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Freedom Drive

Freedom Drive

$10

per person

Tour Code: FD-01

Proposed 10 Days Routing for Freedom Drive in Peninsular Malaysia.

Highlights: This program gives adventurous travelers the opportunities to explore the country at their own pace and time. Malaysia has one of the best roads in South East Asia. You may choose to drive on many of the good highways or turn into coastal roads passing through sleepy towns and local scenery.

07 Days/ 06 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: Singapore / Johor Bahru – Malacca (270 km)

If you choose the ex Singapore Package, you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to Johor Bahru to the car rental station. (Approximately one hour). If you book the ex-Peninsular Package, you will pick up your car from the Johore Bahru car station. Start the Freedom Drive journey along the West Coast of Malaysia. There are various interesting stops en route to Malacca (219 km).   In Johor Bahru:
  • Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
  • Istana Balai Besar
  • The old Administration Building is the main sight of the town centre
  • The private residence of the Sultan, the Istana Bukit Serene
  In Malacca town:
  • Porta de Santiago
  • The ruin of St. Paul’s Church,
  • The Dutch Stadthuys,
  • The Baba Nyonya Museum.
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Day 02: Malacca – Kuala Lumpur (150 km)

Early morning depart to Kuala Lumpur on this 144km route. Drive along the coastal road through numerous kampungs (villages), Stop at Cape Richado Lighthouse with its phenomenal view of the Strait of Malacca.   The highlights in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia are:
  • Petronas Twin Towers
  • Sultan Abdul Samad Building
  • Jamek Mosque (View from the back of Sultan Abdul Samad Building)
  • The King’s Palace
  • National Monument
  • National Museum
  • National Mosque
  • Old Railway-station
  • Chinatown
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Day 03: Kuala Lumpur – Cameron Highlands (220 km)

Places of interest and stops en-route to the highlands are:
  • Lata Iskandar Waterfalls.
  • Orang Asli (aboriginal) village.
  • Bamboo basket weaving near Tapah town.
  • Vegetables farms en route up in the mountains.
  • View of Bharat Tea Plantation.
  In Cameron Highlands:
  • Tea-Plantation - Boh Tea Estate (Closed on Monday and public holidays)
  • Butterfly & Insect farms.
  • Tanah Rata Town with its local restaurants and food stalls or go on a jungle trekking in the mountain forest.
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Day 04: Cameron Highlands – Penang (330 km)

On the way to Penang (300km) take the North – South Highway via the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar to Penang. Places of interests and stops en route: Near Ipoh:
  • Sam Poh Tong Temple
  In Kuala Kangsar:
  • Ubudiah Mosque.
  • Istana Iskandariah.
  • Istana Kenangan.
  In or near Taiping visit:
  • Taiping’s Lake Gardens.
  • Kuala Sepetang’s Mangrove Forest
  • Charcoal Kiln
  Cross the 13.5km Penang Bridge, the longest in South East Asia to get to the island.   ** Note: Kindly be informed that a MYR3.00 Penang Local Government Fee per room per night has been enforced since 1st June 2014. As this is a mandatory State Fee, it will be collected by the respective hotels upon the guest’s check out. After this amazing cave experience we head towards a splashing time in the river near Kampar. You wouldn’t want to miss taking this memorable adventure through the rainforest. We white water raft along the cool, clear river with cascading rapids that’s suitable for first-time and novice rafters. (Meals: Breakfast and simple local lunch)   Note: Physical fitness is required for Tempurung Cave and white water rafting activities. These activities are strictly for 10 years old and above with a maximum weight below 130kg. You will get wet during the activities, therefore please bring along bath towel and spare clothing.   Overnight at Hotel Impiana Ipoh (three-star hotel)
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Day 05: Penang

In Penang, drive around the island, and explore Georgetown visiting:
  • Fort Cornwallis.
  • Kuan Yin Temple
  • Khoo Kongsi Clan-House, one of the most beautifully carved structures and is located at Cannon Square.
  • Kapitan Kling Mosque
  • The Temple of A Thousand Buddha’s (Kek Lok Si Temple).
  • Penang Hill.
  • Wat Chaya Mangalaram (The Reclining Buddha)
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Day 06: Penang – Kota Bharu (400 km)

The stretch from Penang to Kota Bharu is around 390km and it is advisable to stop at Banding Island for your lunch-break.   In Kota Bharu, must visits are:
  • The Central Market.
  • Handicraft Village & Craft Museum
  • Museum Of Royal Traditions and Customs (Istana Jahar).
  *** Note: For this route, you can either drive straight from Penang to Kota Bharu or stop on the Banding Island and overnight in The Banding Island Rainforest Resort. You can then take an optional Belum Valley tour in the afternoon.   Interesting sites:
  • Aboriginal village
  • Rafflesia flower- the biggest flower in the world
  • Waterfall in the tropical jungle
  • Lake cruise.
  If this is the case, you have to overnight on Banding Island and then drive to Kota Bharu the next day and do the Kota Bharu tour as above.
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Day 07: Kota Bharu – Kuala Terengganu (170 km)

Enjoy the beautiful landscape along the route of this 170km journey to Kuala Terengganu. The scenery switches from jungle and forest to the beautiful beaches of the South China Sea.   Places of interests are:
  • Kuala Terengganu China Town area
  • Princess Hill, Waterfront & Maziah Palace
  • Losong State Museum (the largest museum in South East Asia)
  • Crystal Mosque at Islamic Civilisation Park.
  • Traditional boat builders at Duyung Island.
  • Brassware factory.
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Day 08: Kuala Terengganu – Kuantan (220 km)

We continue our journey down south towards Kuantan (220 km), drive along the Rantau Abang Beach. You will bypass numerous fishing villages.   Places of interests are:
  • Rantau Abang Turtle Museum. * Rantau Abang is a popular spot for the landing of the giant leatherback turtles
  • Floating Mosque
  • Cherating Village & Handicraft Centre.
  • Rice cooked in bamboos (lemang) at stalls along the road in Kijal
  Proceed to the Rice Museum (Muzium Padi) to learn how Kedah produces the largest rice harvest in the country. There are several galleries in the museum, one of which has a panoramic mural with an interesting 3D-effect that explains the importance of rice to the people of Malaysia. (Meals: Breakfast and lunch)   Overnight at Holiday Villa City Centre Alor Star (three-star hotel)
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Day 09: In Kuantan

Discover Kuantan and its surroundings:
  • Tasik Chini, the mysterious lake where legends has it that a giant Serpent guards the lake.
  • Panching Caves & Gua Charas, a Buddhist’s cave temple, which has a 10m reclining Buddha statue.
  • Beserah fishing village, see villagers process their catch to salted fish, a local delicacy.
  • Sungai Lembing, a cowboy town, which houses the famous tin mine museum – it was once the largest underground tin mine in the world.
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Day 10: Kuantan – Singapore (300 km)

Today is the last part of your journey back to Johor Bahru where the car needs to be returned. The route from Kuantan to Johor Bahru is about 300km passing by the Royal Town of Pekan, fishing town of Mersing and numerous small fishing villages. Drop your car at the car rental station.   Note: Highlight of West Coast If you like to discover only the West Coast you could stop one night at Kuala Selangor from Kuala Lumpur. On arrival in Kuala Selangor, go on a nature walk at the Kuala Selangor Nature Park to explore the mangrove area famous for its silver leaf monkeys and varieties of birds. Here, you could also visit the fireflies’ colony, a unique phenomena where trees are lighted like Christmas lights by fireflies at night. You can also include in your visit the pristine, picturesque Belum Rainforest valley from Cameron Highland and then to Penang ending in Langkawi Island.

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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: 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).