Kuala Lumpur, Borneo & Penang
Travel 03 May 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
Book by 30 Apr 2019
Saving £410 per person
- 2 nts Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur - Superior room - Breakfast
- 5 nts Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa, Borneo Beaches - Kinabalu Wing Sea View room - Breakfast
- 5 nts Lone Pine, Penang - Deluxe room - Breakfast
- Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa: FREE upgrade to Kinabalu Wing Sea View
- Flights to Kuala Lumpur and onwards to Borneo and Penang with Malaysia Airlines from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
Superior room - Breakfast
In the heart of the city centre and adjacent to the monorail, the Parkroyal is strolling distance from fashionable shopping and dining, while sights such as the Petronas Twin Towers are a stone's throw away.
Kinabalu Wing Sea View room - Breakfast
This secluded resort is set on exquisite Pantai Dalit Beach surrounded by 400 acres of lush tropical vegetation, including a unique nature reserve where you'll discover a remarkable array of indigenous flora, fauna and wildlife.
Deluxe room - Breakfast
Lone Pine is a luxury boutique hotel tucked away in an idyllic spot along Penang's coastline. Lovingly restored to provide contemporary comfort and old world charm.
Flights to Kuala Lumpur and onwards to Borneo and Penang with Malaysia Airlines from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.
Daily. A weekend surcharge of £25 per person applies for outbound travel on a Friday or Saturday.
Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £120, Belfast from £145, Newcastle from £145, Edinburgh from £145, Glasgow from £145. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availabilty, terms and conditions apply.
Superior room - Breakfast
Kuala Lumpur has evolved into a 21st century metropolis dominated by the tallest skyscrapers in south east Asia. Historic temples and mosques rub shoulders with space-age towers and shopping malls while locals sip cappuccino in coffee shops or feast at bustling streetside hawker stalls. KL, as it is affectionately known, is a city that is truly one-of-a-kind.
Kuala Lumpur is a compact city and most of the tourist sights are easily explored on foot, however the city has an excellent network of public transport including buses, metro (Light Rail Transit) and a monorail making it easy to get around. Taxis are also available, but as the roads can be busy, they may prove be a more expensive option.
At the historic heart of the city is Merdeka Square (or Independence Square). Ringed by handsome colonial-era buildings the square marks the place where the Malaysian flag was hoisted for the first time following independence from British rule in 1957. On the west side of the square is the Royal Selangor Club, while on the eastern edge is the distinguished Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Other nearby notable historical buildings include the highly acclaimed Jamek Mosque, which is a vision of soaring minarets and onion-shaped domes; and the imposing Old Railway Station. To the west of the colonial area is the popular Lake Gardens, a green oasis with boating lakes, pavilions, an orchid garden, deer park, butterfly park, bird park and planetarium.
Modern Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) sits in the financial district of KL, known as the Golden Triangle, and is where you'll find many of the city's luxury hotels along with the 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers, which are the epitome of contemporary KL. If you have a head for heights don't miss the panoramic views from the sky bridge linking the two towers at the 41st and 42nd floors. Other sights within this district include the verdant KLCC Park and the Aquaria KLCC, which is home to over 20,000 aquatic and land mammals from all over the world. For city skyline views that include the Petronas Twin Towers head to the observation deck of the Menara KL Tower, which is higher than the Petronas' skybridge, or perhaps take tea at the revolving Seri Angkasa restaurant one floor higher.
To the north of Kuala Lumpur in Selangor are the Batu Caves, a series of giant limestone caves which were discovered in the 19th century and are among the holiest Hindu shrines in Malaysia. The entrance is dominated by a colossal statue of the Hindu deity Lord Murugan and a flight of 272 steps lead to the main cave, Temple Cave, which is where most of the shrines are located.
Kuala Lumpur is also a great destination for shopping. If it's high end fashion you seek, the Bukit Bintang and KLCC areas provide excellent choices, with upmarket malls such as Suria KLCC and Pavilion KL. Alternatively, Berjaya Times Square, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, has over 1,000 retail outlets, an indoor theme park, cinemas, food outlets and a bowling alley. For a real sense of the city's local shopping scene, take a stroll around one of the bustling markets, such as the huge Central Market on Jalan Benteng or the vibrant night market along Petaling Street in Chinatown for the chance to haggle for clothing, accessories, handicrafts, souvenirs and much more.
Food is without a doubt a highlight of any visit to KL, with so many opportunities to enjoy a diverse assortment of local and international cuisine. Expect everything from award-winning gourmet restaurants with menus from around the world, to chic bistros and traditional street stalls that line the city streets and offer an excellent choice of inexpensive dishes. Kuala Lumpur is a lively nocturnal hub of cafes, pubs and clubs where you can dance the night away, as well as glitzy rooftop cocktail bars within five-star hotels, so it's safe to say that there's no shortage of exciting places to spend the evening in Kuala Lumpur.
Kinabalu Wing Sea View room - Breakfast
Both Sabah and Sarawak have an astounding array of superb beaches, which offer the perfect place to relax after taking in the many wonderful adventures and experiences of Borneo.
Most of Borneo's beaches are clustered around Sabah and include the beaches of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Tanjung Aru Beach and Pantai Dalit Beach.
Tunku Abdul Rahman is made up of five islands, including Gaya, and are within easy reach of Kota Kinabalu. Along with Gaya's idyllic beaches, the island is surrounded by dive and snorkelling sites, while other activities include kayaking and light jungle trekking. Tanjung Aru Beach takes its name from the casuarina or aru trees that fringe the fine sands and is renowned for its amazing sunsets. Exquisite Pantai Dalit offers private expanses of soft white sand and is an ideal retreat to relax amidst tropical surroundings.
On Sarawak, Telok Bandung faces the South China Sea and has a stunning backdrop of majestic Mount Santubong as well as verdant tropical rainforest.
Deluxe room - Breakfast
Linked to the west coast of mainland Malaysia by a four mile long bridge Penang is the most well-known of Malaysia's beach destinations and generally considered an ideal choice if you are looking for entertainment as well as a relaxing beach destination. Embracing modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm, the island is home to an historic capital, miles of dense, tropical rainforest, paddy fields, hills and of course, sun-drenched beaches. Batu Ferringhi, where the majority of hotels are located, is the best beach on the island and sweeps along a stretch of the northern coast of the island. Do take the time to explore the island's capital, Georgetown, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Most visitors flock to Penang to take advantage of its sandy shores and vast open sea. Batu Ferringhi, where the majority of hotels are located, is the best beach on the island and sweeps along a stretch of the northern coast of the island. Watersports are particularly popular although jellyfish are occasionally washed in on some tides, which can affect swimming, however all the hotels have fantastic pool areas and are right on the beachfront.
Do take the time to tear yourself away from the beach to explore the unique charms of the island's capital, Georgetown. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Georgetown's colourful history is characterised by the colonial architecture, churches, mosques, monuments and tumbledown shophouses. While it's easy to explore on foot you may wish to hop on one of the many rickshaws for a sedate journey around the maze of streets and narrow lanes.
The highest point on the island is Penang Hill and a trip up the 2,270 feet funicular railway is a must and on arrival at the top there are several vantage points offering views in every direction. Other attractions include the Snake Temple, where zesty lime pit vipers can be seen coiled around the altar or hanging from the ceiling; and the magnificent Kek Lok Si, the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia dominated by a seven-tiered pagoda. Natural attractions include Penang National Park, which although one of the world's smallest national parks, is host to an impressive range of wildlife and is a great place to experience Malaysia's rainforest. Follow the hiking trails that run through the park and emerge onto either Monkey Beach or Turtle Beach, alternatively bypass the jungle and take a boat from the park headquarters to either beach.
When it comes to shopping Penang has a good mix of modern malls, quaint antique stalls and bustling night markets. Don't miss Little India or Chinatown in the heart of Georgetown for a slice of local culture. At Batu Ferringhi, the bustling night market sets up along the Jalan Batu Ferringhi and has numerous souvenir stalls, clothing and handicrafts.
Fondly regarded as the culinary capital of Malaysia thanks to the tantalising blend of Chinese and Malay styles, there are no end of dining options available in both Batu Ferringhi and Georgetown. Humble hawker stalls are recommended for trying out local delicacies, such as Char Kuay Teow and Tar Sau Peah, or alternatively an array of cafes and restaurants offer a superb array of international and traditional Malay dishes. Nightlife options are equally vibrant and plentiful, with many pubs, trendy bars, clubs and karaoke lounges to be found, particularly around Georgetown.