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East West Malaysia Explorer

East West Malaysia Explorer

$1317

per person

Tour Code: EWM 01

This program gives one an opportunity to experience the pristine tropical rainforest of Belum Valley which is 130 million years old and was closed to public for decades before its recent opening, therefore preserving its uniqueness and originality of a tropical rainforest. It also brings to life of an experience in a traditional Malay village, which is full of richness in traditional culture and heritage.

06 Days/ 05 Nights
  • Departure
    City Hotel
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 08:00 - 09:00 hrs
  • Return Time
    Depending on the program, drop off time is normally after 12 noon onwards
  • Dress Code
    Rain Coat/ Disposable Poncho, Hand Torch, Personal Toiletries, Cotton Material Clothing, Swimming Attire, Body Soap, Walking Shoes With Rubber Sole, Anti-malaria Tablets and Sun Tan/ block Lotion.
  • Include
    ✓Daily accommodation. ✓Tours & Transfers as per program (depending on the price if it is SIC or Private). ✓Service by English Speaking Driver cum Guide. ✓Meals as stated in the itinerary.
  • Not Included
    ⨯Tipping. ⨯Domestic Flight. ⨯Any Local Tax (Heritage or Tourism Tax) which has to be paid locally by guest to hotel.
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Day 01: Overland Kuala Lumpur - Cameron Highland (220km)

Breakfast. Depart by 0830 hours for Cameron Highland, which is located at 1542 meters above sea level. Famed for its tea plantations and cool temperatures. Our first stop enroute, will be at the Royal Selangor Pewter featuring the largest pewter factory in the world. Discover the heritage and history of the company since its’ founding days in 1885. Lastly, view a demonstration of pewter making processes at the factory, which includes casting, filing, hammering and soldering.   Stop at Batu Caves (except three days of pre and post during Thaipusam festival), the famous temple cave, accessible by walking up  272 steps, which houses the shrine to Lord Muruga, a Hindu deity, while the museum cave host paintings and murals depicting scenes from Hindu scriptures.  Try the famous Malaysian local “tea tarik”- literally means pulled-tea or tea with condensed milk at any of the food stall at the famous Batu Cave.   Along the way up into the mountain, we’ll also visit the basket weaving cottage industry, Lata Iskandar Waterfall and a native settlement. You’ll enjoy the cool, crisp air of Cameron Highlands beside its wonderful scenery. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Hotel, 4 star (Meals: Breakfast)
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Day 02: Cameron Highlands (Discover Cameron Tour – Soft Adventure)

After breakfast depart for an exploratory tour of Cameron Highlands, used as a highland retreat station for the British during the colonial days. Proceed to Gunung or Mount Brinchang, the highest peak (6,666ft.) in Cameron Highlands. Climb up the viewing tower where you will be amazed with magnificent view of the surrounding area with fresh and cool air. Experienced the tropical and mossy rainforest through a boardwalk for about 30minute, an interpretive walk into the Mossy Forest will reveal some of the most of unique forest flora of this mountain like the carnivorous Pitcher Plant, primitive Ferns, wild Orchids, Ti trees & Rhododendrons.   Cruise down the hill to view the most scenic tea plantation, the Sungei Palas Boh estate which is regarded as the largest and best known tea station in the region. Take a tea break (own account) after the brief guided tour of the factory. After that, continue visit to one of the strawberry farms where we can pay a small fee to pick fresh succulent strawberries by hand. From the farm, we will visit Butterfly & Reptiles Farm (include entrance fees) to view the many beautiful butterfly species including the renowned Raja Brooke. Next stop is at day market where most of the local produce can be found. Spend some time here exploring the many delightful finds.   Thereafter, proceed to Tanah Rata town for lunch break (lunch on own). Tanah Rata is the largest town in Cameron Highlands region, where many local café and restaurants located. After lunch, walk around town before return to hotel. Overnight. (Meals: Breakfast) Note:
  •  Tea factory is closed on Monday and public holidays. 
  • Lunch, Tea break at the tea factory is not inclusive in tour price.
  • Please wear comfortable trekking shoes, insect repellent and raincoat/disposable poncho (in-case of raining).
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Day 03: Overland Cameron Highland – Kota Bharu (300km)

Breakfast. 0700hrs - Depart Cameron Highland eastward towards Kota Bharu on the eastern coastal flank of the Peninsular via the town of Gua Musang. Kota Bharu is the cultural centre of the East Coast and not to be missed by visitors in experiencing its unique heritage and cultures. On arrival, visit the Merdeka Square, the site of many historical events. It is also known as Padang Bank. Thereafter, proceed to the famous colorful wet market of Kota Bharu, where majority of the traders are women. Then visit the Istana Jahar Museum. Built in 1887, it features Kelantan's cultural heritage. Proceed to the silver handicraft cottage industry to see how fine Kelantan silver wares are handmade. Overnight in a typical village chalet (Air-conditioned, attached toilet, hot water). Note: There are very limited chalets in this village and is therefore subject to availability. An alternative arrangement will be made to stay in another hotel if village’s chalets are unavailable. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner will be at the hotel that you are staying in. Note: Effective 01st January 2017, kindly be informed that a MYR3.00 Kota Bharu Local Government Fee per room per night has been enforced. As this is a mandatory State Fee, it will be collected by the respective hotels upon the guest’s check out.
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Day 04: In Kota Bharu

After breakfast, go on a full day village’s experience. Enjoy the relaxed, laid-back lifestyle of Kelantan. See monkey plucking coconut. Learn the art of batik making, a very intricate artistic and interesting skill to learn. You will be also introduced to the secret of a Malay recipes and art of cooking. Lunch local style. Try to eat with your hand, the locals will be happy to show you how. Thereafter learn the art of kite making which is traditionally popular in Malaysia in particular on the east coast of Malaysia. Go on bicycle around the village (without guide but with written direction). Feel relax moving around the village getting to know the locals and mingling with them. Dinner at the village.  Overnight in a typical village chalet (Air-conditioned, attached toilet, hot water).   Note: There are very limited chalets in this village and is therefore subject to availability. An alternative arrangement will be made to stay in another hotel if village’s chalets are unavailable. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
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Day 05: Overland Kota Bharu – Belum Rainforest Resort & Tour of Belum Valley: By boat and soft trek

Breakfast. In the early morning, depart Kota Bharu for Temenggor Lake in the Belum Valley. Further on, stop at the highest mountain point on this route that is 1050meters above sea level overlooking Thailand- Malaysian border. From here you will have a breathtaking view of the famous Titiwangsa’s mountain range with its dense tropical rainforest. Belum valley is an area bristling with fauna and flora, a rich national heritage. This last frontier of Peninsular Malaysia beckons the adventurous to its everlasting charm.   On arrival, we will depart on a boat cruise for a tour of the Belum Valley. Observe and mingle with the ‘Orang Asli’, which literally means ‘the original people’. These are of the Jahai group, one of the aboriginal’s ethnic groups of peninsular Malaysia. We will have the opportunity to trek in the jungle and with some luck, to see the ‘Rafflesia’ - the world’s largest flower, in the wilderness. Visit the waterfall and have fun swimming in its cool refreshing water deep in the 130 million years old jungle. You will also enjoy the boat ride on the vast Temenggor Lake, cruising through scenic nature’s backdrops. In other words, just relax and enjoy the ever-soothing nature’s influence on you. It is indeed a place that will bring you an everlasting memory of nature’s greatness and its tropical blessing. Tour is inclusive of packed lunch. Overnight at the Belum Rainforest Resort/Room: Azlanii.  Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and Dinner
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Day 06: Overland Belum Rainforest Resort – Penang (180km)

Breakfast. 0830hrs – Depart Temenggor Lake towards Penang. On arrival in Penang proceed with a City, Culture and Heritage tour of Georgetown, which has been official declared as a UNESCO SITE in 2008. Visit Kek Lok Si Temple that was built in 1904. It is the most beautiful and largest Buddhist temple complex in South East Asia and is known as the Temple of the 1000 Buddhas. Thereafter proceed to Fort Cornwallis, the landing site of Captain Francis Light in 1786 when he arrived to start the first British colony in Penang. The tour carries on with a visit to the water village of the Clan Jetties at Weld Quay, so named as residents of each jetty share similar surname. We next take you along Pitt Street, also known as “The Street of Harmony”. Here churches, Chinese temples, mosques and Hindu temples are built along the same street in harmonious existence side by side for centuries. Visit the intricate Khoo Kong Si clan’s house. Enjoy a breezy trishaw ride, a still popular mode of transport in Georgetown (Meals: Breakfast) ** Hotel in Penang is on your own arrangement  

*** Tour Ends ***

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TOUR CODE : HABV -- HIGHLAND AND BELUM VALLEY - 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
Departure : Every Saturday
USD
Per Pax on Twin Share 959.50
Per Pax on Triple Share 887.50
Single Supplement 248.75
Meals : ABF on day 1, 2, 3 & 4. Lunch on day 2 & 4.
PEAK SURCHARGE PER ROOM PER NIGHT (ALL DATES INCLUSIVE) USD - NETT
~ Strawberry Park Resort CMH (16/12 to 31/12)25.00
Compulsory Dinner (Per Pax Per Meal)
~ Strawberry Park Resort CMH (Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve)26.50
~ Belum Rainforest Resort
** Christmas Eve (24.12)40.00
** Christmas Day (25.12)33.00
** New Year's Eve (31.12)51.00
Note: Optional with supplement for this tour to end by boat to Langkawi via Kuala Kedah. This can only be done without doing tour of Penang on this day. Boat trip to Langkawi is without guide onboard.   Notes:
  • Tour ends at city hotel or at beach hotels. There will a surcharge for transfer direct to the airport after the tour. If that is the case, please make sure that your flight is from 2000hrs onward.
  • During the Muslim festival  of Hari Raya Aidul Fitri & Hari Raya Aidul Adha together with the Chinese New Year , some places of interest are closed for a period of 2 days each in a year (Festive dates are subject to changes).
  • Fort Cornwallis is closed on Sundays. As an alternative, we will visit the clan water village and for those with the water village already in the program, it will be replaced with a visit to the museum.
  • The rainy season along the East Coast is from November to February. Unexpected flash floods, although rarely, may occur. In such circumstances, the Company reserves the right to make necessary changes to the itinerary.