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  • Explore colonial Penang and Malacca
  • Discover Kuala Lumpur's culinary and cultural diversity
  • Look for Orang-utans and Pygmy elephants
Starting and ending in Sepilok, the Borneo & The Malaysian Peninsula tour is a guided local culture tour that takes 14 days. You will travel through Langkawi, Sandakan and Sepilok in Malaysia. Borneo & The Malaysian Peninsula is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Malaysia is very much a country of two halves. To the east is the island of Borneo with its jungles, Orang-utans and rivers. To the west is the Malayan Peninsula with its blend of cultures and religion, colonial history and modern flair. As we make our way through these two distinct regions we go looking for charismatic wildlife, delve into the country’s European heritage as well as its Asian blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian and enjoy its spectacular beaches. We visit Buddhist temples and mosques, wander through rainforest trails and street-food markets and take in the sights, sounds, smells and flavours of a truly diverse country.
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5.0 - Excellent Based on 2 reviews
Wonderful Malaysia
Tim From New Zealand On
5 - Excellent
“The group, the itinerary and the guide was nothing but great. Adding the fact that Malaysia is such a wonderful country, it becomes hard scoring this tour with less than 5 stars. I'd do it all again. Thanks.”
A great 2 week adventure in Malaysia
5 - Excellent
“I truly enjoyed the 2 weeks that I spent in Malaysia, on Borneo at the beginning and on the Malay peninsula at the end. Accommodation was of a high quality with the possible exception being the long house for 1 night in Borneo. There were separate guides in the 2 halves of Malaysia, and both were simply excellent: Aldrin in Borneo and Ant on the peninsula. The trip was mostly at a leisurely pace which is what I like, and there was an ample amount of free time on some days, and that includes 1 total free day at the end on the island of Langkawi. This trip is a new one, and I think it's excellent. I highly recommend it.”
Those on the group flights generally land in Sandakan early afternoon and from here are taken to nearby Sepilok. Passengers who are making their own way can arrive at Sepilok anytime today. There will be an initial group briefing with your leader later this afternoon. There should be the opportunity for an optional night walk this evening (please ask your leader upon arrival) before dinner. If there’s no time this evening we may be able to do the night walk tomorrow evening.*Sepilok Jungle Resort or Similar*
Set up in 1964, the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary is set within 43 square kms of primary forest. It is the largest Orang-utan sanctuary in the world and aims to rehabilitate and release orphaned and captured Orang-utans into the wild. We visit the informative headquarters and go see the Orang-utans at feeding time.Next we visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre with its impressive canopy walkway offering great views over the Sepilok Reserve. This is a great place to see birds, including hornbills and the Borneo bristlehead, and during fruiting season we may spot the odd Orang-utan along the way.There is an option to return to the Orang-utan Sanctuary for the second feeding session this afternoon as well as the nearby Sunbear Conservation Centre.*Sepilok Jungle Resort or similar*
Our first stop this morning is the bizarre Gomantong Caves. These caves are a major source of swiftlet bird nests that are a Chinese delicacy. During the season workers climb up large ladders to harvest the vulnerable nests. We continue to Borneo’s third longest river – Kinabatangan. The wildlife reserve is home to an astonishing array of wildlife including Pygmy elephants, wild Orang-utans, gibbons, Proboscis monkeys and rare birdlife. As dusk approaches we take to the river in search of some of the local fauna.*Bilit Adventure Lodge or similar*
Up early we head out on a dawn wildlife cruise on the river in search of more wildlife.  After breakfast we head out on a walk on one of the surrounding nature trails. The hike will take about 1- 1.5 hours in total.

This afternoon we will learn a bit more about local conservation efforts and contribute ourselves by taking part in tree-planting. Later we return to the river to look for crocodiles and other residents of the forest. There should be the opportunity, this evening, for an optional nightwalk where we may see night owls or even Western tarsiers.*Bilit Adventure Lodge or similar*
Leaving after breakfast we make our way to Sandakan (approximately 2.5 hours drive) stopping at the Sandakan War Memorial en route. 

After checking in at our centrally located hotel close to the water, the rest of the day is free for you to relax, swim in the hotel pool, enjoy some local cuisine or explore the vibrant, compact streets of Sandakan.

*Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan or similar*
After breakfast we transfer to Sandakan Airport and bid farewell to Borneo to check in for our flight to Kuala Lumpur on the Malaysian Peninsula (please note there is a 15kg restriction but it is possible to pay for excess luggage at the airport). 

Upon arrival into KL, we will meet our leader for this section of the trip. We then take a 2 hour transfer to Malacca, stopping for lunch along the way in a local restaurant.

Upon arrival at our hotel in Malacca in the afternoon, there will be time to relax and explore this historic and culturally rich city.

*Ibis Melaka or similar*
Malacca is a well preserved colonial town boasting a mix of Portuguese, British and Dutch architecture and is a melting pot of different cultures. The quaint China Town neighbourhood is home to numerous antique shops as well as a Hindu temple, Taoist temple and a mosque, whilst Malaysia’s oldest functioning church is nearby across the canal. We explore the city by foot and by using its colourful and distinctive trishaws.

This evening we go out to try some of Malacca’s local cuisine. Known as Baba Nyonya, it is a blend of Chinese, Malay and other influences and is a speciality of the town.

*Ibis Melaka or similar*
From Malacca’s sleepy charm we head to Malaysia’s bustling capital city, Kuala Lumpur. Known as KL for short, this vibrant city shows a completely different side of the country. Upon arrival we take in some of the city’s sites including the National Palace (Istana Negara), the iconic National Monument which is dedicated to those who died in the struggle for Malaysia’s freedom during World War 2 and the Malaysian Emergency (which lasted until 1960); the modernist National Mosque and the nearby Batu Caves.

The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the city further, visit the Petronas Towers (please note these are closed on Mondays) or go do a spot of shopping.

*Capitol Hotel or similar*
Malaysia prides itself in its diversity and this is reflected in its capital, Kuala Lumpur (KL) with its mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese traditions and people. One of the best ways of exploring this diversity is through a food tour of city. We discover different neighbourhoods with their distinct sights, sounds, smells and, of course, delicacies.

We start our journey at Masjid Jamek and learn about how city of Kuala Lumpur started. What better way to enjoy the day by sampling typical food that Malaysians enjoy at a local eatery. Wandering through the small streets of KL, uncover the cultures of the Chinese and Indian communities who came to KL to make their fame & fortune, but stayed on instead to add on another cultural dimension to the Malaysian cultural landscape. We also visit KL’s oldest Chinese and Indian temple to understand more about these communities.

Our visit to Chinatown is rewarded by tasty noodles amongst the locals. After this, take a short ride on KL’s modern local transport system towards Brickfields. This is Little India for KL, and our senses will be assaulted by loud and colourful architecture, music and food as we walk through the Indian neighbourhood. We sample delicious Indian dishes served on banana leaf and seek out street vendors for snacks to end our food journey.

The rest of the day is free to explore more of the city at your own pace. You can go shopping in its malls, go to one of the museums or take in the views from the KL Tower (please note some sites and museums are closed on Mondays, such as the Petronas Towers and Bridge, please see details under optional excursions in the trip notes).

*Capitol Hotel or similar*
Today we head north by train as we make our way to Butterworth (about 4 hours). From here it’s a short transfer across the bridge to the island of Penang and the town of Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its architectural and cultural landscape. Upon arrival we have an late afternoon orientation tour before an optional dinner at one of the many street-food markets.*Travelodge Georgetown or similar*
This morning we explore more of Malaysia’s diversity on a city tour of Georgetown. We take in Fort Cornwallis, the site of the original British settlement built by the British East India Company in the late 18th Century. From here we continue to Kek Lok Si, one of the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. Built in 1891, the temple boasts millions of images of Buddha as well as various murals and sculptures.We then have a free afternoon to explore further on your own, perhaps go up to the top of Penang Hill or the Botanical Gardens or take a stroll down to the Eastern and Oriental Hotel which has been perfectly restored to its past grandeur. The perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea or gin and tonic.*Travelodge Georgetown or similar*
Today we take a short flight from Penang to the island of Langkawi. (Please note there is a 15kg restriction on checked luggage but it is possible to pay for excess luggage at the airport). Officially known as ‘Langkawi, the jewel of Kedah’, it is actually an archipelago of almost 100 tropical islands surrounded by the turquoise Andaman Sea with pristine beaches and jungles. After checking in to our hotel we make our way to the cable car for spectacular views over the islands.

Whilst we endeavour to take a flight earlier in the day, please note, flight schedules can be subject to change at short notice. If it is not possible to ride the cable car this afternoon upon arrival, it will be scheduled for the following morning.

*Tropical Resort Langkawi or similar*
Today is a free day to relax on the beach or partake in one of the various optional activities on offer. These options include going on a mangrove tour, exploring the island by bike or taking a cooking class.*Tropical Resort Langkawi or similar*
For land only passengers, the trip ends after breakfast today in Langkawi. Passengers on the group flight will be taken to the airport in time for their flight, normally late afternoon.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 13 nights hotels, lodges and guest houses, All accommodation
Meals
  • 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
Transport
  • 14 days land only/ 16 days flight inclusive
  • Travel by minibus, boat and domestic flights
  • London flights (if booking incl flights)
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Sepilok are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Borneo & the Malaysian Peninsula tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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A deposit of 155 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure. For any departures within 29 October 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Borneo & the Malaysian Peninsula tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Borneo & the Malaysian Peninsula tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Borneo & the Malaysian Peninsula tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.
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