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Traditional and Modern Malaysia

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PRIVATE/GROUP TOUR - 12 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$2809+

Private/Group Tour Highlights

  • Get an introduction to modern Malay culture
  • See the vibrant ecosystem of Malaysian Borneo
  • Cruise down the Ulu Ai River
  • Experience the architectural wonders of Kuala Lumpur
  • Climb the giant Mount Kinabalu
  • Visit orphaned and injured orangutans
  • Climb to the summit of Kota Kinabalu
  • Take a variety of treks to see the unparalleled natural diversity
  • Enjoy an environmentally friendly eco picnic while exploring the jungle
  • Tour of the bazaar of Chinatown, with the oldest and richest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur
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Tour Overview

After an introduction to modern Malaysia culture and architecture in Kuala Lumpur, hop a flight to Malaysian Borneo for an extraordinary exploration of the island’s vibrant ecosystem. Whether it’s watching the sunrise from the peak of Mount Kinabalu, scanning the fauna rich banks of the Ulu Ai River or discovering outposts of traditional Malay culture outside of Kuching, this tour is certain to create a lasting impression.

The city of Kuala Lumpur offers an historical perspective of the many architectural influences of its buildings and an exciting glimpse at the future of city planning. When you’re not admiring the structural splendor, you’ll be fully engaged in some of the most exciting markets and delicious food that has been born out of the confluence of Indian, Chinese and traditional Malay cultures.

Before beginning your trek up to the magnificent summit of Mount Kinabalu, you will spend the night in Kota Kinabalu, a cultural hub and the capital city of Sabah. Kota Kanabula has become the major gateway for people seeking to climb Mount Kinabalu. Leisurely explore the city’s many museums, art galleries, and unique restaurants before setting off for the two day trek to the summit of Mount Kinabalu.

After summiting the highest peak on the island, take off for Kuching, the largest city in Malaysian Borneo. Considered one of the cleanest cities in Southeast Asia, Kuching is peaceful, relaxed, and feels much more like a small town. Stroll the picturesque waterfront, explore the open air markets, or visit one of the small, free museums. From Kuching you will travel by car and boat to reach the luxurious Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort. While at the resort you will have ample time to relax, enjoying the natural jungle scenery surrounding the resort. You will also explore the river on a long boat, and visit the Orangutan Center.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
Domestic airfare from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu to Kuching and Kuching to Kuala Lumpur, Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast, All private transfers & tours with English speaking driver/guide, Meals where specified (food only)
Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

Notes:
* Additional supplements may apply during the weeks immediately preceding and following the Lunar (Chinese) New Year. The dates vary each year, but fall sometime between January 21st and February 20th:
2016 – Monday, February 8th
2017 – Saturday, January 28th
2018 – Friday, February 16th

* Suggested Packing List: comfortable trekking shoes, light weight clothes, sun hat, raincoat, water bottle, insect repellent

* Activities in Batang Ai are offered by the lodge and may include other guests.
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Pricing Details
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Double £$2709 £$2809 £$2909 £$3059
Single £$5209 £$5419 £$5609 £$5909

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to Kuala Lumpur

Overnight international flight to Kuala Lumpur.

Overnight international flight to Kuala Lumpur.

Day
2

Arrival in Kuala Lumpur

Upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

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Day
3

Walking tour of Kuala Lumpur’s highlights

This morning, enjoy a privately guided tour of Kuala Lumpur’s highlights consisting of both historic and modern architecture. The private walking tour will include the Jamek Mosque, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Central Market, the Sze Ya Temple and the Chan See Shu Yuen Clan House. In the afternoon transfer to a local Indian restaurant to enjoy lunch.
As the day winds down enjoy a tour through the open air bazaar of Chinatown, including the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. The oldest and richest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple was founded in 1873 and sits at the edge of Chinatown. Leaving the Temple continue on to a local Malay restaurant to enjoy a cultural show and a buffet dinner of local dishes. Following dinner and the show, return to the hotel in the late evening.
Note: The Jamek Mosque is closed on Fridays. The tour today is done primarily on foot; comfortable shoes are recommended. Lunch and dinner is included today.
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Day
4

Kuala Lumpur – Kota Kinabalu

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Kota Kinabalu, airport reception and transfer to hotel. Remainder of day at leisure.

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Kota Kinabalu, airport reception and transfer to hotel. Remainder of day at leisure.

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Day
5

Trek across the Crocker Range to KinabaluPark

After breakfast, trek across the mountainous Crocker Range to Kinabalu Park. While en route, catch sight of Mount Kinabalu, South East Asia’s highest peak. Kinabalu Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site with incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna, a heaven for nature enthusiasts. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided nature trek along one of the many trails in the park before proceeding to Poring Hot Springs which offers visitors the opportunity for an invigorating dip. For a closer look at nature, take the canopy walk, which offers a spectacular view of the Borneo rainforest.
During this day lunch and dinner will be provided. Overnight at Park Headquarters
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Day
6

Beginning of the journey to the summit

After breakfast, proceed to Park Registration office to meet the mountain guide. Transfer to Timpohon Gate and move on to the guesthouse, where the journey up the mountain will start. Overnight at Laban Rata Resthouse, or similar. Lunch and dinner will be provided on the journey or at the accommodation.
Note: This trek is recommended for those in good physical condition. Check with a physician before booking.

After breakfast, proceed to Park Registration office to meet the mountain guide. Transfer to Timpohon Gate and move on to the guesthouse, where the journey up the mountain will start. Overnight at Laban Rata Resthouse, or similar. Lunch and dinner will be provided on the journey or at the accommodation.
Note: This trek is recommended for those in good physical condition. Check with a physician before booking.

Kota-kinabalu-mount-kinabalu-malaysia
Day
7

Descent to Timpohon Gate

Conquest of the summit resumes at dawn. Return to Laban Rata Resthouse, or similar for breakfast. Begin the descent to Timpohon Gate and transfer to Park Headquarters for lunch before returning to Kota Kinabalu. Overnight in Kota Kinabalu.

Conquest of the summit resumes at dawn. Return to Laban Rata Resthouse, or similar for breakfast. Begin the descent to Timpohon Gate and transfer to Park Headquarters for lunch before returning to Kota Kinabalu. Overnight in Kota Kinabalu.

Day
8

Kota Kinabalu– Kuching

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to airport for a flight to Kuching. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to airport for a flight to Kuching. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

kuching-cityview-malaysia
Day
9

Kuching – Batang Ai

Depart for Batang Ai, approximately four hours by car. En route, stop to visit the Semenggoh Orangutan Center to observe the feeding of these magnificent mammals. The journey takes approximately 4 hours by car, and lunch will be served en-route. Upon arrival in Batang Ai, take a brief ferry ride to the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort to enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure.
Lunch is included today, en route from Kuching to Batang Ai.

Depart for Batang Ai, approximately four hours by car. En route, stop to visit the Semenggoh Orangutan Center to observe the feeding of these magnificent mammals. The journey takes approximately 4 hours by car, and lunch will be served en-route. Upon arrival in Batang Ai, take a brief ferry ride to the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort to enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure.
Lunch is included today, en route from Kuching to Batang Ai.

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Day
10

Boat cruise of the Ulu Ai River

After breakfast, embark on a native longboat for a day of exploration and sightseeing along the Ulu Ai River. Enjoy an eco-picnic while exploring the jungle.
Dinner and overnight at the Longhouse resort.

After breakfast, embark on a native longboat for a day of exploration and sightseeing along the Ulu Ai River. Enjoy an eco-picnic while exploring the jungle.
Dinner and overnight at the Longhouse resort.

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Day
11

Return to Kuching

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and a morning of relaxation before returning to Kuching, enjoying lunch en route.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and a morning of relaxation before returning to Kuching, enjoying lunch en route.

kuching-city-malaysia
Day
12

International flight via Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy the morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport for a return flight to Kuala Lumpur to connect with a flight home or continue with the Yampu Tours add-on of choice.

Enjoy the morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport for a return flight to Kuala Lumpur to connect with a flight home or continue with the Yampu Tours add-on of choice.

Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia

Kuching Sarawak Malaysia

Batang Ai National Park Lubok Antu Sarawak Malaysia

Places You'll See

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    Kuala Lumpur

    The cultural melting pot of Kuala Lumpur is overflowing with things to see and do. Look up in amazement at the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world. See a show at one of the wonderful theaters and performance halls, like the KL Philharmonic. Take a walking tour through the old colonial center, or shop at the many shopping malls.

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    Kota Kinabalu

    Known for its proximity to lush rainforests, tropical islands, and Mount Kinabalu, Borneo’s tallest mountain, Kota Kinabalu is a growing city filled with history and colorful architecture. Take in the marvelous sea by diving or deep sea fishing along the coast. Venture into the city, visit the buildings of worship and relish in the beautiful architecture of places such as the Che Sui Khor Chinese Temple.

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    Kuching

    Situated on the Sarawak River, Kuching is an emerging city on the Island of Borneo. Kuching has many historical sites and landmarks that one can visit with an assortment of sightseeing activities. Visit an assortment of national parks or take in the city sites with some local shopping.

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    Batang Ai

    Located about 250 km southeast of Kuching, Batang Ai is well known for offering visitors the opportunity to view wild orangutans including their nests. In addition, this region provides visitors with the chance to see old time longhouses, which have been least impacted by modern life.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Kuala Lumpur : Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur : Renaissance Kuala Lumpur

Batang Ai : Aiman Batang Ai Resort and Retreat

4 Star Properties

Kuala Lumpur : Berjaya Times Square Hotel

Kuala Lumpur : InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur : Parkroyal Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur : Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Kota Kinabalu : Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu : Laban Rata Resthouse

Kuching : Pullman Kuching

5 Star Properties

Kuala Lumpur : E & O Residences Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur : JW Marriott

Kuala Lumpur : The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur : The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Kuching : Hilton Kuching (standard)

Luxury Properties

Kuala Lumpur : Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur : The Ritz Carlton

Kuala Lumpur : Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur

Testimonials

Rosalie W.

Traveled November, 2014

Though our time was short, our agent was able to include all our requested stops

A friend & I just completed a 10 day tour of Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand) that was compiled by Yampu Tours. Though our time was short, our agent was able to include all our requested stops while adding some very interesting side tours, all within our budget. Everything and everyone we encountered were great: guides, hotels, flights, train, food, tours, and service.

Adina & Doron

Traveled February, 2016

A fantastic trip – could not have happened without your hard work

As this trip comes to an end Adina and I wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank you for all your hard work. Your planning and organization were superb.Most hotels were above our expectations with the last hotel in Cuzco being the crown jewel. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly.
To conclude it was a fantastic trip and could not have happened without your hard work.

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Sue

Traveled March, 2008

We really enjoyed all the hotels and the tours you recommended!

Thanks for checking in. We had an excellent time in Chile and Argentina. Everything worked out perfectly. It was very comforting to have someone meet us in each city and facilitate our tours, while allowing us plenty of time on our own. All of the transfers and pick-ups were perfectly on time and were with very kind and helpful guides and drivers. Our only problem was in Chicago on our way home when our flight was cancelled, but there was really nothing anyone could do at that point. Otherwise everything was great! We really enjoyed all the hotels and the tours you recommended and look forward to working with you again in the future. Thanks again!

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