This private Malaysia and Singapore trip offers something for everyone. The verdant rainforests and exotic animals of Borneo appeals to nature and wildlife enthusiasts, vibrant Penang and Kuching appease the culture and heritage lover in you, while Langkawi offers crystal clear waters and soft white sands. In Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, uncover a unique blend of the old and the contemporary, and rediscover your love for big city life.
Singapore, a city state on the Malaysian peninsula, is a melting pot of cultures. Modern skyscrapers stand next to Indian temples, while shopping malls rub shoulders with Chinatown in Singapore.
Personalized City Tour & Botanical Garden Visit
Explore the history and immerse yourself in the lifestyle of multicultural Singapore! Stroll through the city’s colonial district and see the Padang, the massive open playing field surrounded by several important monuments. Look out for the iconic Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, which is a performing arts centre near the mouth of Singapore River. Stop to admire the towering Merlion statue, a mythical half-lion, half-fish, the city’s most famous tourist symbol. Head to the Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest and most important Hokkien temples in Singapore before proceeding to the Botanical Gardens, a 161-year-old tropical garden which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, drive to the vibrant Chinatown and Little India, originally a division of colonial Singapore where Tamil immigrants would reside under the British policy of ethnic segregation. End the tour with a cup of coffee at one of the lively street side cafes. (Duration: Half Day; Flexible Timings; Private Activity & Transfers; Meals Not Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes; Don’t forget your camera; Please note that the best time to travel is November to February.)
Kuching is Sarawak’s beautiful capital city. Like most other Malaysian cities, it is a delightful mix of the traditional, the colonial and the modern.
Half Day Kuching City Highlights Tour Uncover the secrets of Kuching, the historic capital of Sarawak. Begin your tour amid the bustling lanes of Kuching’s Chinatown, observe the famous Cat Statue (Kuching means “Cat” in Malay), and amble over to the colorful TuaPek Kong Chinese Temple. Move on to Civic Centre Viewing Platform and the world-renowned Sarawak Museum. Walk past the gold-domed City Mosque as you pass through Old Kuching, known for its spice dealers and textile shops. The heritage buildings of the White Rajah era, including the Pavilion, Charles Brooke Monument, and the Post Office, bear testimony to the city’s rich colonial history. On your way back, you’ll see the Astana, an erstwhile residence of the White Rajahs, on the other side of the Kuching Waterfront. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy)
Day Trip To Bako National Park Discover a gorgeous rain forest just an hour and half away from Kuching’s city limits. Your adventure begins with a longboat ride that takes you to Bako National Park. Home to several rain forest ecosystems, this tiny peninsula region is bursting with a veritable cornucopia of geological features, plants and wildlife! Bako’s distinctive coastline is worth exploring, as are its well-trodden jungle trails, forest-covered hilltops and quiet stretches of cloistered beaches. Bird lovers are sure to have a field day spotting the vast variety of exotic species. You can also watch Bako’s resident proboscis monkeys, silvered langur monkeys, long-tailed macaques and flying squirrels, among many other curious creatures. Watch out for the carnivorous pitcher plants, strangling figs, and symbiotic ant plants in this fascinating mangrove forest! (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer, Travel time to Activity: 45 mins drive & 20 mins speedboat ride; Duration: 6.5 hrs; Lunch included; Fitness Level: Medium; Please bring comfortable shoes, a sun hat and sunglasses. Please note that your boat may be delayed on busy days.)
Kota Kinabalu, or KK as it is more popularly known, is the state capital of Sabah. Expect a heady cocktail of cultures, cuisines, and lifestyles.
Half Day Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour, Kota Kinabalu
Mari Mari Cultural Village, situated 12 miles from the city of Kota Kinabalu, is a living museum that preserves Borneo’s ethnic culture, history and traditions. This half-day private tour recreates the living conditions of five ethnic tribes of Borneo as they were in the past. After a warm welcome, your guide leads you through five replicas of tribal huts of Kadzan-Dusan – rice farmers, Rungus – longhouse dwellers, Lundayeh – hunters and fishermen, Bajau – herdsmen and sea nomads and Murut – head-hunters. Inside each hut you learn about the tribe’s unique traditions, daily life and methods of conserving natural resources. Each tribe also demonstrates their unique skills, such as lighting a fire with flints and sticks, weaving clothes from bark, making rice wine, extracting honey and carving blowpipes. You can try various food items and even have a go at blowpipe shooting. Finally, enjoy an impressive traditional dance performance and a buffet lunch. (Duration: Half Day; Time: Departs at 0900 hrs; Private Activity; No Transfers; Meal Included: Lunch)
Sukau is a tiny fishing village and a rare pearl situated off the usual tourist track. Tucked along the Kinabatangan River, Sukau offers glimpses of Borneo’s rainforests and swampy marshland.
Two Night Program at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, Sukau
Travel upstream on Kinabatangan River to peaceful Abai. Enjoy a simple, delicious lunch and cruise upstream to the rustic but comfortable Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge in Sukau. Afterwards, you can spend the rest of your day cruising along the Menanggul River. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars to spot wild orangutans, pygmy elephants and exotic tropical bird life. The following morning, rise with the sun for a refreshing cruise ride to Oxbow Lake, nestled amid scenic mangroves and dense jungle. You can choose to explore Gomantong Cave with its intricate formations and massive bird nests, or go on a trekking expedition through jungle trails. The sun begins to set as you coast along the river admiring natural wonders. Feast on a delicious dinner and video show at the lodge. After a good night’s sleep, it’s time to return to civilization. (Full Day,Group activity and transfer, Fitness Level: Easy, Please bring comfortable shoes, binoculars, torchlight and insect repellent)
En route Activity (Sandakan Airport – Jetty) – Visit to Sepilok Rehabilitation Center
Explore the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center where you can admire a playful bunch of apes swinging from branch to branch. This center is home to orphaned and injured orangutans who are nursed and trained to re-enter the forest. The best view of these magnificent apes is from the feeding platforms, where animal caregivers feed them bananas and milk twice a day. Wander through the tall industrial trees in Borneo’s forest and experience its rich, tropical flora and fauna. Spend time at the outdoor nursery, where infant orangutans are taught how to survive in the wild. You will be chuckling away as you watch these hapless babies being taught to swing and climb trees. Stop by the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center, to observe the smallest bears in the world, which are native to Malaysia. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer, Time of the day: Morning; Duration: 2 hrs each; Fitness Level: Easy; please wear comfortable shoes. The feeding sessions is at 1000 hrs .Guests are allowed to stay for a maximum of two hours per visit)
Danum Valley is home to a host of exotic and endangered animal, bird and plant life, this is pristine jungle territory overshadowed by the towering Mount Danum.
Two Night Program: Embrace Nature’s Abundance On your arrival at the Lahad Datu Airport, embark on a 2.5 hours’ drive, including 2 hours on a gravel track, to reach Danum Valley Conservation Area – a paradise of regenerated pristine rainforests. Once you have checked in to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, set out on the Nature Trail and Canopy Walk to familiarize yourself with the area. The afternoon is spent at leisure with the promise of a sumptuous dinner followed by a thrilling guided night safari. On your second day, wake up to the call of the wild and watch hornbills fly as you trek to Kadazandusun/Coffin Cliff, an ancient burial site. Take a refreshing dip in a natural jacuzzi before returning to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you can laze around, explore the jungle, or experience a tubing session down the river. After dinner, set out in search of nocturnal wildlife on another guided safari before a restful sleep. Begin your third day with an early morning trek or enjoy the mesmeric natural beauty around you from the comfort of your chalet. After lunch, your chauffeur will be waiting to transport you to Lahad Datu Airport. (Duration: 2 nights / 3 days; Private & Shared Activities; All meals included; Fitness level: Easy; Please bring good trekking shoes and a rain jacket; Activities can be modified based on fitness levels/interests)
Kuala Lumpu, or KL, as it is better known among aficionados – is your gateway to Southeast Asia. The city made its debut on the world stage back in the late 19th century, when the British made it the capital of Peninsular Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Discover the old roots of Kuala Lumpur on this day tour, tracing the journey of this colonial capital to its modern avatar. Begin your day with a visit to the Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor’s Center that charts the early growth of Kuala Lumpur as a 19th century Chinese mining town. Visit the river confluence, the birthplace of this frenetic Asian metropolis. Witness the imposing Sultan Abdul Samad Building that was built as the secretariat of the colonial government in the late 19th century. Its Indo-Saracenic style influenced much of the city’s architecture during the period. The national aspirations of modern Malaysia are visible at Independence Square, and the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery with its large-scale model of the city. Your half day city tour ends with an exploration of the giant limestone Batu Caves, which is a holy Hindu shrine north of the city. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Duration: 4.5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; Please wear comfortable shoes)
Penang is a coastal slice of Malaysia that lies right by the Strait of Malacca. It is perhaps one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse travel destinations on the face of this earth.
George Town Heritage Tour on a Trishaw
Go back in time as you explore George Town in a trishaw, the city’s oldest mode of transportation. Your five-hour guided tour begins at Fort Cornwallis, the largest standing fort in Malaysia. As you wind your way through the city’s narrow lanes, you will pass the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower, presented to Penang by local millionaire Cheah Chen Eok in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen. Cruise through Little India, with its colourful saree shops and array of spices. Spot St. George’s church, the oldest Anglican Church in South-East Asia. Your ride ends at The Blue Mansion, the most photographed building in George Town. This 38-room, 220-window mansion was commissioned by Cheong Fatt Tze, a Hakka merchant known as the ‘Rockefeller of the East,’ for his seventh and favourite wife. An indigo-based lime wash gives the building its distinctive blue colour. (Duration: Half Day; Trishaw ride will be for 2 hrs;Private activity; Fitness level: Easy)
Penang City Explorer Tour
Your first stop on this five-hour tour is the Wat Chayamangkalaram, or Reclining Buddha Temple, which houses one of the world’s longest reclining Buddha statues. Then go back in time to Penang’s colonial past with a visit to the Colonial Penang Museum. Make a quick stop at the Cocoa Boutique for some retail therapy before the tour moves downtown to the heritage zone. The heart of the zone is Fort Cornwallis. Built by the British East India Company in the late 18th century, its structure and cannons stand proudly to this day. A walk on the Clan Jetty gives you views of the traditional houses built on stilts. Complete the tour with a slow drive through the Street Of Harmony, where you can find places of worship for all the four main religions: St. George’s Church, the Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kuan Yin Temple), the Sri Mahamariamman Temple and the Kapitan Keling Mosque. (Duration: Half Day; Private activity; Meal: No; Fitness level: Easy)
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