14 days, from £1,050 per person, based on a family of 4 sharing.
Plus international flights, from £550 per adult.
Recommended for travel between March and September.
Travel Style: Self-Drive
This two-week self-drive itinerary offers a taste of Malaysia's lesser travelled coast. Traditional fishing villages give-way to secluded beaches; home to conservation-led turtle hatcheries and firefly river cruises. Explore one of the world’s oldest rainforest and enjoy urban adventures in the absorbing cities of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Enjoy stunning views of Singapore at the breathtaking 'Gardens by the Bay'.
Witness a baby turtles 'first steps' on one of the beautiful East coast beaches .
Take an evening river boat trip, guided by thousands of glowing fireflies.
Traverse the canopy of one of the world's oldest rainforests.
Play hide and seek in Kuala Lumpur's urban parks and explore the interactive museums.
THE BORING BUT NECESSARY BITS
Average flight time from UK: 13 hours (direct).
Total drive time: 13 hours
Longest drive: 3.5 hours
No visa required for UK passport holders.
Malaria: No - low risk.
Day 1 – 4 Singapore
Your adventure begins in the eco-obsessed city-state of Singapore. A melting pot of cultures and array of ground-breaking architecture and urban design combine to create a city that is both unique and incredibly family friendly. The highlight of Singapore is undoubtedly it's breath-taking 'green' spaces. From the Unesco World Heritage listed botanical gardens to the jaw-dropping 'super trees' at the renovated Gardens by the Bay, Singapore offers some of the best outdoor city spaces in the world. Kids will love running along the elevated walkways that connect the giant metal trees and be amazed by the views back across the city and out to the bay. The bustling streets and colourful temples of Chinatown and Little India prove that Singapore is not all super-clean walkways and ultra-modern buildings. They provide a window to the city’s past and a modern day melting pot of cultures, religions and some incredible street food for your Tribe to sample. You can also visit the famous night safari at Singapore Zoo, where a combination of natural barriers and specialised 'moon' lighting will allow you to get up close and personal with the resident wildlife.
Day 4 - 6 Pulau Tengah
Head north-east by car and boat, leaving the city and crowds behind, in the direction of Malaysia's East coast and the island paradise of Pulau Tengah. Nestled amongst coconut groves and powder white sands sits a stunning island hide-away, complete with villas built in traditional Malay Kampung style. Your Tribe can play on the white sandy beaches, swim in the crystal clear, coral-rich waters and stroll or kayak around the islands rocky perimeter. There's a real emphasis on environmental responsibility here, and little adventurers can take part in local projects including Turtle Watch Camp, with its own turtle hatchery, and a coral regeneration program, where recycled glass bottles from the resort are utilised to protect and preserve the surrounding reefs.
Day 6 – 9 Cherating Beach
Continue up the east coast past tiny fishing villages and deserted beaches until you reach the sleepy beach town of Cherating, where your Tribe can enjoy relaxing days in a stunning beach-side villa. Backed by forest sand dunes and the Pak Siak river, and with its own turtle hatchery on site, your eco-lodge home will provide an ideal spot to unwind and enjoy the natural surroundings. Jump in one of the inflatable kayaks and go in search of river otters, stingrays, hornbills and giant sea eagles, or simply float down the river, and let the currents ease you past low lying nipah palms and into seldom seen Malaysian countryside. There'll be plenty of opportunities to mingle with the locals, watching-on as they employ traditional fishing techniques passed down through generations to haul in the days catch. The area is also renowned for fireflies and your Tribe can enjoy an evening river cruise lit by the soft glow of thousands of tiny insects.
Day 9 - 11 Taman Negara National Park
Welcome to the jungle! Your adventure takes you in-land to the centre of Malaysia and the Taman Negara National Park, reportedly the oldest piece of jungle in the world. Unaffected by ice-ages, due it's unique position and climate, this tropical utopia is estimated to be 130 million years old. The park is home to tigers, elephants, leopards and sun bears but, with just a tiny accessible area, sightings of such large mammals are rare. Instead, take your Tribe up to the world’s longest canopy walkway to walk side-by-side with macaques and flying squirrels, and gape at the endless views of the jungle canopy. Older adventurers can take a guided trek into the deep jungle below to get a feel for how the whole of Malaysia once looked.
Day 11 – 14 Kuala Lumpur
Time to leave the rugged jungle behind and head for Malaysia's capital. Kuala Lumpur is a young city, where just a few generations separate todays KL-ites from the Chinese and Malay founders. The result is a city that craves modernity, with a glistening skyline punctuated by the awesome Petronas Towers, whilst continuing to embrace the ancient cultures of its people. Explore the colourful street food stalls in frenetic Chinatown and Little India and wander amongst the giant skyscrapers and shopping malls in the city centre. Little adventurers will love the huge KLCC park, complete with splash park, adventure playground and miles of cycling and walking trails, while the interactive science museum inside the hulking Petronas Towers is a great indoor option. On the city’s outskirts the Batu Caves are a must-see. Guarded by a giant golden statue of a Hindu god, adventurers of all sizes will love searching out bats and monkeys amongst the Hindu temples and stalactites, hidden within the limestone cliffs.
On day 14 you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.