Our in-depth Simply Malaysia holiday lets you dip your toes into the far corners of this diverse country. Combining the rich history of Malacca and Penang, the refreshing Cameron Highlands, Langkawi’s glorious beaches and Kuala Lumpur’s electric metropolis in a trip to awaken the senses.
At a glance
- Cycle between Malacca’s countryside kampongs
- Cross the Petronas Towers’ dizzying skybridge
- Sip tea in the cool Cameron Highlands
- Wander through the echoing Batu Caves’
- Tour Penang’s treasury of temples
- Glide above Langkawi in a cable car
Malacca - 2 nights
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 the ruins of 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 1 - Arrive Kuala Lumpur, drive to Malacca
On arrival in Malaysia, you'll be met by your private guide in Kuala Lumpur, who will drive you to your hotel in Malacca.
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.
Day 2 - Countryside cycling tour around Malacca
Meet your cycle guide and head out into the countryside. See the country’s rural beauty, travelling on two wheels through the outskirts of Malacca, riding past rice fields and plantations with your guide enriching the trip with stories of the fruits and spices grown in the region. Stop at ‘kampongs’ (Malay villages) to meet the villagers and learn about day-to-day local life, before returning to Malacca. The remainder of your day will be at leisure, to relax cycle-weary muscles with a spa treatment, or maybe just a warm bath!
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Kuala Lumpur - 2 nights
Malaysia’s capital since 1896, 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 3 - Drive to KL, explore independently, ascend Petronas Towers
Set out for Malaysia’s buzzing capital, Kuala Lumpur, where your day will be at at leisure to explore its history and culture, until your early evening visit to the Petronas Twin Towers. Don't forget to bring your head for heights as you take the high-speed lift to the Observation Deck on level 86 and walk across the Skybridge, connecting the two towers at level 41, a dizzying 557 feet above the ground. Enjoy the panoramic city views before heading back to the ground.
Day 4 - Heritage walking tour
Take to the streets for a walking tour of KL’s unsung heroes. Wander past grand colonial buildings, and take inspiration from the city’s varied architectural styles. Stop at the ornate Jamek Mosque; stroll down Malay Street, where everything from traditional remedies to everyday clothes is for sale; drink Tarik tea and eat fragrant roti canai bread in a salon on Indian Mosque Street; take in the Colonial Core city centre, Medan Pasar (formerly Old Market Square), the Central Market, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple; and enjoy a well-deserved lunch in Chinatown. Make an afternoon stop at the Chan She Shu Yuen Clan House, before heading back to your hotel where the rest of your day will be at leisure.
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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 the 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 and freshest infusions in the country, with a couple of delicious scones on the side. Visit tribal villages for an insight into local highland life, and trek into the jungle in search of the extraordinary Rafflesia plants, which produce the largest individual flowers on earth.
Day 5 - Batu Cave climb, drive to Cameron Highlands
Travel north to the ancient Batu Cave complex. Pass the enormous, gold statue of Hindu deity Murugan at the foot the limestone hill, and climb 272 steps to explore the sacred series of caverns and Hindu temples, and perhaps catch sight of 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 6 - Tea plantation trek & tour
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 - 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 7 - Cross the Penang Bridge
Make your way along the coast and across 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 8 - Georgetown highlights & foodie tour
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 9 - Penang Taman Negara Nature Reserve trek
Penang Taman Negara is a modest nature reserve, covering just under 2,500 hectares on the northwestern tip of the island. Despite being the smallest national park in Malaysia, its biodiversity is impressive. With habitats ranging from sandy and rocky beaches, to mudflats, mangroves, tropical forest, and a fascinating ‘meromictic’ lake where the layers of fresh and sea water never mix, it’s home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. Explore the reserve, making a special visit to Monkey Beach where primates play on the sand; picnic beside, and swim in, the Pantai Kerachut meromictic lake; and trek along undulating terrain from Pantai Kerachut to Pasir Pandak. From mid-afternoon, the rest of your day will be at leisure, and you can enjoy some well-earned relaxation at your hotel.
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Langkawi - 3 nights
Langkawi is Malaysia’s best-known beach destination; a tropical paradise of long sandy beaches, warm crystal waters and stunning sunsets with a lush jungle-clad interior. Ride a cable car in the north-west of the island, built without constructing any roads through the jungle, that claims to be the world’s longest suspension between two stations, and offers unbeatable views of the Langkawi Islands, Kedah and southern Thailand. Take a boat trip through the mangroves, floating past limestone caves and spotting diverse wildlife from eagles to primates. And then, of course, there are those fabulous beaches…
Day 10 - Fly to Langkawi
Relax with a morning at leisure in Penang, until heading off to catch your flight to Langkawi. Settle in, and your afternoon will be at leisure to enjoy the island’s laid-back, natural vibe.
Day 11 - SkyCab cable car flight
Start in the foothills of Mount Machinchang where you’ll board the ‘SkyCab’ for a 20-minute ride over the jungle-clad mountainside. This is the steepest cable car ride in Asia, covering 1.3 miles and rising 2,320 feet above sea level, affording you fantastic views of the forest and waterfalls, and glimpses of birds and wildlife, as you slowly ascend. Pause at a viewing platform to take in the scenery before continuing to the top. Once there, it’s a short walk up the stairs to the peak for 360-degree views over the forested slopes and surrounding islands. On a clear day, you can see as far as Thailand to the north and Indonesia to the south-west. Take some time to appreciate the scene below, before heading back to the base and being driven to your hotel where the rest of your day will be at leisure.
Day 12 - At leisure on Langkawi
Your last couple of days will be at leisure to sink into Langkawi’s tropical island pace. Wander along the shoreline, dipping your toes into crystal waters; snorkel in the shallows or dive around the coast; and graze on fresh seafood specialities in the beachside cafes.
Day 13 - Depart Langkawi
Your day will be at leisure until your transfer to the 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|
Courtyard @ HeerenAn enviable location in Malacca’s Old Chinatown area, within strolling distance of Jonker Street’s antique shops and weekend night market... See more
The Kuala Lumpur JournalThe 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 ResortStrawberry 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 MewsTucked away behind heavily carved wooden doors, in a walled garden, Noordin Mews is a boutique gem... See more
Berjaya Langkawi ResortA leafy rainforest backdrop and panoramic ocean view combine to create a charming island hideaway at the Berjaya Langkawi Resort… See more
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.See more
Traders HotelPart 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 ResortThe Lake House resort is a charming, beautifully restored Tudor-style country retreat See more
Clans Kongsi GeorgetownThese 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
Casa del MarMeaning 'home by the sea' in Spanish, the Mediterranean influence is evident throughout the Casa del Mar. The beachfront resort's... See more
Casa del RioMeaning ‘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
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...See more
Cameron Highlands ResortThe 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 TerracesWhat 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
The Andaman LangkawiSet within a 50-million year old rainforest and overlooking a coral reef, pristine white sand and deep blue sea, no-one could ever accuse the Andaman Langkawi of not having the looks... 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).
- 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. This Essential West Coast itinerary can easily be switched to a self-drive tour if you prefer.
- If you’re in need of some pampering following your trekking in Cameron Highlands, stop en-route to Penang at Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat (near Ipoh). 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.
- If you’re a foodie then a cooking class in Penang, Malaysia’s gourmet hotspot, is not to be missed. Spend a morning at the dedicated cooking school within Penang’s Tropical Spice Garden and learn to create some of Malaysia’s famous dishes before enjoying your creations for lunch.
- Swap Langkawi for Pangkor Laut Resort if you would prefer a more secluded beach experience. Set on its own 300-acre private island, accessible only by speedboat, this luxury resort is a truly special way to finish your trip.
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 stuffPlease 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.
- 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.
- 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.
FlightsWe 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.
VisaYou may require a visa to enter Malaysia. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
PassportPlease 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.
InsuranceYou 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 PreventionYou 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 ProcedureOnly 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 ResponsiblyWe 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.
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.