An Insider's Malaysia & Singapore

Part of our Insider's range of holidays, this two week Singapore and Malaysia tour allows you to take in all the highlights at a leisurely pace, whilst staying in our favourite, stylish properties.

At a glance
  • Experience two of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities
  • Take a city safari in Singapore, travelling in local style on public transport
  • Soak up the tranquillity of Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
  • Tuck into a spicy bowl of Penang Laksa on a food-focused stroll in Georgetown
  • Indulge in serious R&R on the idyllic tropical island of Pangkor Laut
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Singapore - 3 nights

The small island-state of Singapore has a reputation of being a little sterile and quite organised for an Asian city, but the litter-free streets and efficient public transport system are pleasantly refreshing. Singapore is a fascinating mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western cultures, out of which has emerged a vibrant arts scene and an endless variety of cuisine and dining experiences. Shopping is second only to eating as a national pastime and there are plenty of shopping opportunities from designer shopping malls to street markets. There is more to Singapore than eating and shopping but it’s a good place to start!

Day 1 - Arrive Singapore

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Upon arrival at Singapore airport you will be met by your driver, who will transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of your day will be at leisure.

Day 2 - City Safari

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Take in a number of Singapore’s highlights travelling like a local, using Singapore’s fast and efficient MRT (mass rapid transport). Starting with a nod to its Colonial heritage, visit Raffles Landing Site where Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of modern Singapore was believed to have first set foot on the island. Continue on to Telok Ayer Street, where original shop houses sit beside lovingly restored Buddhist, Taoist and Hindu temples; and Kampong Glam, home to a predominantly Muslim population and the impressive Sultan Mosque. After lunch in one of the city’s hawker centres, spend the afternoon at Gardens By The Bay, a sprawling futuristic park, and arguably Singapore’s star attraction.

Day 3 - Treetop Walk & Tiong Bahru market

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Take a treetop walk through the various forested and wetland areas of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve today, an interesting contrast from the skyscrapers and modernity of the city itself, with a chance to enjoy spectacular views and spot over 100 species of birds. After a free afternoon, join your guide for an evening exploring Tiong Bahru market, one of the most popular hawker centres in the city. It doubles up as a traditional market, with over 200 stalls downstairs selling everything from tropical fruit & vegetables to dried goods; with fishmongers sitting alongside butchers. Upstairs is packed with a slightly over-whelming variety of food stalls offering everything from famous Singaporean Chicken Rice to fresh BBQ pork buns; Chinese, Malay & Thai specialties and the more traditional duck porridge and pig organ soup (if you’re feeling more adventurous). When you’ve eaten your fill, return to your hotel.

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Banjaran Hotsprings - 2 nights

Enjoy some serious indulgence at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. It’s all about relaxation at this unique wellness retreat: the spa offers an incredible choice of therapies and, drawing on its natural setting, geothermal hot springs that are ideal for relieving tired muscles.

Day 4 - Fly to Ipoh in Malaysia, transfer to Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

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Take a flight from Singapore Airport to Ipoh on the Malay Peninsular, where you'll transfer to the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. Time to relax!

Day 5 - Enjoy the facilities

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Your day is at leisure to enjoy the resort’s spa facilities and hot springs.

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Penang - 3 nights

Penang, the oldest of the British Straits settlements in Malaysia, and a one-time outpost of the East India Company, is a bustling destination for adventurous travellers. At its heart, the state capital of Georgetown is a fascinating labyrinth of Chinese shop houses, Hindu and Chinese temples, colonial architecture and a broad range of restaurants. Though they’re all within easy walking distance, there’s always a trusty trishaw driver close by to help you find your way around should you need them. Explore the impressive 18th century fort, stroll through the lush Botanical Gardens and see live vipers winding through the unique Snake Temple.

Day 6 - Drive to Penang

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Depart from Ipoh for Penang this morning, around a 2-hour drive. Upon reaching the coast you'll leave the Malay Peninsula and cross the impressive 8-mile long Penang Bridge. Once you’ve settled into your hotel, the rest of your day will be at leisure to start exploring Penang Island.

Day 7 - Georgetown Highlights & foodie tour

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Tour Georgetown’s key sights, and graze through the town’s famous foodie hotspots. Make a beeline for the ornate Sri Mahamariamman Temple, pausing for a few Indian-style snacks along the way. Visit the Khoo Kongsi clan house, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion museum and historic Fort Cornwallis, then lunch on spicy Penang Laksa rice-noodle soup and coconut-sweet chendol. See Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram’s grand reclining Buddha; visit the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist temples; and head to Bangkok Lane to try the famous Mee Rebus and Mee Goreng noodles that reflect the area’s Thai and Burmese influences. Your last stop of the day will be the famous Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple: an expansive complex of prayer halls, pagodas and bell towers surrounding a seven storey pagoda and bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy. The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure to soak up the city’s sights and sounds.

Day 8 - Cycling tour around Balik Pulau

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Get up bright and early to meet your cycling guide and transfer by shared vehicle to Balik Pulau in the southwest of Penang. In contrast to the busy streets of Georgetown, Balik Pulau is a rural idyll of rice fields and fruit plantations where local life continues much as it has done for generations. The area produces nutmeg, cloves and a variety of fruit, but is particularly well known for its durians, which locals swear are the best in the country. The best way to explore is by bike, and having swapped four wheels for two in Balik Pulau town, follow your guide along quiet roads and pathways into the countryside, glimpsing the day to day lives of the local people. After a couple of hours leisurely cycling, your guide will drive you and your fellow cyclists back to Georgetown where the rest of your day will be at leisure.

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Pangkor Laut - 3 nights

Spend the next few days at the luxurious Pangkor Laut Resort. This secluded tropical hideaway is truly a dream come true, with excellent facilities and an award winning spa to match!

Day 9 - Boat to Pangkor Laut

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Morning transfer to the Marina Island Pangkor jetty (a journey of approx. 3 hours) in time for your early afternoon shared boat transfer to the private island of Pangkor Laut and the luxurious Pangkor Laut Resort. Check into the hotel and the rest of your day is free to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Days 10 & 11 - At leisure in Pangkor Laut

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Kick back for some blissful r&r!

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Kuala Lumpur - 2 nights

Since the late 19th century, Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, has grown from a tiny jungle settlement to become one of Asia’s key metropolitan destinations. Although the skyline has altered greatly over the centuries, and still continues to change, the city holds tight to a strong cultural heritage that’s evident on every street; high rise structures sit side-by-side with ancient markets and grand colonial architecture. The wealth of sights, sounds and tastes represents the crossroads of cultures that co-exist in one of the most eclectic cities in South-East Asia.

Day 12 - Journey to Kuala Lumpur

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Relax until your early afternoon departure for the mainland by scheduled boat and then drive on to Kuala Lumpur. Checking in to your hotel, the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 13 - 'Old & New' tour & Tamarind Springs dinner

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Journey through Kuala Lumpur’s contrasting neighbourhoods, from historic streets to modern high-rises. Stop at one of the city’s oldest and largest wet markets in Chow Kit district, soaking up the sights and sounds of day-to-day local life. Continue to foodie hot-spot Kampung Baru, where 19th century timber houses are dwarfed by surrounding high-rise buildings in a protected heritage area, and try some of the best Nasi Lemak in the city. Stroll through Bangsar, a cosmopolitan area, dotted with cafes, restaurants and bars, as your guide explains about the area’s exciting urban regeneration. Having seen first-hand how traditional neighbourhoods co-exist alongside the modern, your final stop is at the Traders Hotel 33rd floor SkyBar, which boasts amazing views of the Petronas Twin Towers, to enjoy a leisurely drink with spectacular panoramic views.

Having watched the sun setting over the city, transfer to Tamarind Springs for dinner. One of the finest (and most romantic) restaurants in KL, this award-winning eatery enjoys a unique tropical setting on the outskirts of town. Relax in the tranquil surroundings and savour the contemporary Indochinese cuisine. After dinner, transfer back to your hotel.

Day 14 - Depart Kuala Lumpur

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Your day is at leisure until your transfer to Kuala Lumpur Airport for your onward flight.

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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel class Price per person (based on total # travelling)
2 persons 3 - 4 5 - 6
First Class £2,726US$3,572 £2,381US$3,120 £2,068US$2,711

Park Hotel Clarke Quay

A sparkling high-rise in the centre of Clark Quay, the Park Hotel offers the ideal combination of top-class facilities, stylish décor and a great location… See more

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

A luxurious retreat not far from Ipoh in north-west Malaysia, the Banjaran’s superb private villas boast a backdrop of natural caves, mature jungle, and geothermal springs... See more

Noordin Mews

Tucked away behind heavily carved wooden doors, in a walled garden, Noordin Mews is a boutique gem... See more

Pangkor Laut Resort

A wonderfully secluded tropical hideaway, surrounded by unspoilt rainforest and set on its own 300-acre private island. The Pangkor Laut Resort truly is a dream... See more

The Kuala Lumpur Journal

The Kuala Lumpur Journal is a streamlined boutique hotel right on the doorstep of the shopping & entertainment district, ideal if you’re on a city break and looking for a tranquil hub... See more
Superior £2,872US$3,764 £2,527US$3,312 £2,215US$2,903

The Warehouse Hotel

Within the walls one of Singapore’s most historic riverside buildings resides one of its most cutting-edge hotels; the elegant and uber-chic Warehouse... See more

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

A luxurious retreat not far from Ipoh in north-west Malaysia, the Banjaran’s superb private villas boast a backdrop of natural caves, mature jungle, and geothermal springs... See more

Clans Kongsi Georgetown

These unique houses which fringe the Khoo Kongsi Temple have been carefully restored into 43 guestrooms, providing an unforgettable insight into the culture of UNESCO Heritage site of Georgetown... See more

Pangkor Laut Resort

A wonderfully secluded tropical hideaway, surrounded by unspoilt rainforest and set on its own 300-acre private island. The Pangkor Laut Resort truly is a dream... See more

The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

This splendid Neo-Classical hotel, which has been renovated with the original 1930s colonial building as its impressive heritage centrepiece, sits on one of Kuala Lumpur's most historical boulevards... See more
Deluxe £3,103US$4,066 £2,748US$3,601 £2,446US$3,205

The Fullerton

Located on the site of the original Fort Fullerton with commanding views of Singapore's Straits, the Fullerton Hotel is one of Singapore's most famous landmarks… See more

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

A luxurious retreat not far from Ipoh in north-west Malaysia, the Banjaran’s superb private villas boast a backdrop of natural caves, mature jungle, and geothermal springs... See more

Seven Terraces

What was once a terrace of seven 19th century Anglo Chinese shop houses (hence the name Seven Terraces), has been converted into a secluded oasis... See more

Pangkor Laut Resort

A wonderfully secluded tropical hideaway, surrounded by unspoilt rainforest and set on its own 300-acre private island. The Pangkor Laut Resort truly is a dream... See more

Villa Samadhi

If you’re looking for a small and personalised city hotel without compromising on service and comfort then Villa Samadhi is for you... See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

  • For the best views of the city of Kuala Lumpur we can arrange tickets to the Observation Deck on level 86 of the Petronas Twin Towers. You also get to walk across the Skybridge that sits 170 metres above ground and connects the two towers at level 41. Or for the ultimate views take a helicopter tour over the city.
  • If you have time and feel the need to be active and escape to cooler climes, add in a couple of nights amidst the rolling hills of the Cameron Highlands. The stylish place to stay is the colonial style Cameron Highlands Resort.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

The important stuff

Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed (B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: Dinner)
  • International flight reconfirmation


Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note: All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

Extras

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.


Visa

You may require a visa to enter Malaysia. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.


Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.


Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.


Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.


Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.


Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Ed – Malaysia & Borneo tailor-made specialist

'Asian cities and Colonial heritage combined with relaxation time in the form of a wellness retreat and tropical island. What more do you need from a holiday?'

EdMalaysia & Borneo tailor-made specialist

Speak to Ed on 01273 670 001

Make it yours!

Call us on 01273 670 001

Get in touch

Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides

You'll typically have your own private guides throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know. In Malaysia your Selective Asia guide will also act as your driver, as this is standard practise in the country. If you would rather have a separate guide and driver for your tours we will happily arrange this for you. For simple, non-tour transfers (i.e to/from the airport) we will provide an English speaking private driver in place of a guide.

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