With reefs and rainforests, mountains and minarets, skyscrapers and sampans, Malaysia certainly lives up to its slogan: “truly Asia.” One of the world’s great cultural melting pots, Malaysia is a nation where Chinese joss houses, Hindu temples and gold-domed mosques jostle for space with towering skyscrapers.
The British once presided over this fascinating sampling platter of Asian culture, leaving behind a legacy of hill stations, polo fields and high tea.
In fact, Malaysia offers two countries for the price of one; Peninsular Malaysia, bordering Thailand at the southern end of the Malay Peninsula; and East Malaysia, the northern half of the island of Borneo, nuzzling up against Indonesia and Brunei.
Malaysia’s supercharged capital, Kuala Lumpur ,resembles a crystal garden that has grown miraculously in the jungle. Indeed, pockets of virgin rainforest still survive amongst the towering skyscrapers, multi-storey shopping malls and monorail tracks. If you do nothing else, devote a day to sampling KL’s street food; from Chinese noodles and Indian dosas (rice pancakes) to aromatic and spicy Malay curries and seafood.
Away from the cities, untamed nature awaits, in the form of jungles dripping with rare and exotic species and coral reefs thronged by turtles, sharks and tropical fish. Malaysia’s national parks and wildlife reserves are well-organised and well looked after, and you might be lucky enough to meet Malaysia’s most charismatic resident, the orang-utan .
Then there are the islands; tropical resorts such as Langkawi, Tioman and the Perhentian Islands have become almost legendary for fans of swaying palms, sparkling sand and scuba diving on pristine reefs. Malaysia’s dive sites – particularly those reached on live-aboard safaris – rank amongst the best in the world
Peninsular Malaysia is where people go for bustling cities and colonial history, but the states of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo are the gateway to another world. Lush rainforests are inhabited by isolated indigenous tribes
Langkawi: Nearly the size of Singapore, Langkawi is surrounded by beautiful beaches and towering limestone karsts. This beauty inspired their official 2012 tourism slogan, "Naturally Langkawi"
Kuching: Situated in eastern Sarawak, Kuching is the most populous of all the cities in the state and, arguably, also the best place to be a tourist in the whole of Malaysia, due to its size, quality of accommodation, day trip options and museums.
Kuala Lumpur : The modern, bustling and lush-green capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a testament to the Southeast Asian nation clawing its way in recent decades out of the developing world and into the WiFi-enabled modern one.
Kinabalu Park : Borneo is known for its abundant natural wonders, but Kinabalu Park may just be the most spectacular. The main attraction is Mount Kinabalu, a 4,095-metre monster of granite that takes the title of the tallest mountain in Malaysia by a long shot.
Melaka : Midway between the capital cities of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and at the mouth of the Strait of Melaka, a crucial shipping route connecting the Indian and Pacific oceans, Melaka has been a centre of trade and cultural exchange for more than 600 years.
Pangkor Island : The word Pangkor is said to be a derivative of the Thai “pang koh”, which means beautiful island—and yes, this gives a hint of what Pangkor Island is like, with sandy shores and surrounding emerald waters.
Sipadan : When you’re diving at Sipadan it’s not a question of whether you’ll see large pelagic species like manta rays, sea turtles, barracuda and sharks, but how many.
Kinabatangan River : For the most accessible wildlife adventure in Sabah, the Kinabatangan River, Sabah’s longest, offers easy packaged experiences. Known for its remarkable wildlife, you are almost guaranteed to see one or several of Borneo’s endemic species in the wild here.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park : A short boat ride from KK, the five islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park offer squeaky white sands, azure waters and hiking trails though areas of old growth forest and mangroves, with an abundance of wildlife both below and above the waters.
Mantanani Islands : Three little blips on the radar form the Mantanani Islands, about 40 kilometres northwest of Kota Belud. Mantanani Besar, Mantanani Kecil and Lungisan are your quintessential alabaster-fringed tropical archipelago, reef ringed and sitting in crystal-clear aquamarine waters.
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre :Orange apes are Borneo’s big drawcard, and possibly why you’re in Sabah. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre cares for “people of the forest” who have been orphaned or injured due to deforestation or previously illegally kept as pets.
Eastern Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo see their wettest period between November and February.
The west coast of the Peninsula sees the wet between May and September.
The climate is hot and humid year round —regardless of whether it's raining or not!
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Transfer to hotel .
City Tour (Afternoon) -See Kuala Lumpur's highlights and find out more about Malaysian culture on this half day tour.
Includes - Hotel pick up, transportation by coach, visit to Petronas Twin Towers (photo stop), OE jewellery showroom, King's Palace (photo stop), National Monument, National Museum (exclude entrance fee), National Mosque (photo stop) and Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
Genting Highlands means fun for all the family, with its casinos, bowling alley, landscaped lake, mini train and bumper cars.
Includes - Return transportation by coach to Cable Car station. Cable car ticket .
Note : - Theme park entrance ticket is not included.
In the morning transfer to KUL airport. Flight to Langkawi
Transfer from Langkawi airport to hotel
Langkawi Island Tour: Take a discovery tour of the urban and rural areas of Legendary Langkawi.
Includes - Hotel pick up, transportation, guide services & entrance fees.
Explore Pulau Payar, the only Marine Park along the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, by high speed ferry. The crystal clear water is reputed to support a multitude of colorful marine life and large species of corals, ideal for snorkeling.
Scuba diving is also available at additional cost. You can also view the colorful fish and corals from the underwater observatory chamber or glass bottomed boat.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel and check-out from your hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.