Malaysia to the Maldives: A Journey Through the Tropics - Handpicked Itineraries
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Malaysia to the Maldives: A Journey Through the Tropics

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Do you dream of trekking through steamy rainforests and submerging yourself in glassy turquoise waters? If so, you must visit Malaysia and the Maldives. This itinerary will take you from Kota Kinabalu to the orangutans at Sandakan in Borneo, before returning to the vibrant Kuala Lumpur. You will then jet off to your Maldives island-paradise escape on Giraavaru Island in the North Male Atoll where snorkelling adventures await you!

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Transfers between the hotels and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 2 nights at the 5 star Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa
  • 3 nights at the 4 star Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  • 2 nights at the 5 star Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur Autograph Collection
  • 3 nights at the 4 star Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa
Day 1-2
Fly from UK to Kota Kinabalu

You've arrived in Malaysia! Once you touch down in Kuala Lumpur, you'll catch a short connecting flight to the beautiful Bornean city of Kota Kinabula. You'll be met by your private chauffeur, who will take your luggage off your hands and get you set on your way to Shangri La's 5-star luxury Rasa Ria Resort and Spa. Sit back and relax as you soak up the scenery and marvel at the beautiful Bornean landscape. On arriving at the hotel, you'll be treated to tropical rainforest surroundings and pristine, powdery beaches. Grab a signature cocktail from the beachfront bar and wait for the rest of your Malaysian holiday to begin! 

Day 2-4
Immerse into Nature

The Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is the perfect tropical retreat to release your inner intrepid explorer on your Malaysia holiday. Trek through stunning trails in the Rasa Ria Nature Reserve and catch a glimpse of indigenous wildlife, such as the endangered pangolin. 

You cannot go to the Rasa Ria Resort without taking a splash in the glorious South China Sea. Grab a kayak and glide across the crystalline water as you look down into a dazzling underwater paradise or race across the waves on a roaring jet ski on your incredible Malaysia holiday

If you fancy exploring more of Borneo's spectacular north-western coastline, take a trip to Pandan Pandan Island. Only a short distance from the mainland, this unforgettable experience will see you snorkelling with mesmerising tropical fish  as well as feasting on a smoking BBQ for lunch.  

If you want to include any of these unforgettable experiences to your Malaysia holiday, then these can easily be added to your itinerary by one of our luxury travel experts. 

Day 4
Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan

After a tranquil beachfront escape, it's now time to head to Sandakan! As you're driven by your private chauffeur to the airport, make sure to wave goodbye to the beautiful Kota Kinabalu scenery. On arrival in Sandakan for your ultimate Borneo holiday, you'll be straight on your way to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to see the orangutans, before hopping on a boat down the Kinabatangan River to the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. This tropical rainforest paradise is the perfect place to encounter Borneo's most loved wildlife whilst experiencing pure luxury in the rainforest. 

Day 4-7
Retreat to the Rainforest

Step into your wildest Bornean dream at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Imagine steamy trees, luscious food and unforgettable wildlife encounters; it's unlike anything you have ever seen before! With all excursions included for this part of your trip, enjoy all the rainforest has to offer on your incredible Malaysia holiday. Embark on a morning eco-cruise to the Kelenanap Ox-Bow lake to watch tranquil mists rise from the trees and, if you're lucky, catch a glimpse of the shy Bornean Pygmy Elephant - this is one early morning you won't begrudge getting up for! You can look forward to a scrumptious breakfast when you return. To try something new, have a bite of the exotic Snake Fruit, locally grown in Borneo

Adventure to the sublime Gomantong Caves and marvel at the intricacy of the immense caving system. To get there, you'll be surrounded by dense rainforest as you make an incredible 27km overland journey; spot wild orangutans as they feast on the naturally growing figs in the region to complete your dream Malaysia holiday. After you've explored the vast limestone caves, watch two million bats head out to hunt with the brilliant sunset a stunning backdrop to end this amazing experience. 

Day 7
Fly from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur

Savour your final river cruise as you snake your way up the Kinabatangan River and leave the rainforest behind you. Once at Sandakan Airport, you'll take a short flight to Malaysia's dynamic capital city, the last stop of your Malaysia holiday, where a private chauffeur will relieve you of your luggage and speed you away to 5-star city luxury at the Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur. Once there you'll enjoy stylish rooms, gourmet cuisine and a glamorous rooftop pool!

Day 7-9
Welcome to Food Heaven

You've arrived in sprawling Kuala Lumpur, with glistening skyscrapers and lush tropical palms spread across the bustling city. Renowned for its excellent street food and restaurants, make sure you do not miss out on sampling traditional Malay dishes. Grab a bowl of Laksa, Malaysia's own spicy noodle soup, at the Jalan Alor Night Market (a foodie's heaven!), and finish it off with a scrumptious Apam balik, a sweet, fluffy Malaysian peanut pancake.

To see the city from the sky, take a trip up the Kuala Lumpur Tower and let your eyes feast upon the panoramic views of Malaysia's capital. For the ultimate cultural experience, visit the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, an elaborate structure adorned with intricate statues of vivid Hindu deities 

If you enjoyed caving in Borneo, then take a visit to the iconic Batu Caves during your stay at Kuala Lumpur. Climb the picture-perfect colourful stairs to the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple whilst meeting many mischievous Batu Cave Monkeys on the way. One of our luxury travel experts can add any of these unforgettable trips to your tailor-made Malaysia holiday itinerary.  

Day 9
Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Male

Wave goodbye to your Malaysia holiday and say hello to tropical island paradise as your private chauffeur drives you back to Kuala Lumpur airport. You'll briefly fly into Sri Lanka before picking up your connecting flight to your idyllic Maldives holiday. Feel like James Bond as you speed across the waves in your short speedboat transfer to the picturesque Giraavarn Island in the North Male Atoll. Imagine crystal-clear turquoise water, multi-coloured coral reefs and powdery white sandy beaches.

Day 9-12
Desert Island Dreaming

You wake up to the sound of the waves smoothly breaking and the feel of the warm Indian Ocean sun on your face. As you step through your sliding French doors on to the soft white sand and gaze at the glistening turquoise lagoon in front of you, you feel like you've finally reached paradise. 

Venture into the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean for the ultimate snorkelling adventure, included in your action-packed itinerary. The turquoise lagoons are rich with marine life - try and spot the magnificent Lionfish, one of the Maldives most spectacular fish! For an invigorating Maldives holiday adventure, we recommend you visit Thulhaadhoo Island; immerse yourself in the island's unique culture and try a delicious traditional Maldivian breakfast of tuna, onion, coconut and chilli.

What better way to end your Maldives holiday than watching your favourite films under the stars? We recommend visiting the Cinema on the Beach during your stay so you can listen to the calming sound of the waves and watch the palm trees swaying serenely in the breeze. 

Day 12
Fly from Male to UK

As your magical Maldives holiday comes to an end, the luxury doesn't end here. Travel in style back to Male on your speed boat before boarding your homeward-bound plane. Watch the atolls glisten and the tropical palms sway as you jet off to Dubai, where you will catch your connecting flight back to the UK. As you rest on your flight, dream of your exotic Malaysia itinerary and romantic Maldives holiday before you start thinking about where to visit next! Our luxury travel experts will be ready and waiting to tailor-make your next unique holiday experience....

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Transfers between the hotels and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 2 nights at the 5 star Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa
  • 3 nights at the 4 star Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  • 2 nights at the 5 star Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur Autograph Collection
  • 3 nights at the 4 star Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa
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