Complete Malaysia

Showcasing the very best of the country, Complete Malaysia takes you from the heritage of Malacca and Penang to KL’s city buzz, through the rolling Cameron Highlands hills and Belum-Temengor Rainforest, to relaxation on unspoilt east coast beaches and idyllic Tioman island: the ultimate Malaysia trip.

At a glance
  • Cross Kuala Lumpur’s dizzying skybridge
  • Take tea in the Cameron Highlands
  • Tour Penang’s temples and tastes
  • Watch wildlife in Belum Rainforest
  • Unwind at Tanjong Jara Resort
  • Snorkel around Tioman Island
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Kuala Lumpur - 3 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 its strong cultural heritage that is 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 1 - Arrive in Kuala Lumpur

On arrival in Malaysia, you'll be met by your private guide, who will drive you to your hotel in KL.

Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.

The rest of your day will be at leisure to explore the city.

Day 2 - ‘Old & New’ city tour

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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 end the day enjoying a leisurely drink with spectacular panoramic views.

Day 3 - Independently explore KL, Petronas Towers views

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Your day will be at leisure to see KL’s highlights under your own steam, until early evening when you’ll make your way to the Petronas Twin Towers. You’ll have the chance to look out from the Observation Deck on level 86, and walk across the Skybridge that connects the two towers at level 41, a dizzying 557 feet above ground - don't forget to bring your head for heights! Take in the panoramic views and watch the sunset over the city.

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Cameron Highlands - 2 nights

Vibrant green plantations and wild forests stretch as far as the eye can see over the undulating peaks and valleys of the Cameron Highlands. The area’s cooler, subtropical climate offers ideal conditions for growing flowers, fruit, vegetables and the region’s famous tea. Enjoy an afternoon brew in idyllic surroundings, sipping some of the finest, freshest infusions in the country (alongside a few delicious scones); visit tribal villages for an insight into local highland life; and trek into the jungle in search of Rafflesia plants, which produce the largest individual flowers on earth.

Day 4 - Drive to Cameron Highlands via Batu Caves

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Travel north to the ancient Batu Cave complex. Pass the giant, gold statue of Hindu deity Murugan at the foot the limestone hill, and climb 272 steps up the outcrop to explore the sacred series of caverns and Hindu temples, and perhaps see a few cheeky macaques scampering over the rocks. Continue north, and after a winding ascent you’ll reach the temperate hill station in the Cameron Highlands, to be greeted by rolling hills and a very welcome drop in humidity.

Day 5 - Tea plantation trek & tour

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Embark on a Falls & Farms Discovery walk. This moderate 2-3 hour trek follows a winding, undulating jungle trail to the picturesque Robinson Falls, before passing through the Bertam Valley, one of the main vegetable growing areas of the Cameron Highlands, dotted with farms. Visit one of the region’s famous tea plantations to learn about the traditional techniques, seeing the processes from cultivation to marination and drying, before sampling three of the plantation’s different teas as you overlook the vast terraces below.

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Penang - 2 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 - Cross the bridge to Penang Island

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Head off early for Penang, leaving the Malay Peninsula as you cross one of the world's longest bridges to Penang Island. The rest of your day will be at leisure to start soaking up Georgetown’s rich heritage.

Day 7 - Georgetown highlights & foodie tour

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Tour Penang’s key sights, and graze at 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 clanhouse, 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. After a sight-filled day, the rest of the afternoon will be at leisure to soak up the city’s sights and sounds.

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Belum Rainforest - 2 nights

Situated close to the Malay-Thai border, the Belum-Temengor Rainforest is home to over 3,000 species of flowering plants, including the extraordinary Rafflesia, which produces the largest single flowers in the world. The forest is about four times the size of Singapore, making it the perfect habitat for large animals such as the Malaysian Sunbear, Asian elephants and the endangered Malaysian Tiger to roam freely. It provides the ideal growing conditions for a vast array of beautiful ferns and mosses, and the large freshwater lake has an impressive 23 species of fish and five breeds of turtle swimming beneath the surface.

Day 8 - Drive to Belum-Temengor Rainforest

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Cross over the Penang Bridge, and head east to the Belum-Temengor Rainforest. Check into the stylish Belum Rainforest Resort and the rest of your day will be at leisure to relax in your serene surroundings.

Day 9 - Rainforest boat trip, village visit, waterfall trek

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Set out, first by boat then on foot, in search of the unique Rafflesias: huge plants with broad, other-worldly looking flowers that, rather unsettlingly, smell like rotting flesh (hence its alternative name of 'corpse flower'). Go on the Orang Asli Village to observe the lifestyle of the Jahai tribe, and buy locally-made souvenirs such as blow pipes, bracelets and necklaces made from materials sustainably sourced in the rainforest. Continue to the wet salt lick at Sg. Jenut, where you can see forest animals such as tapirs, deers and even tigers, come to gather essential minerals and nutrients. The final stop of the day is at the Sg.Ruok waterfalls to take a dip in the cool pools.

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Kuala Terengganu - 2 nights

Just under an hour’s flight from Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu has a different atmosphere to the capital’s neon rush. Capital of Terengganu State, the town has grown from a 15th century trading settlement, to a thriving modern city and gateway to Malaysia’s beautiful east coast islands, but retained much of its traditional culture. See ancient fishing, boat building and batik alongside high-tech sailing races; try delicious Malay cuisine and Chinese-influenced seafood specialities; visit the glittering Crystal Mosque and striking Ho Ann Kiong Buddhist temple; and relax at the Tanjong Jara Resort.

Day 10 - Drive to Tanjong Jara Resort

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After breakfast depart for Kuala Terengganu on the east coast (approximate journey time is 6 hours.) It’s a relatively long drive but there will be the opportunity to stop en-route to stretch your legs.

Your destination is the Tanjong Jara Resort: this unmistakably Malay property enjoys an idyllic setting within 17 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens, facing the South China Sea. The resort offers excellent facilities and an award winning spa, perhaps the ideal way to unwind after a long journey.

Arrive around 3pm, check in, and the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Overnight at Tanjong Jara Resort.

Day 11 - At leisure in Tanjong Jara

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Your day will be at leisure to relax on the beach and make the most of the resort's facilities.

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Tioman Island - 3 nights

A dream holiday island, Tioman’s pristine beaches - long been rumoured to have been filming locations for the South Pacific movie - are surrounded by coral reefs and warm crystal waters, making it a premium location for snorkelling, diving and surfing. There are a handful of resorts dotted along the coastline and several small villages to visit when you fancy a break from the beach, or you can hike through pristine rainforest to the stunning Asah waterfall. Learn about local turtle conservation, and go island hopping to find secluded bays.

Day 12 - Boat to Tioman Island

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Leave Tanjong Jara bright and early to travel south along the coast, past small villages and traditional wooden homes. Hop aboard the ferry at the Mersing jetty to cross to Tioman Island, where the rest of your day will be at leisure.

Days 13 & 14 - At leisure on Tioman Island

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Your day will be at leisure to relax on Tioman’s pristine sands, making the most of your resort’s gorgeous surroundings and facilities, being as active or chilled out as you wish.

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Malacca - 1 night

The busy port town of Malacca is woven with a rich tapestry of multicultural influences, evident in its historic architecture, diverse population and vibrant Nonya-style cookery (a delicious fusion of Chinese and Malay cuisine). Savour sweet pillows of fried ice cream, pancakes dipped in gula melaka sugar, and spicy chicken rice balls at Jonker Street night market; explore ruined churches and temples; wander to the 16th century Portuguese fort and the restored Sultanate Palace; and watch the world go by from a cafe on the riverside.

Day 15 - Boat & car to Malacca, city tour

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Catch a scheduled boat to Mersing on the mainland, and meet your driver for the two-hour journey west to Malacca. Enjoy a tour of this historic city, originally founded by a Hindu prince at the turn of the 15th Century, and later a key trading hotspot for Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial forces. Stop at the Porta de Santiago fortress, also known as Famosa Fort; the ruins of St. Paul’s Church; and Cheng Hoon Teng temple’s ancient walls.

Day 16 - Depart Kuala Lumpur

Includes:

Enjoy a morning at leisure until it’s time to head to Kuala Lumpur 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 £2,607US$3,416 £2,272US$2,978 £1,701US$2,229

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

Strawberry Park Resort

Strawberry Park is a pleasant resort perched among the rolling hills of the Cameron Highlands with sweeping views over the surrounding forest and farmland… See more

Noordin Mews

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

Belum Rainforest Resort

The surprisingly stylish Belum Rainforest Resort is located in Pulau Banding, a man-made island in the very heart of the Belum-Temengor Rainforest, one of the oldest rainforests in the world... See more

Tanjong Jara Resort

Located on Peninsular Malaysia's east coast, just south of Kuala Terengganu, the Tanjong Jara is amongst the finest resorts in Malaysia... See more

Tunamaya Beach Resort & Spa

Tunamaya Beach Resort enjoys a picturesque setting on a secluded white-sand bay overlooking the crystal clear waters of the South China Sea. The rainforest extends from the ‘Twin Peaks’ mountain ... See more

Courtyard @ Heeren

An enviable location in Malacca’s Old Chinatown area, within strolling distance of Jonker Street’s antique shops and weekend night market... See more
Superior £2,937US$3,849 £2,834US$3,713 £2,032US$2,663

Traders Hotel

Part of the Shangri-La family of hotels, this contemporary city-centre property is located in the very heart of Kuala Lumpur, opposite the Petronas Twin Towers... See more

The Lake House Resort

The Lake House resort is a charming, beautifully restored Tudor-style country retreat 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

Belum Rainforest Resort

The surprisingly stylish Belum Rainforest Resort is located in Pulau Banding, a man-made island in the very heart of the Belum-Temengor Rainforest, one of the oldest rainforests in the world... See more

Tanjong Jara Resort

Located on Peninsular Malaysia's east coast, just south of Kuala Terengganu, the Tanjong Jara is amongst the finest resorts in Malaysia... See more

Japamala Resort

Nestled within lush tropical jungle and hugging a pristine stretch of sand, the Japamala Resort fuses stylish boutique accommodation and this idyllic landscape with ease… See more

Majestic Hotel

Stepping into this iconic colonial building, one is transported right back in time to the 1920’s. The Majestic Hotel is quite simply…well, majestic.

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Deluxe £3,000US$3,931 £2,821US$3,697 £2,095US$2,745

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Located in Kuala Lumpur's 'Golden Triangle' district, only a short walk from the city's main shopping and entertainment area; the Ritz-Carlton boasts exceptional standards of service...

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Cameron Highlands Resort

The Cameron Highlands Resort is undoubtedly the most luxurious hotel in the highlands, thanks to its high standard of facilities and exceptional levels of service... 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

Belum Rainforest Resort

The surprisingly stylish Belum Rainforest Resort is located in Pulau Banding, a man-made island in the very heart of the Belum-Temengor Rainforest, one of the oldest rainforests in the world... See more

Tanjong Jara Resort

Located on Peninsular Malaysia's east coast, just south of Kuala Terengganu, the Tanjong Jara is amongst the finest resorts in Malaysia... See more

Japamala Resort

Nestled within lush tropical jungle and hugging a pristine stretch of sand, the Japamala Resort fuses stylish boutique accommodation and this idyllic landscape with ease… See more

Casa del Rio

Meaning ‘house by the river’, this Mediterranean-style hotel is perched on the banks of Malacca’s charming waterfront, holding pride of place amongst many of the towns longer standing hotels... 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

  • Peninsula Malaysia is one of the easiest destinations in Asia for a self-drive tour. The roads are in good condition, with an Expressway that runs pretty much from one end of the country to the other. Pick up your vehicle in KL, then continue up country at your own pace.
  • This itinerary is particularly suited to those travelling between March and October, when the weather on Malaysia's east coast (Tioman Island) is at its best. If this doesn't fit in with your proposed travel dates, then it's easy to switch the beach location to a west coast resort such as Langkawi or Pangkor Laut.
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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Kate – Malaysia tailor-made specialist

'If you want to see it all and experience the diversity that Malaysia has to offer, then this exceptional 16 day exploration is for you.'

KateMalaysia tailor-made specialist

Speak to Kate on 01273 670 001

Make it yours!

Call us on 01273 670 001

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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 guide will also act as your driver, which is standard practise in the country. If you’d rather have a separate guide and driver for your tours, we’ll happily arrange this for you.