A fantastic new tour providing an opportunity to experience the pristine tropical rainforest of the 130 million years old Belum Valley, only recently opened after decades of closure, therefore uniquely preserving the original tropical rainforest. The tour also offers an unforgettable experience of traditional Malay village life, rich in traditional culture and heritage. Daily departure
ONLY £1095 PER PERSON. CODE ML10D.
Price includes : Coach transfers, English speaking local guides, hotels with daily breakfast, admission fees and permits to villages, boat rides, meals a stated.
Price excludes : international & internal flights *, other meals, optional visits, tipping and any service not specified. Single supplement £295.
* To make your holidays even more hassle free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices. Please call for more information.
DAY 01 Departure from London
DAY 02 KUALA LUMPUR (-/-/-)
Arrive in Kuala Lumpur. Transfer to Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore Kuala Lumpur.
DAY 03 KUALA LUMPUR / CAMERON HIGHLAND (B/-/-)
Depart at 0830 hours for Cameron Highland, located 1542 meters above sea level and famed for its tea plantations and cool temperatures. Our first stop enroute will be at the Royal Selangor Pewter featuring the largest pewter factory in the world. Discover the heritage and history of the company since its’ founding days in 1885. Lastly, view a demonstration of pewter making at the factory, which includes casting, filing, hammering and soldering. Stop at Batu Caves, the famous temple cave accessible by walking up 272 steps, which houses the shrine to Lord Muruga, a Hindu deity. The museum cave hosts paintings and murals depicting scenes from Hindu scriptures. Try the famous Malaysian local “tea tarik”, literally meaning pulled-tea or tea with condensed milk, at any of the food stalls around Batu Cave. Along the way up into the mountain, we’ll also visit the basket weaving cottage industry, Lata Iskandar Waterfall and a native settlement. You’ll enjoy the cool, crisp air of Cameron Highlands as well as its wonderful scenery. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Strawberry Park 4* Hotel or similar.
DAY 04 IN CAMERON HIGHLAND (B/L/-)
After breakfast, depart for an exploratory tour of Cameron Highlands, used as a highland retreat station for the British during the colonial days. Proceed by four wheel drive to Gunung or Mount Brinchang, the highest and most accessible peak (6,666ft.) in Cameron Highlands. Take in the cloudy tropical & mossy rainforest before cruising down the hill to view the most scenic tea plantation, the Sungei Palas Boh estate, regarded as the largest and best known tea station in the region. Have a refreshing tea break after the brief guided tour of the factory. Our next stops will be the flower and vegetable farm, the villages of the Semais highland natives. Explore the forests of the highlands with a short trek leading us to the small waterfall where we break for lunch. The return journey will take us to a day market where most of the local produce can be found. Overnight in Cameron Highland.
Note: Tea factory is closed on Mondays. Tea break at the tea factory is not inclusive in tour price. Tour is inclusive of packed lunch.
DAY 05 CAMERON HIGHLAND / KOTA BHARU (B/-/D)
At 07:00 AM, depart Cameron Highland heading East towards Kota Bharu on the eastern coastal flank of the Peninsula via the town of Gua Musang. Kota Bharu is the cultural centre of the East Coast and seeing its unique heritage and culture is an unmissable experience. On arrival, visit the Merdeka Square, also known as Padang Bank and site of many historical events. Thereafter, proceed to the famous colourful wet market of Kota Baru, where the majority of the traders are women. Then visit the Istana Jahar Museuem, built in 1887 and featuring Kelantan's cultural heritage. Proceed to the silver handicraft cottage industry to see how fine Kelantan silverware is made manually. Dinner & overnight in a typical village chalet (rooms have air-conditioning, attached toilet and hot water).
Note: There are a limited number of chalets and therefore is subject to availability. An alternative arrangement will be made to stay in another hotel if village chalets are unavailable.
DAY 06 KOTA BHARU (B/L/D)
After breakfast, embark on a full day village experience. Enjoy the relaxed, laid-back lifestyle of Kelantan, observe monkey plucking coconut, and learn the art of batik making, a very intricate artistic and interesting skill to learn. You will also be introduced to the secret of Malay recipes and art of cooking. Have lunch local style (Tip: try to eat with your hands, the locals will be happy to show you how). In the afternoon, learn the art of kite making, traditionally popular in Malaysia in particular on the east coast. Cycle around the village (no guide but you will have written directions). Feel relax moving around the village getting to know the locals and mingling with them. Dinner in the village and overnight in a typical village chalet.
DAY 07 KOTA BHARU / BELUM RAINFOREST RESORT ( B/L/D)
In the early morning, depart Kota Bharu for Temenggor Lake in the Belum Valley. Further on, stop at the highest mountain point on this route, 1050 metres above sea level overlooking the Thailand/Malaysian border. From here you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the famous Titiwangsa’s Mountain Range with its dense tropical rainforest. On descent into the valley, we will hop onto a boat cruise for a tour of the Belum valley, an area bristling with fauna and flora, and a rich national heritage. This last frontier of Peninsular Malaysia beckons the adventurous to its everlasting charm. Observe and mingle with the ‘Orang Asli’, literally meaning ‘the original people’. These are of the Jahai group, one of the aboriginal’s ethnic groups of peninsular Malaysia. We will have the opportunity to trek in the jungle and with some luck, to see the ‘Rafflesia’, the world’s largest flower, in the wilderness. Visit the waterfall and have fun swimming in its cool refreshing water deep in the 130 million year old jungle. You will also enjoy the boat ride on the vast Temenggor Lake, cruising through scenic nature’s backdrops. In other words, just relax and enjoy nature’s soothing influence. It is indeed a place that will give you an everlasting memory of nature’s greatness and its tropical blessing. Dinner & Overnight at the Belum Rainforest Resort.
DAY 08 BELUM RAINFOREST RESORT / PENANG (B/-/-)
Depart from Temenggor lake by 08:30 AM for the journey toPenang, officially declared as a UNESCO SITE in 2008. A City, Culture and Heritage tour of Georgetown has been arranged for you on arrival. Visit Kek Lok Si Temple, built in 1904. It is the most beautiful and largest Buddhist temple complex in South East Asia and is known as the Temple of the 1000 Buddhas. Thereafter proceed to Fort Cornwallis, the landing site of Captain Francis Light in 1786 when he arrived to start the first British colony in Penang. The tour carries on with a visit to the water village of the Clan Jetties at Weld Quay, so named as residents of each jetty share similar surnames. We next take you along Pitt Street, also known as “The Street of Harmony”, where churches, Chinese temples, mosques and Hindu temples are built side by side along the same street in harmonious existence for centuries. Visit the intricate Khoo Kong Si clan’s house. Enjoy a breezy trishaw ride, a still popular mode of transport in Georgetown. Overnight in Penang at Eastern & Oriental hotel.
DAY 09 DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Transfer to airport for flight home or beach extension.
DAY 10 Arrive home
- During the Muslim festivals of Hari Raya (Aidul Fitri) & Hari Raya Haji (Aidul Adha), some places of interest are closed for a period of 2 days in a year (Festive Dates are subject to changes).
- Fort Cornwallis is closed on Sundays. As an alternative, we will visit the clan water village and for those with the water village already in the program, it will be replaced with a visit to the museum.
- The rainy season along the East Coast is from November to February. Unexpected flash floods, although rarely, may occur. In such circumstances, the Company reserves the right to make necessary changes to the itinerary.
What to bring: Rain coat, hand torch, personal toiletries, cotton material clothing, swimming attire, body soap, walking shoes with rubber sole, anti-malaria tablets and sun tan/block lotion.