Selected departures from April to October 2019
Colonial George Town and Malacca, the gleaming twin towers of Kuala Lumpur combined with the Orang Utans and the tropical charms of mystical Borneo, plus Singapore. Experience the history of Malaysia, its modern mix of cultures, incredible cuisine and the natural treasures of tropical Borneo, the land of the Orang Utan, before relaxing at the sumptuous Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort and continuing on to the bright lights of Singapore.
You should arrive at the airport to take your overnight Singapore Airlines flight to Penang, via Singapore.
After our afternoon arrival we transfer to the four-star superior Parkroyal Hotel on Batu Ferringhi beach for three nights with breakfast. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax after your flight.
This morning we enjoy a walking tour the beautifully preserved colonial centre of George Town. A UNESCO World Heritage site, George Town is perhaps unique in South East Asia in having over 30,000 pre-war buildings. After a fascinating ride by cycle rickshaw you’ll enjoy an included lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the many facilities of your hotel. In the evening, the local night market is an easy stroll from the hotel and a great chance to try the local street cuisine or hone your bargaining skills!
Reached by the Penang Hill Funicular Railway, the 2,700ft Penang Hill was used a cooler retreat during the British colonial period and many prominent bungalows were built here, as well as the original official residence of the Governor. You can still see the Post Office and Police Station. After an included lunch, you are free to enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
We cross the eight-mile Penang Bridge to Butterworth on the Malaysian mainland, where we take the train for the four-hour journey to the capital, Kuala Lumpur. The train has recently been upgraded and offers a modern, air-conditioned and comfortable service – a perfect way to see rural Malaysia.
Our hotel in ‘KL’ for two nights is the four-star Element Kuala Lumpur by Westin, located 275 metres high at IIham Tower. Lunch is included today.
Today we drive to one of the most famous of the Straits Settlements, Malacca. Originally colonised by the Portuguese in the 16th century, it was later taken over by the Dutch, before finally succumbing to the might of the British East India Company. There’s plenty to see in the many old shophouses now converted into attractive boutiques and cafes, but many are still family homes as well. Like George Town, this vitally strategic port is a blend of Chinese, Hindu and Muslim cultures and fascinating insight into the historical legacies of all these civilizations.
Lunch is included today. In the afternoon we return to our hotel in ‘KL’.
After a leisurely breakfast, today we fly to Sandakan for a one night stay at the three-star Sabah Hotel with breakfast. Founded in 1879 by the British North Borneo Company and with fascinating colonial history, Sandakan is a charming small port town on the eastern side of Borneo.
This morning we visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre a sanctuary within two and a half hectares of enclosed forest for the endangered Borneo Sun Bear. Next we visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, the largest of its kind in the world which is a highlight of our tour! The aim of the Centre is to re-introduce Orang Utans into the wild and as such it is open to the forest, so Orang Utans are free to come and go as they please. There is a smaller area where younger individuals are cared for.
Then we go to the Sandakan Memorial which commemorates Australian and British soldiers who were held by Japanese as Prisoners of War between 1942 and 1945. The Memorial is adjacent to the original Sandakan Prisoner of War Camp location. After an included lunch we visit Agnes Keith House Museum with a port town orientation.
Late in the afternoon we catch the short flight to Kota Kinabalu on the western side of Borneo and transfer to the outstanding five-star Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa for three nights with breakfast.
A day at leisure to enjoy they huge sandy beach and extensive swimming pools at your hotel. There is also a 400-acre nature reserve adjacent to the resort as well as championship 18-hole golf course and superb Spa. Choose from five restaurants and two bars – this is the best spot to watch the spectacular sunset over the South China Sea.
A further day to relax or take a walk through the Nature reserve and see some of the flora and fauna that are native to the local area
On arrival, transfer to the four-star Swissotel Merchant Court, with breakfast, well located next to the many restaurants of Clarke Quay.
Today you have the opportunity to explore Singapore’s unique blend of Indian, Chinese and Malay influences. We’ll enjoy a tour of the riverfront area and spend time in the beautiful botanic gardens, of which the Orchid enclosure is an outstanding feature.
After a morning at leisure, you have a late afternoon transfer to the airport for your overnight Singapore Airlines flight home.
You arrive back in the UK this morning.
The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room with single rooms relevant supplement. Price includes eleven nights' accommodation in three, four and five-star hotels with breakfast and five meals, scheduled flights to/from Singapore, all local accommodation taxes, airport taxes and charges where, all transfers including train from Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur and two flights, all local transport as described, all touring as described, hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.
Included excursions are: guided tours of George Town & Penang Hill, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Sandakan including the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and Sun Bear sanctuary and Singapore city tour
Upgrade your room at the 5-star Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Ocean Wing Junior Suite with a view of the sea and a private balcony, complete with oversized bathtub.
Upgrade your room at the 4-star superior Park Royal Penang Resort
Deluxe Sea-Facing Room overlooking the Strait of Malacca.
For hotel information please see the accommodation tab, or call us for details.
Visas & Passports
UK and Irish citizens do not currently need a visa to enter Malaysia, however your passport should have at least 6 months’ validity from the date of entry into Malaysia and Singapore.
Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to application.
We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.
Please check with your GP regarding inoculations required for Malaysia & Borneo.
All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us.
|Arrival airport||First hotel location||Transfer time||Final hotel location||Departure airport||Transfer time|
|Penang International Airport||Penang||1 hr||Singapore||Penang International Airport||20 mins|
vanessa and dave
Wow fantastic tour. Had a fabulous tour guide Julia who toured with us and local tour guides as well who made the trip interesting. Hotels were great. Best bits were the orangutan orphanage, sunbears and the Shangri-la resort, def...
Melanie Knight & Claire Nattrass
We have recently returned from this trip and have had the most fabulous time. Julia our representative was brilliant and provided handouts for everything which were invaluable. Big thank you to Julia who made the holiday as good ...