Colourful carvings Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Kuala Lumpur and Cameron Highlands

The old hill stations of the Cameron Highlands are home to the Orang Asli tribes and still bear huge evidence of their colonial past. Here, it is possible to visit tea plantations, trek to waterfalls and local tribal villages or relax and play a round of golf.

The Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur has a rich heritage full of colour and character which co-exists alongside all the trimmings one would expect from a modern metropolis. Always a fun start or end to a trip.

Crystal Mosque, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Malaysia

A little more about Kuala Lumpar

A modern city blended with a proud past. A melting pot of Malay, Chinese and Indian communities come together to make up the diversity of the city.

Inland, just five hours by car from KL, is the National park of Taman Negara, a huge area spanning three states and home to some of the world’s oldest rainforests. Reached by the river on traditional longboats this is a botanist’s paradise with most plants endemic to the region.

To the south of the capital is the small city of Melaka which can be visited in a day and has a fascinating old town full of Portuguese, Dutch, Islamic and Chinese buildings as well as some interesting museums.

Experiences

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Close up of Orang Asli perons hands lighting fire.

Meet the Orang Asli People

Trek to waterfalls and villages of the Orang Asli tribes, indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia.

Kuala lumpur skyline, Malaysia

Petronas Towers

Admire the view from the walkway of the Petronas Towers – reserve tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Station View, Eastern & Oriental Express, Bangkok, Thailand

Eastern & Oriental Express

Board the iconic E&O train to journey between Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Elevated Walkway, Taman Negara, Malaysia

Taman Negara National Park

Hike through world’s oldest rainforest or take to canopy walkways to spot some of the 380 bird species in Taman Negara, a vast National Park in the centre of the Malaysian Peninsula.

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Colourful carvings Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown

Explore the colourful markets and temples of Chinatown.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Villa Samadhi £££££

  • Malaysia
  • City

Villa Samadhi is a former Thai house and a unique residence located just 10 minutes from the centre of Kuala Lumpur. The 21 rooms including 10 suites surround the central lagoon pool which is in turn hidden within walls and dotted with palms and tall grasses creating a calm atmosphere and plenty of private spots to relax. The rooms are elegantly decorated, and many have their own plunge pool.

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Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur £££££

  • South East Asia
  • City

Located opposite the Petronas Towers the Mandarin Oriental makes the most of the impressive views. An infinity-edge swimming pool looks onto the city skyline and the comfortable rooms offer views of either the park, city or towers. Facilities include a wide range of dining options, a spa and tennis courts.

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Eastern & Oriental Express £££££

  • Thailand

The golden age of travel lives on aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train. Winding through some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic landscapes, it voyages through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, and on into Laos. A luxurious private cabin with windows perfect for watching the scenery unfold. A steward is on call 24 hours a day to ensure every need is met. Share experiences with fellow guests over cocktails and dinner. Meet local characters at our exciting destinations, from village elders and elephant handlers to knowledgeable wine experts.

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Pangkor Laut Resort £££££

  • Malaysia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Pangkor Laut is a private, rainforest-covered island of just under 300 acres. Choose to stay over the water, on the beach or in one of the hillside villas. All 140 rooms and suites are spacious and elegant with either a balcony or terrace and created to blend with the natural environment. Thick lush jungle covers the interior with trails opening onto white sandy beaches; minibuses are also available to transport guests around the island. Two swimming pools, a spa, tennis courts and a choice of restaurants complete this idyllic retreat, once a regular haunt of Luciano Pavarotti.

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Cameron Highlands Resort £££££

  • Malaysia

Set amidst tea plantations and rolling hills, Cameron Highlands Resort is an elegant, colonial hideaway. The 56 stylish rooms are spacious and light, each with a balcony overlooking the Cameron Highlands 18-hole golf course. Facilities include a spa and a choice of restaurants.

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Shangri La Traders Hotel £££££

  • Malaysia
  • City

The Traders Hotel is a contemporary city centre hotel, located opposite the Petronas Twin Towers. Rooms offer views of the park, city or Petronas Towers and additional facilities include a small spa and a choice of restaurants. The award-winning rooftop bar with a central swimming pool is the place to be when the sun goes down.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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