Mainland Malaysia – A Trip through Time

History buffs will enjoy a trip through Malaysia’s colonial and sultanate history, as well as savouring local cuisine, before finishing off with a stay in one of Langkawi‘s most luxurious resorts.

Malacca reveals the colourful history which has influenced the unique flavours of the Peranakan cuisine, namely Chicken Kapitan and Nyonya Laksa. Be dazzled by the bright lights and towering skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur’s buzzing city, and move on to the quiet tea hills of the Cameron Highlands for some fresh air and a bit of good ol’ nature. Swing by Penang on the way to Langkawi for more good food with a dash of culture, before putting your feet up on deckchairs by the beach.

Day 1: Arrival Kuala Lumpur and travel to Malacca - Majestic Malacca

Arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and transfer 2 hours to Malacca. Relax and enjoy the comforts of your hotel after the journey. Malacca was conferred the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 – the city was first a Portuguese settlement and later a Dutch and English colony. A visit to Malacca is a walk through more than 600 years of history.

(Optional: You may wish to arrive via the train which departs from Singapore, at 8am, arriving in Malacca around 2pm. (Cost of train ticket not included).

Stay: Majestic Malacca

Day 2: Malacca - Majestic Malacca

Today you will enjoy a full day’s private guided tour including sights such as St. Peter’s Church – the oldest Christian church still in use in Malaysia; “Porta de Santiago” – a fortress built by the Portuguese in 1511; Stadhuys – previously a Dutch Administration centre which today houses the Malacca Museum & some government offices. You will also enjoy a 40 min boat ride on the Malacca River, passing by a fishing village and the water mill. Lunch is local fare of ‘Baba-nonya’ food; spicy and flavourful. After lunch, work off the calories with a leisurely stroll along Jonker Street to go antique shopping before you return to your hotel.

Stay: Majestic Malacca

Day 3: Malacca to Kuala Lumpur - Ritz Carlton

Take advantage of the day to shop your way through the city! In the evening, you will visit the bustling night markets of Chinatown. Amongst the open air street-markets is the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, in Chinatown’s centre – the smell of burning jasmine, chanting of the Hindu priest, intricately carved deities and the mystical aura combine to leave a lasting impression of this excursion. A delicious traditional Chinese dinner is served in Old China Café.

Stay: The Ritz-Carlton

Day 4: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands - Cameron Highlands Resort

Leave Kuala Lumpur early and drive to Cameron Highlands, about 1542 meters above sea level. Along the way, stop to visit the Batu Caves – a huge limestone outcrop that houses a Hindu temple, Lata Iskandar Waterfall and a bamboo making cottage industry. Upon arrival at the Cameron Highlands, visit the tea plantations and vegetable markets, before checking in to your hotel.

Stay: Cameron Highlands Resort

Day 5: Cameron Highlands - Cameron Highlands Resort

You have the day at leisure to relax in your hotel or you may explore the city on your own.

*You have a private driver and vehicle at your disposal. (max 8 hours)

Stay: Cameron Highlands Resort

Day 6: Cameron Highlands to Penang - Eastern and Oriental Hotel

Your long drive to Penang today is broken up with a visit to Kuala Kangsar – one of the royal towns – as well as the Ubudiah Mosque and Iskandariah Palace (Royal Palace) and the Istana Kenangan (royal museum).The Ubudiah Mosque is reputed to be one of the most beautiful mosques in the country, where its Italian marble flooring had to be replaced twice during the WWI as it was trampled on by elephants. The Royal Museum is a unique wooden building built without any planks or nails and now houses the Royal Regalia, photographs of the Royal Family, illustrations and artifacts of the past and present monarchy in Perak.

You will cross over to Penang, via the third longest bridge in the world, arriving in the evening.

Stay: Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Day 7: Penang - Eastern and Oriental Hotel

After a late breakfast, visit Georgetown on a half day tour to see its religious relics – the world’s 4th longest statue of The Reclining Buddha, Penang’s first Buddhist temple in 1803, Penang’s oldest Taoist temple built in about 1800, Sri Mariamman Temple (the oldest Hindu temple) and Masjid Kapitan Keling (the oldest Indian Muslim mosque). Visits to Khoo Kongsi – a magnificent hall embellished with intricate carvings and wood work and Fort Cornwallis – where Francis Light and crew landed in 1786 – are also included today.

Stay: Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Day 8: Penang - Langkawi

You have the day at leisure until it is time for your flight to Langkawi (Cost of flight not included). Check in for some relaxation by the pool and perhaps a spa!

Stay: Four Seasons Langkawi

Day 9 - 12: Langkawi

For the rest of your stay, relax and enjoy the wonderful private beach at your resort, the Four Seasons Langkawi.

Stay: Four Seasons Langkawi

Day 13: Depart Langkawi

You have the day at leisure till you head for the airport, a wonderful end to your holiday.

* This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival Kuala Lumpur and travel to Malacca - Majestic Malacca Majestic Malacca
Day 2: Malacca - Majestic Malacca Majestic Malacca
Day 3: Malacca to Kuala Lumpur - Ritz Carlton The Ritz-Carlton
Day 4: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands - Cameron Highlands Resort Cameron Highlands Resort
Day 5: Cameron Highlands - Cameron Highlands Resort Cameron Highlands Resort
Day 6: Cameron Highlands to Penang - Eastern and Oriental Hotel Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Day 7: Penang - Eastern and Oriental Hotel Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Day 8: Penang - Langkawi Four Seasons Langkawi
Day 9 - 12: Langkawi Four Seasons Langkawi
Day 13: Depart Langkawi

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Private vehicle with driver
  • Entrance fees
  • 24 hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • International airfaire
  • Visa and airport taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays

Map

1. Majestic Malacca, Malacca 2. Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur 3. Cameron Highlands Resort, Cameron Highlands 4. Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Penang 5. Four Seasons, Langkawi

From USD 1,320 per person based on two guests travelling

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant