Experience the energy of Singapore before setting off along the western coast of Malaysia on this epic two-week trip. Cycle around the charming streets of Melaka, see the Petronas Twin Towers and Mahamariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur, and take a twilight river cruise in coastal Kuala Selangor. Strike out into the ancient rainforests of Taman Negara for wildlife and canopy tours, visit the tea plantations and strawberry farms of Cameron Highlands, and learn to cook delicious Malay dishes in Penang.


  • Explore Singapore and spend the day at Universal Studios
  • Take a river cruise along the Melaka River and discover the city by bike
  • See Kuala Lumpur's iconic buildings like the Mahamariamman Temple
  • Take jungle treks in Taman Negara to spot exotic wildlife day and night
  • Visit a tea plantation in Cameron Highlands before a cooking class in Penang

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Singapore, Explore Singapore
Day 2 Visit Universal Studios  Singapore
Day 3 Transfer to Melaka & Explore Melaka
Day 4 Melaka Bicycle Tour, Walking City Tour  Melaka
Day 5 Transfer to Kuala Lumpur, Explore Kuala Lumpur
Day 6 City Walking Tour, Kuala Selangor Fireflies Cruise & Dinner Kuala Lumpur
Day 7 Transfer to Taman Negara, Evening Jungle Trek Taman Negara
Day 8 Visit Teresek Hill, Canopy Walk & Lata Berkoh Taman Negara
Day 9 Transfer to Cameron Highlands Cameron Highlands
Day 10 Mossy Forest & Tea Plantation Visit Cameron Highlands
Day 11 Transfer to Penang & Explore Penang
Day 12 Tropical Spice Garden Cooking Class Penang
Day 13 Fly to Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur
Day 14 Depart Kuala Lumpur  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Singapore, Explore 

Singapore (Free at Leisure)
Marvel at Singapore's stunning skyline

Welcome to Singapore! This city-state is a small archipelago located in the South China Sea. Upon arrival at the airport, a driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. Start with a visit to iconic landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. Indulge in a culinary adventure at hawker centers, where you can savor local dishes like Hainanese chicken rice or chili crab. Stroll through the historical neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam, each offering a distinct cultural experience.

Discover the city's rich heritage by visiting museums like the National Museum of Singapore or the Peranakan Museum. To cap off your day, catch a spectacular light and sound show at the Gardens by the Bay or enjoy the cityscape at sunset from the observation deck of the Singapore Flyer.

Day 2: Visit Universal Studios

Universal Studios for a Day
Spend the day at Universal Studios 

Meet your driver in the hotel lobby and head to Universal Studios Singapore. Enter a world of excitement as you spend the rest of the day exploring the various themed zones, including Hollywood, Ancient Egypt, New York, and more. Indulge in heart-pounding rides, from adrenaline-pumping roller coasters to immersive 4D experiences. Savor the culinary delights offered throughout the park, ranging from international cuisines to delectable snacks.

Day 3: Transfer to Melaka, Explore

Transfer Singapore to Melaka
Take a river cruise along the Melaka River tonight

After breakfast, meet your driver at your hotel lobby for a four-hour transfer across the Malaysian border to Melaka. Located in the southern region of Peninsular Malaysia, this UNESCO-listed city is known for its rich heritage, ancient landmarks, and colonial buildings—past British, Dutch, and Portuguese rule have all left imprints on the city's architecture and culture.

Once you arrive at your hotel, spend the rest of the day exploring the city by foot. Don't miss the 16th-century A'Famosa Fort, and admire St. Paul's Church, a historical monument that served as a burial ground for Dutch nobles. Visit the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, and take a stroll through Jonker Street, a popular spot showcasing an array of local delicacies, souvenirs, and handicrafts. In the evening, take a river cruise and taste local dishes at one of the city's many restaurants.

Day 4: Melaka Bicycle Tour, Walking City Tour 

Melaka on Bicycle Tour
Explore Melaka on two wheels today with a cycling tour

Discover Melaka on two wheels today as you set off on a guided cycling tour through rural Melaka. Experience a leisurely ride along quiet roads, see lush paddy fields, and maybe even do a spot of rubber tapping. Learn about life in a traditional kampong (a Malay village), then return to Melaka in the early afternoon.

Later today, take a gentle walking tour of Melaka to explore this culturally rich city that boasts a fascinating history spanning centuries. Marvel at the architectural sights as you visit Chinatown, where vibrant colors and aromatic flavors blend seamlessly. Admire the iconic Stadhuys, a Dutch colonial building, and Christchurch, an enduring symbol of British heritage. Your insightful local guide will provide intriguing anecdotes and historical insights throughout the tour. 

Day 5: Transfer to Kuala Lumpur, Explore

Kuala Lumpur (On Your Own Activities)
You won't want to miss Mahamariamman Temple as you explore the city
Meet your driver in the hotel lobby for a two-hour transfer to Kuala Lumpur. Once settled, the remainder of the day is yours to explore the Malaysian capital at your own pace. Visit the 1,479-foot (451 m) tall Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers with Islamic motifs, or head to Petaling Street in Chinatown to wander the streets and look for gifts to buy. Visit Padang Merdeka to see bustling old markets, and don't miss some of the city's many temples—like the colorful Mahamariamman. Tonight, try some local dishes in one of the city's many excellent restaurants.
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Day 6: Kuala Lumpur Walking City Tour, Kuala Selangor Fireflies Cruise & Dinner

Meet the silvery lutung monkeys of Kuala Selangor this afternoon

This morning, join a walking tour of Malaysia's capital and explore its rich cultural heritage with the guidance of a local guide. During the tour, you'll visit some of the city's iconic historical buildings and landmarks and discover the stories behind them. Start with Sultan Street, famous for its colorful buildings and murals, then visit the Rust Market, a bustling bazaar that sells a wide range of products at bargain prices. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the Wet Market, and see the Kwong Siew Temple, a traditional Chinese temple that dates back to the 19th century.

This afternoon, meet your guide for a scenic 50-minute drive to Kuala Selangor, a charming coastal town known for its excellent seafood and unspoiled nature. Begin your visit at Melawati Hill, capturing stunning photos of the resident silvery lutung monkeys, and admire the grandeur of Kuala Selangor Lighthouse. Treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering dinner at a renowned local seafood restaurant, savoring the fresh flavors of the region. Next, you'll embark on a riverboat cruise. Witness the spectacle of fireflies illuminating the night sky and revel in the beautiful sunset as you glide along the tranquil river. 

Day 7: Transfer to Taman Negara, Evening Jungle Trek

Transfer Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara
Take jungle treks through Taman Negara to see its flora and fauna

Rise early for a transfer four hours northeast to the jetty at Kuala Tahan. From here, you'll board a boat and cross the river to Taman Negara, Malaysia's largest national park and one of the oldest primary rainforests on Earth. Settle into your accommodation, and rest up for this evening's adventurous excursion.

As evening falls, you'll follow an experienced guide on a trek to explore the nocturnal world of this ancient rainforest. Keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with elusive creatures such as snakes, frogs, and other endemic species. Listen to the calls of nocturnal birds as they navigate the moonlit canopy above. You may also encounter other unique wildlife, from colorful insects to mysterious mammals. After a few hours of exploration, return to your accommodation and fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle.

Day 8: Visit Teresek Hill, Canopy Walk & Lata Berkoh

Taman Negara (Teresek Hill, Canopy Walk & Lata Berkoh)
Cross the forest canopy along swing bridges 

Kickstart your day with breakfast before joining your expert guide for an exhilarating jungle hike. Climb the picturesque Teresek Hill, relishing panoramic views over the sprawling rainforest below. Wander through the lush greenery as you head to the Canopy Walkway, a thrilling adventure that allows you to traverse the forest's canopy by swinging bridges. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you walk among the treetops, witnessing the landscapes from a different vantage point.

From there, your adventure continues with a scenic boat ride along the river, leading you to Latah Berkoh, a spectacular waterfall where you can cool off before heading back to your accommodations for the afternoon.

Day 9: Transfer to Cameron Highlands

Transfer Taman Negara to Cameron Highlands
Enjoy all the shades of green of the Cameron Highlands

Enjoy a change of scenery as you head four hours northwest to the highlands of Peninsular Malaysia. You'll reach Cameron Highlands, where you'll check in to your hotel and have the remainder of the day free. This picturesque hill station is known for its cool climate, tea plantations, and stunning natural scenery. 

Cameron Highlands is home to many strawberry farms, where you can pick your own strawberries and taste delicious strawberry-themed treats such as jams, tarts, and ice cream. You'll also visit the Butterfly Farm, where you'll see a variety of colorful butterflies and other insects. Don't miss a stop at the Time Tunnel Museum, which showcases the history and culture of Cameron Highlands through interactive exhibits and displays.

This evening, take the opportunity to taste the local cuisine. The highland climate is ideal for growing produce such as vegetables, fruits, and herbs used in many local dishes. Try the famous steamboat hotpot, where you cook your food in a flavorful broth or indulge in some sizzling hot satay with peanut sauce.

Day 10: Mossy Forest & Tea Plantation Visit

Mossy Forest & BOH Tea Plantation
Learn all about tea on a tea plantation tour

Prepare for an enriching experience that will take you through the wonders of the Cameron Highlands. The first part of the day will lead you to Mount Brinchang, where you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking viewpoint offering panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscape. Wander through the Mossy Forest, a unique ecosystem shrouded in mist and home to diverse flora and fauna.

Next, visit the Boh Tea Plantation, one of the most extensive tea plantations in Malaysia. Witness the meticulous process of tea production, from plucking the leaves to the art of tea processing. Learn about the history and heritage of tea in the region, and savor a cup of freshly brewed tea as you soak in the serene surroundings of the plantation. After this morning excursion, the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. Whether you explore more of the charming Cameron Highlands, indulge in local cuisine, or unwind amid the tranquility of your surroundings, the choice is yours.

Day 11: Transfer to Penang, Explore

Transfer Cameron Highlands to Penang
Keep Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion on your list of places to visit

Change pace again today as you continue four hours northwest to the island of Penang. You'll reach your hotel in Georgetown and have the rest of the day free to wander. Georgetown is the capital city of Penang and is known for its cultural diversity, historical sites, delicious food, and beautiful beaches. One of the main attractions is the city's well-preserved colonial architecture, and you'll find a mix of British, Chinese, and Indian styles. The Penang Peranakan Mansion, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, and Kek Lok Si Temple are just a few monuments you can visit.

Another must-see attraction is street art; the city is famous for its murals and sculptures that depict the local culture and way of life. The local cuisine is a fusion of Malay, Chinese, and Indian flavors, and you can find a wide variety of delicious dishes in Georgetown's many food stalls and restaurants. If you're looking for a relaxing day by the beach, Batu Ferringhi is a popular beach destination with its crystal-clear waters and soft sandy shores. You can also visit the National Park of Penang, where you can hike through the jungle to reach secluded beaches.

Finally, Georgetown is a great place to learn about the local history and culture. The Penang State Museum and Art Gallery and the Pinang Peranakan Museum offer insights into the state's history and cultural heritage.

Day 12: Tropical Spice Garden Cooking Class

Penang (Tropical Spice Garden Cooking Class)
Learn to cook delicious Malay dishes at Tropical Spice Garden

Be sure to have an empty stomach today as your driver takes you to the Tropical Spice Garden. Begin by strolling through the lush gardens with your guide, who will introduce you to the diverse array of plants and herbs in this tropical paradise. Discover the region's rich flavors and culinary traditions as you join an expert chef for a hands-on cooking class. Learn the art of preparing a local dish, unlocking the secrets of traditional ingredients and techniques. Under the guidance of your skilled instructor, you'll master the intricacies of flavor balancing and authentic preparation.

Once your culinary masterpiece is complete, sit down and savor the fruits of your labor. Relish the harmonious blend of spices and aromas as you indulge in the delicious dish you've created. As the class ends, you're free to choose your preferred mode of transportation for your return to your accommodation.

Day 13: Fly to Kuala Lumpur

Airport transfers & flight from Penang to Kuala Lumpur
Bid farewell to Penang today 

Say your goodbyes to Penang this morning, as it's time to head to the airport for the hourlong flight back to Kuala Lumpur. Upon arrival, meet your driver for a transfer to your hotel in the city. The rest of your penultimate day in Malaysia is at your leisure—feel free to explore highlights you might have missed earlier in the trip, or return to some of your favorites. 

If you didn't get the chance to climb the 1,479-foot (451 m) tall Petronas Twin Towers, now's your chance. The towers also offer a public sky bridge and an observation deck where you'll witness superb city views and a memorable sunset on your final night. 

Day 14: Depart Kuala Lumpur

Thanks for the adventure, Malaysia!

Your Kuala Lumpur adventure draws to a close today. Spend your morning shopping for souvenirs or browsing for more street food delicacies, then meet your driver for your transfer to the airport to catch your departing flight. Safe travels!

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Map of Highlights of Singapore & West Malaysia - 14 Days
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