5 independent reviews for Malaysia family vacation

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review 24 Apr 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Meeting the families at the homestay in Kota Aur and exploring the pristine Belum Rainforest were high spots, but we have to say the entire trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Every day had something special to offer. Most of all, we would like to thank our wonderful guide Yan, who enabled the whole family to experience so much of beautiful Peninsular Malaysia. He was a mine of information, patient, kind and wonderful with the children and we feel we have made a friend for life.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take lots of mosquito repellent, jungle trousers (fantastic for snorkeling / kayaking, as well as the jungle itself) and long sleeved shirts, both to wear in the evening and also to cover up to show respect.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes - our guide was passionate about the environment and is a trained forest guide. We ate locally, stayed in locally operated accommodation, learned about local wildlife and economies and met local people actively working to support conservation . We hope that we 'took only photographs and left only footprints'.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

An exceptional experience for all the family on so many levels - exciting, interesting and life-changing.

review 13 Aug 2008

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Camping in the jungle. The perhentian's snorkelling. Kuala Lumpur

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't take too much luggage you can launder your clothes very cheaply, it saves lugging holdalls about. You will need to take clothes as there did not seem to be much in the way of shopping there (apart from KL) and the sizes are smaller - some not available. Make sure you get a direct flight from Singapore to Penang outgoing, we had to change in KL and it was unnecessary as Singapore airlines do direct flights, it puts loads onto the journey and your patience!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

They do try to help locals especially in Penang where you visit threatened businesses, also the Orang Asli visit and the eco lodge in Lake Temegor employs local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Definitely memorable, a last family vacation my teenager's will remember forever. It really opened their eyes to different cultures and my daughter is more confident about the possibility of backpacking in her uni years. We loved it and will definitely return to Asia again. We'll probably use this operator as it was so well organised and the tour guide took all the stress out of traveling - great job Marc!

review 7 Apr 2008

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Our visit to the Perhentian Islands, where the snorkelling was absolutely fantastic. We swam with sea turtles, sharks, rays and the most amazing range of tropical fish. At Banding Island we also saw a rare Asian elephant in the wild. But the whole vacation was great - a huge range of sights and experiences crammed into a very short time. The places and activities have been very carefully chosen to be off the beaten track and to give real insight into everyday life and different cultures in Malaysia.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Travel as light as you can and be prepared for some long days. Look out for the leeches!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes on the whole.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

This was one of the best vacations we have ever had. Our boys, aged 11 and 14 especially enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to any reasonably adventurous family.

review 8 Aug 2005

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The whole experience of being in southeast Asia for the first time - but highlights include tracking gibbons and overnight camp in the rainforest, some great food, swimming with a giant turtle and snorkelling around the reef. ALL the wildlife was great. People were lovely.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

It's quite demanding physically in parts, and the rainforest can be chilly overnight - take warm gear for that! Be prepared for spicy food and veggies getting less choice - sometimes it's very limited. Be nice to your guide - they work extremely hard!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Most definitely - we ate and shopped in small local places, usually stayed in locally owned hotels, and were well briefed about environmental and cultural respect. We felt we had a very "real" experience as a result.

review 31 Mar 2005

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

We had a fantastic time on our vacation. Some highlights especially for the children were camping overnight and trekking in the jungle; staying on a beautiful tropical island; seeing turtles, reef sharks and beautiful fish while snorkelling and eating all kinds of local food.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

My tips for families on this type of vacation would be know your children and be realistic about how much they can do in a day, especially when they are getting used to the heat and the food. Our guide was totally flexible and the itinerary was arranged to suit us. Mossie repellents are a must but the only ones that work are deet based. You all need to be flexible about standards of accommodation and loos!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

We stayed in fairly basic, locally owned places and ate at local hawker stalls and cafes, not western places. I feel that this benefited local people. We found everyone very friendly and welcoming especially towards the children.

4. Any other comments?

All in all it was the best vacation we have done for my 13 and 15 yr old boys. They would have loved it from about 8 or 9 upwards. My 7 yr old girl also loved it but got much more tired. I would recommend it completely to anyone with fairly active children who aren't too fussy about food and don't mind things like ants in the bathrooms!

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Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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