Temples & Teahouses - Singapore to Penang

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Duration (in days): 7

From: Singapore

To: Penang



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Travelling northbound from Singapore to Penang is a popular and varied route through the Malaysian Peninsular. Take in the cities of Malacca and Kuala Lumpur where you will get to explore the history of Malaysia and learn more about this fascinating country before heading to the Cameron Highlands to experience the serenity of rural Malaysia before ending your trip in Penang.


  • Embark on a Malacca river cruise
  • Visit the Batu Caves
  • Spend time at a traditional tea plantation


Day 1: Singapore to Malacca  

Your journey starts in Singapore, where you will be collected from your hotel lobby and taken across the Johor Causeway, which links Singapore to Peninsula Malaysia.

After brief formalities at the border, you will enter Johor Bahru – the southernmost state of Malaysia, where your Malacca experience begins! Starting with visits to St. Paul’s Hill, Porto De Santiago, and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, you will really start to get under the skin of this historical city. Continue on to Jonkers Street – popular for its antiques and local arts and crafts.

In the evening, you will embark on the Malacca River Cruise. Showing you the back of the Malaccan houses cruise past historic buildings and the Kampung Morten – this cruise truly gives you a fresh insight of Malacca and the surrounding area.

Day 2: Malacca to Kuala Lumpur

After breakfast at your hotel, it is time to hit the road again. Your journey will take you past Seremban and then into Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.

After you have checked in for your 2 night stay and settled into your new hotel, your guide will give you an orientation tour of Kuala Lumpur. You will learn about the humble beginnings of this city, and how it progressed into the modern cosmopolitan city it is today.

Highlights of your tour include the National monument, the beautiful architecture of Independence square, and the grounds surrounding the Kings Palace.

Day 3: Kuala Lumpur

Today is an exciting day! After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up and taken to the famous Petronas Towers, make sure you take your camera as you will certainly need it!

Next you will set off to the Batu Caves – a daunting and fascinating cave where you climb 272 steps to reach the main entrance. This is where the sacred Hindu shrine is placed, devoted to Lord Murunga. The Batu Caves are a must-see while in Kuala Lumpur, visually stunning and religiously significant.

The afternoon is left free you to explore Kuala Lumpur independently – the perfect time for a spot of shopping! 

Day 4: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands

It is time to depart Kuala Lumpur and head up into the Cameron Highlands. En-route you will get to stop at a small Aborigine village and visit a teahouse.

Your drive will take you through Brinchang and finally the main town of Tanah Rata. You will then get to check into your hotel and enjoy the peace and serenity of the Cameron Highlands.

Day 5: Cameron Highlands to Penang

Your morning will be spent at a tea plantation, watching the processing of black tea, before getting to sample various kinds in the teahouse – a quintessentially British past-time!

It is now time to leave the Cameron Highlands to head to Bukit Merah Laketown. You will get the chance to go to the Orang Utan Island and pay a visit to the in-house infant care unit. Afterwards you’ll continue on to Penang and cross the bridge to Penang Island where you will check into your hotel for your 2 night stay.

Day 6: Penang Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, your driver and guide will collect you, so you can begin your highlights of Penang tour.

Your tour kicks off with a visit to the Khoo Kongsi (Dragon Mountain Hall) clan house – ancient design constructed to capture the splendour of an Imperial Palace. The remainder of the morning will be spent exploring the historical Fort Cornwallis, and the Thai Temple which houses a 32 metre reclining Buddha.

Your afternoon will begin with a visit to the legendary Snake Temple. This place is particularly intriguing as it is filled with the smoke of burning incense and pit vipers! The vipers are believed to be rendered harmless by the sacred smoke; however it’s advisable to keep your distance!

It is now time to head back into the city and visit the Pinang Peranakan Mansion – the traditional home of a rich Baba recreated to offer a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle, over a century ago. With over 1000 examples of antiques and collectibles on display, this museum offers a great insight into the traditions and unique lifestyles of the Peranakan era, which are still evident in Penang today.

Day 7: Depart Penang

Your journey through the Malaysian Peninsula has now come to an end. Your driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby and take you to meet your onward flight.

If you would like to add a few nights in Singapore at the start of this itinerary, take a look at our Singapore Stop-over package. Or perhaps you would like to head to Langkawi for some time on the beach?  Get in touch and we can put together your dream trip!



Malaysia is a year round destination. Rainfall is fairly even throughout the year with the rainy season (October to April) and the rest of the year showing no marked difference. The east coast of Peninsular Malaysia receives heavy rain from November to mid-February with the Sabah region experiencing the heaviest rainfall October to March.

All of our itineraries are tailor-made to give you an idea of just some of what is possible; this means we can adjust as necessary to completely suit your needs!  Let your travel consultant know how long you plan to spend away, what you like to do, what properties you like to stay in and an idea of your budget and we will do the rest!


6 nights in 3.5/4* style accommodation

Hotels in this category include:

  • Equatorial Melaka, Malacca

  • Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands


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