Classic Malaysia

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Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo

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

13 Nights | from £3,595pp

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  • Cruise the boutiques of Orchard Road and graze the hawker food markets of Singapore
  • Explore the colonial monuments, Chinatown and Little India of Malaysia's rapidly evolving capital, Kuala Lumpur
  • Be enveloped by ancient rainforest in the vast jungle wilderness of Taman Negara National Park
  • Cool off among the lush tea plantations and waterfalls of the Cameron Highlands
  • Sip a cocktail as the sun sets over an idyllic private beach on Langkawi

Day 1 UK / Singapore
Make the most of your time in Asia with an overnight flight from the UK to Singapore.

Day 2 Singapore
There's nowhere quite like Asia's 'Lion City', a high-rise, high-octane melange of Chinese, Malay, Tamil and British colonial influences –with a spirit and style all of its own, as you'll discover on the ride to the Fullerton Bay Hotel. This riverfront landmark is part of the history, built in the early 20th century on the site of Fort Fullerton, the original bastion of the British colony;sip a cocktail in the rooftop Lighthouse Restaurant and gaze out over the Singapore River where Sir Stamford Raffles sailed into port in 1819.
Fullerton Bay Hotel

Day 3 Singapore
Trace the stories of Singapore during an expert-led guided tour. Meet the curious cut-and-shut national symbol –half-fish, half-lion –in Merlion Park;be dazzled by the enormous Thian Hock Keng ('Heavenly Happiness') Temple, one of Singapore's oldest and most outrageously colourful Chinese shrines;and admire the booms of the beautiful National Orchid Garden in the Botanic Gardens, among the world's greatest collections of plants (and a wonderful place to chill out).
Fullerton Bay Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Singapore / Kuala Lumpur
You'll recognise the Malaysian capital as you fly in, its skyline dominated by the unmistakable Petronas Towers –drink in views of those twin spires at closer range from the Mandarin Oriental, your five-star base for the next three nights. Take a stroll to get your bearings: south to the shopping hub of the Golden Triangle;north to the traditional Malay quarter of Kampung Baru;or west to Chinatown and Little India.
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Kuala Lumpur
Join the dots of the capital's key monuments on a tour of this fascinating metropolis, visiting the old King's Palace (Istana Negara) and striking modernist Parliament House. 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, cool off in the verdant enclave of the Lake Gardens and explore the colonial architecture around Merdeka (Independence) Square, before winding your way through Chinatown.
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur | Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Kuala Lumpur / Melacca
Even by Malaysian standards, Malacca's history has been chequered, occupied by Sumatran Hindus, Ming-era Chinese, Portuguese traders, the Dutch and the British. Begin your stroll though the past at the Porta de Santiago –the only remains of the Portuguese fortress A' Famosa –before climbing to ruined St Paul's Church and admiring the collection of antiques at Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum. Absorb the city's Chinese heritage at the Chen Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest in the country, and browse the antique shops of Jonker Street –but be sure to make time to taste the delectable Nonya cuisine.
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Kuala Lumpur / Taman Negara National Park
Journey deep into the primary rainforest of Taman Negara National Park, a pristine wilderness spanning over 4300 square kilometres –chugging by boat to your lodge in the humming, chirping jungle. Attune your ears to those electrifying animal calls during a night walk through the humid foliage.
Taman Negara Resort | Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Taman Negara
Get an alternative perspective on this wild wonderland with a trek to the Canopy Walkway –offering dizzying views from 45 metres above the forest floor –and Teresek Hill, spotting monkeys and squirrels on the way. Keep an eye out for bigger, beastlier wildlife: there are tigers, elephants and leopards roaming here, though you'll be lucky to spot one –or indeed a Rafflesia, the world's largest flower. Then board a boat for a memorable river voyage to the gushing cascades at Lata Berkoh.
Taman Negara Resort | Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Taman Negara / Cameron Highlands
The mercury drops from tropically steamy to pleasantly cool as you drive to the Cameron Highlands, Peninsular Malaysia's premier hill station –a district of verdant hills blanketed with tessellated green quilts of tea plantations.
The Lakehouse | Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Cameron Highlands / Penang
Roam the undulating highlands, browsing the morning market and visiting vegetable farms, a rose garden and –of course –a tea plantation, savouring a taste of the home-grown produce. Then make your way to the coast via the royal town of Kuala Kangsar where you'll see the exquisite Ubudiah Mosque, designed a century ago by the colonial architect responsible for many of KL's historic buildings, AB Hubbock. Cross Penang Bridge to reach Georgetown and your equally historic accommodation: the Eastern &Oriental Hotel, founded in 1885 by the same Armenian brothers who built Raffles in Singapore.
Eastern & Oriental Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Penang
Explore the heritage of Georgetown 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.
Eastern & Oriental Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Penang / Langkawi
Take the pace down a few notches with a journey to Langkawi, one of Asia's most beautiful 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 collection of rooms, villas and suites nestle into a hillside ridge amid pristine rainforest, rustling with hornbills and monkeys;its private beach, backed by swaying greenery, might as well be yours alone.
The Datai | Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 - Langkawi
Laze by the turquoise waters off the remote north-west coast of Langkawi, in between sampling the cuisine at the resorts gourmet restaurants and perhaps a visit to the luxurious spa. 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).
The Datai | Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 - Langkawi / UK
If you can tear yourself away from this island idyll, board your flight back to the UK… though you might prefer to extend your stay on Langkawi to wind down for a few more days.
Meals: Breakfast

At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 14 day suggested luxury journey in will cost from £3,595 per person based on two adults sharing, including international flights

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Fly to

Kuala Lumpur/Langkawi (Malaysian Airlines)

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +8 hours


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)


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.

Fly to

Singapore (British Airways)

flying time

13 hours non-stop

time difference

GMT +8 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

November - April


Singapore is situated one degree north of the Equator so the climate is tropical and humid, with humidity high in the mornings and lower in the afternoons. It has two rainy seasons from December to early March and June to September.

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