep in the rainforest’s only lodge, buried deep in the jungle, and awake each day to a tropical dawn chorus.

Monkeys in the Hidden Rainforest

Perhentian Island Escape

Today you’ll take a boat transfer from Kuala Besut to the tropical Perhentian Islands. The first thing you’ll see when you hop off the boat from Kuala Besut onto the island’s warm white sands, is an idyllic palm-lined beach, a crystal clear turquoise sea and small wooden cabins. Staying on Perhentian Besar with a beautiful beach right on your doorstep and a tropical rainforest behind you, you really can’t go wrong.

beach view in malaysia

Speak to our Malaysia specialist, Miles

“Malaysia is packed with variety; from its cosmopolitan cities to its wild jungles. Here, I’ve snorkelled in beautiful waters and eaten my weight in creamy laksa noodles! My customers also love the ease of travelling around, hassle-free. ”

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