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Magnificent Malaysia

February 25 – March 3, 2020

INR 29000 per person  

Trip Details

Overview

Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures, traditions, races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and other ethnic groups exist together. As a result of this infusion of cultures, this region has become a gastronomical heaven – a main draw card for foodies. 


Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves. 


While the sprawling city of Kuala Lumpur will delight with its towering structures, thrilling theme parks and shopping, Penang offers an old world charm with its well conserved heritage structures, living traditions and scrumptious cuisines. The archipelago of Langkawi with its vast expanse of white sand, palm-fringed shores, blue Andaman waters, rugged cliffs and tropical forests, never fails to amaze its visitors. 


For the perfect holiday full of surprises, the time is now, the place is Malaysia. 

Itinerary

Day 01 | Arrive in Kuala Lumpur (-/-/-)


Selamat Datang! Welcome to Malaysia. On arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, we’ll be warmly received by our driver and transferred to our hotel. Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, boasting gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, charming locals, and a myriad of natural attractions. The modern city has still managed to retain a sense of mixed colonial and Asian heritage. We check-in to our hotel and relax a bit. 


There are a plethora of interesting places to visit. Kuala Lumpur is best covered by foot, and we start by visiting the impressive Masjid Negara which we’ll give you a first cultural introduction to the diversity you’ll find in the city. We next head to Independence Square also called Merdeka Square, the best known landmark in KL with the beautiful Victoria fountain. Listen to the stories about the Colonial British era and post-independence as you pass through this charming square. 


We visit a Chinese temple before hitting the Central Market, one of KL's most familiar landmarks and a popular tourist attraction. Experience the busy Petaling Street and enjoy a cup of local coffee before seeing the Chinatown of KL. You can practice your bargain skills there! Stroll along Kwai Chai Hong, an artsy lane full of murals that show the life in Chinatown back in the days. Head next to the famous Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the oldest, and reputedly the richest, Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur.


Admire Kuala Lumpur’s mesmerizing landscapes from up high as we head to the KL Tower Observation Deck, the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world that rises 421 meters above ground level. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city and its notorious skyscrapers. It offers unobstructed 360 degree views of Kuala Lumpur and is, without doubt, the best spot in town for taking great photos. Stop at the iconic Petronas Twin Towers soaring to a height of 451.9 meters, the 88-storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur's crown jewel for some photos. We visit lot many places before we hit our beds! (depends on the availability of time) 

 

Day 02 | Kuala Lumpur – Genting Highlands (B/-/-)


This morning after breakfast, we start to Batu Caves, dedicated to Tamil God, Murugan built in the late 19th-century is located in the Gombak’s limestone hill. The golden statue of Lord Murugan stands tall at the temple’s entrance with a flight of 272 steep stairs to climb up to the caves. This holy place consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones including the biggest one, Temple Cave. Each cave consists of ornate Hindu shrines, statues and paintings that tell the stories about how Lord Murugan defeated the demon Soorapadan.


We continue to reach Genting Highlands from here. Genting Highlands is located at the peak of Mount Ulu Kal about 1760 meters above sea level.  It is considered the country's premier resort-town, even described as the Asia’s Las Vegas. Enjoy a scenic skyway cable car ride, with the azure sky above and a tropical rain-forest below, ride to the hilltop on the longest and fastest cable car in Southeast Asia. Let’s try our luck in the casino and play Blackjack, Keno, Roulette or a host of other casino games. If this is not your cup of tea, then take time off to enjoy the numerous recreational facilities at the indoor and outdoor Theme Park. There are corkscrew, euro express roller coaster, turbo drop, super toboggan & sky venture – the one and only sky diving simulator in Asia. This is not all! It has got butterfly garden, strawberry farm, a Taoist temple, honeybee farm, elephant conservation center, cinema halls, art & cultural center, orchid farm, gaming center, shopping, food courts and a lot more to keep you busy. 


Enjoy a fast-paced day in Genting Highlands where you can enjoy some leisurely time doing what you like doing while basking in the pristine air and spectacular scenic beauty.


Day 03 | Kuala Lumpur – Penang (B/-/-)


After breakfast, we take the road to Penang, a road-trip which will stay in your memory forever. We take the Penang Bridge, the 4th longest bridge in South East Asia which is 13.5 kms long to reach the island of Penang, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Orient” for the multicultural historical sites together with its fantastic culinary delights and soft sandy beaches. 


One of the most diverse destinations in Malaysia, Penang is a blend of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Western cultures. The island manages to embrace modernity while retaining its colonial traditions. Due to its well-preserved heritage buildings, Penang’s capital George Town has been accorded a listing as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. George Town feels like a brash young Hong Kong with its mix of colonial architecture, waterfront skyscrapers and old streets. Check into the hotel / homestay and after some relaxation, we venture out to explore the city. 


We take a walking tour by visiting the Street Art, aka ‘Street of Harmony’. Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic left his mark with beautiful wall painting of children all across historical George Town. The artworks are funny, fascinating, and very much open to everyone’s interpretations. See magical street arts created by Ernest like “Children on Bicycle”, “Boy on Motorcycle”, “Dinosaur” and “Climbing Wall”. Also, keep an eye out for the 52 iron rod sculptures, which tell stories about Penang's past through caricatures.


Wander down this warren of narrow lanes past ancient temples, lantern-dotted buildings and unexpected murals. See Penang’s oldest mosque, Kapitan Keling Mosque, nestled comfortably alongside Kuan Yin Teng Chinese Temple and St George's Church – Southeast Asia’s oldest Anglican Church – a unique stretch where a multitude of different religions happily co-exist.


Stroll through Little India past sari stalls and spice shops and on to Queen Street to visit the seemingly endless array of sculptures that adorn the Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Penang. Admire the intricate stone carvings and woodworks of the Khoo Kongsi (Chinese Clan House).


After these, we will have photo stops at Fort Cornwallis and Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower. We then head to the Clan Jetties on George Town's waterfront. You'll see traditional stilt houses built out over the water, and learn about the living heritage of the Chew Clan.


Day 04 | Penang (B/-/-)


After breakfast, head on to a mesmerizing and captivating ride up via Funicular train to the Penang Hill (locally known as Bukit Bendera), the highest peak in Penang. Get 360-degree view of George Town, Penang Bridge and the rest of the island. There are plenty of other attractions here. After checking them all, we visit the sprawling Kek Lok Si Temple known as the ‘Temple of Serene Bliss’ that stands majestically on the slopes of Air Itam, a hill on Penang Island.  Supposedly the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia & one of the largest in the South East Asia, its main draw is the striking 7-storey white-and-gold pagoda, golden statues, and an elevated setting that provides panoramic views of Penang.


Witness the former house built by a Chinese Captain, Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee, called the Pinang Peranakan Mansion. This elite house is full of antiques and collectibles from east and west. Next, we visit Wat Chayamangkalaram, the large Thai Buddhist temple that houses an enormous 33m Reclining Buddha (the world's third largest) covered in gold leaf. Then, we visit the 8-acre Tropical Spice Garden with over 500 species of flora and fauna for you to see! Later, we take a stroll in the  

Batu Ferringhi Beach for the best sunset before heading to Gurney Drive, a walking esplanade with a strip of bars and restaurants located on the coast in George Town on the island.


Day 05 | Penang – Langkawi (B/-/-)


This morning, we leave early to take our ferry to Langkawi. The famous beach destination of Langkawi consists of 99 islands and is located off Malaysia’s peninsular west coast. It has everything from active nightlife, diving opportunities, and exceptionally cheap duty-free shopping to historical attractions, scenic locations, and great fares. Langkawi has something for everyone!

Upon reaching Langkawi, we check into our homestay / hotel and rest of the day is for relaxation. Those of you interested in venturing out can set out to Pantai Cenang, one of the most beautiful beaches in Malaysia. This two-kilometer long stretch of ivory white sand and bright turquoise waters will be sure to steal your breath away! We can engage in exhilarating water sports activities like parasailing, kayaking, jet-ski, banana boat, donut boat, etc. 


A little away from here is Pantai Tengah, a stretch of equally beautiful beach much peaceful and less crowded.


Day 06 | Island Hopping (B/-/-)


Hop on board the island-hopping trip to discover the fabled sights of some of Langkawi’s most gorgeous islets. We stop at Pulau Dayang Bunting, the second largest island in Langkawi's cluster to witness the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden, a lake surrounded in lore against a backdrop of hills shaped a pregnant woman lying on her back. 


Go for a swim, take part in paddle boarding or choose to relax at a natural catfish spa. Take a walk through the forest and see the Miracle Border where the lake is separated from the sea by a thin rocky ridge, or just lounge on the wooden planks next to the lake. Continue with the eagle watching from the boat at Big Lions Island and complete the adventure with a stopover at Pulau Beras Basah (Wet Rice Island) where you will get to relax on the beach with crystal clear waters and scintillating views of the ocean or take part in a array of activities before heading back to the jetty and our hotel.


Spend the late afternoon relaxing on the white sands of Tanjung Rhu, a hidden gem in the north of the island. It’s the perfect antidote to the hustle-bustle and chaos of the other busy beaches of Langkawi.


Day 07 | Langkawi (B/-/-)


This morning, we visit the mesmerizing Langkawi Sky Bridge! The Sky Bridge is a curved suspension bridge built on Mount Mat Cincang, one of the region’s highest mountains, stretching for almost 125 meters (410 feet) over the canopy below. Walking along the Sky Bridge offers us the chance to view the landscapes, flora and fauna from a different perspective. Also enjoy an unforgettable cable car ride that ascends you to over 700 meters high to the summit of Mount Mat Cincang. Feel on top of the World – breathe in the cool air as your eyes sweep the dramatic “bird-eye” view of Langkawi Islands and more. 


Discover the intriguing secrets of the intricate Batik Art on our visit to Atma Alam Batik Art Village. We end the day with a visit to Eagle Square which resembles the symbol of Langkawi, where a 39-foot-high (12-m) eagle statue stands tall. Then stop for some quick duty-free shopping in Kuah Town. It’s time to purchase some souvenirs to take home. 


Day 08 | Bid Adieu! (B/-/-)


The morning is free at leisure until transfer to Langkawi International Airport for the departure flight. We bid good bye to each other and head home with sweet memories.



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The itinerary is loosely drafted, and allows you to do as little or as much as you like.


This itinerary is just to give you an idea on the tour structure but in no means final and is subject to change.

Trip Dates

Start Date: February 25, 2020 (Tuesday) 

End Date: March 3, 2020 (Tuesday)


Pick-up from KL International Airport in Kuala Lumpur; Drop at Langkawi International Airport. 


Pls arrive before 10AM on Day 01 (Airport Pick-up @ 11AM) and book your return flight after 3:00PM on Day 08. (Airport Drop off @ 12PM). 

Trip Cost

INR 29,000 per person (including the Booking Fee)


  • These rates are for Indian Nationals only.
  • The trip will have a maximum of 14 participants only. Please invite your family & friends to join.
  • Minimum of 6 participants required to conduct the trip.  Please do check with us before booking your air tickets.
  • A facilitator / group lead will accompany if 8 or more participants sign-up.
  • Suitable for singles / solo travelers / small group of friends / couples
  • Suitable for members between the age group of 16-55 years. We do take members above 55 years too based on their physical fitness.

Inclusions & Exclusions

INCLUSIONS


  • 7 nights comfy stay on double / triple sharing in Home-stays / Hotels. Married couple gets a separate room.
  • Daily Breakfast at our place of stay
  • Group airport transfer for arrival and departure. If your flight arrival is at a different time from the others, extra charges will be applicable.
  • All transfers / tours and excursions by seat in coach basis
  • Boat cruise to Langkawi from Penang 
  • Island hopping tour in Langkawi 
  • Entry tickets to KL Tower Observation Deck (KL) & Sky Bridge (Langkawi)
  • Cable car Gondala charges (Genting Highlands)
  • Funicular train ticket to Penang Hill 
  • English speaking Guide, where required
  • Permits, Toll Taxes, Parking Charges
  • Service charges & Taxes


EXCLUSIONS


  • Air fare & Airport taxes 
  • Visa arrangements & visa fees
  • Overseas Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Snacks, Beverages, Bottled water, etc.
  • Entry tickets to places of interest other than mentioned above
  • Camera charges
  • Early Check-in & late Check-outs 
  • Water sports charges
  • Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guests directly.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, room heater charges, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips, medicines, etc.
  • Any item not specified in the ‘Inclusions’.

Booking Procedure

Please confirm your participation by paying INR 10000 (Non-refundable Booking Fee**) to book your seat. Rest to be paid 30 days before the tour start date.


Pls write to us at unusualescapes@gmail.com for our Bank Account Details to transfer the Booking Fee (or) pay via Google Pay at 9052220466. Your spot will be confirmed as soon as we receive your Booking Fee.


**If you can find anyone else to replace you, there’ll be NO cancellation charges. We will then refund your money in full including the non-refundable booking fee. 


Pls write to us for cancellation conditions & other queries.