Malaysia Family Adventure
Variety isn’t just the spice of life — it’s the key to a great family holiday. This itinerary is a true testament to that, whisking you from mountain to city and from beach to jungle without a moment to get bored.
If that sounds like it could be stressful, don’t worry. Our family trips are about minimum hassle and maximum enjoyment, and we can adjust every little detail to suit you and your family.
All your journeys will be by private car.
This is a fantastic family-orientated introduction to Malaysia, covering a diverse selection of the country’s highlights
With so many different experiences included, no two days are the same
It’s ideal for families aged eight and up – but if your children are younger, we can adapt the itinerary accordingly
Things to consider
There are a couple of long car journeys (4-6 hours)
The Perhentian Islands are best visited from March to October, but we can suggest alternatives
The rainforest is a magical experience no matter what, but wildlife sightings are never guaranteed
The Taman Negara canopy walk and the Petronas Towers aren’t open every day, so let us know if these are must-do experiences
So many travellers breeze in and out of KL without getting to know what makes this city tick, but not you! Dive straight into its beating heart with a walking tour around the local market, then sample sweet-and-sour curry laksa at one of its coffee shops. We bet you didn’t know that KL had its own rainforest — that’s your next stop, as you walk for 200 metres through tropical treetops, surrounded by the buzz of insects and the hoots of monkeys. After that, get even higher as you zip to the top of the Petronas Towers for incomparable views over the capital. Thought you knew what to expect from KL? This visit will make you think again.
Slurp down some curry laksa and learn how to haggle with a guided tour of a local market
Search the canopy for monkeys in the KL Forest Eco Park
Survey the city from the top of the Petronas Twin Towers
Penang is an island of two distinct faces, and you’ll discover both over the next two days. First, explore the World Heritage centre of George Town, getting to know its traditional culture as you learn to make joss sticks with a living legend, then checking out the contemporary scene on a trishaw street-art tour. After you’ve soaked up city life, it’s time to experience the rural side of the island on a bike tour of the countryside. Cycle through villages and coconut farms, sampling local produce, stopping in at workshops, and browsing markets bursting with fruits, herbs and spices. You’ll soon find out that those who stick to George Town miss half the fun.
Take some family snaps with George Town’s famous interactive street art
Have a go at a dying art with Mr Lee, George Town’s last traditional joss stick maker
Explore the Penang countryside by bike — and maybe even try the dreaded durian!
The finer detail
- Breakfast every day
- Five lunches: two in Penang; two in Ipoh; one at your lodge in Taman Negara
- Two dinners: both at your lodge in Taman Negara
- Three full-day experiences: Kuala Lumpur city tour; cycling the Penang countryside; exploring the jungle of Taman Negara
- Four half-day experiences: Joss Stick workshop; Penang city tour; Ipoh city tour; whitewater rafting & caving in Ipoh
- One evening experience: nocturnal jungle walk
- All accommodation
- All entrance fees to sites included in guided experiences
- All domestic transfers and transport
Logistics and journey times
Car transfer from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Hotel (1 hour)
Car transfer to Penang (4.5 hours)
Car transfer to Ipoh (2.5 hours)
Car transfer to Taman Negara (6 hours)
Short boat journey to cross the river
Short boat journey to cross the river
Car transfer to Kuala Besut Jetty (6 hours)
Boat transfer to the Perhentian Islands (30 mins)
Boat transfer to Kuala Besut Jetty (30 mins)
Car transfer to airport (1 hour)
What's not included
- International flights
- Any necessary visas
- Any lunches or dinners unless stated
- Entrance fees to any sites not included in guided experiences
- Tipping and personal expenses
- Tourist taxes & any national park fees