Malaysia's Colonial Echoes
9 Days

Nine-day holidays in Malaysia arranged by specialist tour operators - Malaysia vacations that take you to the best destinations

Sample Tours:


This is an example of one of our classic tailor-made holidays in Malaysia - we'll be pleased to design similar Malaysia or Borneo vacations with dates and itinerary customised to your personal preferences.

Highlights of our Malaysia holiday:
Our tailor-made Malaysia vacation includes Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, the Cameron Highlands and Penang.

Our Malaysia holidays begin with ...
Arriving at Singapore, you will be met by your guide and driven through the Johor causeway linking Singapore to Malaysia, entering Johor Bharu, Malaysia's southernmost state en route to Malacca for check-in to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day for some familiarisation with the city.

Malacca has a long history as a major hub of world trade from the fourteenth century attracting traders from all over Asia and Arabia, until the arrival of European cultures, and it is a measure of its importance as a trading centre, that Malacca has been successively and violently passed between the Portugese, Dutch, French, Japanese and British prior to Malaysia's independence in 1957. Malacca therfore has a wealth of historical sights from a wide mix of cultural influences, and your first day's tour will take in the major sites, including St. Pauls hill, Porta de Santiago, Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Baba Nyonya museum and a visit to the famous Jonkers Street, popular for its antique and craft shops. From late afternoon, you will be free to explore at your leisure or maybe sit in one of the canal-side cafes taking in the atmosphere.

High rise Malaysia

Next day, we travel to Malaysia's high-rise Capital Kuala Lumpur, whose visibly stunning modern architecture hides a wealth of older colonial and and cultural buildings from the many peoples who have settled and spread their influence here. You will visit the National monument, the Sultan Abdul Samad building, the National mosque, Independence square, the Selangor club, the KL Tower, Petronas twin-towers, Thean Hou temple and the Kings palace. In the afternoon, you will have time to yourself to explore in your own style.

On the following day, your guide and driver will take you to the splendid Batu caves, within which an impressive Hindu shrine resides at the top of 272 step walkway. Afterwards, we will visit the renowned Royal Selangor Pewter centre, the world's leading pewter manufacturer for over 200 years, where you can watch the manufacturing process taking place around you. Upon our return to Kuala Lumpur, you will be free to continue your explorations of the city's many attractions.

A nice cup of Tea

Today's trip will take you back to the British colonial past when everything stopped for Tea. The Cameron highlands seduced the British with its cool relief from the tropical lowland heat and some of the buildings reflect the ambience of English country life so authentically, that you may wonder if you have wandered into some space-time anomaly. On the way up to the mountain resort, passing the tea plantations, we will stop at an aboriginal village and teahouse.

Of course, no visit to the countryside is complete without a good cup of tea, and you will have ample opportunity to try several varieties next day, when we visit a tea plantation to observe the timeless processes that got the British so hooked on this refreshing leaf. Complete the picture with a walk in the Rose garden and a visit to the butterfly farm, before we head back to your hotel, with a stop at a fruit and vegetable market on the way.

Empire building

Leaving the highlands behind, we travel toward the island of Penang, with stops at the Cave temple, the golden dome of Ubudiah mosque, and the former palace of the Sultan of Perak with its ornate carving. We will visit the Orang Utan island at Bukit Laketown resort, before crossing Asia's largest bridge to Georgetown, Penang. After check-in, you will be free to wander the remainder of the day.

Your trip in Penang , the first British colonial settlement in Malaysia, will take in the intricate adornments of the Khoo Kongsi (dragon mountain hall) clan house, Fort Cornwallis, the Thai temple Wat Chayamangkalaram and a visit to the British built 'lost' fortress, dug into Bukit Batu Maung hill with the intention of repelling Japanese naval invasion. Unfortunately, when the attack came, the fortress was overwhelmed by land forces.The fortress now houses a fascinating museum.

Every trip comes to an end, and sadly, today we will ensure you are delivered to Penang airport for your flight to Kuala Lumpur for your flight home or onward connection.

Meals: eight breakfasts and 6 lunches
Escort/guide: Airport transfers, and tours as detailed

Prices (per person in US dollars):

The prices below are based on the hotels on the Classic Malaysia 'Accommodation' page. If you would prefer a different hotel, or hotels, choose your preference on the relevant 'Hotels' page, tell us, and we'll send you a modified price within 24 hrs at the latest.

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At the time of quotation, Haivenu reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

These prices are valid until October 31, 2018. Please note: bank transfer fees are not included.

* ‘Single room occupancy’ refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.

Our prices include:

  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above (Please note: pick-ups will be by a guide and driver or, where a guide is not necessary, a driver only. All unaccompanied drivers will be briefed in advance, and will carry a mobile phone to ensure smooth transfer arrangements)
  • Domestic flight tickets: Penang - Kuala Lumpur, including domestic airport taxes
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests' return to their hotel or reaching their destination). Free days or part days will not include the services of a guide unless requested and included in the final itinerary.
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • VAT and other taxes

Our prices do not include:

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visas
  • Dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Camera fees (if any)
  • Insurance.


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