Sunset over temple in Penang

Experiential Malaysia

Trip code
EPM001

More than just a window on Malaysian culture, this itinerary will have you jumping right in.

Don’t just try Peranakan cuisine — learn how to make it for yourself. Don’t just wander through Little India — spend a day there trying on saris and making marigold garlands. This trip is all about getting beyond sightseeing and experiencing Malaysia’s classic destinations first-hand.

Pricing

Price based on 3* accommodation
From
$2,800
pp
Price based on 4* accommodation
From
$3,300
pp
Price based on 5* accommodation
From
$4,000
pp

Key facts

13 days / 12 nights
Enjoy expert guided tours of historic Malacca, Kuala Lumpur’s Islamic mosques and a Hindu temples, the fishing village of Kuala Sepatang, and the nature and street art of George Town
Go on a day trip to the Gua Temperung Caves and take a cycling tour through the countryside on Penang Island
Enjoy evening street-food tours in George Town’s market and KL’s Chinatown, and go on a culinary walking tour of Ipoh

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MAP LEFT MAP RIGHT DAY 3-4 KUALA LUMPUR DAY 1-2 MALACCA DAY 7-13 PENANG DAY 5-6 IPOH
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DAY 3-4 KUALA LUMPUR DAY 1-2 MALACCA DAY 7-13 PENANG DAY 5-6 IPOH

All transfers will be by private vehicle with an English-speaking driver.

What's great

This itinerary focusses on Malaysia’s urban side, covering the highlights of both town and city

It’s packed with active experiences to help you get beneath the surface of Malaysian culture

There are no internal flights or long car transfers, so you’ll have the maximum amount of time to enjoy each destination

It's a great trip for first-timers who want to get a rounded introduction to the country

Things to consider

Though there’s a good variety of destinations, this trip doesn’t cover the more rural and rainforested regions of Malaysia

Batu Ferringhi is best visited from November to May, but if you’re traveling outside those dates we can suggest alternative destinations

Some of the included activites require a moderate level of fitness

The experience

We built this trip around our favorite Malaysian experiences, but your ideal vacation might look completely different. Just tell us your ideas and we’ll plan a trip to suit you.

Day 1-2

Malacca

With its bright-red Dutch Stadthuys and Portuguese fort, the port town of Malacca is one of Malaysia’s most beautiful cities – but its European influences are more than just skin-deep. On your visit, you'll go beyond the city’s colonial architecture to immerse yourself in its rich hybrid culture, sampling Portuguese custard tarts, learning to cook Peranakan cuisine, visiting a centuries-old Kristang settlement, and witnessing Chinese-Malay fusion culture at the Baba Nyonya Museum. Then, at Jonker Street night market, you’ll taste how this complex web of influences has given birth to one of Asia’s most exciting street food scenes.

Cruising in Malacca

Highlights

Learn about Malacca’s European roots on a walking tour of the historic city center

See the city from a different perspective on a cruise along the Malacca River

Sample some of Asia’s best street food at Jonker Street night market

Red buildings of Malacca

Day 3-4

Kuala Lumpur

In contrast to Malacca’s historic streets, KL is a gleaming beacon of modernity, where the turquoise-and-gold domes of contemporary Islamic architecture stand beneath the gaze of the futuristic Petronas Towers. Your visit is all about getting beyond this dazzling veneer as you explore the street-food hawker stalls of Chinatown, go on an after-dark tour of the capital’s British-colonial architecture, and get acquainted with Hindu culture in Little India. Everywhere you go, experience culture first-hand, whether it's receiving a blessing at a Hindu temple or learning to tie a marigold garland. KL may look like any other city on the surface of it, but you’ll soon find out that's not the case.

Arches in Little India, Kuala Lumpur

Highlights

Discover Kuala Lumpur after dark with an evening walking tour

Learn about the different religions of Malaysia in this multicultural center

Eat banana leaf curry and try on a sari on an immersive tour of Little India

Kuala Lumpur streets by night

The finer detail

  • Breakfast every day
  • Seven lunches: one Peranakan lunch in Malacca; one in KL’s Little India; one in Ipoh; one traditional lunch in Gopeng; one seafood lunch on the drive to Penang; one in Penang’s Mural Garden; one during the Penang cycling tour
  • Two dinners: one street food meal in KL’s Chinatown; one street food tour of Penang
  • Five half-day experiences: city tour of KL; introduction to KL’s Hindu culture; walking tour of the history & food of Ipoh; visit Gua Temperung Caves; cycling tour of the Penang countryside
  • Two full-day experiences: city tour of Malacca; city tour of Penang’s art, nature & heritage
  • Two evening experiences: evening walking tour of KL; street food tour of Penang
  • All accommodation
  • All entrance fees to sites included in guided experiences
  • All domestic transfers and transport

Day 1:
Car transfer from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Malacca (2.5 hours)

Day 3:
Car transfer to Kuala Lumpur (2 hours)

Day 5:
Car transfer to Ipoh (2 hours 15 mins)

Day 7:
Car transfer to George Town (2 hours)

Day 10:
Car transfer to Batu Ferringhi (30 minutes)

Day 13:
Car transfer to Penang Airport (1 hour)

  • 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