Discovering Malaysia

Discover the wonders of Malaysia on a unique and captivating journey

Discovering Malaysia

Price from : 2000 €
Ideal duration : 13 days –
12 nights

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Discover the wonders of Malaysia on a unique and captivating journey. Discover the paradise islands of Perhentian and dive into the crystal-clear waters to explore the rich and colorful marine life. Soak up the pristine, tropical atmosphere that surrounds you. You’ll also visit Kuala Lumpur, where you’ll discover the city’s architectural and cultural gems. Then head off to the Cameron Highlands and enjoy a cup of tea while admiring the magnificent scenery. You’ll also have the chance to see the Rafflesia flower, the largest flower in the world, and learn more about the culture and traditions of the indigenous orang aslis. This trip will leave you with unforgettable memories of this exotic and fascinating destination.

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  • Escape to the idyllic islands of Perhentian
  • Travel in a pristine tropical atmosphere
  • Discovering marine life
  • Explore the best of Kuala Lumpur
  • Sip tea in the Cameron Highlands
  • See the famous Rafflesia flower
  • Find out more about the indigenous orang aslis

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur

Welcome at Kuala Lumpur airport. Welcome to Malaysia! Transfer to your hotel and end of the day free to rest after your long journey.

If you wish, the famous Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin towers (452 meters) and Kuala Lumpur’s landmark, are lit up every evening at 8pm for a sound and light show. They perfectly symbolize the city’s meteoric rise, the contemporary metropolis that is today’s “KL”.

Day 2: Kuala Lumpur

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today you leave for Kuala Gandah and the elephant sanctuary orphanage. It’s the ideal place for a rare and fantastic encounter with Malaysia’s endemic elephants.

This truly unique orphanage offers a rare opportunity to learn more about these peaceful giants.

Don’t miss the chance to go for a ride through the jungle, perched on these oversized mounts, with the help of a guide, or mahout, of course.

For the bravest and most adventurous, there’s the unique experience of leading the elephants to the river and helping them bathe! There’s no better way to make direct contact with these gray giants.

It is estimated that only 1,200 Asian elephants, also known as Elephus Maximus, remain in the wild in Malaysia, and this is the only conservation and protection center set up to reintroduce these pachyderms.

The elephants here have been rescued from situations of captivity and/or abuse from all over Peninsular Malaysia, and find a safe haven here in an environment that has remained natural and wild.

Return and overnight in Kuala Lumpur.

Day 3: Taman Negara

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you’ll head for Taman Negara.

Your first stop is in? “Batu Caves, a group of limestone caves located in the? north of Kuala Lumpur, and the largest Hindu shrine outside India. Pilgrims have been coming here from all over the world to visit and meditate for over 120 years. You’ll be greeted by a 42-metre-high golden statue of the god of war, the largest Murugan statue in the world.

You’ll have to climb 272 steps to discover the largest of the caves, known as the “cathedral cave”, with its many shrines, images and paintings dedicated to the various gods. You’ll also have the chance to meet macaques who play tricks on tourists.

You take the road to Taman Negara, a? through many towns and villages on the Malay Peninsula.

Transfer to the hotel by non-proprietary boat (5min), small wooden chalets scattered in a well-tended natural setting. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll be lucky enough to see macaques wandering around.

8:45 pm: Enjoy a 1-hour walk through the rainforest accompanied by an English-speaking naturalist guide. At night, the jungle takes on a completely different aspect… You’ll discover the flora and fauna of the region, and may be lucky enough to see wild animals such as monkeys, but above all insects: phasms, scorpions, caterpillars … (under reservation).

Distance / Time: Kuala Lumpur – Batu Caves (19 km): approx. 30 min Batu Caves – Kuala Tahan (227 km): approx. 3h15

Day 4: Taman Negara

Today you’ll explore the tropical forest in a group, accompanied by a local English-speaking naturalist guide. You’ll walk along a comfortable wooden boardwalk with many steps. Enjoy an exceptional view of the highest mountain on the Malay Peninsula (2187 meters) from a nearby hill. You then climb 50 meters to cover 530 meters on suspension bridges between the trees at the canope?e, the world’s longest suspension bridge course! Here again, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of pretty birds or monkeys leaping from branch to branch.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

2:30 pm: After lunch, take a cruise on motorized pirogues up the Tahan River to the Lata Berkoh waterfalls. After a short walk through wild jungle, plunge into the refreshing water of the Gunung Tahan spring and its natural jacuzzi. Last stop at the Ikan Kelah reserve, a research center where you can feed the fish before returning to the hotel.

Walking time: approx. 3h30-4h (morning)

Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Cameron Highlands

09:00 – 11:30: transfer to the Kuala Tembeling jetty in a non-private pirogue, a chance to enjoy the jungle for longer.

Drive to the heights of Cameron Highlands, arriving at the hotel in the afternoon.

End of the day at leisure.

Distance / Time: Kuala Tembeling – Cameron Highlands (186 km): approx. 3h15

Day 6: Cameron Highlands

Join an English-speaking naturalist guide for a day of 4×4 exploration of the Cameron Highlands.

You start with a short walk through the tea plantations, before driving to the heights of the Mossy forest and Mount Gunung Brinchang, more than 2,000 metres above sea level, from where? you’ll enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding area.

An interpretive walk in the Mossy forest will give you the opportunity to learn more about the ecosystem, fauna and flora of this region: precious medicinal plants, carnivorous nepenthes, orchids, primitive ferns and other spices. Nicknamed the “Pharmacy of Malaysia”, Cameron Highlands is 70% medicinal plants, some of which originate from the Himalayas, New Zealand or Australia (a?the tree), brought by migratory birds. The moss forest, in French, is a fairy-tale sight: trees under 2.5 metres tall are all covered with a thick layer of greenery, the ground is spongy and you expect to see a Hobbit pass by at any moment… A real movie set!

Short drive to the BOH tea plantation, established by a British businessman during colonial times in 1929. You’ll learn about the manufacturing processes at the factory, before taking a short tour of Southeast Asia’s largest plantation, spread over more than 3,000 hectares. While 85% of production is dedicated to Malaysia, the rest is exported internationally, notably to Singapore and the Sultanate of Brunei.

12:30 pm: free lunch.

1:30pm: drive to The Montane for a 3-hour hike on two different trails. Characterized by heavy rainfall, with a minimum of 1,750 to 2,200 mm per year, it’s pleasant to walk through the rainforest, which is only penetrated by faint rays of sunlight, but the tangled roots that often have to be stepped over are a reminder that we’re in the jungle.

4:30 pm: return to the hotel.

Notes : Cameron Highlands is located at an altitude of 1500 meters, so it can be cold. Don’t forget to bring warm clothes.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Belum

After enjoying the magic of the highlands, this morning you take the winding roads to the island of Banding, on Lake Temenggor, to explore the exceptional nature of the northern Malay Peninsula.

A stop in the old mining town of Ipoh, which expanded after 1845 with the discovery of iron deposits. The British settlers left behind a legacy of fine colonial buildings.

Discover the Perak Tong Cave temple. Created in 1926, this grotto with its pretty murals houses, among other things, a large Buddha statue. Climb the 250 steps through the temple and along the grotto to a view overlooking Ipoh.

Continuation to Kuala Kangsar, former royal capital. Photo stop at the Ubudiah mosque, remarkable for its immense golden dome. Pass by the former residence of Sultan Istana Kenangan, a beautiful building constructed exclusively of wood and woven bamboo.

You then cross jungle and plantations to reach Banding, an island linked to the mainland by two bridges.

Check-in at the hotel, a marvel of modern architecture nestled in the heart of the jungle.

After dinner, departure for a short group hike to discover the rainforest by night. You may be lucky enough to hear or see some wild animals such as monkeys, but above all insects: stick insects, scorpions, caterpillars… (under reservation).

Distance / time :

Cameron Highlands – Ipoh (90 km): approx. 2h15 Ipoh – Banding (175 km): approx. 2h30

Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Belum

8:30 am: Today, you join a group to discover Banding’s majestic nature, flora and fauna.

In the morning, departure by boat in search of the “Rafflesia”, the largest flower in the world (subject to flowering). You’ll hike through dense jungle, cross streams, straddle the roots of ancient trees… Continue along the “elephant trail” to Salt Lake, where the animals come to drink. Here you may have the chance to see some of the region’s wild animals.

Picnic in the jungle next to a waterfall, an opportunity to swim in fresh water.

Discover a village of Orang Asli, Malaysia’s aborigines. Discover their way of life, homes and culture.

Distance / time: approx. 6-7h

Overnight at hotel.

Day 9: Perentian

9am: transfer to Kuala Besut jetty for your beach holiday.

2pm: transfer by boat to the island of Pulau Besar.

Late afternoon at leisure.

Palau Perhentian Besar is the larger and quieter of the two Perhentian islands. You’ll have the chance to snorkel in a warm, crystal-clear sea. The seabed is a real beauty, thanks to its exceptional flora and fauna. You can see turtles, rays, blacktip sharks, a wide variety of multicolored fish (triggerfish, clownfish…), impressive schools of sardines… all snorkeling from your Resort’s exclusive beach!

There are a few trails inland. You’ll easily come across monkeys, monitor lizards (sometimes over a metre long), squirrels, flying foxes (a large bat) and numerous birds. More rarely, flying squirrels or snakes.

It takes just a few minutes to get from the larger island to the smaller one (Pulau Kecil) by water cab, for the equivalent of 3 euros per person, booked directly at the hotel.

Distance / time :

Belum Rainforest Resort – Kuala Besut (186 km) : 3h15 Kuala Besut – Resort : 45 min approx.

Overnight at hotel.


Days 10 to 13: Perentian


Free time to enjoy the hotel and the region.

Day 13: Kuala Lumpur

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kuala Lumpur, then connection for your return flight to France.

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