5D/4N HIGHLAND & BELUM VALLEY EXPLORER

SIC Departure: Saturdays
Minimum: 02 paxs
 

Our tour combines a hill resort, a visit to a mangrove forest and to one of Asia’s most pristine rainforests.

Located 1,500m above sea level, the cool temperature and undulating slopes of the Cameron Highland provide perfect conditions for growing strawberries and tea. Today, the hills are covered with iconic tea plantations. The beautifully manicured tea plantations look like a carpet that stretches for miles and miles into the distance. Much of Malaysia’s fresh vegetables and flowers are grown in the highland and trucked down every morning to the cities. In the 19th century, the Cameron Highland was a popular spot for British colonialists to retreat to escape the heat and humidity of the lowlands. Much of the character remains and the colonial ambience and English charm can still be seen in the architecture. The highland is also made famous by the mysterious disappearance of the legendary Jim Thompson after he went for a jungle walk. Also known as the Silk King, Jim Thompson revitalised a cottage industry of hand-woven silk, which had for centuries been a household craft in Thailand but was dying out. Jim Thompson silk is famous all over the world today.

To complete your English experience, do take some time to enjoy the popular English high tea with scones, cream and locally-grown strawberries in the highland. At the Ye Old Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant (Tanah Rata), Cameron Highlands Resort (Tanah Rata) or The Lakehouse (Ringlet, 45 minutes away from Tanah Rata) you can enjoy your English high tea in or overlooking landscaped English gardens.

The Belum Rainforest is one of the last rainforest frontiers in Asia. Some scientists believe that the forests may be the ‘elixir of life’ with their abundance of medicinal herbs and plants. These have been collected and used by the native Orang Asli people for generations. The native people use the plants as remedies for all types of ailments and even love potions can be found here arranged – just add a dash of ‘cenuai’ to complete the potion!  The primary forests are punctuated by huge and rare rainforest hardwoods believed to be as old as 500-600 years. They are also home to some of the world’s most endangered mammals. You will find many streams and waterfalls with cool crystal clear waters amidst this vast expanse of forest.

Highlights:
 

  • Visit Malaysia’s most sacred Hindu cave temple (open all year round except during religious festivals such as Thaipusam).
  • See basket weaving an important cottage industry.
  • Tour the highlights of Cameron Highland in a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Trek trough the mossy forest of the Cameron Highland
  • Explore Mount Brinchang, the highest mountain in the Cameron Highland.
  • Discover Malaysia’s largest tea plantation biggest black tea manufacturer.
  • Photograph the royal town of Perak where the present Sultan still resides.
  • Admire Ubudiah Mosque, Malaysia’s most architecturally stunning building.
  • Visit Malaysia’s best managed mangrove forest.
  • See charcoal being produced.
  • Boat across Temenggor Lake in Belum Valley.
  • Visit an aboriginal Orang Asli village.
  • Trek through pristine rainforests.
  • Cross Penang Bridge, one of the world’s longest dual carriageway bridges and a national landmark of Malaysia.
  • Tour of the highlights of Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia.
  • Travel back in time and enjoy a trishaw ride.

** Sightings of wildlife are not guaranteed.
 

 

HIGHLAND AND BELUM VALLEY EXPLORER (5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS)

 

TOUR CODE: AO-HABV-01

 

 

Departure : SIC Minimum 2 Pax on Every Saturday

Start: Kuala Lumpur  End: Penang

 

 

SAT - DAY 01: KUALA LUMPUR - CAMERON HIGHLANDS

Depart by 0830 hours for CameronHighland, situated 1542 meters above sea level and a highland getaway famed for its cool and very refreshing natural environment.

Enroute, stop at the holy Hindu templeof BatuCaves, an enchanting site that blissfully remains an attraction not only to the locals but also to foreign visitors enticed by its sacredness and its strategic location. The main shrine is embraced in a huge natural limestone outcrop. Climb the exciting 272 steps to explore the inner chamber of the great cave with its many godly figures.

Next, drive further northward where we will stop to visit a basket weaving cottage industry. These woven bamboo baskets are used to transport farm produce to the market place. Enroute to the highlands, visit the Iskandar Waterfall, nestled at the foot of a hill and a native settlement. Observe the native lifestyle and see how blowpipe is used by them for hunting. On arrival, enjoy the cool crisp air of CameronHighlandsand the wonderful scenery. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight. 

 

Day 02: Sun – Discover Cameron Highland Tour (B/L/-)

After breakfast, depart for an exploratory tour of CameronHighlands, used as a highland retreat station for the British during the colonial days.
Proceed by 4-wheel drive to Gunung or MountBrinchang, the highest and most accessible peak (6,666ft.) in CameronHighlands. Experience a cloudy tropical & mossy rainforest before cruising down the hill to view the most scenic tea plantation, the Sungei Palas Boh estate that is regarded as the largest and best known tea station in the region. Take a tea break after the brief guided tour of the factory. After the refreshing tea break, our next visit will be the flower and vegetable farming. From the farm, we will proceed to visit the villages of our highlands natives – the Semais. Explore the forests of the highlands. This short trek will lead us to the small waterfall where we can have a break for lunch. The return journey will take us to a day market where most of the local produce can be found.  

 

MON - DAY 03: CAMERON HIGHLAND - KUALA KANGSAR - KUALA SEPETANG - BELUM RAINFORREST RESORT (B/-/-)

Breakfast. At 0830hrs , depart Cameron Highland towards Belum Valley. Enroute, visit the Sam Poh Tong cave temple. Thereafter, stop at the Royal town of Kuala Kangsarfor a photostop of the exterior view only of the Ubudiah Mosque, Iskandariah and Kenangan Palace.

Proceed further to Kuala Sepetang mangrove area. The Kuala Sepetang mangrove forest is the best managed mangrove forest in Malaysiadue to its ecological importance in protecting coastline from erosion. Enjoy the sensation of walking through natural mangrove forest on a boardwalk. Kuala Sepetang produces the bulk of the nation’s top quality mangrove charcoal. Visit a charcoal kiln where quality charcoals are produced. Drive north east toward BandingIslandin Belum area through Gerik and on route visit the Lenggong valley museum. LenggongValleyis the site of the oldest known place of human activity in the Peninsula. The district of Lenggong can be likened to an open-air museum, and is home to legends, skeletons, cave drawings and precious finds such as jewellery, pottery, weapons and stone tools of ancient humans having lived and hunted in this area.

On arrival in Belum Rainforest Resort, check in and spend the rest of the day at leisure. 

 

TUE - DAY 04: TOUR OF BELUM VALLEY (B/L/-)

Breakfast. At 0830hrs after breakfast proceed for a tour of the Belum Valley, an area bristling with fauna and flora, a rich national heritage. This last frontier of Peninsular Malaysia beckons the adventurous ones with its everlasting charm. From Banding Island on the Temenggor Lake, we will take a boat ride for a tour of the aboriginal villages. Observe and mingle with the ‘Orang Asli’ people, which literally mean ‘the original people’. These are of the Jahai and Temiar tribe, 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. Packed lunch will be served. Enjoy the encounter with scenic waterfall in the lush green jungle pouring through the heart of nature crafting out an unforgettable feeling of having been in the oldest tropical rainforest of the world - 130 million years old. Return to the resort. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Try your luck with fishing (note: fishing rod and equipments are available for rental) – who knows, you might get the abundant famous Toman or the snake head fish. 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 blessings.

  

WED - DAY 05: BELUM RAINFOREST RESORT - PENANG (B/-/-)

Breakfast. 0830hrs – Depart Temenggor lake towards Penang. On arrival in Penangproceed 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 Asiaand is known as the Templeof the 1000 Buddhas. Thereafter proceed to FortCornwallis, 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.

** Hotel on your own arrangement.

 

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 Penangon this day. Boat trip to Langkawi is without guide onboard.

Note:  Tour ends at city hotel or at beach hotels in Penang. There will a surcharge for transfer direct to the Penangairport after the tour. If that is the case, please make sure that your flight is at 1900hrs onward.

What to bring:  Rain coat, hand torch, personal toiletries, cotton material clothing, swimming attire, body soap, walking shoes with rubber sole, anti-malaria tablets and sun tan/block lotion.

 

 

TOUR CODE : HABV  
All prices are per person  
Minimum 2 persons  
Valid From 01-Nov-10 to 31-Mar-12  
Per pax on twin share $1112
Per pax on triple share $899
Single supplement  $244
Meals : ABF on day 1, 2, 3 & 4.  Lunch on day 2 & 4.  
Peak Period Surcharge 17/12 - 01/01  
~ Per room per night $48
Compulsory Dinner (Christmas's & New Year's Eve)  
~ Per person per meal $40
A:Available - This tour is available for booking.
R:On Request - This tour is on request only
All prices are per person.
If you are interested, please contact your local agent to make the booking or alternatively email us at reservations@toursite.com.au