Malaysia, Borneo & Singapore

Malaysia, Borneo & Singapore

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Experience the colonial history of Malaysia, its modern mix of cultures, incredible cuisine and the natural treasures of tropical Borneo, the land of the Orang Utan, before relaxing at the sumptuous Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort and continuing on to the bright lights of Singapore. 

Highlights

  • Walking tour of colonial George Town in Penang by cycle rickshaw
  • Travel on the funicular railway to Penang Hill
  • Take the train from Butterworth in the north of Peninsular Malaysia down to the capital, Kuala Lumpur
  • Discover Kuala Lumpur and marvel at the soaring Petronas Twin Towers, which used to be the world's tallest buildings
  • Visit Malacca and learn about the fascinating multi-cultural legacies of the state, once one of the world's most important trading ports
  • Visit the renowned Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to see the charming orangutans
  • Tour of cosmopolitan Singapore and its famed Botanical Gardens
  • Stay at a luxurious resort with its own nature reserve, golf course and mile-long sandy beach
  • Return travel from the UK with premium economy upgrades available at a supplement, plus transfers to and from the hotel included
  • Hand-picked four and five-star accommodation, including all local taxes, with breakfast and five meals included
  • Services of our experienced tour manager

Itinerary

Day 1

You should arrive at the airport to take your overnight Singapore Airlines flight to Penang, via Singapore.

Day 2

After our afternoon arrival we transfer to the four-star superior Parkroyal Hotel on Batu Ferringhi beach for three nights with breakfast. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax after your flight.

Day 3

This morning we enjoy a walking tour the beautifully preserved colonial centre of George Town. A UNESCO World Heritage site, George Town is perhaps unique in South East Asia in having over 30,000 pre-war buildings. After a fascinating ride by cycle rickshaw you’ll enjoy an included lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the many facilities of your hotel. In the evening, the local night market is an easy stroll from the hotel and a great chance to try the local street cuisine or hone your bargaining skills!

Day 4

Reached by the Penang Hill Funicular Railway, the 2,700ft Penang Hill was used a cooler retreat during the British colonial period and many prominent bungalows were built here, as well as the original official residence of the Governor. You can still see the Post Office and Police Station. After an included lunch, you are free to enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 5

We cross the eight-mile Penang Bridge to Butterworth on the Malaysian mainland, where we take the train for the four-hour journey to the capital, Kuala Lumpur. The train has recently been upgraded and offers a modern, air-conditioned and comfortable service – a perfect way to see rural Malaysia. Our hotel in ‘KL’ for two nights is the four-star superior Hotel Maya with breakfast, well located right in the centre of the city and close to the city’s world-famous landmark, the gleaming Petronas Twin Towers. Lunch is included today.

Day 6

Today we drive to one of the most famous of the Straits Settlements, Malacca. Originally colonised by the Portuguese in the 16th century, it was later taken over by the Dutch, before finally succumbing to the might of the British East India Company. There’s plenty to see in the many old shophouses now converted into attractive boutiques and cafes, but many are still family homes as well. Like George Town, this vitally strategic port is a blend of Chinese, Hindu and Muslim cultures and fascinating insight into the historical legacies of all these civilizations. Lunch is included today. In the afternoon we return to our hotel in ‘KL’.

Day 7

Today we fly to Sandakan in Malaysian Borneo for a one night stay at the three-star superior Sabah Hotel with breakfast. Founded in 1879 by the British North Borneo Company and with fascinating colonial history, Sandakan is a charming small port on the eastern side of Borneo. We include a city tour which includes Sandakan Memorial Park.  

Day 8

This morning we visit the nearby Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, a highlight of our tour! The aim of the sanctuary is to re-introduce Orang Utans into the wild and as such it is open to the forest. There are two feeding times every day but the Orang Utans are free to come and go as they please. There is a smaller area where younger individuals are cared for. Right next door is another sanctuary for the endangered Borneo Sun bear. Lunch will be included today. Late in the afternoon we catch the short flight to Kota Kinabalu on the western side of Borneo and transfer to the outstanding five-star Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa for three nights with breakfast. For all 2018 departures, you have the option to upgrade to an Ocean Wing Premier room, with a private terrace featuring an outdoor bathtub for two, and magnificent views of the ocean. Prices from £139 per person (single supplement from £278).

Day 9

A day at leisure to enjoy they huge sandy beach and extensive swimming pools at your hotel. There is also a 400-acre nature reserve adjacent to the resort as well as championship 18-hole golf course and superb Spa. Choose from five restaurants and two bars – this is the best spot to watch the spectacular sunset over the South China Sea. 

Day 10

A further day to relax or take a walk through the Nature reserve and see some of the flora and fauna that are native to the local area’.

  Cost per person: €2,449pp
  Number of nights: 13

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