Flavors of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Cameron Highlands, Ipoh & Penang

Overview

TOUR CODE: FLVMAL

On this gastronomic adventure, you’ll feast on Malaysia’s unique cuisine which reflects the multiethnic population and is defined by its diversity. Explore hidden streets and alleyways of Kuala Lumpur to get a taste of this melting pot’s culinary treats. We then continue our journey to the historic city of Malacca sampling local street food and Peranakan delights. Then, off to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s tea country to enjoy tea tasting and visit agro tourism sites. In Ipoh, sample its famous Curry Chicken Bread and explore the impressive caverns and grottoes at Perak Caves. The tour concludes in Penang, long served as an important outlet to the markets of Europe and the Middle East making it one of Malaysia’s favorite food destinations. Here, you will learn about the spices of the region and join experts in a cooking class using exotic ingredients and enjoy the best eats of the island at hawker centers.

What’s Included

  • 3 nights in a Melia Guest Room at the Melia Hotel in Kuala Lumpur
  • 1 night in a Superior Room at Hatten Place Hotel in Malacca
  • 1 night in a Studio Room at the Strawberry Park Resort in Cameron Highlands
  • 1 night in a Superior Room at the Weil Hotel in Ipoh
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Seaview Room at the Flamingo By The Beach in Penang
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches  and 6 dinners
  • Transfers, sightseeing and activities as specified in itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVE KUALA LUMPUR

Upon arrival, after customs and immigration, our local representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel for check in.

DAY 02

KUALA LUMPUR HERITAGE TOUR (B/L/D)

Begin your adventure in the older section of the city on Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Masjid India. You will see shops selling saris, garments and spices used in Indian cooking. Walk through Jalan Tun Perak towards the Jamek Mosque, the city’s oldest mosque, built in 1909.  Discover the confluence of two rivers, where Kuala Lumpur was originally founded in the 19th century.  From here, continue for a short stroll to Kasturi Walk in Chinatown and Central Market and get the chance to shop for handicrafts, gifts and souvenir items. Passing through the buzzing Petaling Street, we then proceed for lunch at Chicken Rice Shop along Jalan Sultan. Then walk to Chinatown “Petaling Street”, visit the Guan Di Temple to admire the status of the Taoist God of War (Guan Di) which is believed by its devotees to have special powers. Nearby, you will find the finely decorated Sri Maha Mariamman Temple which is said to be the oldest running Hindu temple in Malaysia. Elaborate wall décor tell tales from Hindu scriptures. Before leaving Chinatown, stop by the Common Wisdom Tea-shop, a small typical Chinese store, and learn the traditional way of perfectly brewing a cup of good jasmine tea. We then proceed back to the hotel with a photo stop at the iconic Petronas Twin Towers from outside.  In the evening, indulge in an authentic regional Malaysian dining experience at Makan Kitchen at the Doubletree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur hotel. The live interactive kitchen showcases the enormous diversity of Malay cuisine.

DAY 03

KUALA LUMPUR/LITTLE INDIA IN BRICKFIELDS/BATIK DISCOVERY/JALAN ALOR FOOD STREET (B/L/D)

Today, we will visit Little India in Brickfields, a small town located just outside of the city center, Kuala Lumpur. Brickfields is more commonly known as the Hindu Little India of Kuala Lumpur due to its high percentage of Indian businesses as well as residents. Brickfields also got its name from the earlier days when the area was a clay pit and many bricks were made from the clay. Next, we will visit a Batik outlet where you can try Batik printing based on a pre-designed motif of colorful local fruits. For lunch, you will have white rice served on a banana leaf with an assortment of vegetables, meat or fish which is a typical South Indian dish. After lunch, return to hotel for a free afternoon. Spend our evening at Jalan Alor, a unique food destination in the heart of Kuala Lumpur famous for street food. Some of the best culinary delights that Malaysia has to offer are at the sidewalks, in the rows and rows of hawker stalls. On Jalan Alor, these stalls will take up both sides of the road selling food that best represents Malaysia. This is not just a place for the locals but foreigners also frequently visit here to taste the unique dishes that they would most probably not be able to have back home.

DAY 04

KUALA LUMPUR/MALACCA (B/L/D)

After breakfast, travel to Malacca, a historical city located in the southern region of Malaysia. Upon arrival, visit the Portuguese Fort, St Paul’s Hill and a UNESCO Walk and see century-aged houses and specialty shops dedicated to the preservation of culture and heritage. We have lunch at a Peranakan restaurant to sample the best of Baba Nonya cuisine. This cuisine is a result of inter-marriages between the Chinese immigrants and the local Malays, creating a unique cuisine where local ingredients such as chilies, belacan (Malaysian shrimp paste) lemongrass, galangal, turmeric and other spices are used to assimilate to the local culture. We then check-in at the hotel. In the evening, proceed to the Portuguese Settlement. The Portuguese Settlement is a Malacca Portuguese community in Ujong Pasir. The Malacca Portuguese are a Malaysian ethnic group with mixed Portuguese and Malay, which arose during the Portuguese colonial period. There are many restaurants overlooking the sea that serve Portuguese food (Malaysian style). For dinner, we sample some Malaccan dishes such as Ikan Bakar (Sambal Fish), sweet & sour Fish/Crabs, devi spicy curry and fried prawn.

DAY 05

MALACCA/CAMERON HIGHLANDS (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we travel to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s most extensive hill station famed for its picturesque tea hills and vast vegetable farms. En-route, stop at Putrajaya for an early lunch at the Botanical Garden where your guide will introduce you to more local delicacies such as Satay (a dish of marinated, skewered chicken, mutton or beef and served with a mild-spicy peanut sauce) and Roti John (essentially an omelets sandwich and ingredients include minced chicken or mutton, onion, egg, sardines, tomato-chili sauce and a baguette-type loaf). After lunch we continue our journey to Cameron Highlands. Upon arrival, we visit the local market and a vegetable farm for an insight to the lifestyle of the local farmers. Enjoy a local steamboat dinner in the evening. The hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings and seafood. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce.

DAY 06

CAMERON HIGHLANDS/IPOH (B/L/D)

After breakfast, if schedule permits, we will get the chance to visit a tea plantation to see how tea is processed before we depart for Ipoh with a stop for lunch at Kampar. Travel time to Ipoh is approximately two hours. In Ipoh, you will get to try the famous Curry Chicken Bread (a signature dish from this town with curry chicken stuffed in giant bread). After lunch we visit the famed Perak Caves which has a Chinese temple within a natural limestone hill and is the biggest cave temple in the country. In this vicinity you also get to see the many pomelo stalls which you’ll get to sample.  Check in at hotel for short rest before we bring you for another local delicacy, the “Clay pot Chicken Rice” dinner made popular in this state. (The rice is cooked in a clay pot and traditionally, the cooking is done over a charcoal stove, giving the dish a distinctive flavor. The ingredients are chicken, Chinese sausage and salted fish).

DAY 07

IPOH/PENANG (B/L/D)

After breakfast at the hotel, we head north to Penang with an approximate driving time of three hours. Upon arrival in Penang Island, proceed for lunch at local food court where varieties such as Fried Kway Teow (flat rice noodles with cockles, prawns, chili and bean sprouts), Chee Cheong Fun (rice noodle rolls) etc. After lunch, check in hotel for a free afternoon.  In the evening we will visit Gurney Drive or Queen Street, famous for its many hawker stalls that serves all kinds of Malaysian street food.

DAY 08

PENANG (B/L)

After breakfast at the hotel, we depart to the Spice Garden in Penang.  Upon arrival, join local experts in a cooking class who’ll prepare the necessary ingredients for you to cook your own lunch (hence be prepared for a late lunch). This afternoon will be at leisure to explore the city on your own pace. Note: Tropical Spice Garden closed on every Monday and during Chinese New Year period

DAY 09

PENANG DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast, hotel check out and transfer to the airport.

Meals: B= Breakfast   L= Lunch   D=Dinner

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Pricing

Per person, based on double occupancy

    2018Land Only
    Apr 01 - Dec 31$2,099
    2019
    Jan 01 - Mar 22$2,099
    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. This is a land only package without International or Domestic airfare. Tour prices include hotel taxes and service charges. Please be aware that a Malaysia Tourism Tax of MYR 10 Malaysian Ringgit (approx. US$3.00) per room, per night and a Local Government Fee of MYR 3 Malaysian Ringgit (approx. US$0.80) per room, per night in Penang will be collect by hotel upon check out. (LO/011418/C-10)

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