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Exploring Malaysia

Active in Malaysia

Whitewater rafting, abseiling down a waterfall, trekking through the rainforest, bicycling through village lanes, snorkelling in a marine park: Malaysia offers a great holiday for those who want to keep active. This two week trip will take you from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi with visits to Taman Negara, the Cameron Highlands, Ipoh, and Penang along the way. You’ll get a real feel for the country’s geography and culture as you explore and have a few days on the sands of Langkawi at the end to unwind.

This itinerary is here to inspire you as all of our holidays are tailor-made to suit you. We’re happy to add or subtract days, change hotels, and adjust as you see fit. To learn more about this trip, give us a call at UK 020 7112 0019 or email to start planning your holiday.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Kuala Lumpur

Touch down in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s vibrant capital. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. There are plenty of restaurants and interesting shops to explore within walking distance so head out for a wander.

Day 2 - Batu Caves

Today you’ll pay a visit to two caves located just outside of Kuala Lumpur. First venture up the stairs and into the Batu Caves, home to Hindu temples and countless monkeys. Next door is Dark Cave which you’ll explore with your guide to learn about the delicate ecosystem and unique geological formations. The afternoon is yours to explore Kuala Lumpur on your own.

Day 3 - Kuala Lumpur - Taman Negara

This morning you’ll leave Kuala Lumpur for Taman Negara, a national park reached by longboat after a few hours’ drive. In the evening, follow your guide on a night walk into the jungle.

Day 4 - Taman Negara

Wear your walking shoes this morning as you’ll be trekking through the jungle to Terasek hill with its canopy walkway. In the afternoon, hop aboard a boat to the waterfalls for a refreshing dip.

Day 5 - Travel to the Cameron Highlands

Spend the morning in Taman Negara, consider a walk on one of the park’s trails or sit back and listen to the sounds of the rainforest. In the afternoon you’ll travel to the Cameron Highlands, once a favoured hill station.

Day 6 - Search for rafflesia

Today’s trek into the rainforest is to search for a giant rafflesia flower, the world’s largest blooms. Stop for a dip in a spring and pay a visit to the Orang Asli, one of Malaysia’s native tribes. Meet with the villagers who will share their way of life with you and maybe let you try a blowpipe. In the afternoon, explore the cooler trails of the Cameron Highlands on your own.

Day 7 - Tea first, Ipoh later

After a visit to a tea plantation and morning market in the Cameron Highlands to see the variety of local produce, you’ll head today for Ipoh. This small city was once the home of tin mining and many of the old town’s lanes feel just as they did decades ago.

Day 8 - White Water Rafting & Abseiling

Rush down the Kampar River this morning battling the rapids for a full 7 kilometers. Once that’s behind you, head for Geruntum Waterfalls to abseil your way down. It’s an active, wet day that ends with a drive to George Town on the island of Penang.


Day 9 - George Town

Get your bearings in George Town with a walking tour that takes in many of the city’s iconic historical sites, food favourites, and some of the contemporary art installations. In the afternoon, relax at your hotel or explore on your own.


Day 10 - Fly to Langkawi

Hop a short flight to Langkawi today and transfer to your hillside home for the remainder of your holiday. The island is home to beaches, hills, rainforest, wildlife, and traditional villages. This afternoon you’ll join a bicycle tour to see a bit of island life and get a feel for the area.

Day 11 - Marine Park Snorkelling

Head for Payar Island Marine Park aboard a catamaran for a day of snorkelling and time on the water.  This is the only protected marine reserve in western Malaysia and it’s home to healthy coral and tropical fish.

Days 12-13 - Leisure time in Langkawi

These days are yours to relax and explore as you like. Visit the beaches, head up the sky cab for island views, take a trip to the mangroves, or just look for dusky langurs from your balcony. A good time to start thinking about your next trip, perhaps?

Day 14 - Homeward bound

Your driver will collect you for a ride to Langkawi International Airport where you can get your flight homeward. Bon voyage!

Details -

This itinerary costs from £2,580 per person B&B and is based on two people sharing excluding the peak seasons and holidays such as Christmas, New Year, and Chinese New Year. The price includes all transfers and domestic travel but not international flights.

International flights tend to cost between £500 and £800 per person return – do ask us for advice. Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

What's included?

  • Prices start from £2,580 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle as mentioned
  • Local taxes except those which can only be paid locally
  • Entrance fees
  • Internal flight
  • All excursions and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered
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Kuala Lumpur
Bustling, vibrant Kuala Lumpur is home to an incredible array of old and new. Colonial architecture and modern skyscrapers, gourmet restaurants and simple street food stalls, luxurious hotels and shops, beautiful parks, mosques, and temples fill the city. The city is truly a feast for all five senses. More
The port town of Melaka (formerly spelled Malacca) has been influenced by Portuguese, Dutch, British, Chinese, Indian, and Malay settlers and rulers. The resulting mix of culture, food, and architecture makes Melaka an ideal spot to see, taste, and experience the diversity that makes Malaysia such a unique part of Asia. Although you can visit in a day from Kuala Lumpur, we think it's worth an overnight visit. More
George Town
On the island of Penang sits the UNESCO-designated cultural highlight of George Town. It's home to some of the best food in the country, street art fun for all ages to find and enjoy, Chinese and Indian temples, British colonial buildings, pleasant beaches, a hill with stunning views of the area, and delightful boutique hotels. George Town truly offers a wealth of options for every visitor. More
Formally known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah, the island boasts beaches, rainforest, monkeys, mangroves, and views to Thailand from an incredible hanging bridge atop Mount Mat. More
Cameron Highlands
Once the favoured hill station of British expatriates in Malaysia, the Cameron Highlands is a cool respite from the tropical heat. Tea plantations, giant rafflesia blooms, and a mossy forest that feels straight out of a story book can all be found here. More
Tioman Island
Well known to divers, Tioman is home to incredibly rich waters teeming with life, making for great snorkelling and diving. With beautiful beaches and pleasant walking trails through the jungle, it's a beautiful place to relax. Best visited March through mid-October as we don't recommend trying to reach the island during monsoon season. More
Perhentian Islands
The clear aquamarine South China Sea meets white sand beaches on the Perhentian and Redang islands. There are no roads on these islands, only foot paths and water taxis. We only recommend visiting between April and mid-October to avoid rough crossings and restaurants and resorts closed for monsoon season. More

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