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Escorted Tours

Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo's Orangutans including

Kota Kinabalu


Route:
  • UK
  • Penang
  • Cameron Highlands
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Malacca
  • Singapore
  • Kuching
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • UK

3 NIGHTS from £479pp

Tour Highlights
  • Peace and tranquillity for 3 nights
  • Embark on a walking tour of Penang's vibrant capital, Georgetown
  • Gain insight into authentic Malaysian culture and everyday life
  • Sample a refreshing cup of BOH tea before exploring Cameron Highlands Agricultural district
  • Travel to Malaysia's Capital Kuala Lumpur on a scenic train journey
  • Discover Kuala Lumpur on a half day city tour
  • Spend a night in the colonial city of Malacca
  • Enjoy panoramic views over Singapore's cityscape from Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck
  • Catch a glimpse of cheeky Orangutans at Semenggoh Nature Reserve

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Kota Kinabalu

Nestled between the spectacular Crocker range and the inviting waters of the South China Sea, the bustling metropolis and tranquil resorts which surround the city offer visitors a warm climate with a wealth of activities to suite your pace.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Penang

Depart London on your overnight flight to Penang via Kuala Lumpur.

2
Penang

On arrival into Penang, meet your local guide and transfer to tonight's hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, take a stroll around your new surroundings or simply relax before a welcome dinner this evening.

  • Dinner
3
Penang

Embark on a half day walking tour of Georgetown, Penang's vibrant capital, starting at the floating Chinese water villages to explore a labyrinth of narrow footpaths, supported by wooden stilts. Next, walk along the Street of Harmony to reach The Goddess of Mercy, which, steeped in traditional Chinese architecture, charms devotees who flock here to pray for health and good fortune. Weave through the city's heritage enclave, past a traditional Malay mosque, Chinatown and bustling Little India, where mouth-watering cuisine will set your senses racing. After lunch, return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
4
Penang

This morning, travel to Georgetown's outskirts for a unique glimpse into authentic Malaysian life. Starting at the Penang Batik Factory, admire an assortment of bold cloth, intricately decorated using a wax-resisting dying technique, before proceeding to a traditional fishing village, where rustic boats line its picturesque shallow harbours. Drive past Penang's verdant fruit plantation, briefly pausing for the opportunity to sample delicious local produce and later, witness Malaysian markets and paddy fields in the scenic village of Balik Pulau. Marvel at the extravagant 33-metre-long gold-plated reclining Buddha, situated inside a magnificent Thai temple on Burma Lane, before taking the afternoon at leisure to explore Georgetown taking in the street art, food and culture.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
5
Penang to Cameron Highlands

Soaring almost 2,000 metres above sea level, transfer to the Cameron Highlands, where the landscape is dominated by lush tea plantations. This afternoon enjoy the cooler climate on a guided forest walk in one of Malaysia's most widespread hill stations.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Cameron Highlands

Bask in Malaysia's natural splendour at the verdant BOH Tea Plantation, relishing in the picturesque views of three sequential tea gardens which stretch as far as the eye can see. Sample a refreshing cup of BOH tea, before feasting your eyes on an enormous assortment of tropical fruit and vegetables within the unparalleled roadside Kea Farm Market. Take a walk down memory lane at Time Tunnel Museum by observing an extensive assembly of memorabilia which date back to the pre-war years and later, enjoy the vivid scent surfacing from the spectacular rose, orchid and herb gardens at MARDI Agrotechnology Centre - a research station at Tanah Rata.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur

After breakfast, embark on a scenic train journey through rural countryside to Malaysia's capital city. Your evening is free to begin exploring this fascinating city at your own pace.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
8
Kuala Lumpur

A half day sightseeing tour begins gazing 452 metres into the sky for a photo opportunity of one of Malaysia's most iconic buildings - Petronas Twin Towers. Continue to Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown district and immerse yourself in authentic oriental culture as you crisscross through swarming, vibrant market stalls. Next, witness Parliament House's unique contemporary design distinguished by its eleven triangular peaks, before a poignant visit to the National War Memorial monument, whose bronze cenotaph serves as a moving tribute to Malaysia's fallen Soldiers. Journey onwards to the New Kings Palace for a glimpse of the remarkable 22 golden domes enclosed within a heavily guarded palace complex, before heading to the grand Federal Court. On your return, look out for the Masjid Negara mosque as you drive by a striking example of modernistic Malaysian architecture Later, enjoy an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast
9
Kuala Lumpur to Malacca

En-route to Malacca, pass by the solemn Bukit Cina, the largest Chinese cemetery outside of China, and pause at its foothill to view the 15th century Sultan's Well. Continue your journey to the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, where, upon arrival, you will be greeted by the powerful aromas of joss sticks and the temples' richly ornate exterior, adorned with mystical carvings. Next, at Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, witness a collection of restored houses, designed to showcase the distinctive influence that these ancient Chinese settlers had on Malaysian culture and after lunch, continue to Porta De Santiago, the iconic architectural ruins of an archaic fortress. Your next stop is at the 'Red Square', a group of Dutch Colonial buildings, distinguishable by their flamboyant salmon-pink exterior and finally, visit the 18th century Christ Church, majestically stood in the plaza's centre.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
10
Malacca to Singapore

This morning, transfer by coach from Malacca to the island nation of Singapore and enjoy an afternoon exploring this cosmopolitan city at your own pace. Maybe take the time to visit Sentosa Island or the Gardens by the Bay

  • Breakfast & Lunch
11
Singapore

From the dizzying heights of Marina Bay Sands' futuristic Skypark Observation Deck enjoy breath-taking views of Singapore's impressive cityscape before continuing to Merlion Park for a glimpse of its iconic fountain, a symbol of Singapore's humble beginnings. Next, dedicated to Mazu, the Goddess of the Sea, admire intricate carvings on Thian Hock Temple's extravagant exterior, a spellbinding example of traditional Chinese architecture. Later this afternoon, explore an enormous variety of thriving flora at the National Orchid Garden within the city's beautiful Botanical Gardens. Finally, experience the buzz of Chinatown, winding through teeming market stalls and inhaling aromatic scents

  • Breakfast
12
Singapore to Kuching

Depart Singapore this morning and journey towards Kuching, the capital of Sarawak. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this beautiful waterside city on the doorstep to Borneo's deep jungle.

  • Breakfast
13
Kuching

A once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits this morning as you transfer to Semenggoh Nature Reserve to catch a glimpse of Borneo's most famous residents. Established in 1975, this enchanting sanctuary rescues and nurtures orphaned Orangutans with the intention of releasing the endangered animals back into the wild. Roam the wooden walkways to observe these primates glide between the trees; they sometimes return to the centre at feeding time, for a chance to nibble on a tasty treat.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
14
Kuching to Kota Kinabalu

Travel to the captivating capital of Sabah - Kota Kinabalu, on Borneo's northwest coast and upon arrival, transfer to tonight's private island resort.

  • Breakfast
15
Kota Kinabalu

A day at leisure allows you time to explore the hidden gems that this island has to offer or to kick back, relax and enjoy a cocktail on the beach.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
16
Kota Kinabalu

Depart Kota Kinabalu today for your return flight via Kuala Lumpur to the UK or follow onto your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
17
Kota Kinabalu

Transfer to your chosen beach hotel on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu.

  • Breakfast
18
Kota Kinabalu

Relax at leisure at your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast
19
Kota Kinabalu

Relax at leisure at your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast
20
Kota Kinabalu to the UK

Transfer to Kota Kinabalu International Airport for your flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Your Meals

Breakfast is served in the hotel each morning. Lunch and dinner where stated will be taken at local restaurants or at your hotel. A variety of restaurants are visited giving you the chance to experience a range of dishes.

Important Information

Visas

A visa is not required for your trip to Malaysia, Singapore or Borneo. However, your passport should have at least 6 months' validity from the date of entry into Malaysia and Singapore. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover£42£79£135

For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to Penang International Airport (Via Kuala Lumpur) with Malaysian Airlines, departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.
Baggage Allowance
Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max 7kg - L36cm/W23cm/H56cm) in size. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Currency Information

Malaysia
The currency in Malaysia & Borneo is the Malaysian ringgit, we recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.
Singapore
The currency in Singapore is the Singapore dollar, we recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £400-500 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour.
Tipping is not compulsory and is at your discretion. Should you wish to tip, this will be collected by your guide at the end of your tour for your convenience.
The government of Malaysia has introduced a compulsory tourism tax of MYR10 (approximately £2) per room per night which will need to be paid locally to your hotel upon checkout.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2019 DATES
Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort
07 Nov 201925 Nov 2019£479£1999£2478Book Now
2020 DATES
13 Feb 202002 Mar 2020£499£2399£2898Book Now
12 Mar 202030 Mar 2020£499£2399£2898Book Now
23 Apr 202011 May 2020£489£2439£2928Book Now
14 May 202001 Jun 2020£489£2349£2838Book Now
11 Jun 202029 Jun 2020£489£2349£2838Book Now
02 Jul 202020 Jul 2020£489£2449£2938Book Now
10 Sep 202028 Sep 2020£489£2299£2788Book Now
15 Oct 202002 Nov 2020£479£2099£2578Book Now
12 Nov 202030 Nov 2020£479£1999£2478Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Itinerary Note

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Malaysian Ringgit

Average Flying time

12.5 hours

Spoken languages

Malay

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream and a hat with a big brim for sunny days
  • Comfortable walking shoes such as trainers
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel, swimsuit and plastic bags
  • Rucksack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Light raincoat
  • Binoculars and leech socks optional
  • Hat torchlight optional
  • Long trousers and long sleeve top
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  • UK
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  • Cameron Highlands
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Malacca
  • Singapore
  • Kuching
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