Singapore and Malaysia10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Singapore
Upon arrival in Singapore, you will be welcomed and escorted to your hotel.Ritz Carlton Millenia - 2 Nights
Spend the morning getting acquainted with one of the world's most famous cities. Explore the grand Civic District, verdant Merlion Park and the stately Thian Hock Keng Temple. In the National Orchid Garden, discover the incredible variety of these prized flowers. Enjoy a short river cruise with wonderful views of Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Marina Bay. Later, thrill to the sights and sounds of Little India. This afternoon, savor the unforgettable experience of enjoying High Tea at the legendary Raffles Hotel.Ritz Carlton Millenia (B)
Day 3To Malacca
After breakfast, cross the Malaysian border to Malacca, once a major hub of trade between the Orient and the West. Check in to your hotel, a restored 1920s mansion on the banks of the Malacca River. Get to know the city on a guided afternoon tour. This evening, experience a Baba Nyonya dinner, a special blend of Chinese and Malay cooking.The Majestic Malacca - 1 Night (B, D)
Day 4To Kuala Lumpur
After a leisurely morning, depart for Kampung Cantik to experience the customs, lifestyle and hospitality of a traditional Malacca Malay Village. Upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, check in to your hotel.Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur - 2 Nights (B)
Day 5Kuala Lumpur
Immerse yourself in this cosmopolitan city on a guided tour, including the grand National Monument, Independence Square and the renowned Selangor Club. Admire the views from the observation deck at the Petronas Towers. This evening, explore the bustling night market in Chinatown and visit Sri Mahamariamman Temple before enjoying a festive, traditional Malay dinner.Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur (B, D)
Day 6To the Cameron Highlands
After breakfast, head for the hills. Drive up to the cool Cameron Highlands, one of Malaysia's prime tea-producing areas and a picturesque area of winding trails with mountain peaks, waterfalls and jungle. En route, visit the impressive Batu Caves, a complex of Hindu shrines built on limestone hills. Stop at a local rural village of indigenous people to learn about their traditional way of life before arriving in the Highlands.Cameron Highlands Resort - 2 Nights (B)
Day 7Cameron Highlands
Learn about the art and science of cultivating some of the finest teas in the world. Browse the wares at a local market before returning to the resort for an afternoon at leisure.Cameron Highlands Resort (B)
Day 8To Penang
Depart by road for Penang, once known as "the Pearl of the Orient" and the oldest British settlement in Malaysia. En route, stop at Sam Poh Thong Temple - the biggest cave temple in the country, which is known for its beautiful architecture and koi ponds. Check in to your hotel, a historical landmark on the waterfront that has been restored to its colonial glory. This evening, do as the locals do and stroll the seaside promenade.Eastern & Oriental Hotel - 2 Nights (B, L)
Embark on a morning tour of Penang, including the redoubtable Fort Cornwallis, the Dhamikarama Burmese Temple and the Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram with its intricate architectural details. Continue to Kek Lok Si, the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, also known as the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas.Eastern & Oriental Hotel (B)
Day 10Depart Penang
Bid farewell to Malaysia today as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airlines in Southeast Asia using turboprop aircraft.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your travel arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances, and we strongly advise that you purchase insurance against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and you will be advised when possible of the rates before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are traveling, your guide or our ground handler will advise you.
The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are paved and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6-lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition, but most of the main highways are paved. For longer journeys, we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus.
A number of flights within Asia & the Pacific arrive/depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives/departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in/check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Asia & the Pacific; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas.
For our tours in Asia & the Pacific, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavor to supply any extra information that you may require about these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Asia & the Pacific, and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents or “gers”.
Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard, unless noted otherwise; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g., to a lake view or suite, etc.), please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise you about options and applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment.
In some cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. In this case, the supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Visiting many of the sites in Asia require a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. While the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Population: 27.5 million
Currency: Ringgit (MYR)
Official Language(s): Malay (official), English
Malaysia is almost two countries in one. The peninsula offers a varied mix of cultures from Malay to Indian colonial influences, a modern and cosmopolitan capital and fine beaches such as Langkawi. Borneo is renowned for its rich and often unique wildlife, tropical rainforests and remote tribes, and it also offers fine beaches around Kota Kinabalu. Also on the island of Borneo to the south is the region of Sarawak, home to the Iban tribe with their famous longhouses.
What To See
Malaysia’s longest river, the mighty Rajang, flows across Borneo from Sarawak into Indonesian Kalimantan. Though well known to many due to Redmond O’Hanlon’s classic, Into the Heart of Borneo, the river attracts few tourists due to its remoteness and lack of facilities. There is an abundance of wildlife, amazing scenery, and opportunities to visit traditional as well as modern longhouses. Downriver, the prosperous Chinese town of Sibu is a reflection of old China, with its old shop houses, markets and friendly inhabitants. Take an “Into the Heart of Borneo” cruise on the new RV Orient Pandaw to explore this fascinating region.
Mulu National Park is Sarawak’s largest national park, centered around the peak of Gunung (Mount) Mulu and noted for its landscape of soaring peaks, dense jungle and underground cave system. The network of huge limestone caves is one of the largest in the world, at more than 31 miles long. Highlights include Deer Cave, home to a million bats and best observed at dusk; Lang Cave, regarded as the most beautiful cave formation in Mulu; and Clearwater Cave, where you can swim in the warm water. The park is home to an amazing diversity of wildlife and 8,000 species of plant and trees as well as the Penan people, a tribe of hunter-gatherers and some of the few remaining nomads of the rainforest.
When To Go
It remains hot and humid throughout the year in Malaysia. So, weather wise the best time to visit is from May to September. It rains heavily during October/November and April/May on the West coast and from November to January on the East coast. However, rainy season is the best time to spot turtles that come out to lay their eggs.Apart from the highlands, the temperatures are normally around 30°C in the lowlands with high levels of humidity.
Singapore And Malaysia
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