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Singapore & Malaysia: A Journey through Southeast Asia

13 days
Dive into some of Southeast Asia’s most interesting cultures. Harmoniously blending ancient religions and trading port influences with world-class amenities and futuristic innovation, this tour travels from bustling city streets to countrysides with deeply rooted traditions.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 30 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Singapore today.

Singapore 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Singapore

Land in Singapore, an island nation of diverse cultures, and settle in to your hotel.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Singapore

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get to know Singapore on a guided tour.

• Cruise along the Singapore River in a bumboat 

• Head to Merlion Park to view the half-fish, half-lion statue that represents Singapore’s history as a fishing village and its original name that meant “lion city”

• Explore the landmarks of downtown, including the Padang and the Civic District

• Stop at Thian Hock Keng Temple in Chinatown, which features both a Taoist and a Buddhist temple

• Wander through the Singapore Botanic Gardens, home to over 1,000 orchid species

• Hop aboard a trishaw and wind through Little India to the landmark Raffles Hotel

Later, gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Day 4: Free day in Singapore

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Singapore or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Gardens by the Bay $115*pp Details

Explore the otherworldly landscapes of the iconic Gardens by the Bay, home to over a quarter-million rare plants. Among the intricately designed gardens, stand man-made, multi-species “Supertrees,” as well as two architecturally acclaimed glasshouse conservatories that house everything from orchids to olive groves. As Singapore’s premier outdoor space, the recently unveiled park is part of the government’s go-green strategy to transform Singapore into a “City in a Garden.” After exploring the park, enjoy an authentic dim sum lunch at a local restaurant.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Malacca 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Malacca

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Cross into Malaysia and set off on a walking tour through Malacca’s city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

• Take note of the city’s architecture, which includes terra-cotta structures, Dutch-style buildings  and Portuguese influences

• Visit the Malacca Sultanate Palace, Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and Jonker Street market

• Cruise along the Malacca River and stop at a traditional Malaysian village

Cameron Highlands 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Travel to the Cameron Highlands

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive to the Cameron Highlands, an expansive, hilly region, making stops along the way.

• Soak in the scenery at the Lata Iskandar Falls

• Visit the local village of Osli

• Relax with afternoon tea at the Lakehouse, a Tudor-style resort

Day 7: Cameron Highlands

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take the day to explore all that the Cameron Highlands has to offer.

• Tour the vast gardens and tea-making plant at the Sungai Palas BOH Tea Plantation

• Take in the view from Mount Batu Brinchang, the highest point in the highlands 

• Explore the region’s exotic plant life on a walk through its mystical mossy forests

• Discover locally grown specialties at a local market, the Rose Centre and a strawberry farm

Penang 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Travel to Penang

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive to the island of Penang, and enjoy free time to explore its temples and beaches before rejoining the group for dinner.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Penang

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover why Penang is called the “Pearl of the Orient” on a guided tour. 

• Explore George Town, the capital city of Penang and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

• Pass by an Anglican church, the Chinese-influenced Khoo Kongsi Temple, a Hindu temple and an Islamic mosque

• Discover Market Street in Little India and the Baba-Nyonya antiques found within the Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Kuala Lampur 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Travel to Kuala Lumpur

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit Kek Lok Si Temple, an architecturally unique Buddhist temple, then drive to Malaysia’s federal capital, Kuala Lumpur (known as “KL” by locals).

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Kuala Lumpur

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Discover Kuala Lumpur, a dynamic city, home to both heritage sites and futuristic skyscrapers, on a guided tour.

• Visit Kuala Lumpur’s botanical gardens and the busy Central Market

• Drive through Chinatown and Little India

• View the Moorish architecture of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building

• See the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world

Tonight, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner atop the Kuala Lumpur Tower, one of the city’s highest skyscrapers.

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the morning exploring on your own or add an excursion.

In the evening, transfer to the airport and board your overnight flight home. If you are continuing on the post-tour extension, board your flight to Bali this afternoon.

Optional Excursion - Batu Caves and Malaysian Crafts $29*pp Details

Head to the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur to learn about pewter craftsmanship at the most modern pewter factory in the world, and see casting, filing, polishing, soldering, hammering and engraving firsthand. Next, stop at a Batik cloth factory for a demonstration before heading on to the inspiring Batu Caves. Named for the nearby Batu River, the chain of limestone caves and cavernous Hindu temples are among the most popular Hindu shrines outside India. Honoring Lord Murugan, the massive caves are lit up for a mystical ambiance, and frequently feature the music of Hindu ceremonies taking place. At the entrance to the caves stands an elaborate, gold-painted Hindu statue. Macaque monkeys call the site home, as do rare fauna and bats that live inside tucked-away corners of the jagged rock formations.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $39)

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 13: Travel day

Arrive home today after your overnight flight.

Add Bali $899 pp

This Indonesian province is as close to paradise as you can get. Rooted in Hinduism and with an appreciation for art, Bali’s calming culture provides the ideal backdrop to end your journey through Southeast Asia.

Bali, Indonesia 3 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Travel to Bali

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Bali, Indonesia this afternoon and settle in to your beachfront abode.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Bali

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Uncover the ins and outs of eastern Bali on a guided tour.

• Stop at the historical Klungkung Palace, and step inside the Hall of Justice, famous for the painted stories on its ceiling

• Head up to Mount Agung, Bali’s largest volcano

• Enter the revered Mother Temple of Besakih

• Eat lunch at a local restaurant overlooking rice paddy fields

• Visit a spice plantation

• Explore Pura Goa Lawah, a cavernous Hindu temple

Day 14: Free day in Bali

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Bali on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Ubud Cultural Tour $75*pp Details

Pass by breathtaking green landscapes and rice paddy fields as you drive to Ubud, Bali’s cultural hub and one of the settings of "Eat, Pray, Love." Visit the Gunung Kawi, an 11th century temple complex nestled into the face of a cliff and set against the lush countryside. Then, stop in Tegallalang for a photo of the village’s rice terraces. Next, make friends with macaques and explore the jungles and temples at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. After an included lunch, browse Balinese paintings and woodcarving works at the Puri Lukisan Museum, the oldest art museum in Ubud.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 15: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to your dayroom before boarding your overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 16: Travel day

Arrive home today after your overnight flight.

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Singapore and Malaysia (as well as Indonesia on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. Additionally, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in order to enter Indonesia on the tour extension; We recommend that travelers purchase a 30-day tourist visa upon arrival in Bali. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.  

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing and Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. Bear in mind that the climate of the countries on your tour has warm, humid weather. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. However, some of the diseases known to exist in Malaysia and Indonesia include hepatitis A and B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, malaria and rabies. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

The cuisines of Singapore and Malaysia reflect their multicultural influences. Malaysian cuisine is a blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai and Arabian cuisine. Popular dishes include rice, noodles and curries. Due to the region’s various religions, vegetarian dishes are usually available. Different meats options are abundant as well, including beef, chicken, pork and goat, as well as various shellfish and seafood. A year-round growing season allows for many fruits and vegetables, including specialties such as the durian, lychee and mangosteen. Singapore has a similar cuisine to Malaysia, but with additional influences of English, Portuguese, Middle Eastern and Philippine cultures. Singapore’s restaurant scene is highly regarded and known as a cultural attraction.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Singapore and depart from Kuala Lumpur (Bali on the extension). Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. There is an internal flight included on the extension to Bali.

Electricity

The electrical current for Singapore is 230 volts, while Malaysia uses 230/240 volts. Most sockets take two-prong round pins. It’s recommended to bring a universal adaptor and to use a power surge device if using a laptop computer.

Time Zones

Singapore and Malaysia are eight hours ahead of Greenwich meantime, and 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard time. When it’s 9 a.m. in New York, it’s 9 p.m. the same day in Singapore and Malaysia.

Currency

The official unit of currency in Singapore is the Singapore dollar (SGD). In Singapore, most credit cards are accepted, and most shops accept foreign cash and traveler’s checks. The official unit of currency in Malaysia is the Malaysian ringgit, often referred to as the RM or Malaysian dollar. In both countries, it’s easy to exchange and withdraw money. ATMs are widely available in airports, cities and near tourist attractions, although they can be scarce in remote areas. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards. We also suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. If you are taking the tour extension to Bali, please note that counterfeiting can be an issue. When exchanging money, ensure bills are authentic. Some establishments take U.S. dollars (USD), but often only if they are in good condition and issued after 1996.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

History, Culture, Resort Living

Excellent tour, combined Malaysian, British Colonial, Indian and Chinese history and culture with some resort living. The hotels were high quality. The guides were very good. The included meals were buffet style so dietary preferences could be accommodated. You will appreciate the Cameron Highlands with its dense vegetation more if you use Google to find some the articles on the mysterious disappearance of Jim Thompson in 1967. Thompson, whose home is now a popular museum in Bangkok, was a former CIA agent who revitalized the Thai silk industry. You can see the top of Midnight Bungalow where he was staying from the Strawberry Park Resort. I wish I had had gone for dinner at Ye Olde Smokehouse in Tanah Rata where Thompson had dinner. Episodes 9 of last fall's The Amazing Race (Season 25)was filmed in Singapore. It can be watched on the Internet.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

So much to see!

Thirteen days only scratches the surface of this interesting area. Cosmopolitan Singapore jams fabulous gardens, old town, sculpture, museums and creative architecture into its small size. The hotel was located on the edge of Chinatown and either walking or public transport was easy. Walking is safe, even at night. Having wonderful Chinese New Year decorations still up was an added bonus. Across the bridge in Malaysia, things are a bit different as it is an Islamic country but with Asian influences. Even though the heat and humidity were very high and the sun was to be avoided at all costs, modesty is the order of the day in most places. None of this slowed us down. Our tireless guide, Sunny, started early so that we could visit outdoor sites before the hottest part of the day. We went to indoor things in the afternoon. Sunny was good at rearranging the schedule as necessary for our convenience, and he knew everybody, everywhere. The early trading ports were interesting mixtures of the various cultures which interacted along the coast. The Cameron Highlands were a refreshing change from the heat and humidity as well as interesting and beautiful. Tea plantations and factory, rain forest walk and mountains were great.