A peninsular adventure in Malaysia

If you thought there was little more to Malaysia than orangutans and the islands of Borneo, look again. Peninsular Malaysia is a fascinating destination where its history, culture and food are just as colourful as its surrounds. On this ten-day trip, get under the skin of the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur before taking to the highlands to cool down. Through the jungle of Belum out to the shores of Danguun, prepare to see what caught our eye in Malaysia.

Culture in KL

Begin your journey in the metropolis that is Kuala Lumpur staying in the luxurious Mandarin Oriental. Sitting next to the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers, staying here means you’re right in the middle of all the sights and sounds. With your own personal guide on hand, explore the old and new charms of this vibrant city. From towering skyscrapers, colonial builds and traditional mosques and temples; get a feel of what makes this city tick.

Made up of three distinct cultures of Malay, Indian and Chinese, Malaysia has become a melting pot of gorgeous architecture, electric festivals, and more importantly mouth-watering cuisine. Lucky for you, KL holds some of the busiest food stalls open until the wee hours of the morning. Don’t know your char kuey teow from your mee goreng, or can’t decided between a roti canai and a roti bom, we’ll make sure you really get under the skin of Malaysian cuisine with our guides.

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chill out in the highlands

After your whirlwind visit to the Capital, step away and recollect your thoughts in Cameron Highlands. By private car, we’ll drive you through the Malaysian countryside up into the hills where the Colonial British once retreated to escape the city heat. Panic not, no winter outfits necessary. The temperature up here lowers to a crisp 18°C, which means not a frizzy hair in sight and the perfect temperature for tea plantations and strawberry fields to flourish. High tea and freshly baked scones are definitely in order. Enjoy two nights relinquishing your city habits in the gorgeous Cameron Highland Resort where long strolls, picnic trips and nights curled up next to the crackling fire are on the agenda. If you’re feeling adventurous, put on your walking boots and let our guides take you on an exploration through the jungle green surrounds where wildlife and the indigenous Orang Asli tribes await to be discovered.

jungle safari

From the tips of the hills, it’s across to the thick jungles of Belum in the state of Perak. One of the oldest rainforests in the world (yep, even older than the Amazon) Belum is an exotic playground of flora, fauna and wildlife. Enroute, stop for lunch in the Old Town of Ipoh where quaint colonial architecture still adorn the streets. We’ll point you in the directions for the best Banana Leaf meal in town; a delicate mess of rice, curry and spice galore all served up on a sturdy banana leaf. And to wash it all down with? A must-try sweet Ipoh White Coffee. It will sure keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the journey to Belum.

Arriving into Belum by dusk, hole up in the Belum Rainforest Resort where you’ll be rocked to sleep as the rainforest sings a lullaby of croaking frogs, a symphony of grasshoppers and the echo of the Malaysian Gecko. In the morning, wake up to the expanse of one of the oldest rainforest in the world laid out in front of you to explore. With a personal guide in tow, jump on board a boat and begin your hunt across the lake to find one of the largest (and pungent) flowers in the world, the Rafflesia. But there’s more to Bellum than its wild jungle; hidden deep within its realm is an abundance of animals from wild boars and tapirs, to elephants and monkeys. You just need to keep a good eye (and ear) out for them and we know just the place to bring you to spot them.

it’s a beach life

Malaysia holds some of the most beautiful beaches in the world where you can simply relax, rest and unwind, and what better way to end your trip. Hole up in the Tanjong Jara Resort or Pangkor Laut to spend your last few days in Malaysia being doted on the Malaysian way. No request here is too big or too small. Whether you chose to pamper yourself in the world-class resort spa, spend your days on the nearby isolated islands exploring the marine life or keeping your days busy making your own batik sarong, you’ll be sure to bring a bit of Malaysia home.

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