With incredible wildlife, a world class city, stunning beaches, fascinating cultures, and delicious food, Malaysia truly offers something for everyone. This three week highlights tour will take you into the jungles of Malaysian Borneo, along the cultural streets of Melaka and George Town with their colourful buildings and unique cuisine, give you a taste of bustling Kuala Lumpur, and to one of Malaysia’s quiet islands with clear water and pristine beaches.
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, or how we can create your ideal holiday in Malaysia, give us a call at UK 020 7112 0019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day 1 - Touchdown in Borneo
Welcome to Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, Borneo’s western state. Your driver will meet you at the international airport and transfer you to your riverside hotel for the evening.Accommodation
Day 2 - Bako National Park
This morning you’ll travel to nearby Bako National Park where you can walk the trails in search of proboscis monkeys, flying lemurs, and other wildlife. Enjoy a night walk with your guide to look for civets and other nocturnal animals.Accommodation
Day 3 - Semenggoh Nature Reserve
After morning walks in the park, you’ll cross the water back toward Kuching. Before returning to your hotel, visit Semenggoh Nature Reserve for the afternoon feeding of semi-wild orangutans.Accommodation
Day 4 - Mulu National Park
This morning you’ll fly to Mulu and check in to your jungle resort. In the afternoon, visit Deer and Lang caves, two of the most impressive show caves within this incredible park.Accommodation
Day 6 - Kota Kinabalu
Fly to Kota Kinabalu today and check in to your city hotel. In the evening, your guide will collect you for a sunset tour up Signal Hill for views of the city and Gaya Island. From there you’ll visit the bustling night market and tuck into a local dinner by the sea.Accommodation
Day 7 - Gaya Island Rainforest
Spend the day on Gaya Island, only 30 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu by ferry. Your guide will take you through the rainforest and describe the many traditional uses of its unique flora. Have a picnic on the beach and spend the afternoon snorkeling, swimming, or relaxing.
Day 8 - Sepilok and Sukau
It’s a short flight to Sandakan where you’ll head directly to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre for the morning feeding. After a visit to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre, you’ll head down the Kinabatangan River to Sukau. Look for proboscis monkeys, crocodiles, and more along the way.Accommodation
Day 9 - River safari
Rise early for a morning river cruise to look for wildlife and birds with your guide. If you wish, join an easy walk behind the lodge, attend a talk about orangutans, or relax by the pool until your afternoon wildlife-spotting river cruise. The region is rich with life so keep your binoculars handy.
Day 10 - Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur
After a morning river safari you’ll return to Sandakan today to catch your flight to Kuala Lumpur. Upon arrival, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your city hotel.Accommodation
Day 12 - Melaka
Spend today seeing the historical port city of Melaka. Your guide will take you to a variety of sights including the oldest Chinese temple in mainland Malaysia, the pink Stadhuys, Fort Santiago, and Jonker Street. This cultural highlight of Malaysia was once an important crossroads for traders on the spice route and changed rule multiple times. Return to Kuala Lumpur in the evening.
Day 13 - North to Penang
In the morning your driver will take you to Kuala Lumpur International Airport where you’ll get a short flight to the island of Penang. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and driven to your heritage hotel in George Town. The city is easy to explore on foot or by trishaw so enjoy the afternoon on your own.Accommodation
Day 14 - Food and History in George Town
Start the day with a walking tour through markets, past temples and mosques, to the Khoo Khongsi house and beyond. Stop along the way to try some of George Town’s typical morning snacks and learn about the island’s unique heritage through its food and architecture. Keep an eye open for unique pieces of street art and tuck into a banana leaf rice meal, ideally with your hands.
Day 15 - Perhentian Islands
Fly to Kota Bharu this morning and meet your driver for a transfer to the jetty and a boat ride to Perhentian Kecil, the smaller of the Perhentian islands. There are no vehicles here, just plenty of sand, clear water, and slow island life.Accommodation
This itinerary costs from £2520 per person B&B and is based on two people sharing excluding 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.
This itinerary is best traveled between March and October but modifications can be made during other times of year.
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.
- Prices start from £2520 per person
- Accommodation on B&B basis
- Full board on days 8-9
- Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle or by boat as mentioned
- Local taxes except those which can only be paid locally
- Entrance fees
- All excursions and activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Internal flights
- All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered