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Riviera Travel Highlights of Malaysia & Borneo

Riviera Travel Highlights of Malaysia & Borneo

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Venture on an extraordinary journey from the enchanting island of Penang to the bustling metropolis of Kuala Lumpur and the captivating landscapes of Borneo. This adventure seamlessly weaves through vibrant cities, colonial towns, and breathtaking natural scenery.

Starting in the historic George Town, where glimpses of 18th-century colonial life await, your journey unfolds through the scenic Malaysian countryside to Taiping Town and Ipoh. Kuala Lumpur, a dynamic blend of old and new, showcases historic street markets juxtaposed with towering skyscrapers. The tour concludes in Borneo, Malaysia’s verdant crown jewel, offering encounters with orangutans and sun bears, as well as moments of relaxation on pristine beaches.

  • Hop on a cycle rickshaw to explore George Town on the island of Penang
  • Visit two of Malaysia’s most popular cities; Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur
  • Explore the historic Kampung Baru district Kuala Lumpur on a guided tour
  • Enjoy a two-night stay at the 5* Shangri-La Resort
  • Discover the fascinating culture and history of Borneo with visits to the Mari-Mari cultural village and the famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Return flight and transfers
  • 11nts in 3 & 4* accommodation
  • Selected Meals: Daily breakfast and 5 lunches
  • 11 included experiences and visits
  • Services of an expert tour manager
  • Checked luggage

Day 1: Departure

Today, fly overnight to Penang via Kuala Lumpur

Day 2: Arrival in Penang

Upon arrival in the afternoon, transfer to your hotel on Batu Ferringhi beach before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3: George Town

This morning, head out on a walking tour of George Town, where you’ll get a glimpse of 18th century colonial life. Following this, you’ll visit Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion House, a famed landmark in George Town, built by a Chinese Tycoon at the end of the 1800s. Take a cycle rickshaw ride through the streets before enjoying an included lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy the facilities at the hotel or to carry on exploring independently.

Day 4: Penang Hill

Today, board the Penang Hill Funicular Railway for a trip to the top of Penang Hill. Here you’ll find a collection of colonial buildings including bungalows, a post office and a police station. While here, you can discover the unique plants growing here and enjoy unobstructed views of George Town and both Penang Bridges. After lunch at the top of Strawberry Hill, the rest of the afternoon is free.

Day 5: Penang to Ipoh

Leave George Town today, crossing over the Penang Bridge to Butterworth, located on the mainland. From here, take a scenic drive to Taiping Town. On arrival, take a tour of the town, visiting a traditional charcoal factory and the Perak Museum. Before continuing on your journey, you may have the chance to stop off for coffee at the Aun Tong Coffee Mill, the oldest in Malaysia. Drive through the countryside to Ipoh.

Day 6: Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur

After breakfast, explore Ipoh and the Sam Poh Tong cave temple before travelling to Kuala Lumpur. Once here, you’ll have the afternoon at leisure. Alternatively, you can pre-book a optional tour of the Petronas Twin Tower Skybridge.

Day 7: Kuala Lumpur

In the morning, take a tour of the city. You’ll get the chance to see the Petronas Twin Towers, the King’s Palace and the grounds of the National Mosque. Afterwards, visit the memorial to those who died during WWII and the Malayan Emergency. Finally, pass the railway station, the cricket club and the Federal court.  In the early afternoon, you can either enjoy some free time or head to the impressive Batu Caves, home to various temples.

Later in the day, visit the Kampung Baru district on a guided tour, browsing the Chow Kit Market, visiting a local home and seeing the Kampung Baru Mosque ad Tatt Khalsa Diwan Gurdwara Sikh Temple.

Day 8: Free day

Today is free for your to explore Kuala Lumpur independently.

Day 9: Sandakan

This morning, fly to Sandakan for a 2-night stay. On arrival, take a short orientation tour, stopping at the Sandakan Memorial, which commemorates allied soldiers held by the Japanese between 1942 and 1945.

Day 10: Orangutans, Sun Bears & House Museum

This morning takes you to two centres of conservation. First, visit the Bornean Sun Bear Centre, home to rescued sun bears. Next, visit the Sepilok Orangutan Centre, where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see these primates. After an included lunch, head to the Agnes Keith House, a museum dedicated to the American writer who lived in Borneo before, during and after World War II.

Day 11: Fly to Kota Kinabalu

This morning, catch a short flight to Kota Kinabalu. Head towards the hotel, stopping at the Mari-Mari Cultural Village on the way. Here you’ll learn about the history and traditions of five of the areas indigenous tribes. After checking into the hotel and enjoying an included lunch, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 12: Free day

Today, the whole day is free to enjoy the extensive facilities on offer at the resort.

Day 13: Return home

After a relaxing morning, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight via Kuala Lumpur

Day 14: Arrive home

Arrive back in the UK early in the morning

Parkroyal Resort, Pengang
Parkroyal Resort in Penang is situated close to the beach, providing guests with access to a fitness center, spa, and a variety of dining establishments. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with amenities such as a minibar, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Weil Hotel, Ipoh
Weil Hotel in Ipoh offers contemporary accommodations with amenities like an outdoor pool, gym, and a shopping mall. The hotel features two restaurants and a tea lounge offering Chinese fine dining, international cuisine, and afternoon tea. The air-conditioned rooms include a TV, coffee facilities, in-room safe, minibar, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Melia Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
Melia Kuala Lumpur Hotel, located in Kuala Lumpur, boasts a restaurant serving a diverse range of international cuisine and two bars. The comfortably furnished rooms come with a mini-bar, safe, coffee/tea making facilities, iron, TV, and free Wi-Fi.

Sabah Hotel, Sandakan
Sabah Hotel in Sandakan offers facilities such as a main restaurant, lobby bar, and a spacious swimming pool. The air-conditioned rooms provide views of the pool or surrounding forest and include bath/shower, hairdryer, minibar, TV, tea/coffee-maker, and free Wi-Fi.

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kotal Kinabalu
Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu is a luxurious resort set along a magnificent one-and-a-half-mile beach, surrounded by its own 18-hole championship golf course. The resort offers numerous dining options, and rooms in the Garden Wing feature a private balcony facing the sea. They are furnished with a bath/shower, safe, minibar, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, and free Wi-Fi.

Fact File

  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
  • Flight time: 13 hrs 15 mins (outbound), 1 hr 15 mins (domestic inbound) and 13 hrs 25 mins (inbound)
  • Language: Malaysian Malay, English
  • Time zone: GMT+8 winter, BST+7

*All transfer times listed here are approximate and dependent on traffic.

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time
Penang International Airport PENANG / Park Royal Penang at Batu Ferringhi Beach 1 hr 30 mins to 1 hr 45 mins
Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
KOTA KINABALU / Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu International Airport 1 hr 15 mins to 1 hr 30 mins

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