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Exploring Malaysia

Island Hopping From Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok

Travel from one capital to another by way of two gorgeous islands. Start your holiday in bustling Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s multicultural capital city. From there you’ll head north to the island of Langkawi, covered with ancient rainforest and lined with beautiful beaches. Cross the border into Thailand as you journey to Koh Lipe, known as the Thai Maldives. Once you’ve soaked up the sun on this island paradise, head for Bangkok for another dose of city life.

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 - Welcome to Malaysia

Salamat datang! When you arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. The evening is yours to relax and explore this vibrant metropolis.

Day 2 - Kuala Lumpur

Get a glimpse of the city today from the KL Tower, stop by the Parliament and King’s Palace, and visit the beautiful Thien Hou Temple, an excellent example of how Malaysia combines cultures, modern techniques, and traditional designs. Your tour will also take in Independence Square and the Central Market.

Day 3 - Langkawi bound

This morning you’ll fly to Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah. The island is home to ancient rainforest and beautiful beaches. After checking in at your hotel, join a late afternoon mangrove kayaking tour to see some of this island’s natural beauty. Look for dusky langurs in the trees.

Days 4-6 - At leisure in Langkawi

These days are yours to relax by the beach, explore the island, and soak up the sun. There’s plenty to do and see in Langkawi but it’s also an easy place to sit back and do nothing.

Day 7 - Cross the border to Thailand

Your driver will collect you in Langkawi and transfer you to the port for your 90-minute ferry ride to Koh Lipe, Thailand, aka, the “Thai Maldives.” Welcome to Paradise! You will be picked up from the jetty and taken to your hotel, where you can dig your feet into the white sand.

Day 8 - 10 - Snorkelling and relaxing

You might have already guessed that snorkelling and diving are fantastic around Koh Lipe. Coral reefs are easy to reach as they start just a few metres away from each of the main island’s beaches. Or rent a kayak or SUP and paddle around the island.

Day 11 - Koh Lipe - Bangkok

This morning, you will be taken to Pak Bara by speed boat, where a car will await you and take you to Hat Yai Airport, for your flight to Bangkok. Your Fleewinter guide will be waiting for you and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 12 - Khlongs, Art & Culture

Discover Bangkok at your own pace this morning. In the afternoon, embark on a khlong tour, a great way to observe local life along the canals. Visit the local artist community, Khlong Bang Luang, Wat Arun, and finish with a drink at a rooftop bar overlooking the Chao Praya during sunset.

Day 13 - Safe travels

This morning you will be transferred to Bangkok International Airport, from where you can take your flight back home.


This itinerary costs from £1290 per person B&B and is based on two people sharing excluding the peak seasons of Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, and other holidays. The price includes all transfers and domestic travel but not international flights.

Due to seasonal weather patterns, this itinerary is only available October through May.

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 £1290 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • 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 and international ferry crossing
  • 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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