(Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Penang, Langkawi)
Feel the fine white sand between your toes as you watch the setting sun cast its golden glow on the peaceful Andaman Sea at Langkawi, where the lush rainforest meets azure ocean lagoons.br/>
Here you’ll experience the laid-back island culture of Langkawi as you take time out to relax on pristine beaches, explore the rural rainforest villages, discover remote waterfalls amid dense jungle, and take in breathtaking views from atop Malaysia’s second-highest mountain. In the modern city of Kuala Lumpur, you’ll see an entirely different face of this multi-cultural country as you marvel at the city’s 21st-century skyline and explore its myriad of Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic and Christian sites. You’ll also take a winding road 5000 feet above sea level to discover the roaring waterfalls, gushing jungle streams and steamy rainforest of the Cameron Highlands, and take part in the vibrant street culture and cuisine of Penang island.br/>
This tour delivers luxury all the way with a collection of first rate hotels that will capture the imagination of even the most seasoned traveler. From elegant world-class hotels in the center of one of the most dynamic cities in Asia, to the boutique cottages of a hillside rainforest retreat and a secluded island resort, you’ll experience the many faces of Malaysia in ultimate luxury. And your team of local guides will be on-hand to ensure a seamless experience.br/>
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.br/>
Meet your English speaking driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.
This tour will take you through the heritage trails of the early cultures in Malaysia – an insight into Malaysia’s multi-cultural society. This exploration tour visits numerous monuments and locations including Chan See Shu Yuen Clan House, Chinatown, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Central Market, Sze Yeh Temple, Jamek Mosque, and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It is advised that you wear comfortable walking shoes, and a hat or cap.
Enjoy the sites in and around the historical hub of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca. Visit St. Peter’s Church, the oldest Christian Church still in use in Malaysia. Drive past the largest 17th century Chinese cemetery outside of China, located at Bukit China or Chinese Hill. Stop at the foothill to view the Sultan’s Well before driving through the Portuguese Settlement. Proceed to view the famous gateway. ‘Port De Santiago’ and the ruins of St. Paul’s Church lined by 17th century Dutch tombstones. Next on the list is Red Square, the salmon pink Dutch administrative buildings, which today house the Malacca Museum and government offices. Visit Christchurch before proceeding for lunch and then continue on to see the Abode Merciful Clouds or the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the only temple where you can find 3 major doctrines of local Chinese belief under the same roof, Taoim Buddhism and Confucianism. Take a stroll along Malacca’s Jonker Street, which ends by the banks of the Malacca river.
Leave your hotel for the journey up north to the hill resort of Cameron Highlands. Arrive at Tapah town, foothills of Cameron Highlands. Wind your way up to 5000 feet above sea level. Along the way, stop at Iskandar waterfalls and pass gurgling jungle streams. After lunch, your driver who is also your guide will take you on a tour of Cameron Highlands covering the Rose Garden, tea plantation, and vegetable farms. Check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of your evening at leisure.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel this morning. At noon, check-out and descend the winding road to Simpang Pulai, continuing the journey up north to the state of Perak. Cross the Penang bridge before arriving on Penang island. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon.
Watch the city of Georgetown come alive at night with blazes of lights and street peddlers. As Penang is famous for its local cuisine, your evening will begin with local cuisine. After dinner, you will be taken on a short Trishaw ride, an authentic mode of transport used to ferry people from one destination to another. Then you will proceed on a scenic drive across Penang Bridge, a total of 13.5 kilometers from the island to the mainland and back to Penang Island by ferry, the oldest ferry service in Malaysia.
George Town, the capital city of Penang was named after King George III of England, is an interesting lend of the old and new. It is worth to note that Penang has one of the largest Colonial Buildings in Southeast Asia. Tours includes a stop at Fort Cornwallis, built in 1808. Fort Cornwallis also marks the spot where Sir Francis Light first landed on this island. You will be driven through Streets of Harmony, which houses the Anglican Church, Kuan Yin Chinese Temple, Mahamariaman Indian Temple and Kapital Keling Mosque. Followed by a visit to the State Museum, built in 1821, which houses a fine collection of old photographs, maps, charts and pass by the colourful Little India and bustling Chinatown. Next stop, The World’s Fourth Largest Reclining Buddha statue at Wat Chayamangkalaram. Please note that in Malaysia your driver is also your guide.
Meet your English speaking driver for a pier transfer with a private vehicle.
Transfer by ferry from Penang to Langkawi.
This fascinating tour will take you through the urban and rural areas of legendry Langkawi. The journey begins with a visit to a showcase of local cottage industry where you will witness the process of traditional batik painting using wax and dyes. Proceed to Makam Mahsuri where the legendry Mahsuri is laid to rest in a garden of traditional Malays House. Go up the second highest mountain in a cable car ride and get bird/s eye view of the island. Visit the Rice Garden, one of Langkawi’s eco-tourism attractions, which is definitely not something you will expect to see in an island like Langkawi. Here, you will be able to see a long stretch of paddy field, infusing senses of freshness and at the same time, brings you closer to the nature. Apart from merely looking at the green paddy, visitors will also get to learn more about their specific species as those paddies are being named accordingly. Besides, scarecrows are also being placed in the middle of the field in order to make the scenery looks more like the actual one.
One of Malaysia's most elegant hotels, the award-winning Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur is situated in the heart of the bustling capital, within easy reach of Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, and the Bukit Bintang shopping area. Set among lush gardens, this luxury class hotel is only a 5-minute walk to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur Tower. From the moment you enter the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur you will be pampered with unrivaled service and hospitality. A great deal of care and meticulous attention has gone into each of Shangri-La's 714 tastefully furnished rooms to ensure comfort. The Shangri-La's extensive recreation facilities and fitness centre are ideal for a work out, tone up or wind down after a hectic day of sightseeing. The onsite restaurants offer some of the finest dining in Kuala Lumpur. Presenting a superb range of international and local cuisine, the restaurants are sure to suit the most discerning diner.
The Lakehouse is an exclusive getaway in the natural beauty of the Cameron Highlands. Set in an area dubbed "The Valley of Eternal Spring", this idyllic country house sits atop a hill overlooking rolling hills and verdant woodlands. The fresh mountain air of Cameron Highlands has always offered a welcome respite from the tropical heat since the colonial days. This refreshing destination boasts of amazing tea plantation views and the great outdoors. It is a short distance from the towns of Tanah Rata and Ringlet, as well as within close proximity to many key attractions in Cameron Highlands.
Situated in George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Eastern & Oriental Hotel stands at the intersection of Farquhar Street and Penang Road. The hotel is 20 kilometres from the Penang International Airport and within walking distance from the food havens, shopping complexes, and entertainment outlets of downtown George Town. Take a walk to Fort Cornwallis, the City Hall and the Penang State Museum. Browse the shops, bazaars, and restaurants for great bargains and delicious treats, and discover temples, mosques, and churches in quiet little corners.<!--[endif]-->
The Datai Langkawi is one of a kind. Conceived as a grand retreat, immersed in an ancient virgin rainforest, it is an icon of luxury. Its secluded villas are set on meandering paths leading down to a private bay and white sandy beaches, facing the Andaman Sea; the ultimate in peaceful perfection. The Datai is only 30 minutes by car from the island’s international airport, which is 20 kilometres west of Pulau Langkawi’s main town, Kuah. The Datai Langkawi has a series of 124 well-appointed rooms, villas, and suites with sizeable bedrooms, living areas, private verandas and amazing views of the natural landscape.
Olive Ramchand ,
June 03, 2014
"I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.
Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)
Jeanne Tarvin ,
April 21, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"
January 15, 2014
"We just returned on Monday from our wonderful trip to South Korea, Bangkok and Phuket. I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in planning our tours and adventures. Everything was spot on, from our arrivals at the airports, to the guides and the tours. I would not hesitate to recommend you and your company. It was truly a wonderful vacation. Thank you again.
Bob Feldman ,
November 19, 2013
"I wanted to let you know that our trip to China was great! Everybody enjoyed themselves. When planning a trip I am always concerned about the itinerary, the vehicles and the guides. All 3 of these were great. The guides were particularly good and in this case really made the trip a pleasure. Overall a great trip. Thanks for all you did."
Gloria DeWeese ,
October 10, 2013
"A wonderful trip and everything went like clockwork. Thank you so very much for all your assistance. I hope I will have a chance to work with you again."
Wayne Gavioli ,
September 04, 2013
"We just returned from our thailand/cambodia trip. It was fantastic. You did a great job. The guides were excellent as was the drivers. We loved the Victoria Hotel you selected in Siem. Wish we had more time. Thailand met our expectations but our expectations for Cambodia were low and they exceeded them. Loved the places selected for the included lunches. Certainly would use Kensington again"
Santo Filice ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you for arranging our guided trip to Thailand - Vietnam. It was a memorable, and pleasant trip - a 1st for us with Kensington tours and a most enjoyable one. We found that we were able to maximize our visit of the the area without the concern of booking hotels, airline, finding parking and understanding the local language. "
Tim Mesarch ,
August 02, 2013
"Alexis helped us fit in all of the sites we wanted to see on our trip to Thailand and Cambodia, and suggested some more. It was valuable talking with someone who had been there and done that. The planning went pretty smoothly, and so did the trip. The local guides were all top-notch! "
July 25, 2013
"I highly recommend Kesington Tours. The planning of our trip to Cambodia was outstanding. Our advisor Alexis Mayer was unbelievably patient, knowledgeable and responsive. We planned the trip in every possible detail and Alexis was extraordinary during the whole process. Once we were in Cambodia, we had a tiny issue with the car. I was able to get in contact with Alexis right away and the problem was instantly solved. The trip itself was fantastic. Everything was very well planned and perfectly organized. The local guides and drivers were great. The hotels were very well chosen.
Great trip. I would definitely travel again with Kensington Tours."
Pennie Quintana ,
August 07, 2013
"Thank you so much for the amazing trip we enjoyed!! All our guides were fantasy. Joseph in Jakarta, July in Jojakarta and Deon in Borneo!! Wow!! Bless you for all your attention to detail and the outstanding communication to all my questions. You made me feel so taken care of and tended too!! "
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