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Exploring Malaysia

Culture and Cuisine

Malaysia is developing a reputation as a unique food destination and George Town is at the forefront. Nyonya cuisine, a style of cooking developed by Chinese immigrants generations ago who adapted to Malaysia’s produce, spices, and climate, bursts with flavour combinations not found outside of Malaysia and Singapore. The country is also rich in cultural heritage with traditions, architecture, art, and ways of life brought by the many nationalities and ethnicities who call the peninsula home. This 10-day trip takes you to the best places in the country for culture and food.

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 - Selamat Datang!

Welcome to Kuala Lumpur. You’ll be met at the International Airport and transferred to your heritage hotel in the midst of bustling KL. Explore the neighbourhood with its vibrant street food scene and get a taste of the city.

Day 2 - Historical KL

Take a walking tour of Kuala Lumpur’s historical and cultural highlights this morning to learn about the nation’s diverse history. After a rest, enjoy dinner at The Old China Café, an authentic dining experience to remember.

Day 3 - Malaysian Home Cooking

Today is all about food, starting with a visit to a traditional market. From there you’ll head to a contemporary Malaysian home to spend the morning learning to cook traditional Malay dishes that you can enjoy for lunch.

Day 4 - South to Melaka

Go south to the UNESCO-designated heritage city of Melaka. Your guide will take you on a walking tour of this small city with Dutch, Chinese, Indian, Portuguese, British, and Malay influences. In the evening, you’ll head out for a traditional Nyonya meal.

Day 5 - Caves and highlands

Journey north to the Cameron Highlands, stopping along the way to see the Batu Caves with its larger-than-life Hindu shrine. After a visit to learn about traditional bamboo basket making, you’ll reach the hills.

Day 6 - Cameron Highlands

The weather is cooler in the highlands so today’s food focus is more of a beverage: tea. Visit a plantation, learn about the process, and sample some of Malaysia’s finest tea. Your guide will also take you to a strawberry farm and market as this region is one of the country’s most fertile.

Day 7 - Across to Penang

With a stop along the way to visit a mosque and palace, travel to George Town on the island of Penang. Upon arrival, you’ll be given a map of great food choices so head out into this walkable little city and see for yourself why George Town is Malaysia’s food capital.

Day 8 - Cooking with Nazlina

The cooking class today is a complete contrast to the one you enjoyed in KL. Your renowned teacher goes into the origins of spices, the process of extracting coconut milk by hand, and more as you dive into cooking in a traditional way.


Day 9 - Contemporary art in George Town

In addition to its reputation for great food and heritage buildings, George Town draws visitors for its contemporary art. Your guide today will walk you through the core zone showing you notable works of art and historical sites. You’ll see the way this island embraces diversity and combines the old with the new.

Day 10 - Bon voyage

Today the day is yours to fit in any last meals before your driver collects you for the ride to Penang International Airport where you can catch your flight homeward. Safe travels!


This itinerary costs from £1500 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 £400 and £700 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 £1500 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
  • 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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