WEST PENINSULAR EXPLORER

SIC Departure: Daily
Minimum: 02 paxs

 

You will visit one of Malaysia’s less-visited national parks, head off to a popular mountain retreat and visit an island resort before heading back to Kuala Lumpur.

Forests in the Kenong Rimba Park are believed to be about 130 million years old. The park covers an area of 128km2 with pristine tropical forests which share a common eastern and northern boundary with the larger national park of Taman Negara. Although accessible to the public, a large part of the park remains unexplored by humans. This is where you will truly enjoy the unspoilt wilderness, magnificent limestone caves, cascading falls, clear streams, giant trees, a plethora of flora and fauna and, a myriad of birds and insects. A variety of wildlife namely elephants, tapirs, tigers, panthers, flying foxes, sun bears, mouse deer and sambar deer, macaques, monkeys and gibbons also make these forests their dwellings.

During the 19th century, Cameron Highland was a popular spot for the British colonialists to retreat to from the heat and humidity of the lowland. Located at 1,500m above sea level, the cool temperature and undulating hillsides provide perfect conditions for growing strawberries and tea. Today, the hills are covered with the iconic and beautifully-manicured tea plantations which look like carpet that stretches from miles and miles into the distance. A large percentage of Malaysia’s fresh temperate vegetables and flowers are grown in the highland and trucked down every morning to the cities. Much of the colonial character remains today and its English charm can still be seen in the architecture.

Off the coast of Perak state is a small cluster of islands with the largest and most developed being Pangkor. Pangkor Island is dotted with fishing villages along the eastern coast while colourful coral reefs are situated around some of the smaller islands. Pangkor is famous for cuttlefish and anchovies that are caught offshore and much of this is dried and salted as snack food which is very popular with the locals. There is a lot to do on the island – visitors can enjoy the tropical sun, hire a boat for fishing, enjoy jet skiing, snorkeling and, rent bicycles or motorbikes to travel around the island.

Highlights :

  • Trek in one of Malaysia’s more pristine and undisturbed rainforests.
  • Explore limestone caves.
  • Visit iconic tea plantations in the Cameron Highland.
  • Photograph the royal town of Kuala Kangsar where the present sultan lives.
  • Visit Malaysia’s best managed-mangrove forest.
  • See charcoal being produced in old kilns.
  • Enjoy a boat ride.
  • Explore Pangkor Island including a visit to an old Dutch fort.
  • Visit a Chinese temple.
  • Taste Pangkor’s signature dried seafood snacks.
  • Visit and dine in a Malay village and take the opportunity to mingle with the locals.
  • Savour a seafood dinner in a fishing village.
  • Take a riverboat see fireflies.
  • Stop at Malaysia’s most sacred Hindu cave temple (open all year round except on religious festivals like Thaipusam).
  • Visit the world’s largest pewter factory.
  • Tour the city highlights of Malaysia’s modern capital city of Kuala Lumpur home to the world’s tallest twin towers.

 

WEST PENINSULAR EXPLORER (6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS)

 

TOUR CODE : AO-WPE-01

 

 

Departure : Daily, Minimum 02 pax on SIC basis.

Start/End : Kuala Lumpur

 

 

DAY 01: KUALA LUMPUR - KUALA LIPIS: KENONG RIMBA PARK (-/L/D)

Depart Kuala Lumpurat 0800hrs traveling by land to the small town of Kuala Lipisfrom where you resume on an adventurous journey to the KenongRimbaParkwith lunch en route. The park’s specialty is jungle trekking and exploring the nature of and around caves. Experience the loop trail through the park where you’ll get an excellent opportunity to experience the jungle  close at hand. This jungle is of 130 million years, unaffected by the ice age. Here, undisturbed flora and fauna are left to evolve into exotic and unique species. The park has a complex network of caves each with its own unique geological formation and fascinating habitats like bats and swiftlets. Transfer back to Kuala Lipis in the late afternoon for a night stay. Overnight (Note: Simple local 2star hotel, air conditioned room with attached toilet and bathroom)

 

DAY 02: KUALA LIPIS - CAMERON HIGHLAND (B/-/-)

Breakfast. At 0800hrs, set off by road to Cameron Highland. Upon arrival in Cameron Highland, proceed for a tour of this most popular mountain resort of Malaysia. A drive through the mountains and through vast scenic tea plantation brings you to the oldest Tea Factory in Malaysia. There will be a guided tour of the factory. Try a cup of tea at The Ump Tea Shop near the factory, which offers a fascinatingly wide range of tea. Stop by the butterfly garden to view the many beautiful species, including the renowned Raja Brooke. Visit the market square to see a wide array of local highland produces on sale.

Note:

  • Tea factory operation is closed on Monday.
  • Tea break at the tea factory is not inclusive in tour price

  

DAY 03: CAMERON HIGHLAND - KUALA SEPETANG - PANGKOR ISLAND (B/-/-)

0800hrs depart for PangkorIsland. Enroute visit the Sam Poh Tong cave temple. Thereafter stop at the Royal town of Kuala Kangsarfor a spell of photographing the exterior view only of Ubudiah Mosque, IskandariahPalaceand Istana Kenangan. Proceed further to Kuala Sepetang mangrove forest, the best-managed mangrove forest in Malaysiaand one that serves a very important ecological role in protecting the coastline from erosion. Delight in the novelty 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.

Proceed to Lumut Jetty and by boat to the islandof Pangkorwith its charming mix of fishing settlements and resorts. Overnight at Beach Resort.  

 

DAY 04 – PANGKOR ISLAND (B/-/-)

In the morning embark on a tour of PangkorIsland. Proceed to the Tiger Rock or in Malay, “Batu Bersurat” literally translated as “the stone of inscriptions”. The stone is a large granite boulder and has the inscription ‘1743 I.F.CRALO’ and the initials ‘VOC’ (Veerenigde Oostindische Compagnie - The Dutch East India Company), with the image of a tiger, recalling an incident where a tiger had mauled and carried away a Dutch child. Visit an Old Dutch fort built in 1670 used for storing tin. The Fort was further used by the Dutch as a stronghold against local Malays and pirates. Proceed to a ChineseTempleat the foot of Pangkor Hill in the villageof Sungai Pinang Besar. There is a miniature Chang Cheng (Great Wall) of Chinato admire.  In one of the villages, visit a Satay Fish Factory where fish and squids are processed into snacks. Local fishermen can sometimes be seen building new boats at their boatyard. Afternoon is free at your own leisure. Spend your time swimming or relaxing at the beach.

  

DAY 05: PANGKOR ISLAND - LUMUT - KUALA SELANGOR (B/L/D)

0800hrs –Depart to Lumut by boat then proceed overland to Kuala Selangor. Enroute visit a Malay village and lunch with the locals. The villagers will show you how to eat with your hands. After lunch, you will have the chance to see at close range the villagers going on with their daily activities & the nature of their livelihood. Mingle and interact, learn and experience their customs, enjoy the company of the friendly locals. Proceed further to “Kota Melawati” formerly known as “FortAltingsburg”. The second Sultan of Selangor had a fortress constructed on Malawati hill to protect the state from intruders. From the top of the ruined fort, you will have a great view of the famous Strait of Malacca. If you are lucky, you may spot the Silver-leaf monkeys roaming around in the area. The fort has also an old lighthouse that was built by the British for the passing ships as a navigation point on the Strait of Malacca. Depart to hotel and check in. At dusk – 1830hrs, transfer to a local restaurant for a sumptuous dinner. After dinner embark on a boat trip along the Selangor river. Here, thousands of fireflies present itself with a dazzling display of lights, flickering in synchrony resembling twinkling Christmas trees in the darkness of the night. Enjoy the wonder of nature with its night serenity before returning to your hotel. Accommodation at Inn (Simple 2*).  

 

DAY 06: KUALA SELANGOR - KUALA LUMPUR (B/-/-)

Breakfast. Depart for Kuala Lumpur. Stop at the Batu Caves. A flight of 272 steps lead up to the  sacred Hindu temple cave where the shrine of Hindu deity, Lord Murugah lies. Another cave, called the museum cave, is filled with images of deities and murals depicting scenes from the Hindu scriptures. Proceed to the Royal Selangor Pewter factory where upon arrival, you will be taken for a tour of the Pewter Gallery. Besides the displayed products, the gallery offers a host of interactive displays and fascinating exhibits, aimed at educating and titillating the senses. From the Gallery, we continue with the highlight of the tour - ‘School of Hard Knocks’. With just a few simple tools (hammer, wooden mould, scraper), you can personalize a pewter dish with your initials or personal messages to be brought back as souvenirs. An experienced pewter smith will guide you step by step through the simple processes of forming, scraping, polishing and packing. The finished dish and an apron are yours as a memento and a personalized certificate will be presented to you to confirm your new found skills!

Upon arrival in the city, we take you on a tour of Kuala Lumpur with special highlight on the old Sultan Abdul Samad Buildingat the Merdeka Square and the National Monument. The tour unveils the beauty and charm of the old and new Kuala Lumpur. As a last day together and for your love ones at home, we will stop at the central market for you to do your souvenirs hunting. 

Note: Tour ends at city hotel in Kuala Lumpur

 

 

 

TOUR CODE : AO-WPE 01    
All prices are per person    
Minimum 2 persons    
Valid From 01-Nov-11 to 31-Mar-13    
Per pax on twin share   $1395
Per pax on triple share   $1195
Single supplement   $330
Peak surcharge (per person per package)    
~ 20/12/09 - 10/01/09   $50
Compulsory Dinner (per pax per meal)    
~ Christmas's Eve Dinner - Strawberry Park $45
~ New Year's Eve Dinner - Strawberry Park $45
  - Pangkor Island Resort $100

 

Suggested items to bring:  Insect repellent, raincoat or poncho, good walking shoes and hat. Please wear light clothing preferably cotton materials.

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