• Malacca Mill
  • Malacca River
  • Street Food Penang BBQ stall
  • City Hall in George Town - Penang, Malaysia
  • kek lok Si temple light up at blue hour during chinese new year
  • Buddha Toothe Relic Temple in Chinatown in Singapore
  • Merlion with Marina bay sands in background
  • singapore-skyline-night
  • Gardens By The Bay in Singapore

Historical Malaysia & Singapore

The Historical Malaysia and Singapore tour takes you on a journey to some of Malaysia and Singapore’s best known historical cities that are abundant in culture, tradition, gastronomic delights and decked with the beauty of post-colonial architecture.

You will start your journey with a two-hour scenic journey to the historical state of Malacca, located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, next to the Straits of Malacca. Malacca was founded by Parameswara, also known as Iskandar Shah or Sri Majara, the last Raja of Temasek (the present day Singapore), following a Majapahit attack in 1377. In 1511, Alfonso de Albuquerque set sail from Goa to Malacca and later seized the city. During the Portuguese rule, the Dutch launched several attacks on the Portuguese colony throughout the first four decades of the seventeenth century.  In 1641, the Dutch defeated the Portuguese and captured Malacca.

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In 1824, Malacca was ceded to the British in the Anglo-Dutch Treaty. From 1826 to 1946, Malacca was under the rule of the British, first by the British East India Company and then as a Crown Colony. It formed part of the Straits Settlements, together with Singapore and Penang. During the World War II in 1942 to 1945, Malacca was briefly under the rule of Empire of Japan. Located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, by the Strait of Malacca, Penang — otherwise known as the Pearl of the Orient — is another historical state, with it’s capital, George Town being one UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Penang is one of the most developed and economically important states in Malaysia, as well as a thriving tourist destination, being well-known as the gastronomic centre of the country. One of the must-do activities while you’re in Penang is to eat(!) like there’s no tomorrow. A small neighbouring island next to the Malaysian state of Johor, Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city that offers a world-class living environment, with the landscape populated by high-rise buildings and verdant gardens. One of the more remarkable aspects of Singapore is the truly cosmopolitan nature of the population, a natural result of the country’s geographical position and commercial success. However, don’t let its modern vibes fool you — Singapore is also steeped in culture, traditions and history!

Tour Overview

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur - Malacca

Day 2: Malacca Day Tour

Day 3: Malacca - Penang

Day 4: Penang Heritage & Island Tour

Day 5: Penang

Day 6: Penang - Singapore

Day 7: Singapore

Day 8: Singapore

Day 9: Departure

General Inclusions

Land Transfers
Accommodation
English Speaking Guide
Many Meals
Tours
Day 1

Kuala Lumpur - Malacca

Upon your arrival in Kuala Lumpur, you will be picked up and transferred to Malacca, where you will check into your accommodation for the next two nights.

The journey to Malacca by road will take approximately two hours and after checking in, the day will be free at your own leisure.

Included

Airport pick up • Accommodation

Day 2

Malacca Day Tour

Founded in 1403, Malacca is a old town full of fascinating multi-faceted history and multi-cultural heritage.

The Portuguese, Dutch and British rules over Malacca have left an deep legacy of historical relics and architectures, reflected most strongly in its town. The beauty of Malacca town is globally recognized and it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008.

Walk down memory lane of history books as you stroll through the city’s historic buildings including the Stadthuys, St. Paul’s Church and the mighty fortress -- Porta de Santiago, built by the Portuguese in 1512. Then, have time to stroll along the Jonker Street, known for its antiques, souvenirs, arts and crafts.

In the evening, you will be transferred back to your hotel for a night's rest.

Included

Tour • Accommodation • English Speaking Guide • Entrance Fees

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch

Day 3

Malacca - Penang

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport your next destination in Penang.

Upon your arrival in Penang, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day will be free and easy at your own leisure. Be sure to take this opportunity to explore Penang on your own and try out its scrumptious street food fare!

Included

Airport transfer • Accommodation

Meals

Breakfast

Day 4

Penang Heritage & Island Tour

Rise and shine, Penang!

After breakfast, you will make your way to George Town where you will take a walk along the post-colonial buildings and get the chance to take pictures with its many points of interest.

After lunch, you will be whisked away to the Snake Temple, also known as the Temple of the Azure Clouds, which was built in 1850 to commemorate a Buddhist priest, Chor Soo Kong, who was believed to have possessed amazing healing powers.

After the visit to the Kek Lok Si Temple, you will make your way to Penang Hill -- also known as Bukit Bendera -- which is located 830 meters above sea level. From here, you will be able to experience a cable car ride to the peak and enjoy a magnificent bird-eye view of George Town and the Penang Bridge.

At the end of the tour, we will transfer you back to your hotel for a night's rest.

Included

Transfers • English Speaking Guide • Accommodation

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch

Day 5

Penang

It's another beautiful day in Penang! Today is free and easy at your own leisure. Be sure to take your time to explore the island, eat their must-try foods and go shopping!

Included

Accommodation

Meals

Breakfast

Day 6

Penang - Singapore

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport where you will take your next flight to Singapore.

Upon arrival in Singapore, the day will be free and easy at your own leisure. You can opt to relax at your hotel, take a stroll around the city or go shopping at Orchard Street!

Included

Airport transfer • Accommodation

Meals

Breakfast

Day 7

Singapore

Today is a free and easy day in Lion City! Make your way to Bugis Street for some serious shopping, discover historical and cultural delights at Chinatown or visit places of interests, such as the National Museum of Singapore for some educational tour.

Included

Accommodation

Meals

Breakfast

Day 8

Singapore

Today, make your way to the nooks and crannies of Singapore to discover some its best-kept street food offerings! Be sure to try the chili crab -- one of Singapore's most iconic signature food. In the evening, come out and see the city's exciting nightlife!

Included

Accommodation

Meals

Breakfas

Day 9

Departure

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight home. We hope you have enjoyed your tour with us!

Included

Airport transfer

Meals

Breakfast

 

  
 
Accommodation Malacca
Accommodation Penang
Accommodation Singapore
Private Transfers
Private Guides
3rd Adult/Extra bed
Child

Luxury Package

USD1495
Per Person
Accommodation Malacca : Casa Del Rio
Accommodation Penang : Eastern & Oriental - Premier Suite
Accommodation Singapore : Fullerton
Private Transfers
Private Guides
3rd Adult/Extra bed : USD 1,015
Child : USD 745
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Superior Package

USD1195
Per Person
Accommodation Malacca : Majestic Malacca
Accommodation Penang : Eastern & Oriental - Deluxe Suite
Accommodation Singapore : Concorde Hotel
Private Transfers
Private Guides
3rd Adult/Extra bed : USD 845
Child : USD 495

Standard Package

USD895
Per Person
Accommodation Malacca : Novotel
Accommodation Penang : Hotel Jen Penang
Accommodation Singapore : York Hotel
Private Transfers
Private Guides
3rd Adult/Extra bed : USD 725
Child : USD 445

This tour can be extended or changed according to your preferences – Valid until 31 March 2017


 

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Package Type:

Flexibility:

We have especially tailor-made our tours to suit the independent travellers who are not inclined to follow big groups – you are free to select the starting date of your tour based on your preference. We are also able to customize your tour packages and accommodate your special requests accordingly.

Child Policy:

– Child is 2-11 years old. If other age applies to your booking, we will let you know before confirmation of booking.

– 1st child with extra bed/mattress/day bed. 2nd child will share bed with parents. If other configuration, we will let you know before booking is confirmed.

Additional Charges and fees

– Additional High Season Surcharge might apply during special events and festive seasons.

– Many resorts and hotels have compulsive Christmas & New Year’s dinners, which are not included. Often the price and details are only available 1 months before the event.

– Flight tickets are not included. Please advise if you like us to quote and include flight tickets.

– Visas and other fees and taxes related to your air ticket and border clearance.

– Camera fees at attractions.

– Items not mentioned

Booking Terms & Conditions

– For certain transfers and modes of transport e.g. boats, flights etc. private transfers will not be available (even if private transfer is mentioned).

– Maximum occupancy for standard rooms are normally 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children.

– Prices are based on minimum 2 adults travelling and sharing room.

– If you are 6 people or more we can quote you a special group price

– Program changes can happen during festive seasons or due to weather conditions

– All room requests e.g. connecting doors, bed configuration etc. is based on request only and cannot be guarantied

– Prices can change without prior notice

– Subject to availability at the time of booking

You will find our general Terms & Conditions here

About Penang

Destination: Penang

The intriguing blend of Eastern and Western culture is what makes Penang such an enchanting place to visit and a destination that you should include in your Southeast Asian travel itinerary. Penang does not shun modernity but it does not lose its old world charm and continues to embrace its wonderful traditions. These characteristics are fully displayed in the harmonious existence of its diverse populace and in its well-preserved and well-loved historical buildings and heritage sites. Penang is considered as Malaysia's food capital and it would be a shame not to sample as many as you can of the city's flavorful cuisines.

Things to Know

Penang is a Malaysian state that is made up of two parts – Sebarang Perai and Penang Island, which is where the state's seat of government is located. Currently it is home to 1.5 million people. Residents are called Penang lang in the Penang Hokkien dialect and Penangite in English. English is widely spoken in Penang while Bahasa Malaysia is the national language. Currency used in the state is the Malaysian Ringgit and electricity runs on 240v. Visitors can use international credit cards in hotels and restaurants.

Places of Interest

Top draw is the state capital, Georgetown. You'll find that the city's architecture is quite eclectic and its streets are a great showcase for its colorful colonial past. You can take the funicular to the top of Penang Hill where you will find some grand and beautiful colonial mansions. You can also join the guided tour of the 38-room Blue Mansion that was once the residence of Chinese industrialist and politician Cheong Fatt Tze.

Another beautiful mansion that is now a museum is the mint-green painted Pinang Peranakan Mansion, which was once owned by another wealthy Chinese businessman, Chung Keng Quee. All the archways, walls and doors of this mansion were carved and covered in gold leaf while most of the furniture are intricately inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Close to it is the Chung Keng Kwi Temple, which is worth a visit.

For foodies, venture into the famous hawker lanes in Lg Baru and Pulau Tikus where you will find some of the most delicious street food – Indian, Malay and Chinese served fast food style.

Penang has several mosques, Indian and Buddhist temples as well as churches, each one showcasing a different architectural style. There's the 19th century St. George's Church (Anglican Church in Lebuh Farquhar), the Sri Mahamariamman Temple (Hindu temple in Lebuh Queen), the Snake Temple, Kek Lok Si Temple (Buddhist temple in Air Itam) and the Kapitan Keling Mosque.

The National Park in Pantai Acheh has the Pantai Kerachut Beach as well as eight other beaches and a meromictic lake that has both fresh water and sea water.

The Weld Quay Clan Jetties, where the main five Chinese immigrant clans toiled and grew their wealth is something that should not be missed as well.

For shopping, check out the Rope Walk and Lorong Kulit flea markets, the traditional shopping areas in Little India and Campbell Street and the malls in Queensbay and Gurney Plaza. There is also a night market at Batu Ferringhi Beach, if you are in the area.

About Singapore

Destination: Singapore

Singapore is the ultimate travel destination. It is a melting pot of different cultures, which was the result of its rich historical heritage. Taking a visit will not only walk you through the island country’s climb to becoming the “Lion City” but will also allow you to experience a vibrant party scene, taste delectable cuisines, and see the most charming attractions.

Singapore’s allure definitely goes beyond its skyscrapers and dominant greeneries. It also has an array of museums, shopping centers, temples, and other sites that are worth visiting. The country also hosts several festivals and events throughout the year and they are definitely worth attending.

Things to Know

Singapore is a small island country with a multi-cultural population. Of its 5.5 million population, 75% are Chinese, 14% are Malays, and 9% are Indians. The remainder is composed of a mix of Japanese, Burmese, and Thais. Singapore has four official languages, English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil, but in practice English is Singapore’s default language. Its local currency is Singapore dollar.

Places of Interest

Singapore tourism is closely directed onto two things: eating and shopping. The array of attractions in the country are centered on those two. With its rich cultural influences from all over – Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Malay, French, American, Mediterranean, and Italian – it is hard to stop eating once you get started.

Local cuisines include chilli crab, satay, laksa, and popiah. They are served in various places like food courts, restaurants, and other food shops but for wisebuy seekers, hawker centers are highly preferred. They offer considerably cheaper treats with an impressive note on high hygiene standards. Even if you have the budget to spare, it is advisable that you visit a hawker center because no experience of Singapore is complete without it.

Consumer products that are available in Singapore are also widely varied. As the nation’s official pastime, next to eating, shopping demands are covered here for a better experience. There are malls, shops, and other stores where good finds can be had. The best buys include clothes, antiques, designer products, electronics, and fabrics among others. Between June and July, the Great Singapore Sale is held. This is when shopping districts pull stops to attract bargain hunters.

In between eating and shopping, you must also take your adventure to the road. Singapore has many exciting attractions that are worthy of a place in your itinerary. Here are some:

To discover the beauty of the country’s flora and fauna, you must visit Singapore Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Night Safari, and the Jurong Bird Park.

Check out Orchard Road for its shopping malls and Singapore River for the fantastic skyscrapers.

Sit back and relax on a beach holiday in either Sentosa or the East Coast. Visit the Universal Studios, a theme park on Sentosa Island.

Singapore has no particular religious group that’s dominant. With its cultural and religious diversity, there are different types of temples to visit. Masjid Sultan, Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple, Burmese Buddhist Temple, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, and Thian Hock Keng Temple. You can either make your choice or decide to visit them all.