OVERLAND KUALA LUMPUR - KUALA SELANGOR (75 KM) (L,D)
Depart Kuala Lumpur in the morning and head towards Kuala Selango. Enroute, stop at Batu Caves where a flight of 272 steps leads up to the sacred Hindu temple cave where the shrine of Hindu deity, Lord Murugah is located. Continue your journey and Upon arriving at Kuala Selangor, visit Kota Melawati formerly known as Fort Altingsburg. The second King of Selangor had a fortress constructed on Melawati Hill to protect the state from intruders. From the top of the ruined fort, you will have a great view of the famous Straits of Malacca. If you are lucky, you may spot silver-leaf monkeys which roam around in the area. We proceed to a Malay village and enjoy a local lunch in one of the villager’s houses. Many Malays eat meals with their hand and the villagers will gladly show you the right technique. After lunch, set off around the village to see the villagers going about their daily activities. Mingle with the friendly locals, while learning more about their customs. Depart to our hotel and check in. At dusk, we transfer to a local restaurant for a sumptuous dinner and then head off on a boat trip along the Selangor River. Here, thousands of fireflies put on a dazzling display of lights, with their synchronous flickering which resembles twinkling Christmas tree lights in the darkness of the night. Enjoy the wonder of nature with its night serenity before returning to your hotel.
Overnight: Kuala Selangor
Sungai Klah Hotspring
OVERLAND KUALA SELANGOR - SUNGAI KLAH HOTSPRING (125 KM) (B)
After breakfast you continue your journey towards Sungai Klah, famous for its natural hot springs which originate from the Titiwangsa Mountain Range. Situated in a serene and lush forest the resort has a wonderful natural setting of cold mountain streams and rivers, swaying oil palm trees and orchards that make it a tranquil haven. The bubbling hot springs with its traditional and therapeutic value is locally known to have amazing curing effect on illnesses. You will also embark on a journey into the exotic world of an Asian massage treatment that reflects the beauty of this ancient ritual. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight: Sungai Klah Hotspring
OVERLAND SUNGAI KLAH HOTSPRING - CAMERON HIGHLANDS (135 KM) (B)
Today you continue your journey, your destination for today are the Cameron Highlands, noted for their tea plantations and cool temperature. On the way stop for a visit of the cottage industry of basket weaving followed by Lata Iskandar Waterfall and a native Orang Asli settlement. Enjoy the cool, crisp air of Cameron Highlands with its wonderful mountainous scenery. Since the discovery of the Cameron Highlands by William Cameron in 1885, the highlands have not only been transformed into temperate farms but they have also become a popular destination for local and foreign holidaymakers. Visit Boh Plantation, Malaysia’s largest tea producer to observe the processing of black tea. After a tea break we will visit the local market place, vegetable farms, flower gardens and a butterfly park.
Overnight: Cameron Highlands
OVERLAND CAMERON HIGHLANDS - GOPENG (CAVING AND WHITE WATER RAFTING) - IPOH (145 KM) (B, L)
After breakfast you leave the Cameron Highlands for Ipoh on your way you visit Tempurung Cave. This is a great experience as its dome ceiling resembles a coconut shell (thus the name Gua Tempurung - gua means cave and tempurung means coconut shell in Bahasa Malaysia). Take a stroll through the cave and encounter many interesting and beautiful rock formations. The limestone caves were formed some 400 million years ago.
After this amazing cave experience you head towards a splashing time in the river near Kampar. You wouldn’t want to miss taking this memorable adventure through the rainforest. We white water raft along the cool, clear river with cascading rapids that’s suitable for first-time and novice rafters.
OVERLAND IPOH - KUALA KANGSAR - KUALA SEPETANG - BUKIT MERAH (145 KM) (B, L)
Start your day with a visit to Perak Tong Cave Temple just out of the city. From there you drive to the royal town of Kuala Kangsar for a panoramic City Tour where you see the Ubudiah Mosque, Iskandariah Palace and Kenangan Palace which showcase some of Malaysia’s most striking architecture. Travel onwards to the fishing village of Kuala Sepetang where you find Malaysia’s best-managed mangrove forests, which serves a very important ecological role in protecting the coastline from erosion. In addition, Kuala Sepetang produces the bulk of the nation’s top quality mangrove charcoal which is very important for cooking such delicacies as satay. You visit a charcoal kiln where charcoal is produced and enjoy the novelty of walking through natural mangrove forests on a boardwalk. Visit the first railway station of Malaysia which was built in 1885, it servced as a link between the village and the inland and was used to transport tin ore in the early days of the nation’s tin boom. Travel on a boat cruise through the mangroves and along a river estuary, along the way, you might be lucky to see dolphins swimming alongside the boat. Check into your resort and the rest of the day is free at leisure in this water theme park.
Overnight: Bukit Merah
OVERLAND BUKIT MERAH - TAIPING - BELUM VALLEY (230 KM) (B)
Today you will travel to Taiping which once was the Perak State capital during the booming tin-mining industry in the 19th century. Taiping was a pioneer in many fields, achieving many "firsts" in the country. Visit the Taiping Lake Garden, Malaysia’s most beautiful lake garden. The tranquility, beautiful lake view and misty mountain scenery will provide a memorable experience. Delight in visiting the oldest zoo in the country where you can experience the sights and sounds of some of Malaysia's native animals in a natural setting of streams, lakes and abundance of flora. Continue your travels via Gerik to Banding Island. Upon arrival in Belum Rainforest Resort check in and the rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight: Belum Valley
BELUM VALLEY (B, L)
In the morning you explore Belum Valley, an area rich in fauna and flora and of great importance to Malaysia’s national heritage. From Banding Island on Temenggor Lake, you will take a boat ride for a tour of the aboriginal villages. Here you can observe and mingle with the Orang Asli people (this means ‘the original people’) who belong to the Jahai and Temiar tribes. You have the opportunity to trek through the rainforest and with some luck, see Rafflesia the world’s largest flower. Enjoy your packed lunch in the rainforest. Afterwards you continuing exploring the lush green rainforest considered to be 130 million years old and the oldest tropical rainforests in the world. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Try your luck fishing or just relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.
Overnight: Belum Valley
OVERLAND BELUM VALLEY - ALOR SETAR (200 KM) (B, L)
An early start your start your drive to Alor Star – the capital of Malaysia’s oldest Malay Sultanate and considered the ‘rice bowl’ of Malaysia. Upon arrival, you visit the bustling Pekan Rabu or Wednesday Market (which interestingly, is open daily). Visit the Alor Star Tower, the second tallest communication tower in Malaysia at 165.5m is ranked the 19th tallest in the world. The tower’s platform allows visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of the Strait of Malacca and over vast expanses of padi fields. Take an enjoyable break with lunch in the clouds. Back down you start your city Tour with stops at Masjid Zahir one of the grandest and most beautiful mosques in Malaysia, the Balai Besar or Balai Penghadapan (audience hall) and Balai Nobat, a unique building that houses the sacred instruments of royal orchestra. Proceed to the Rice Museum (Muzium Padi) to learn how Kedah produces the largest rice harvest in the country. There are several galleries in the museum, one of which has a panoramic mural with an interesting 3D-effect that explains the importance of rice to the people of Malaysia.
Overnight: Alor Setar
OVERLAND ALOR SETAR - GEORGETOWN PENANG (150 KM) (B)
After breakfast you travel to Penang and start on a city, culture and heritage tour of Georgetown which was officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Included in the tour is a visit to the ornate Kek Lok Si Temple built in 1904. It is the most beautiful and largest Buddhist temple complex in South East Asia and is known as the Temple of the 1,000 Buddhas. Proceed to Fort Cornwallis which was the landing site of Captain Francis Light in 1786. He arrived to start the first British colony in Penang. Next Stop is a visit to the water village of the Clan Jetties at Weld Quay, so named as residents of each jetty share similar surname. Now walk along Pitt Street, also known as the ‘Street of Harmony’ as churches, Chinese temples, mosques and Hindu temples have existed along the same street in harmony side by side for centuries. Also visit the intricate Khoo Kong Si clan house and enjoy a breezy trishaw ride; still popular mode of transport in Georgetown.