Because of its strategic position between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, Malaysia has long been the meeting place for the traders and travelers from west and east. Given this, the history of Malaysia is one of continuous interaction with foreign powers and influences. This 13-day tour of "Overland Singapore & Malaysia" provides one which the perfect opportunity to explore this diverse and extraordinary country.
|Includes international air|
Day 01: Arrive SINGAPORE
Selmat Datai! This evening we arrive in this world famous metropolis and are warmly greeted and transferred to our hotel. The drive from the airport is in itself the beginning of the wonderful experiences we will have with the people and culture of Singapore.
Overnight: Copthorn King’s Hotel, Singapore (2 nights)
Day 02: Singapore
Come on this trail and discover the history, culture and lifestyle of multi-racial Singapore. Stroll along the colorful streets of Little India and be dazzled by the hive of activity that permeates every nook and cranny of the area. Then visit the Esplanade, our latest multi-million dollar theatre attraction located in the Marina Bay. Drive past the Financial District of Chinatown, a place where many of our immigrant forefathers set up home. Patronize the varied and unique shops and visit the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore, the magnificent Sri Mariamman Temple. Last stop is the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the “green lung” of our city center, and experience the calm and serenity of this 52 hectares garden. Located within the grounds of the park is the National Orchild Garden, where you can marvel at the wide variety and colors of Orchids on display. Tour includes a visit to a jewellery factory you can engage in one of Singaporeans favorite pass time – shopping or simple admire the fine designs of Singapore jewelers. (B)
Day 03: Singapore/Tampin (Train)/Malacca (Drive) (MALAYSIA)
This morning we are transferred to the railway station for an 0800 hrs departure on an interesting train ride to Tampin without guide on board (train timings are subject to change). Enjoy the rural scenery as the train passes through villages and plantations. Arrive Tampin railway station at 1300 hours. The driver/guide will meet you here and proceed to Malacca. Tour the historic sites such as St. Peter’s Church, Porta De Santiago and the ruins of St Paul’s Church, Dutch Administration office, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Baba & Nyonya Museum & Jonker Street.
Note: Kindly be informed that a MYR2.00 Malacca Heritage Tax per room per night has been enforced since 1st April 2013. As this is a mandatory State tax, it will be collected by the respective hotels upon the guest’s check out.
Overnight: Equatorial Hotel, Malacca (1 night) (B)
Day 04: Malacca/Kuala Lumpur (Drive)
After breakfast, check-out hotel, meet at hotel lobby and continue journey overland to Kuala Lumpur. Upon arrival, proceed for a city tour includes the National Monument, King’s Palace, National Museum, Independence Square, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and Kuala Lumpur City Gallery and choose to have a snapshot at the Petronas Twin Towers.
Overnight: Swiss-Garden Hotel, Kuala Lumpur (2 nights) (B)
Day 05: Kuala Lumpur
Morning tour a Batik Factory to understand the intricacy of producing this Malaysian traditional cloth. Be enthralled with the works of nature at the Batu Caves limestone temple and the animals that inhabit it. The tour also includes a drive pass to Ambassadors Row and The Royal Selangor Pewter Factory & Visitors Centre. (B)
Day 06: Kuala Lumpur/Cameron Highlands (Drive)
After breakfast, check-out and depart for Cameron Highlands. This fascinating tour will cover most of the highlights. We will begin by cruising through the green carpets of BOH plantation - the pioneer of the growers in Malaysia. Founded in 1929 by John Archibald Russell, a Scottish, this vast estate is still owned and managed by the family till today. After the guided tour to the tea factory, our next visit will be the main revenue earner of the Cameron Highlands - the flower and vegetable farming. Here, one will not only see the various types of flowers and vegetables but also the methods used by the industrious local farming community. After that, we will visit local market where most of the local produce can be found. Check in the hotel.
Overnight: Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands (1 night) (B)
Day 07: Cameron Highlands/Penang (Drive)
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Penang with en-route at Kuala Kangsar - The Royal Town of Perak, Malaysia, located at the downstream of Kuala Kangsar River, where it flows into the Perak River. It is the main town in the administrative district of Kuala Kangsar. We make a brief visit to see the gilded dome of Ubudiah Mosque, the impressive Iskandariah Palace, Istana Kenangan and driving pass to the oldest rubber trees in Peninsula. The highlights are Sayong Pottery Village where you can witness the making of Tekat, Labu Sayong and Keris. Next stop is Kuala Sepetang, which is a coastal town located in Perak, Malaysia. Embark on a boat and explore the river with eagle watching and visit a Chinese fishing community specializes in fish breeding in cages and cockles harvesting. The Mangrove boardwalk is also one of the highlights and it is a good spot for bird lovers who like to catch a glimpse of the coastal migratory water birds and a portion of migrant forest birds during the migration. Apart from that, there is a charcoal factory located opposite the spectacular mangrove forest. It is a good chance for you to learn how and what are needed to make charcoal. Every single process in a charcoal factory is manually done by human power. Continue to Penang.
Overnight: Bayview Beach Resort, Penang (2 nights) (B)
Day 08: Penang
The highlights of today’s tour include Botanical Gardens, which offers lush green surroundings with a wide variety of tropical plants and bird life. Weld Quay (Chew Jetty), Khoo Kong Si, Little India (Mahamariamman Temple), Kek Lok Si. Continue experience travelling through the bustling Georgetown on a 3-wheeled trishaw, pedal powered open air that takes you to Fort Conwallis. (B)
Day 09: Penang/Kota Bahru (Drive)
Check out from resort after breakfast and continue overland traveling to Kota Bahru - west to east overland across Peninsular Malaysia through the main mountain range, which offers breathtaking views of the dense tropical rain forest whilst journeying through villages and plantations. En route, we will make a photo stop on Banding Island with its scenic view of the famous Temenggor lake, which is good spot for an optional lunch break (not inclusive in tour price) or enjoying the scenery of the calm picturesque lake surrounded by the grand and immense tropical rainforest in the background. Next stop will be at the highest mountain point on this route, which is 1050 meters above sea level overlooking Thailand and Malaysian border, offering a breathtaking view of the famous Titiwangsa mountain range with its dense tropical rainforest.
On arrival in the state of Kelantan, we will proceed to the border town of Rantau Panjang, a trading point for people of Thailand and Malaysia. From the Malaysian side of the border one can see Thai villages across the Golok River, which is the lifeline for the people on both sides, especially as a source of water supply for their daily and agricultural use. Duty free shops offer varieties of products to visitors. Check in to hotel. The rest of the day will be free on your own.
Overnight: Renaissance Kota Bahru Hotel, Kota Bahru (1 night) (B)
Day 10: Kota Bahru/Terengganu (Drive)
Check out from hotel after breakfast and start the day with a visit to the famous and colorful wet market of Kota Bharu and the traditional cottage industries such as silver handicraft and songket weaving. Drive along the scenic coastline southward towards Kuala Terengganu, tasting some keropok, the very popular local chips made of fish or prawn. Drop off hotel for check in. Afternoon free at your own leisure.
Overnight: Sutra Beach Resort, Terengganu (1 night) (B)
Day 11: Terengganu/Kuantan (Drive)
Check out of hotel after early breakfast then head for Kuantan. Kuala Terengganu is the largest city as well as the state and royal capital of Terengganu state in Malaysia. Visit Noor Arfa Batek, a pioneer of the much acclaimed batik industry and one of the largest batik producers in Malaysia. Next, visit the Crystal Mosque, one of the most picturesque mosques in Kuala Terengganu. Walk through time in China Town and the Central Market. Continue head further south towards Cherating in the district of Kuantan, upon arrival proceed for Cherating Village & Kuantan Town (approx. 4 hrs). Drive along the coastline which is dotted with Malay fishing villages and experience the life style of the people. Stop at Beserah fishing village to see villagers process their catch to salted fish, which is a local delicacy. Kuantan the state capital is situated on the banks of the Kuantan river mouth. Pass by the Royal Pahang Golf Club house and mini zoo at Taman Teruntum, which houses some native animals like peacock, deer and sun-pheasants. Visit a colorful Hindu temple and photographic the new State Mosque enrooted. Enjoy a stop a cottage industry and watch the intricate art of Batik making.
Overnight: Swiss Garden Resort, Kuantan (1 night) (B)
Day 12: Kuantan/Kuala Lumpur (Drive)
This morning we head back to Kuala Lumpur. The rest of the day is free at leisure..
Overnight: Swiss-Garden Hotel, Kuala Lumpur (1 night) (B)
Day 13: Depart Kuala Lumpur
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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