26 September 2016

 

Amazing things to do in
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Malaysia

Sights and sounds of Malaysia

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Batu Caves Tour
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Batu Caves Tour

Crafty trip to the caves

This trip to the outskirts of the city along the Ambassador Row includes the Istana Sharif Ali and Malay Villages. First stop is at Royal Selangor Pewter, the largest and most modern pewter factory in the world, known internationally for its high quality and craftsmanship. You will be shown the different processes, such as casting, filing, polishing, soldering, hammering and engraving during this factory tour.

Next you stop at a Batik factory to see the design and printing processes. Then arrive at the limestone hills of Batu Caves, a complex that is made up of three caverns and several smaller caves. It is the shrine of Lord Murugah, a Hindu deity, and a flight of 272 steps lead up to the temple cave. Another cave, called the museum cave, is filled with images of gods and murals depicting scenes from the Hindu scriptures


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Georgetown City Explorer
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Georgetown City Explorer

A great trip, by George!

Georgetown, the capital of Penang and named after King George III of England, is an interesting blend of old and new. On this tour you stop first at the famous Golden reclining Bhudda, one of the largest in Asia.

This is followed by a visit to the Penang Colonial Museum which houses a collection of historical items. Drive past the colourful Little India and bustling Chinatown, one of the many old and cherished charms of Georgetown. Next stop is the world’s fourth largest reclining Buddha statue at Wat Chayamangkal. This fascinating tour makes a great introduction to the holiday island of Penang.

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Private Georgetown Wet Market Tour
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Private Georgetown Wet Market Tour

Get ready to haggle

Meet your driver and guide early in the morning and travel to the oldest wet market in Georgetown. Take a stroll around and see the locals haggling noisily over the prices of fresh food, cheap clothes and knick-knacks. You can also try your hand at this 'fun' experience as your guide is always on hand to help with the bargaining process.

At the market you can enjoy breakfasts, possibly trying some of the local dishes such as Roti Bakar, Kopi O and Teh Tarik. From here, continue on to Little India, a Market Street with its spice, saree and accessory shops. You will certainly experience a different atmosphere from the wet market and here you will be able to buy lots of souvenirs.

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Botanical Garden and Butterfly Farm
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Botanical Garden and Butterfly Farm

The butterfly effect

The Botanical Garden is an oasis of peace and tranquillity with lush green surroundings. And on this tour you will see native and hybrid orchids, cactus plant collections, varied collections of ferns, bamboo plants, flowering trees and shrubs. Then visit Penang Butterfly Farm which is home to 3,000 living specimens from more than 50 species of colourful butterflies, frogs, scorpions and other insects.

The farm features a lily pond, rock garden, bubbling mud pool and artificial waterfalls. You will also be taken to Penang`s latest attraction, a Propolis Bee Farm which offers insight into bee breeding. Get to know the differences between natural and synthesised honey, the various types of bees and the honey they produce.
Later visit Royal Selangor, one of the world's oldest pewter makers, for a demonstration on pewter finishing.

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Jungle Trek
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Jungle Trek

Joy of the jungle

This trip is a moderate trek of three hours into the tropical rainforest that gives you the perfect opportunity to get up close to nature in Langkawi. An experienced guide will show you a few of Langkawi's 400 tree species, and you will see lots of birds, butterflies and monkeys. Spend the first two hours in the jungle during the day and the last one as night falls.

Then, you will have a completely different experience and see lots of nocturnal animals with a great chance to spot flying lemurs, flying squirrels, maybe even a civet or one of the more than 40 snake species. This jungle trek is an unforgettable trip for anybody who wants to experience more of Langkawi's beautiful, natural biodiversity.


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Langkawi Island Tour
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Langkawi Island Tour

Take a look at Langkawi

This fascinating tour will take you through the urban and rural areas of legendary Langkawi. The journey begins with a visit to a showcase of the local cottage industry where you will see the process of traditional batik painting using wax and dyes. Travel on to Makam Mahsuri then go up the second highest mountain in a cable car ride and get bird's eye views of the island.

Later visit the Rice Garden, one of Langkawi’s eco-tourism attractions where you will be able to see a long stretch of paddy field. Apart from merely looking at the green paddy, you will also get to learn more about their specific species and see the scary scarecrows that are placed in the middle of the field. This island tour of Langkawi is both fun and informative.

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Nature Cycling Tour
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Nature Cycling Tour

Cycle of nature

There is no better way to experience the sights and sounds of the island of Langkawi than by taking this Nature Cycling tour. You can ride your bicycle through river banks, paddy fields and forests during this three to four hour bike trip, seeing so many of the natural wonders and meeting the friendly locals as you pedal around the countryside.

Once on your bike you will experience Langkawi from a total different perspective and you will be surprised what and who you will meet on the way and during various stops. This tour is a good way to get a glimpse of daily life in the villages and is great fun for all the family as well as being a healthy way to get around seeing much more than if you were walking the same route.

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Kuala Lumpur Cultural and Heritage Tour
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Kuala Lumpur Cultural and Heritage Tour

On the heritage trail

Despite its breathtaking growth over the years, Malaysia's capital city Kuala Lumpur has managed to keep its charm, with a skyline that blends the old and new. And on this comprehensive cultural tour you see the contrast of old Moorish architecture and the modern skyscrapers such as the Petronas Twin Towers while learning all about the history and heritage of the city.

You are taken through the Heritage Trails of the early cultures in Malaysia gaining an insight into the country's multi–cultural society. Places of interest along the way include Chan See Shu Yuen Clan House (one of the most interesting clan House in Malaysia), Chinatown, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, the bustling Central Market, Sze Yeh Temple, Jamek Mosque and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

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Historical Malacca Day Tour
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Historical Malacca Day Tour

Visit magical Malacca

Located just two hours away from the capital city is Malacca, the place where the nation was born and where the past and present still meets. The history of Malaysia is said to have begun at this great seaport where the Portuguese, Dutch and English once ruled. This once powerful and prosperous trading port is now a delightful city.

On arrival you visit the 17th century Chinese Cemetery and enjoy the views of the city from Chinese Hill before driving though the Portugese Settlement to view the ruins of St. Paul’s Church before enjoying a traditional Malaysian lunch. Later enjoy a stroll along Jonker’s Street, otherwise known as the Antique Row, and then see the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia before returning to Kuala Lumpur in the early evening.

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Penang Hill & Temple Tour
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Penang Hill & Temple Tour

Temple is a real high spot

On this fascinating tour you head for the hills and visit one of the largest Buddhist temples in South East Asia. Kek Lok Si Temple is also known as the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas. A seven tier Pagoda dominates this stunning building, which is influenced by the architectural styles of the Thais, Burmese and Chinese and watched over by a beautiful bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy.

Next you take a funicular train ride up Penang Hill to enjoy this cool retreat away from the tropical heat below. On top of the hill you have a great panoramic view of the capital city George Town and see lots of exotic flora and fauna. There is so much to see and do when visiting Penang and this hill and temple tour will probably be one of the highlights of your visit.

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Scenic Night Tour with Hawker Dinner
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Scenic Night Tour with Hawker Dinner

See the sights at night

Watch the city of Georgetown come alive at night with blazes of lights and noisy street peddlers. As Penang is famous for its local cuisine, your evening will begin with a delicious dinner at a traditional restaurant. Then after your meal you will be taken on a short Trishaw ride, an authentic mode of transport which is still used today.

After this memorable trip through the city you will be taken to a local night market for a chance to shop and perhaps try some more local delicacies again.

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Private Georgetown Heritage Tour
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Private Georgetown Heritage Tour

City Secrets Revealed

George Town, listed by UNESCO as a world heritage city, has a great range of arts and culture and is definitely not a place to miss when visiting Penang. On this popular tour you can walk around the fascinating Peranakan Mansion Museum with its displays of more than 1,000 antiques before strolling through the colourful ethnic enclave Little India, where the shops are full of local crafts that make great souvenirs. After testing your bargaining skills, stop at the oldest Hindu temple in Penang.

Then continue on to the Chinese Clan Houses where you can see the ornate rooftops with their intricately carved dragon pillars before walking along Armenian Street to view the street art which is on display in every nook and cranny. Your private tour ends on a sweet note when you are taken to the Chocolate Boutique where you can indulge yourself and buy some of the tasty treats. This tour is a great way to get to experience life in Penang's capital city.

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Bird Watching Tour
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Bird Watching Tour

Strictly for the birds

During this five hour trip it may be possible to spot some of more than 230 species of birds in the jungles, rice fields and rivers of Langkawi. An experienced guide will take you first up to the Gunung Raya to try to spot the mountain birds, including the Great Hornbill, as he knows exactly where most of the rare species can be found.

A lot of migratory birds visit Langkawi from November until April, but even without these visitors the island is a birders paradise all year round. During the trip you will also see birds in the lowlands and paddy fields. You can bring your own binoculars but they will be provided if you need them. This tour is just perfect for anybody interested in the islands native birds and wildlife.

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Penang Heritage Walking Tour
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Penang Heritage Walking Tour

Walk through history

Start this Penang tour at St. George’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in Southeast Asia. Then continue on to the Goddess of Mercy Temple, passing through colourful stalls where flower garlands are made and then visit Pinang Peranakan Mansion for a tour and see some of the thousands of antiques and collectible items on display.

Then walk pass King Street, cut into Market Street and arrive at some spice shops where you discover everything about the various spices and how to use them in traditional cooking. From here you travel on to the final stop which is the Khoo Kongsi - a large Chinese clanhouse with elaborate and highly ornate architecture and a mark of the dominant presence of the Chinese in Penang.

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Mangrove Kayak Trip
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Mangrove Kayak Trip

Magical mangroves

You wil experience the beautiful mangroves of Langkawi island on this kayaking adventure and get in some good exercise during this five hour trip. A guide will show you how to best handle the kayaks and tell you all about the flaura, fauna and the exotic wild animals you are likely to encounter as you paddle through the swamps.

This is a day where you will get a good close up look at the ecology of the mangroves whilst gliding with your kayak through a smaller area in the jungle away from the larger rivers. During this adventurous and rewarding tour you are likely to see monkeys, snakes, eagles, otters, rare and colourful birds and fearsome monitor lizards.

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Enchanting Fireflies
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Enchanting Fireflies

Light up your evening

For something completely different while staying in Kuala Lumpur you can take yourself away from the hustle and bustle of the city out to a Manfgrove forest to see the enchanting fireflies at Kuala Selangor, a small village known for its natural heritage. First take a walk around the jungle trails and appreciate the wonders of nature as the sun sets.

Then relax and enjoy a delicious seafood dinner in a restaurant by the river front before taking a boat upstream for the memorable nightly experience of watching thousands of fireflies sparkling in the thick mangrove along both sides of the river banks. This wonderful natural phenomena resembles rows of brightly lit Christmas trees.


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A Night to Remember
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A Night to Remember

The ultimate dinner

Enjoy an unhurried Trishaw ride through Little India and the oldest parts of Georgetown to the scenic Tanjung Marina City where you will be having your dinner. CHIN’S Penang has brought a new era of trendsetting, culinary chic in the Pearl of the Orient and executive chef Wang ZhiZhong and his creative culinary team from China will delight diners with the wholesome goodness of traditional Chinese recipes.

Against a backdrop of modern and fine cooking techniques your senses will be catapulted into another realm. Nothing is spared at the expense of good taste and the ground breaking cooking culture at CHIN’S encapsulates traditions molded, honed and perfected over time, marrying the freshest authentic produce with the restaurant's exquisite culinary finesse to achieve one perfect dish after another.

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Kiulu White Water Rafting
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Kiulu White Water Rafting

Get in the white mood

On this exciting action packed adventure you begin by travelling north of Kota Kinabalu to the Kiulu River. On this journey you will pass quaint villages, scenic countryside and the rural town of Tamparuli. On arrival at the river you have a short safety briefing on the bank then it's off to experience a memorable trip through foaming rapids.

With headwaters from Mt. Kinabalu, the river provides a grade two to grade three experience, which is perfect for newcomers to the sport. Deep pools punctuate the river rapids, giving you ample opportunities to indulge in body rafting or swimming. The river journey takes around one and a half hours, depending on the force of the waters, and is topped off with a delicious lunch before returning to the city.

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Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Springs
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Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Springs

Spring into action in the park

This scenic tour takes you across the mountainous Crocker Range where you get great panoramic views of the countryside and soaring hills. While on the way to Kinabalu Park, you can catch the magnificent sight of Mount Kinabalu, South East Asia's highest peak. The park is a World Heritage site with an incredible mega bio- diversity of flora and fauna and is a haven for nature lovers.

On arrival, enjoy a guided nature trek along one of the many trails in the park before travelling on to Poring Hot Springs where you can take an invigorating dip into the hot sulphur springs. Relax after your bubbling bath and for a closer look at nature, take the 'high road' by strolling along the canopy walk which offers spectacular views down on the rainforest and see lots of the birds and animals that live in the trees.

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Coral Flyer Zipline – Gaya Island to Sapi Island
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Coral Flyer Zipline – Gaya Island to Sapi Island

Zoom off on a zip

The world’s longest zip line is here in Sabah Malaysia and there are few better thrills than literally sailing through the air from one island to another at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park just minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu city. Stretching across the channel that divides Gaya and Sapi Island, Coral Flyer Zipline is an amazing 820 feet of exciting ziplining.

Coral Flyer Zipline provides safe and ideal conditions as you blaze at speeds of up to 50 mph zooming from Gaya Island where it starts, down to Sapi Island where it ends. The Sabah zip line enables you to cross the narrow straits between both islands in about 30 to 40 seconds and the ride is an adrenaline rush as you soar over the sea experiencing the feeling of flying.

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Coral Island Escapade
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Coral Island Escapade

Underwater utopia

This trip opens up an underwater haven for your diving and snorkelling enthusiasts or those wanting to try this fun experience for the first time. Sail on a catamaran that will take you to Pulau Payar, West Malaysia's only Marine Park, and discover the beautiful colourful marine creatures and corals. Then go snorkelling and scuba diving down on the reefs.

The less adventurous can take a ride in a glass-bottom boat and peek down to see the underwater creatures without getting wet. For the divers, all the gear is available for hire, but you must have a diving certificate. Then tuck in to a sumptuous buffet lunch served at the platform amid the tropical tranquillity of this beautiful marine park.

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Malaysian Home Cooking Class with Market Visit
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Malaysian Home Cooking Class with Market Visit

Something's cooking!

During this fun experience you spend half a day buying food during a market tour then learning how to cook it. First you go to the market for your ingredients and at each stall a brief explanation is given about the exotic items you buy. Then it's back to your fully equipped cooking station where you will prepare your meal with lots of help from the experts.

This is a rare hands-on experience of cooking in a Malaysian home environment using traditional stone and wooden utensils in a modern kitchen. Everything is provided and you will learn to cook a variety of traditional and special festive Malay, Chinese, Indian and Thai dishes. Pointers will be given on Malaysian cooking etiquette as well as some valuable tips about authentic dishes. Precious family recipes will also be shared.

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Walking Tour of Malacca
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Walking Tour of Malacca

Make the most of Malacca

You see all the sights of Malacca on this comprehensive walking tour, which begins with a Malacca River Cruise. The river was a main artery of trade in its heyday when it was bustling with people from all around the world. Some buildings from that era still stand by the river, which is also lined by old villages and modern day buildings. The 45-minute cruise is accompanied by an entertaining and informative commentary.

Then start your walking tour on Jalan Hang Jebat, which dates back in the 14th century. Elegant old sailing perahus and wooden barges still crowd the nearby docks. Beside the bridge is the Town Square with its terracotta Dutch colonial buildings, Christ Church, the Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower and the Stadthuys. After lunch visit a heritage museum then stroll along Jonkers Street, otherwise known as the Antique Row.

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Tour of the Two Towers
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Tour of the Two Towers

Dinner for Two

You will discover what makes the Twin Towers special through cutting-edge displays and vibrant exhibits. At 360 metres, you'll be able to see a spire up close and enjoy breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur. From the Twin Towers you go to the KL Tower where you will be eating at Atmosphere 360, where you experience the natural transition from day to night as the restaurant transforms into an elegant dining area.

The magnificent view of cityscapes, sophisticated ambience and delectable food ensures that dinner at Atmosphere 360 is truly an unforgettable and luxurious culinary experience. The restaurant offers a glorious buffet spread showcasing a huge variety of modern authentic Malaysian dishes and international cuisine. This is one meal and one restaurant that you will always remember.


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North Borneo Steam Train with Tiffin Lunch
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North Borneo Steam Train with Tiffin Lunch

Trains and Tiffin

Finally, after being closed for more than four years, North Borneo Railways is on track and rolling again. Each coach can seat 16 people and the total passenger load is just 80 per trip. The train now runs every Wednesday and Saturday and departs Tanjung Aru Railway station at 10.00 am to Papar and returns at about 1.45 pm, stopping at Kinaurt to see the Chinese Temple.

A Tiffin Lunch is served on board the return journey as soon as the you leave Papar town. This delicious Colonial style meal includes satays, chicken briyani, prawns, vegetables and fruits. Lunch is included in the price of the ticket and beverages such as beers, soft drinks and wines will be sold on board the train during the journey.

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Orang-Utan Encounter
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Orang-Utan Encounter

Meet the wild men of Borneo

Sepilok, a big reserve in the lowland primary rainforest and mangrove, was set up in 1964 to protect the orang-utan - The Wild Man of Borneo - from extinction. At Sepilok orphaned or captured orang-utans are rehabilitated and protected and eventually returned to the wild and you will hear about how this is done during your memorable visit.

Since Sepilok has been established, more than 100 orang-utans have been rehabilitated into the wild. To get more acquainted with the Orang-Utan, you'll have the opportunity to witness the feeding of the young orphans before going to the historic town of Sandakan for your lunch. Then visit Sim-Sim water village, the oldest water village in Sabah which is built on stilts.

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Sepilok Orang Utan and Labuk Bay Monkey Tour
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Sepilok Orang Utan and Labuk Bay Monkey Tour

Fly away for monkey magic

You will be collected early from your hotel for the flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan and on arrival met and driven for one and a half hours to meet the Proboscis monkeys at Labuk Bay Sanctuary. Here you can watch them being fed before returning to Sepilok Nature Resort where it's your turn to eat as you are given a delicious traditional local lunch.

Then visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre which is in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. Learn about the rehabilitation of orphaned orang utans before taking a boardwalk through the lowland rainforest to the viewing and feeding platform where you see the orphaned orang utans at play. Then return to Sandakan airport for your flight back to Kota Kinabalu where you are met and taken to your hotel.

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Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Springs
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Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Springs

Park yourself in a hot tub

This great tour combines Kinabalu Park with a visit to the Hot Sulphur baths. First you drive towards the township of Ranau passing by Kinabalu Park and Crocker Range before reaching Poring Hot Spring. Take the canopy walk located 150m above ground for a better appreciation of the tropical jungle or you can opt for an invigorating mineral bath in an indoor or outdoor tub.

A delicious lunch is included in this memorable trip and soaking yourself in the therapeutic bathtub after your trip to the Canopy walk is a wonderful relaxing experience. You will see nature at its best as you pass through Kinabalu Park on the way back from the sulphur springs and the tour, lunch and mineral bath experience make for a great day out.

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Kuala Lumpur City Tour
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Kuala Lumpur City Tour

OK tour of KL

Despite its amazing growth over the years, Malaysia's capital city Kuala Lumpur has managed to keep its charm, with a skyline that blends the old and new. On this comprehensive tour you see the contrast of old Moorish architecture and the modern skyscrapers such as the Petronas Twin Towers. Drive past the elegant Jamek Mosque and Independence Square before making a photo stop at the Royal Palace.

Then visit the National Museum and later take a stroll at the beautiful Lake Gardens near to the National Monument. Other highlights of the tour include the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, renowned for its many cupolas, minarets and Arabic arches, colourful Chinatown, the King's Palace and the world famous Petronas Towers. You also stop along the way to see the art of jewellery making.

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Untold Stories of Langkawi
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Untold Stories of Langkawi

Legends of Langkawi

During this six hour Untold Stories of Langkawi trip all your senses will be triggered as you will get a mix of culture, food, colonial history and its architectural influence. You will be taken to see all the major sights on this legendary island with time to take them all in. This popular tour is great for all the family and will leave you with lots of memories.

Along the way you visit some interesting places like temples, Malay houses on stilts and the local night market and your guide will tell you all about the Malay culture, food, island legends and various religions. This tour is a different adventure in Langkawi and highly recommended if you are interested in learning more about the local daily life.

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