Diverse and culturally rich, this trip captures the very essence of Malaysia. From the contrasting cities of ""KL"" and Melaka, to the natural wonders of the world's oldest rainforest and the marine life around the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia has so much to offer the adventurous traveler. We visit the historic old port town of Melaka, where ancient Malay, Chinese and Nyonya traditional ways still abound and contrast with the European influence of a colonial past. The ancient rainforest of Taman Negara provides us with an opportunity to get back to nature, with a jungle trek and a night spent in a large cave. The unspoiled reefs and crystal clear waters of the Perhentian Islands invoke all kinds of peacefulness, which continues as we visit our longtime friends, Aziz and Asiah, on their island homestay just out of Kuala Kangsar.
After the morning call of gibbons, we take a walk through a traditional kampung, rubber plantations and on to a cascading waterfall.The regional cuisine is delicious and there might even be a chance to learn traditional cake making and sampling your efforts for an afternoon tea. On the second night of our stay we sit on the floor of a local home to eat a traditional wedding-style banquet and learn about Malay culture. Wearing a sarong and eating with our right hand are all part of blending into our environment.
Our travel style:
- Grass roots travel using local public transport where possible - minimises demand for special tourist vehicles and fuel.
- We choose small-scale locally owned accommodation and homestays where available and local restaurants and markets for dining, retaining revenue in local communities.
- Our leaders facilitate communication of our values to travelers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices.
- We employ local guides to aid travelers' understanding of local culture and etiquette.
- Small groups allow travelers to experience cultures at first hand, offering greater opportunity for cross- cultural understanding.