Beautiful sunrise at Maiga Sipadan island with seagypsy house located at Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia

Tailormade: Malaysia– Cities and Beaches

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Dicover the Cities and Beaches of Malaysia

Treat this sample itinerary as inspiration, your trip can be created specifically for you by one of our Tailormade experts and we will help you choose how you wish to travel through this destination. Maybe add in an extra day’s sightseeing, take time out to relax or we can change accommodation to your budget. It will be your adventure, your way!

Malaysia is very much a country of two halves. To the east is the island of Borneo with its jungles, Orang-utans and rivers. To the west is the Malayan Peninsula with its blend of cultures and religion, colonial history and modern flair. Wander through rainforest trails and street-food markets and take in the sights, sounds, smells and flavours of a truly diverse country.

Highlights

  • Kuala Lumpur City Tour
  • Batu Caves
  • Cameron Highlands
  • Penang City Tour
  • Relax in Langkawi

Key information

MEALS: 12 breakfasts/ 1 lunch/ 1 dinner
ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights in comfortable hotels with en suite rooms
STAFF: Local guides and drivers
TRANSPORT: Private air conditioned vehicle

What's included

• Transportation with driver in A/C vehicle

• Service of English speaking local guide

• Entrance fees and activities where mentioned

• Drinking water & cold towel during the tour

• Meals as stated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)

• Ferry to Langkawi based on sharing basis

What's not included

  • Other meals than mentioned

  • Other services than mentioned

  • Gratuities, personal expenses, drinks, and other items

  • Visa for Malaysia

  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature

  • Early check-in and Late check-out

  • Tourism tax a charge of 10 MYR per room per night

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
(354) 567 8978
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival - Kuala Lumpur

    Meet and greet at Kuala Lumpur International Airport upon arrival. Then transfer to the hotel for check in, with free time in the afternoon.

     

    Accommodation: Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, 5 Stars (Superior)

  • Day 2

    Full Day Kuala Lumpur Walking Tour

    Take a closer look at the blends of cultures and history, old and new, that define the city on this Kuala Lumpur walking tour. Travel to Kampung Baru, a traditional neighbourhood located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, for the start of the walking tour. Sample Malaysia’s traditional breakfast dish, nasi lemak, at a local café.

    Continue to Kampung Baru’s daily fresh market. The guide will explain the various spices, fruits and vegetables on offer and share how they are used in Malaysian cuisines. After browsing all this tasty looking food, head to another local coffee house to sample curry laksa. This humble shop is located on Chow Kit Road, an area famous for its delicious laksa shops.

    Having refuelled, travel next across town by the Light Rail Train, one of the capital’s public transport systems, to the historic colonial centre of town. Walk along an impressive array of architectural wonders dating back to the late 1800s. The guide will explain the origins and influences that led to the development of the stunning facades.

    Wander onwards to Kuala Lumpur’s China Town area. Explore the eclectic mix of shops and stalls, houses and restaurants. Learn about Malaysia’s Chinese community and their influence on the country’s cuisine while tucking into a bowl of Hokkien Mee at a local restaurant that has been in open for over 100 years. There is also a chance to sample Chinese tea and learn from the local merchants about its health benefits.

    Having spent the day immersed in Kuala Lumpur’s diverse traditions and cultures, return to the hotel for a rest or continue exploring the city independently.

     

    Accommodation: Renaissance Kuala Lum-pur Hotel, 5 Stars (Superior)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Kuala Lumpur - Batu Caves - Cameron Highlands

    After breakfast, check out at 9am and depart for Cameron Highlands. Enroute, stop by at Batu Caves, a limestone outcrop just outside of the city. Hindu worshippers from across the world come to pay their respects at this unique site which features three main caves. Ascend the 272 stairs to view the icons and paintings dedicated to Lord Rama.

    Enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants before continuing to the Cameron Highlands. You will arrive mid-afternoon and check in to your hotel before spending the afternoon at leisure.

    This evening, sample produce from a local restaurant farm with a “steamboat” A must-have meal when in the highlands.

     

    Accommodation: The Lakehouse, 5 stars (Family Suite)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Cameron Highlands - Penang

    Start early to enjoy the crisp morning air and light streaming across the Cameron Highland. Visit the BOH tea plantation, which was established in 1929 by a British merchant. Here, guests will enjoy a tour of the plantation, learning about the processes of tea production before sampling the produce from an outdoor café with extensive views across the plantation.

    Travel down the winding range and onwards to Penang, a 4-4.5 hour journey, stopping en route at the historical mining town of Ipoh. Enjoy a local lunch before visiting the Perak Tong Cave Temple. Created in 1926 by a local Chinese couple, this beautiful temple features brightly coloured murals as well as a large standing Buddha - a serene experience.

    After, travel a further 2 hours to Georgetown, Penang. Arrive to Penang mid-afternoon and check in to the hotel. Penang has long been recorded on traders’ maps as a place of refuge to rest and restock when traversing the long route from India to China. Blessed with a natural harbour and bountiful fresh water, it came under British control in the mid 1700s. Today, UNESCO-listed Penang is still calling visitors to its shores, promising a distinctive cuisine and colonial charm.

     

    Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton Penang, 3 Stars (Deluxe Oceanfront)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Full Day Penang City Tour

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. At 9am, depart for the tour of Georgetown city and its main attractions. Stop at the Thai Temple of the Reclining Buddha and at the Burmese Temple. Continue to visit the Khoo Kongsi, beautiful Chinese Clan House and visit the Baba & Nyonya Mansion, picturesque museum is located near Little India near the beautiful St. George's Anglican Church. The city tour will allow you to also visit the Kek Lok Si Temple, the biggest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.

     

    Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton Penang, 3 Stars (Deluxe Oceanfront)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 6-11

    Relax in Langkawi

    Check out and transfer to Penang Ferry Terminal for a speedboat ride to Langkawi. Upon arrival, meet and greet our representative and transfer to the hotel for check in.

    Enjoy the next few days relaxing on the beach or by the pool. There are optional island-hopping and boat trips that can be done during your stay.

     

    Accommodation: Berjaya Langkawi Resort, 4 Stars (Family Chalet)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Langkawi - Kuala Lumpur

    Enjoy breakfast at the resort. You will have some free time until your departure transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Kuala Lumpur.
    Meet and greet at Kuala Lumpur International Airport upon arrival. Transfer to the hotel for check in and relax.

     

    Accommodation: Renaissance Kuala Lum-pur Hotel, 5 Stars (Superior)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Depart Kuala Lumpur

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Free time at leisure until your departure transfer to the airport for your onwards flight where your trips end.

     

    Accommodation: None

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

Malaysia

A visa is not required for most nationalities including British, EU, US, Canada, Australia and NZ nationals. If you are unsure of the requirements please check with your nearest Malaysian embassy.

Vaccinations

Malaysia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

Included:

12 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner

 

Weather

Malaysia generally has a tropical climate which is fairly standard year round. Different parts of the country experience wet and dry seasons at different times of the year and you can expect to have sunshine and rain at any time. In the lowlands temperatures tend to vary from lows of 20’C to highs of 30’C whilst the highlands generally have lows of 15’C with highs of 25’C. Temperatures can get very cold on top of Mt. Kinabalu where it can even freeze at night.

Kuala Lumpur

Is this trip for you?

There’s a world of life-changing experiences out there, and all our trips are hand-crafted to showcase the best, wherever you’re headed. But what happens if you want to take a detour? Linger a while longer? Or want something completely unique to you? With Exodus’ Tailormade Adventures we can tailor almost any holiday to suit you, creating a bespoke adventure. Every element can be tailored to suit your requirements: we can sort flights and hotel upgrades, extra nights, regional departures, beach extensions, stop overs and more.

Call for general departures:
(354) 567 8978
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874

Accommodation

Tailormade Accommodation

Whether the destination is more important than the accommodation, or you would like to overnight in comfort, our Tailormade team can offer a wide variety of accommodation options from camping and village houses, to some of the finest hotels around. We do this so we can offer accommodation to suit every budget. The team will listen to your requirements to insure we find the right accommodation to suit you.

Call for general departures:
(354) 567 8978
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874

Experts

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Send us your requirements and we will create your bespoke itinerary just for you. To speak to one of our dedicated tailormade team, simply enter your details below and tell us when it’s convenient for you.

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on (354) 567 8978