Malaysia tailor made holiday
Prices vary according to standard of accommodation & season & are per person based on 2 people sharing on bed & breakfast basis
Description of Malaysia tailor made holiday
A wonderful 12 night tour of Malaysia which takes in the wonders of the 130 million year old Taman Negara rainforest which is one of the world's most complex and rich ecosystems along with the excitement of Kuala Lumpur and the serene beaches of Langkawi.
Kuala Lumpur is an exciting mix of the ultra modern combined with the history and splendour of the temples and mosques and is a fabulous start to any Malaysia trip. Here you can sit side by side with the locals in street-side hawker stalls serving fabulous Malaysian food or explore the high-rise shopping malls for all the must have gadgets. Whilst here you should also fit in a visit to Chinatown, the area that never sleeps, and of course climb the Petronas Towers for a stunning view of the city below.
Taman Negara’s National Park vegetation communities range from the humid tropical rainforest of the lowlands, to the montane oak and ericaceous forests of a higher elevation offering guests the chance to not only view a vast array of flora and fauna but the animals which inhabit the region too. This may include tapirs, wild pigs, tigers, mouse deers and a host of birdlife. The region is in actual fact a birdwatchers paradise, with about 300 species of birdlife recorded in the Park.
Aside from visiting the National Park, you will also spend time on the Island of Langkawi, famous for its beaches and islands being some of the most beautiful in Southeast Asia. Langkawi consists of a group of around 100 islands, and while most are uninhabited, a few allow visitors. Here you will be staying in a hotel with a very impressive legacy of environmental principles actively being followed.
This tour is with an English-speaking guide. The knowledgeable local guides will accompany you for the duration of your trip. This vacation can be tailor-made to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination.
|Day 1:||Depart the UK with Malaysia Airlines and fly non-stop overnight to Kuala Lumpur.|
|Day 2:||Land in Kuala Lumpur, then transfer into the city for one night. Time at leisure to explore the city for the afternoon. Overnight.|
|Day 4:||After breakfast you will start the day with a jungle trek to Bukit Teresek with its panoramic views of Gunung (Mount) Tahan and the forest canopy. Walk the canopy walkway, the world’s longest suspension bridge at 1740 feet long, not for the faint hearted at 130 feet above the ground. After returning for lunch you will also enjoy a boat trip to Lata Berkoh cascades to enjoy a spot of swimming in the natural jacuzzi. Overnight stay in Mutiara Taman Negara Resort [B/L/D].|
|Day 3:||This morning you will depart Kuala Lumpur for Kuala Tembeling and the jetty for the boat crossing to Taman Negara for your rainforest experience. The afternoon is at leisure to relax before dinner and a night jungle walk to see the nocturnal animals. Overnight stay in Mutiara Taman Negara Resort [B/D].|
|Day 5:||Today you will enjoy breakfast at the Resort and then take the boat and road trip back to Kuala Lumpur. Transfer to the airport and take your short flight across to Langkawi and your hotel for the next 7 nights [B].|
|Day 6-11:||Days at leisure to relax and enjoy the Resort [B].|
|Day 12:||Today you will be transferred back to Langkawi airport for the short flight back to Kuala Lumpur. Here you will be transferred into the city for your 2 night stay [B].|
|Day 13:||Day at leisure to explore the city.|
|Day 14:||Transfer back to Kuala Lumpur airport for the flight back to the UK [B].|
1 Reviews of Malaysia tailor made holiday
Reviewed on 14 May 2013 by Julie Dyson
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Difficult to say as all four venues were wonderful but Pangkor Laut Island was just perfect. Not cheap but worth it, the resort and staff were absolutely fantastic, definitely a 5 star location.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Bear in mind the travel required, most transfers were around three hours so this can eat into a day in soom places so book an extra night where you think you may not have enough time but on the whole 2 or 3 nights is plenty to get a good view of all the areas.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes definitely, tourism is a massive generator and the Malaysians love to show their country off and take great pleasure from it.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Wonderful. Not cheap but worth it for a special trip.
Planet and peopleOn this tour you will visit Taman Negara (which literally means National Park in Malay), generally regarded as the world’s oldest rainforest at 130 million years old. The Park was declared a National Park in 1938 and is the most extensive protected area of pristine lowland and evergreen rainforest in Malaysia. The Park authorities are dedicated to educating visitors in the importance of protecting this environmentally sensitive area by encouraging them not to stray from dedicated paths and avoid dropping litter and damaging flora and fauna. The Park Authorities spend time maintaining the paths to avoid erosion and ensuring visitors travel to sights in small groups to minimise impact. Taman Negara only employs local guides to accompany clients and all food in the Park is sourced locally, helping the local rural communities wherever possible. Local farmers benefit by selling their produce to the resort and the fact that it is produced locally reduces the impact of overland transport from the city.
The Frangipani Resort in Langkawi is the first eco-friendly hotel on the island. While the management understand it is impossible to build a resort which has no impact whatsoever on the region, they feel the small things they do can lead to big changes. The hotel has a truly impressive list of environmentally friendly practices which range from the major to small, individual touches. They have an on-site water treatment plant to recycle the Resort’s waste water, some of which is used to flush the toilets in communal areas and water the tropical gardens.
As well as recycling water the Resort understands the need for water conservation and they are aiming for a mains water usage of at most 10%. To try and achieve this they practice simple everyday things like watering the gardens early morning or late evening to reduce the evaporation rate, use large water tanks to harvest rain water and take advantage of water available from an underground well to water the organic garden. They are also planning on building a rainwater filtration system so they can make full use of this natural harvest.
The Resort has also set aside an area as a natural wetland which attracts such wildlife as water hens, cattle egrets, water monitor lizards, tortoise, terrapin and catfish. The wetland also acts as a natural water filter - after sewage water has been treated in the septic tanks, the gray water is channelled to the wetlands area where the aquatic plants such as water hyacinth and water spinach further treat the gray water by absorbing phosphate, ammonia and urea.
The Resort has an on-site organic garden and nursery where some of the fruit and vegetables are grown for use in the Resort - this includes things like mango, papaya, jackfruit, okra, corn, spinach and cucumber. They have a duck and chicken rearing facility on-site where the birds are reared for meat in the Resort, which of course reduces the need for transportation, plus some of their eggs are sold to a local salted egg producer to generate extra revenue.
Being generally a very sunny island, the use of solar energy is very important to the resort and is used to heat water which avoids the need for a boiler. The Resort has a comprehensive recycling scheme in place which includes the recycling of the usual items like paper and aluminium cans, but also extends to plastic, steel and batteries. Old but still useful furniture from guestrooms is used in staff quarters. The kitchen waste is composted and turned into organic fertiliser to use in the on-site organic garden. Not only does this save the Resort money but it actually makes them money in received revenue for thier recycled items.
The Frangipani Resort encourages the staff to get involved with the Resort’s environmental practices, again in small ways. Housekeeping staff are trained to turn off all room appliances at the wall if rooms are left unoccupied, and security staff turn off all compound lighting at dawn. All staff are instructed to turn off lights and conserve energy in staff quarters & offices. The management has a reward system in place for staff who come up with good environmental practices and they encourage guests to plant a tree.
The Resort is also very aware of their responsibility to the local community and as a result they have adopted 2 local schools which they organise environmental education activities for. The staff try and educate other hotels in their green principles and they have ‘adopted’ a local village to foster a good relationship and educate them in similar environmental practices, which not only helps Langkawi but the villagers themselves.
Our Malaysia ground agents only employ local, knowledgeable driver-guides to accompany our clients. This helps support local people and thus the local economy by keeping the business in the country.