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Malaysia Peninsular Sonata Tour
12 Days

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Twelve-day holidays in Malaysia arranged by specialist tour operators - Malaysia vacations that take you to the best destinations and tropical beaches.

This is an example of one of our tailor-made holidays in Malaysia - we'll be pleased to design similar a Malaysian tour itinerary with dates and itinerary customised to your personal preferences. For example, you may wish to spend more or less time at any destination, or deviate from this itinerary, just contact us at our Enquiry Form page or send an email to

Please note that this tour will not be operated between November to February due to the monsoon period.

Our Malaysia holiday will take you to Kuala Lumpur, the Cameron highlands, Penang, Terengganu, Redang Island and Malacca.

Your holiday begins..........

KL is for Kuala Lumpur
You will arrive at Malaysia's thoroughly modern capital, Kuala Lumpur, with its ground breaking and impressive architecture, through which we will drive to your hotel for check-in. As we travel, you will quickly see, that hidden within the gleaming glass and steel lies a heritage of older buildings, bearing the hallmarks of many cultures, as well as some splendid examples of British colonial architecture. You will have the rest of the day to settle in, and make an exploratory foray into this remarkable city.

The following morning, we shall escort you on a city tour, taking in the most important sights, including the Kings Palace, the National Monument, the National Mosque, the Sultan Abdul Samad building, the Menara Kuala Lumpur tower, Merdeka (independence) Square and the Petronas Twin Towers, with its glitzy shopping malls and observation platform, which offers great panoramas of the city. In the afternoon, you will be free to enjoy 'KL' in the style most appropriate to yourself.

Tea and Roses
This morning, we will head out of the city into the surrounding hills, and winding ever upwards through the tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands, you will begin to sense the colonial imprint that the British have left among these hills, who in their days of Empire, took to the cool of its temperate climate, built thoroughly English mansions, and took advantage of its perfect climate for tea growing, which now pervades the landscape here. Naturally we will stop to partake of the brewed leaf at a teahouse on the way to your hotel, and after check-in, you will have the afternoon free to follow your own predilections.

The following day, you will visit a tea plantation and be able to learn all about the growing and processes involved in producing the many types of tea, which you will be able to sample at the teahouse, after which you should be suitably refreshed to enjoy a stroll in the rose garden and the butterfly farm. On the way back to your hotel, we will stop at a local fruit and vegetable market, further absorbing the lifestyles of the people and their economy, and if you wish, contributing to it with your purchases.

From the leisurely heights and rarefied atmosphere of the English gardens and mansions of the highlands, we will drive today along the scenic Simpang Pulai highway, with frequent stops for leg-stretching, sightseeing and photography, including visits to the grand colonial architecture of Ipoh, the Cave temples, the golden dome of Ubudiah mosque and see the intricate carvings of the former palace of the Sultan of Perak. Before crossing the 13.5 km span to Penang, Asia's largest bridge, you will visit the Orang Utan island at the Bukit Merah Laketown resort.

Next day, will see you on the streets of Georgetown, an untidily charming mix of modern and colonial buildings, chinese temples, and cultural edifices from the ethic diversity typical of Malaysia. We will visit the elaborately decorated Khoo Kongsi Chinese clanhouse and the 32 metre reclining Buddha at the Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram. The colonial sites of Fort Cornwallis and the 'lost fort' will also familiarise us with the British influence, who chose Penang as the base of their operations in Malaysia.

Fly me to the beach...
This morning, your driver will chauffeur you to the airport for your flight to Kuala Terengganu and your next hotel.You will have the rest of the day to wander this colourful port town.

The following morning will be spent visiting the local attractions, and to meet some local craftspeople and seeing batik being made. We will also see the traditional 'long roof' houses of Chinatown, the busy central market, Princess hill, the state mosque, state museum and the waterfront, where you will board a speed boat to take you to Redang Island, renowned for its white sand beaches, clear waters and abundant coral gardens full of fish. You will have the rest of today and tomorrow to enjoy its delights at your leisure.

This morning, we return to the airport at Terengganu for your flight to Kuala Lumpur and transfer to the historical city of Malacca, steeped in centuries of trading, and the conflicts over its control. It is a testament to its importance as a centre of world trade, that, since 1511, it has passed successivelythrough the acquisitivehands of the Portuguese, Dutch, French, British and Japanese. After you have checked-in to your hotel, you be able to take your ease, or wander at will. In the evening we will arrange a trishaw ride around old Malacca .

The next day, your tour will take you to visit the most prominent of Malacca's attractions, including St.Paul's hill, Porta de Santa and Cheng Hoon Teng temple. A visit to the Baba Nyona Museum will enhance your understanding of the cultural nuances and multiplicity of ethnic influences that pervade Malacca, in particular, the traditions of the Peranakans, descendents of early Chinese immigrants.You will also have an opportunity to meander Jonkers street, famous for its antique shops.

All good things...
Today we will bid you farewell, but content that you have experienced the best of Peninsula Malaysia, and your car will take you to Kuala Lumpur for your departure homewards, or connect with an onward tour.

Meals: eleven breakfasts
Escort/guide: Airport transfers, and daily tours as detailed

The prices for this sample tour are per person in US$:
These prices are valid until October 31, 2014. Please note: bank transfer fees are not included.

Number in group
3 - 4
5 - 8
9 - 12
*Supplement for single occupancy
First Class

Please note that all our tours are priced in United States Dollars, in accordance with the established trading practices for tourism products within Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Equivalent quotations in £, Euro, Australian AUD are obtainable on request calculated at our prevailing exchange rate.

At the time of quotation, Haivenu reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

* 'Single room occupancy' refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.

Our prices include:

•  Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.

•  Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above (Please note: pick-ups will be by a guide and driver or, where a guide is not necessary, a driver only. All unaccompanied drivers will be briefed in advance, and will carry a mobile phone to ensure smooth transfer arrangements)

•  Road travel in an appropriate private vehicle.

•  The services of experienced local English Speaking driver cum guide (1-6 persons) & local English speaking tour guides with experienced coach driver (7 persons onwards)

•  Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.

•  Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available.

•  VAT and other taxes

Our prices do not include:

•  International flight tickets and airport tax.

•  Visas

•  Dinners, except as specified above.

•  Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.

•  Insurance.

•  Video & Camera Fees (where applicable)

•  Tips & gratuities to driver & guide

•  Airport transfer surcharge of USD 10.00 per person for all flights ETA between 2300-0700hrs and ETD between 0100-0900hrs

•  Domestic airfare & applicable surcharges (subject to change) / (including all taxes & surcharges):

•  Penang - Kuala Lumpur @ USD 95.00 per person/one way - MH 1145 (1210/1305)

•  Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Terengganu @ USD 95.00 per person/one way - MH 1336 (1445/1535)

•  Peak period surcharge for accommodation (To be reconfirmed upon booking)

Hotel list for First Class standard

•  Kuala Lumpur : The Ritz Carlton Hotel (*****a combination of European-style ambience and decor with fine Malaysian art and craftsmanship - Deluxe room)

•  Cameron Highlands: Cameron Highlands Resort (*****a boutique resort with Tudor-styled cottages surrounded by lush greenery - Deluxe room)

•  Penang : Shangri La Rasa Sayang Resort (*****on the beach with the traditional Minangkabau-style rooms - Deluxe Sea-facing Room at Garden Wing)

•  Terengganu: Primula Beach (****on the most pristine stretch of beach of the Kuala Terengganu - Deluxe room)

•  Redang: The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort (**** tucked away and hidden from the outside world on a small island, Ocean Front Studio Room)

•  Malacca: Casa del Rio Hotel (***** Luxury hotel, located by the idyllic Melaka River, Deluxe River View Room)

Hotel list for Deluxe standard

•  Kuala Lumpur: Shangri La Kuala Lumpur Hotel (***** First Class hotel located in the heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur’s prime business, shopping, and entertainment district, Executive Room)

•  Cameron Highlands : Lakehouse (***colonial architecture overlooking the Sultan Abu Bakar lake, Tudor architecture blends perfectly with the rural landscape - Deluxe room)

•  Penang: Shangri La Golden Sand Resort (*****located on Batu Feringgi beach, with award-winning restaurants, two swimming pools, and Adventure Zone, a Family Entertainment Centre, Deluxe Sea-facing Room)

•  Terengganu:Primula Beach (****on the most pristine stretch of beach of the Kuala Terengganu, Deluxe Room)

•  Redang: The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort (**** tucked away and hidden from the outside world on a small island, Cliff Bay View Suite Room)

•  Malacca: The Majectic Hotel (***** high-rise building and conveniently located, Deluxe room)

Hotel list for Superior standard

•  Kuala Lumpur : Hotel Istana (**** conveniently located in the city centre, within walking distance to Bintang Walk shopping and entertainment hub, Chinatown, Deluxe room)

•  Cameron Highlands: Strawberry Park Hotel (**** mock Tudor architecture located between Tanah Rata and Brinchang, Studio Room)

•  Penang : Parkroyal Penang (****conveniently located with modern buildings with swimming pool, Deluxe Sea-facing room)

•  Terengganu: Primula Beach (**** on the most pristine stretch of beach of the Kuala Terengganu, Deluxe room)

•  Redang: The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort (**** tucked away and hidden from the outside world on a small island, Garden Suite Room)

•  Malacca: Holiday Inn (*****high-rise building and conveniently located, Deluxe Melaka City view)

Hotel list for Mid-range standard

•  Kuala Lumpur : Swiss Garden Hotel (**** high rise building, strategically located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur between bustling Bukit Bintang and colourful Chinatown, Deluxe room)

•  Cameron Highlands : Heritage Hotel (*** low rise tudor style boutique hotel situated on a hill in the town of Tanah Rata, surrounded by elegantly sculptured gardens reminiscent of the old English countryside set in a lush tropical rainforest as background, Deluxe room)

•  Penang: Holiday Inn Resort (***located in the heart of Batu Feringgi. The hotel is only 18 km away from the city center of historical Georgetown and a 45-minute drive from Bayan Lepas International Airport – Ferringhi Tower, Hill View Room)

•  Terengganu: Primula Beach Resort (****on the most pristine stretch of beach of the Kuala Terengganu, Superior Room)

•  Redang: Coral Redang Island Resort (*** on the beach, Malaysian styled chalets, Superior Room)

•  Malacca: Equatorial Malacca (**** the newly opened hotel, high rise building in the city centre, Deluxe room)

- Most of the hotels listed above apply surcharges and compulsory meals for public holidays of the country. Actutual room surcharges will be reconfirmed upon placing bookings.
- Please note that Malaysian hotels do not recognise provisional reservations, so specific hotels cannot be guaranteed until you have booked your chosen tour. As many of the better hotels are often full during the peak season, early booking is strongly advisable

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