A cultural tour of Malaysia

A 10-day itinerary of wildlife, nightlife, temples and tea

Dense tropical jungle and rolling tea plantations. Ancient temples and Bladerunner-esque skyscrapers. Down-to-earth streetfood and out-of-this-world luxury hotels. Malaysia can’t be matched for the diversity of the experiences it offers. Our Travel Advisors are ready to help you plan your adventure, with this 10-day itinerary that brings you the best of the country’s vibrant culture – all from specially selected boutique hotels.


  • 10-day independent itinerary in Malaysia, based on arriving and departing from Kuala Lumpur International Airport
  • Shaped around SLH boutique hotels, explore the buzzing cities and diverse culture of this captivating country
  • Highlights include Kuala Lumpur’s sights and street food, the tea plantations of Cameron Highlands, the historic charm and eclectic culture of Penang


Begin your Malaysia adventure in the country’s enigmatic capital: Kuala Lumpur. From the airport, hop aboard the KLIA Express or arrange a private transfer and you’ll be in the thick of things in under 30 minutes. From here, you can take your trip in whatever direction you choose.

Head up, up, up and scale the Menara KL. This free-standing tower may be smaller than the iconic Petronas Towers, but it’s (usually) less crowded and offers the best views of the city. Step back in time and discover the origins of Malaysia at the Sultan Abdul Samad building. Then venture downtown and sample the city’s legendary street food along Jalan Alor. Some of our favourites include Nasi Lemak and Satay or (if you’re feeling very brave) Century Egg. Just follow your nose and you’re sure to find something weird and/or wonderful.


Stay at Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon for style and serenity in the heart of the city. Made up of chic residences, it’s your own apartment, just an easy stroll from the action. Suggested stay 3 nights.


A scenic, 4-hour transfer takes you from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands. This is where all of Malaysia’s tea is grown and, as you wind up into the lush, green hills, a sense of tranquillity descends. You could happily put your feet up, arrange a spa treatment or two and do next to nothing for a couple of days.

Of course, if you prefer to keep active, there’s no shortage of adventures on your doorstep. Tour a tea plantation and take in the idyllic views with a reviving cuppa and a freshly baked scone. Join a local guide and embark on some jungle trekking. Or even don your walking books and climb the 2000m Gunung Brinchang, one of the country’s most beautiful mountains.


After a day of relaxation or exhilaration, the Cameron Highlands Resort is ready to welcome you. It’s the hotel equivalent of sipping tea from a fine bone china cup: classic, calming and timelessly elegant. Suggested stay 2-3 nights.


A 3-hour transfer takes you from the hills to dense jungle, from cool plantations to eccentric temples. The island of Penang is a melting pot of Eastern cultures – both literally and figuratively speaking. It’s here that you’ll find some of Malaysia’s best food stalls, not to mention spectacular temples and guildhalls.

Spend a day wandering around the streets of George Town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city feels like a living, breathing film set. It’s a dynamic blend of colonial, Indian, Malay and immigrant Chinese culture where there’s something to discover at every turn.

Hop aboard a trishaw (locally known as a beca) and rattle down narrow lanes on three wheels. Get a taste of the city’s history at one of the many food stalls. Or satisfy your inner Indiana Jones and explore the Penang National Park, where archaeological remains are dotted across a landscape of forests and beaches.


Stay at The Edison George Town, a boutique mansion that perfectly captures the unique charms of George Town. Lose yourself in the city, then return to the tranquil courtyard to revive and refresh. Suggested stay 3-4 nights.


With good roads and lots of transport options within cities, Malaysia is quite easy to get around. But be aware, things get more difficult around the big public holidays, particularly Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Christmas and New Year. At this time, roads can get crammed with locals returning to their home towns and villages. As always, please ask our Voice Reservation Team for details about transfers or transport provided by individual hotels.


To book the hotels on this independent itinerary, get in touch with our Voice Reservation Team on 0800 0482 314 (UK) & 1-877-234-7033 (US). You can find a full list of our dedicated toll-free numbers here. We’re ready and waiting to plan luxury adventures 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So whenever inspiration strikes, just get in touch.