Combine fast-paced cities with the easy, breezy hills of Malaysia’s tea country. Your adventure begins in Singapore, home to solar-powered ‘supertrees’, shopping malls, leafy botanical gardens and a medley of Chinese, Indian, Malay and English influences. After a few days seeing the sights, we’ll cross the border into Malaysia. As well as uncovering the history and culture of Kuala Lumpur, we’ll have time to relax with a cuppa in the Cameron Highlands and a cocktail by Penang’s beach.
10 nights in hotels and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your overnight flight to Singapore.
On arrival at Singapore Changi Airport, we transfer to our hotel.
Today we enjoy a tour of Singapore, one of Asia’s most electric cities with its astounding skyscrapers, multi-cultural population, historic architecture, stunning gardens and vibrant way of life. Start with phenomenal panoramic views of the city below from Singapore’s most iconic building - Marina Bay Sands. We’ll continue on through the Civic District, to Merlion Park renowned for its iconic fountain, a mythical creature with the head of a lion and body of a fish. Then we explore the Thian Hock Temple, a grand monument belonging to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu; the beautiful National Orchid Garden; and Little India, where you’ll breathe in the unique scents of joss sticks, jasmine and spices.
You are free to explore Singapore at leisure today. Enjoy more time in the bustling city centre, perhaps at the National Museum of Singapore or the beautiful Gardens by the Bay.
We transfer to Malaysia’s third smallest state, Malacca, one of the country’s key trading ports under Portuguese, Dutch and English historical rule. On arrival, we join a boat cruise along the stunning Malacca River, a modern waterway which provides great views of the city and flourishing gardens from another perspective. This afternoon we check in to our hotel for the night.
We depart Kuala Lumpur for our journey to the lush green Cameron Highlands in Pahang, where 19th century English colonial officers found cool sanctuary away from the humidity and heat of the lowlands. Here you’ll find quaint villages, tea plantations and lovely colonial architecture and we visit the BOH Tea Plantation where slopes are filled with tea plants as far as the eye can see. We discover the plantation’s history, founded by British government surveyor William Cameron in 1855, as well as details of the harvesting and production process. Spend time relaxing in the café that offers breathtaking panoramic views and a delicious cup of BOH tea. We’ll then visit Kea Farm Market Place and the Time Tunnel Museum, where we get a fascinating glimpse into some of the colonial history of the region. Later, we check in to our hotel for the evening.
Taiping - Penang
We journey from the scenic Cameron Highlands to Taiping, Perak’s state capital city, where many historical buildings and heritage landmarks hark back to the colonial era. Visit the British Commonwealth War Memorial and the stunning Lake Gardens - a place of tranquil natural beauty with enchanting lakes, pretty ponds and a flourishing array of tropical plants. Continue to Bukit Merah, for a journey by boat to its Orang-Utan Island at Semanggol, an Orang-Utan rehabilitation and educational centre located on a jungle island of 4,000 hectares, allowing this endangered species to roam freely. A guide will explain the facility and let us view the baby Orang-Utans in the quarantine area, before we walk through a 200-metre viewing tunnel to observe this beautiful species in their natural habitat. After this wonderful experience, we continue on to Penang.
Explore the diverse cosmopolitan city of Penang today, claimed in the 18th century by Captain Francis Light who founded the settlement of ‘George Town’ in honour of George, Prince of Wales. We begin with a tour here to see the beautiful seafront and water villages of Chinese clan houses and then take a stroll along the ‘Street of Harmony’, which paves the way to the Goddess of Mercy Temple, with dragon-entwined pillars intricately-carved from green stone. Visit the Penang State Museum and Gallery and then the incredible gold-plated Reclining Buddha Temple, sitting blissfully within a beautiful Thai temple.
A day at leisure to explore more of Penang, or simply relax on the beach.
Penang - In flight
We transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.