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5 Night East to West Malaysian Explorer

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Nights: 5
  • Itinerary Includes: Kuala Lumpur – Cameron Highlands - Overland Cameron Highlands– Kuala Kangsar – Kuala Sepetang – Belum - Tour of Belum Valley: By Boat & Soft Trek - Overland Belum Rainforest Resort – Penang

Based on: Seat-In-Coach -  English Speaking Departures every Saturday. Minimum 2 Passengers. Departures from Kuala Lumpur, returning to Penang

Day 01 – Sat – Overland Kuala Lumpur – Cameron Highlands (220 km)
Depart by 0830 hours for Cameron Highlands, situated 1,542metres above sea level and a highland getaway famed for its cooland very refreshing natural environment. Enroute, stop at the holy Hindu temple of Batu Caves, anenchanting site that blissfully remains an attraction not only to thelocals but also to foreign visitors enticed by its sacredness and its strategic location. The main shrine is embraced in a huge natural limestone outcrop. Climb the exciting 272 steps to explore the inner chamber of the great cave with its many godly figures. Next, drive further northward where we will stop to visit a basket weaving cottage industry. These woven bamboo baskets are used to transport farm produce to the market place. Enroute to thehighlands, visit the Iskandar Waterfall, nestled at the foot of a hilland a native settlement. Observe the native lifestyle and see how blowpipe is used by them for hunting. On arrival, enjoy the cool crisp air of Cameron Highlands and the wonderful scenery. Rest ofthe day is at leisure. Overnight Strawberry Park or similar.

Day 02 – Sun – Discover Cameron Highlands Tour
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 4-wheel drive to Gunung or Mount Brinchang, the highest and most accessible peak (6,666ft.) in Cameron Highlands. Experience a cloudy tropical and mossy rainforest before cruising down the hill to view the most scenic tea plantation, the Sungei Palas Boh estate that is regarded as the largest and best known tea station in the region. Take a tea break after the brief guided tourof the factory. After the refreshing tea break, our next visit will bethe flower and vegetable farming. From the farm, we will proceed to visit the villages of our highlands natives – the Semais. Explore the forests of the highlands. This short trek will lead us to the small waterfall where we can have a break for lunch. The return journey will take us to a day market where most of the local produce canbe found. Tour is inclusive of packed lunch. Overnight Strawberry Park or similar.

Day 03 – Mon – Overland Cameron Highlands – Kuala Kangsar – Kuala Sepetang – Belum Rainforest Resort (330 km) (B)
At 0830hrs , depart Cameron Highlands towards Belum Valley. Enroute, visit the Sam Poh Tong cave temple. There after, stop at the Royal town of Kuala Kangsar for a photo stop of the exterior view only of the Ubudiah Mosque, Iskandariah and Kenangan Palace. Proceed further to Kuala Sepetang mangrove area. The Kuala Sepetang mangrove forest is the best managed mangrove forestin Malaysia due to its ecological importance in protecting coastline from erosion. Enjoy the sensation of walking through natural man grove forest on a boardwalk. Kuala Sepetang produces the bulk of the nation's top quality mangrove charcoal. Visit a charcoal kiln where quality charcoals are produced. Drive north east toward Banding Island in Belum area through Gerik and on route visit the Lenggong valley museum. Lenggong Valley is the site of the oldest known place of human activity in the Peninsula. The district of Lenggong can be likened to an open-air museum, and is home to legends, skeletons, cave drawings and precious finds such as jewellery, pottery, weapons and stone tools of ancient humans having lived and hunted in this area. Overnight Belum Rainforest Resort.

Day 04 – Tue – Tour of Belum Valley: By Boat & Soft Trek Breakfast.
At 0830hrs after breakfast proceed for a tour of the Belum Valley, an area bristling with fauna and flora, a rich national heritage. This last frontier of Peninsular Malaysia beckons the adventurous ones with its ever lasting charm. From Banding Islandon the Temenggor Lake, we will take a boat ride for a tour of the aboriginal villages. Observe and mingle with the 'Orang Asli' people, which literally mean 'the original people'. These are of the Jahai and Temiar tribe, 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. Packed lunch will be served. Enjoy the encounter with scenic waterfall in the lush green jungle pouring through the heart of nature crafting out an unforgettable feeling of having been in the oldest tropical rainforest of theworld - 130 million years old. Return to the resort. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Try your luck with fishing (note: fishing rodand equipments are available for rental) – who knows, you might get the abundant famous Toman or the snake head fish. In other words, just relax and enjoy the ever-soothing nature's influence on you. It is indeed a place that will bring you an everlasting memory of nature's greatness and its tropical blessings. Overnight Belum Rainforest Resort.

Day 05 – Wed – Overland Belum Rainforest Resort– Penang (200 km) (B)
0830hrs – Depart Temenggor lake towards Penang. Onarrival in Penang proceed with a City, Culture and Heritage tour of Georgetown, which has been official declared as a UNESCO SITE in 2008. Visit Kek Lok Si Temple that was 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. There after 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 surname. We next take you along Pitt Street, also known as "The Street of Harmony". Here churches, Chinese temples, mosques and Hindu temples are built along the same street in harmonious existence side by side for centuries. Visit the intricate Khoo Kong Si clan's house. Enjoy a breezy trishaw ride, a still popular mode of transport in Georgetown. On arrival in Belum Rainforest Resort, check in and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Optional with supplement for this tour to end by boat to Langkawi via Kuala Kedah. This can only be done without doing tour of Penang on this day. Boat trip to Langkawi is without guide onboard. Tour ends at city hotel or at beach hotel in Penang. There will a surcharge for transfer direct to the Penang Airport after the tour. If that is the case, please make sure that your flight is at 1900hrs onward.

What to bring:
Rain coat, hand torch, personal toiletries, cotton material clothing, swimming attire, body soap, walking shoes with rubber sole, antimalaria tablets and sun tan/block lotion.

PRICES FROM: £959 - ground only - international airfare not included (Per Person)
Based on 5 nights, two persons sharing, meals, tours and transfers as stated in the itinerary.
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