Highlights of Malaysia

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Best time to go: January to April, October to December

11 Nights | from £1,995pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Absorb the sights, sounds and smells of multicultural Kuala Lumpur
  • Enjoy historic luxury at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang
  • Admire the colonial architecture and bustling Chinese temples of Georgetown
  • Discover the wildlife of the rainforest at the Datai, Langkawi
  • Sip a cocktail at sunset on a beautiful private beach

Day 1 London / Kuala Lumpur
Make the most of your time in Malaysia by taking an overnight flight from London to Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2 Kuala Lumpur
You’ll recognise the Malaysian capital by its skyline, dominated by the unmistakable twin spires of the Petronas Towers – but you’ll discover its heart at street level. The Shangri-La hotel is the ideal base for your explorations, conveniently embedded in the centre of town – the Petronas Towers rise nearby – but cushioned in peaceful opulence. Take a stroll to get your bearings: east to those twin towers and the shopping hub of the Golden Triangle; north to the traditional Malay quarter of Kampung Baru; or west to Chinatown, Little India and the historic colonial buildings around Merdeka Square.
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Kuala Lumpur
Get beneath the skin of this fascinating metropolis with a tour led by an expert local guide. It’s just a century and a half since Kuala Lumpur was founded by Chinese and Malay tin prospectors – find out more about its short but dramatic history at the National Museum, and admire beautiful geometric and organic design at the Islamic Arts Museum. Visit the touchstones of its diverse people: colourful Chinese shrines such as Thean Hou Temple; the Bollywood buzz of Little India; and the humming night markets, the air thick with tempting aromas.
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Kuala Lumpur / Penang
Take the short flight to Penang, the first British foothold on the Malay Peninsula, to discover another facet of Malaysia – one that envelops you as soon as you arrive at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel. Built in 1885, it’s a landmark whose marble corridors and Moorish-style minarets, pith-helmeted bellhops and opulent suites embody the essence of colonial grandeur. Relax into your suite and soak in the atmosphere.
Eastern & Oriental Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Penang
Explore the heritage of this diverse destination with your local guide, unearthing the gems created by its uniquely mixed communities. Visit Fort Cornwallis, where Captain Francis Light first landed in 1786, and admire the colonial architecture of the surrounding streets. Then wind through the byways of the old Chinese waterfront settlement – don’t miss the extraordinary Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, built in the 1880s by a wealthy merchant – before heading inland to cool off in the tranquil, shady Botanic Gardens. Penang’s cuisine, a blend of Chinese and Malay known as Nonya, is renowned across Asia – inhaling a fragrant bowl of perut ikan, a spicy stew, or laksa (noodle soup) is an essential Georgetown experience.
Eastern & Oriental Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Penang / Langkawi
Take the pace down a few notches with a flight or ferry journey to Langkawi, one of Asia’s most idyllic tropical islands – and, with the exclusive stretch of sand at The Datai, your home for the next five nights, one of the region’s most alluring beaches. The Datai’s collection of rooms, villas and suites nestle into a hillside ridge amid pristine rainforest rustling with hornbills and monkeys; the private beach in the remote north-west of the island, backed by swaying greenery, might as well be yours alone.
The Datai | Meals: Breakfast

Days 7 - 10 Langkawi
With such limpid waters, silky sand, five gourmet restaurants and a luxurious spa, you might decide there’s no reason to leave the glorious cocoon of the Datai. But spare an hour or so to join the resident naturalist for a jungle walk through the 10-million-year-old rainforest and you’ll discover monkeys, lizards and the rare colugo (flying lemur). Or charter the resort’s yacht Naga Pelangi, styled like a traditional junk, to explore the island’s coastline.
The Datai | Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Langkawi / London
Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 London
Arrive in London this morning.

Want to stay longer...? Add on more of Malaysia
If you itch to explore more of this diverse country, it’s easy to extend your trip – perhaps walking through the tea plantations at the hill station of Cameron Highlands, watching wildlife in the primary rainforests of Taman Negara National Park, or visiting the tribal longhouses of Borneo.

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 12 day suggested holiday will cost from £1,995 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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Useful info

malaysia

Fly to

Kuala Lumpur/Langkawi (Malaysian Airlines)

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +8 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

November - April (Peninsula Malaysia)
March - October (Borneo)

Weather

Malaysia's climate is tropical and humid, with humidity high in the mornings and lower in the afternoons. A typical day is warm and humid with balmy evenings. The main rainy seasons fall from November to February.

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