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Malaysia

Malaysia is made up of two areas: Peninsula Malaysia and the provinces of Sabah and Sarawak located on the island of Borneo. This fascinating country offers an exotic blend of the old and new, with a unique culture based on a vibrant mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous cultures and customs.

Malaysia has fast become one of the best value destinations in the Far East, where you can enjoy world-class accommodation, cheap transportation, mouth-watering food and excellent shopping all at fantastic value-for-money prices.

If that's not enough encouragement to visit, Malaysia also boasts palm fringed beaches and enchanting islands, restful hill stations and unspoilt tropical forests, friendly, hospitable locals and a whole host of land and water based activities. Whatever your needs for a holiday Malaysia can suit everyone.

Langkawi
Gorgeous beaches, hidden coves, and abundant marina life

Penang
Malaysia's best known and most popular beach resort, as well as being the oldest British settlement in Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur
federal capital of Malaysia, is a rapidly developing metropolis and the principal centre if commerce, politics, entertainment and international activities.
West Coast
More than any other spot in the country, Kuala Lumpur, or "KL" as it is commonly known, is the focal point of new Malaysia.
Sabah, Borneo
Located at the northeast corner of Borneo, Sabah was known in ancient times as the "Land Below The Wind" because it lies below the typhoon belt.
Kuching
An excellent place for buying tribal artefacts as well as offering wildlife including monkeys, honey bears, hornbills and over 550 species of birds.
Sarawak, Borneo
Sarawak has been described as Asia's " Best Kept Secret".
East Coast
This city is located at the Terengganu River and is the capitol of the State Terengganu.

 

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

 

This Malaysia beachfront resort on Borneo's northern coast is a 10-minute drive from downtown Kota Kinabalu and Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Poring Hot Springs is 30 minutes away.

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa features a private beach and 2 outdoor pools set in lush gardens. The spa's open yoga pavilion includes a deck over the South China Sea.

 

 

 

The Westin Kuala Lumpur

 

Strategically located at the centre of Kuala Lumpur’s shopping and business district, Jalan Bukit Bintang, nearby Petronas Twin Tower and adjacent to a shopping landmark, Pavillion Kuala Lumpur.

The hotel provides 6 restaurants & bar, an outdoor pool, a fitness facility, meeting facilities, kids friendly facility, an exclusive executive club lounge and well equipped business centre.

 

 

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa

 

Situated on Batu Feringgi Beach on the Malaysian island of Penang, this resort is within 4 km of Penang Butterfly Farm and 13 km of Penang National Park. Historic George Town is within an hour's drive.

 

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa features 2 restaurants, 3 bars, and 24-hour room service. Recreational amenities include 3 pools, an oceanview health club, 3 tennis courts, and a 9-hole golf course.

 

 

Historical Malacca Full-Day Private Tour with Lunch

 

Take a scenic 2-hour drive south of Kuala Lumpur to Malacca, one of the oldest trading ports in Malaysia. The town was once ruled by Portugal, Britain, and the Netherlands. Visit the Dutch Square and take a walk up St. Paul’s Hill for a panoramic view of the Malacca Straits and the old town of Bandar Hilir. The ruins of St. Paul’s Church are at the top of the hill, lined by 17th-century Dutch tombstones.

Dine on a typical nyonya (Chinese-Malay cuisine) lunch before taking a stroll through Antiques Row at Jonker Street. Visit the famous Portuguese Fort de Santiago, and see Cheng Hoon Teng, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia. If time permits, enjoy a photo stop at Morten Village, a typical Malay village.

Inclusions :

  • Guided tour
  • Admission fees
  • Lunch
  • Roundtrip transportation from your Kuala Lumpur hotel


Duration:
Approximately 8 hours

Departure time and location:
8:30 AM; from your hotel lobby

Return time and location:
4:30 PM; to your hotel lobby

Note:
Pricing is per person, and changes based on the number of people in your party; please choose the price level that reflects the number of adult travelers in your party. Participation is complimentary for children age 2 and younger.

Hotel pick-up times may vary based on traffic and weather conditions; please confirm your exact time with Tour and Incentive Travel after booking. Pick-up and drop-off is available only for hotels within the city (Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Sultan Ismail, and major hotels located within a 1.2-mile (2-km) radius from the Malaysia Tourism Centre). A surcharge is applicable for hotel pick-ups and drop-offs outside of the city.

Prices:

1 Adult : £163.32 each Adults (13 & older) *

2 Adults : £81.66 each  Adults (13 & older)

 

Practical Information

Malaysia is a great introduction to Southeast Asia, and can be easily explored by hire car.

We get to the heart of the country, utilising experienced local guides and our own knowledge in the careful planning of your itinerary.

Accommodation in Malaysia ranges from some of the most sophisticated beach resorts in the world through atmospheric colonial buildings to the small jungle lodges we have discovered on our research trips.

Chauffeur guide

To discover some of the unexplored regions that you might otherwise miss, we can arrange a private car with chauffeur guide for a similar price to a self drive (see below). This way you can visit some of the more remote Orang Asli villages in the Cameron Highlands, sample the local delicacies of Penang’s night market and experience the more relaxed and traditional way of life in the atmospheric fishing villages of the east coast.

At the end of the trip your chauffeur guide can leave you to enjoy one of Malaysia’s stunning beaches.

Self drive

Good roads and driving on the left make Malaysia a great option for a self drive holiday. The main cities are busy and not always clearly signed, but expressways and older trunk roads tend to be quiet and easy to navigate. The expressways have good, frequent rest stops whilst travelling on the older roads allows the opportunity to stop at local villages and roadside stalls where children sell seasonal fruits fresh from their family farms.

Hire cars are of good quality and the road maps are some of the best in Southeast Asia.

Language

Bahasa Malaysia is the national and official language but English is widely spoken. Other languages are Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Iban and Tamil.

Food and drink

In multi-racial Malaysia, every type of cooking from Southeast Asia can be tasted. Malay food concentrates on subtleties of taste using a blend of spices, ginger, coconut milk and peanuts. Sambal (a paste of ground chilli, onion and tamarind) is often used as a side dish. Blachan (a dried shrimp paste) is used in many dishes and ikan bilis (dried anchovies) are one popular snack. Popular Malay dishes include satay, which consists of a variety of meat, especially chicken, barbecued on small skewers with a spicy peanut dipping sauce and a salad of cucumber, onion and compressed rice cakes. The best sauce often takes several hours to prepare to attain its subtle flavour.

There are many regional types of Chinese cooking including Cantonese, Peking, Hakka, Sichuan and Taiwanese. Indian food is also popular, with curries ranging from mild to very hot indeed. Vegetarian food, chutneys and Indian bread are available. Indonesian cuisine also combines the use of dried seafood and spiced vegetables with the Japanese method of preparation with fresh ingredients cooked to retain the natural flavour. Japanese, Korean and Thai food are available in restaurants. Western food is served throughout the country, particularly in major hotels which have continental menus and international coffee shops. Drink: Although the country is largely Islamic, alcohol is available. Local beers are Tiger and Anchor and are a similar cost to the UK.

Tipping

Tipping: 10% service charge and 5% government tax are commonly included in bills. If you would like to reward good service we recommend tipping your chauffeur guide 20-30 Ringgit per day. Obviously this is very much a rough guide and you are completely free to give whatever you feel is appropriate. For porters in hotels (and at airports where appropriate) we recommend that you give a couple of Ringgit.

Money and expenses

Ringgit (R) = 100 sen. Notes are in denominations of R100, 50, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 sen. There are also a large number of commemorative coins in various denominations which are legal tender.

Automatic cash dispensers are widespread, especially in the major cities. Most machines take all credit cards, as well as Cirrus and Plus cards. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, as are bank debit cards. Please do remember that most banks charge a fee for cash withdrawals whilst abroad. It is recommended that you call your bank a few days prior to travelling to Malaysia and provide them with your dates of entry and exit to the country. Due to a recent change in bank policy, many people have encountered problems trying to withdraw cash from ATMs around the country as they have not informed their bank of their trip. If you want to bring traveller's cheques, they can be taken in either UK sterling or in US dollars.

Social conventions and etiquette

Malaysia's population is a mixture of diverse cultures and characters. In general, the racial groups integrate, but keep to their individual traditions and lifestyles. Malays still form more than half of the total population and lead a calm life governed by the authority of elders and a strong sense of respect and etiquette. Hospitality is always warm, lavish and informal. Visitors should follow Malaysian example and respect religious beliefs, such as taking off footwear at the door and wearing appropriate clothing. Dress should be informal, but not over-casual. Within towns, smoking has now become the subject of government disapproval and fines are levied in a number of public places. You should avoid touching food with your left hand. Shaking hands, although European, has become common place.

 
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