On the trail of Jim Thompson - 12 days

Package from 53250 THB

Platinum - with guide

Visit of the unavoidable historical cities, mountain landscapes, tour inside the jungle and beaches.

Package from 38750 THB

Silver - self-drive

Visit of the unavoidable historical cities, mountain landscapes, tour inside the jungle and beaches.

Visit of the unavoidable historical cities, mountain landscapes, tour inside the jungle and beaches.

Day 1 - Arriving in Malaysia

 Kuala Lumpur  Malacca 

Arrival at Kuala Lumpur airport, greeting and departure for Malacca, located about 2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. Check in to your Puri Malacca hotel (Double Superior) and rest of the day free to rest from your trip.

Hotel Puri Melaka - Superior


Day 2 - Visit of Malacca

 Malacca  Kuala Lumpur 

Old city-crossroads of maritime routes connecting the Indian Ocean to the China Sea, Malacca has seen succeeding Portuguese, Dutch and English colonization, cultural cross-breeding of which it keeps a picturesque architectural heritage. Visit the brick-colored buildings: Dutch Square, Stadthuys and Christ Church next to the Queen Victoria Fountain. A little further, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia "Chen Hoon teng" built in 1645, the ruins of Portuguese colonization, the "Porta de Santiago" and the ancient fortress "A Famosa" and the remains of the Saint Paul's church where Saint Francis Xavier rested before being moved to Goa. After lunch, visit the Baba & Nyonya Museum and enjoy free time to stroll down the main street of Malacca "Jonker Street" to enjoy the many antique shops and souvenirs. After this, transfer to Kuala Lumpur and overnight at KL Journal Hotel (King Deluxe)

Dutch Square

Classified as World Heritage by Unesco, the city of Malacca is full of major historic buildings. Among them is Christchurch, central point of the city, on Saint Paul's square. It is a church built in the 18th century, with typical Anglican architecture, which is also the oldest Protestant church in the country. The origin of the building dates back to 1741. The Stadthuys also known as the Red Square, is a historic structure located in the heart of the city.

A Famosa

Located at the foot of the eponymous hill overlooking St Paul's Church, one of the oldest buildings in the city, the Porta De Santiago is one of the oldest and most emblematic monuments of the city. Built at the beginning of the 16th century, it was a fortress erected under Portuguese rule to protect the city against external invasions, as evidenced by the many cannons located all around. Taken then by the Dutch, then by the English, the door stands today majestically, witness of a loaded and rich history in twists and turns.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is a Chinese temple, built in 1645 and practicing three doctrines; Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. It is known as the oldest active temple in Malaysia but also for the richness of its decorations

Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

This museum housed in a classic 19th century house showcases the local history of Chinese Malay ethnic called Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan in Malacca. The museum exhibits traditional Baba Nyonya costumes, woodworking items and antique furniture.

Jonker street

Jonker Street is one of the typical streets of Chinatown with multiple stalls and small restaurants, antique shops and souvenirs. In the evening, it turns into a night market. On week-end nights, it is also full of songs and dances. You will also notice a lot of pretty kitsch and illuminated tuk-tuk after dark.

Melaka Straits Mosque

Built in 2006, the mosque is located on Pulau Melaka, an artificial island of 40 hectares, located near the center of Malacca. Teh mosque is built on the coast and gives the impression of floating on the water, hence its nickname floating mosque. Its dome is Middle Eastern style while its 4 towers are Malay style. One of these peculiarities is its 30m high minaret which also serves as a lighthouse.

The Kuala Lumpur Journal - King Deluxe


Day 3 - Visit of Kuala Lumpur

 Kuala Lumpur 

Discovery of a fascinating city, a subtle mix of antiquity and modernity where glass skyscrapers rub shoulders with old buildings from the colonial era. You'll be able to soak up the atmosphere of the Malay neighborhood with its wooden houses and colorful Indian temples. You will start the circuit with the beautiful Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world. Go up to the 86th to enjoy a magnificent view of the city. Our guide will then make you discover, Batu Caves, a set of caves, some of which have been converted into temples, on a limestone hill (272 steps) and which constitute the largest Hindu sanctuary outside India. Next, you will go near the Botanical Garden where you will visit the Museum of Islamic Arts and the impressive National Mosque. You will end the circuit by the independence square around which extends the colonial district. After the visit, return to KL Journal

Petronas Tower

Emblem of Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia, the Petronas towers, named after the Malaysian oil giant, were designed by Argentinean architect Cesar Pelli and inaugurated in 1998. With 88 floors and a total height of 452 meters, they were in 2004, the tallest twin towers in the world. From above, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

Royal Palace

Istana Negara or Agong Palace, the King's Palace is a symbol of Malaysia's sovereignty. Located on a site of 110000m² above Bukit Petalin Hill, this sumptuous palace is the official residence of the King and therefore can not be visited. Visitors can, however, attend the changing of the Royal Guard.

Batu Caves

Batu Caves is a group of caves in a limestone hill, some of which have been converted into temples, and which constitute the largest Hindu sanctuary outside of India. Before you can access it, you have to climb 272 steps to enter the sacred place. The 42 meters high imposing Murugan statue in front of the staircase illuminates the site with its golden color

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Visit the largest museum of Islamic art in Southeast Asia. The museum is spread over 4 floors and covers an area of 30000m². Decorated by craftsmen from Iran and Uzbekistan, it houses 12 galleries and has 5 domes representing the 5 pillars of Islam. It contains 7000 collector's items from the Muslim world (ceramics, glass objects, woodwork, weapons and textiles ...)

National Mosque

Accommodating 15000 people, this mosque, one of the largest in Southeast Asia, features unique modern architecture. The main dome of the National Mosque is shaped like an eighteen-pointed star, representing the thirteen states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam.

Merdeka Square

Former Selangor Club Cricket Ground, Merdeka Square is where the Malay flag was first raised at midnight on August 31, 1957. For this reason, it is also known as the Independence Square. You will be able to observe the 95m high mat on which floats the Malay flag. Around this square you will find some of Kuala Lumpur's iconic buildings such as the Sultan Abdul Samad building, the Royal Selangor Club, the National History Museum and St. Mary's Cathedral.

The Kuala Lumpur Journal - King Deluxe


Day 4 - Taman Negara

 Kuala Lumpur  Taman Negara 

Departure in the morning at 7.30AM for the Taman Negara Park (Group tour with English-speaking guide), which is one of the oldest rainforests in the world; its age is estimated at 130 million years. The luxuriance and diversity of nature here are phenomenal, making it one of the most complex and richest ecosystems in the world. Arrival in Kuala Tembeling around 12PM, lunch, then transfer by boat (duration about 3 hours) to Kuala Tahan, and installation at Mutiara Taman Negara (Chalet). Dinner at the hotel around 19PM, and then walk in the jungle at 20.30PM.

Boat through jungle

From Kuala Tembeling, a small town along the river about 16 km north of Jerantut, you will take a wooden boat for a trip of about three hours on the river, through the jungle. During the journey you can observe life along the river, villages and picturesque views.

Night Jungle Walk

Let's go for a night walk in the jungle. This will allow you to enjoy the place in a different way. At night, the jungle comes alive. This is the best way for you to observe the creatures that we see only at night but also to discover another smell and other sounds,... in short, a completely different atmosphere and new sensations. If you are lucky, you could observe wild animals such as reindeer, tapirs, wild boars, etc.

Mutiara Taman Negara - Chalet


Day 5 - Jungle & towns

 Taman Negara 

After breakfast, departure by boat to the world longest canopy of the world located 45 meters high. Then lunch at the Floating Restaurant. Afterwards, new boat trip on the Trenggan River, through the wild and untouched jungle towards the rapids and visit an Orang Asli village where you can learn more about the customs of the original people of Malaysia. To finish the day, return to your hotel and dinner.

Canopy walk

Your spirit of adventure takes you to new heights: the canopy! 510 meters long and located at 45 meters high, the highest canopy in the world will make you discover the upper floor of the forest, directly influenced by solar radiation. This area of the rainforest is sometimes considered as an ecosystem because of its rich biodiversity and biological productivity. Feast your eyes on the myriad of plants and animal species that live there.

Floating restaurant

Exotic atmosphere guaranteed for this meal, during which you will taste typical Malay dishes, in this pleasant floating restaurant.

Day 6 - Cruise & night safari

 Taman Negara 

After breakfast, departure for a boat cruise through the beautiful landscapes offered by the jungle, and toward Lata Berkoh rapids and the Kelah Fish Sanctuary. Then return to your hotel, lunch at the Floating Restaurant and free time in the afternoon. After dinner, around 20.30PM, departure for the "night safari" in the jungle to look for animals and then return to the hotel.

Lata Berkoh & Kelah Fish Sanctuary

Lata Berkoh is a spectacular waterfall that marks the limit of easy navigability on the river. You will find deep pools with whirlpools and very cold water currents. The trip on the river takes about an hour, depending on the level of the river. During the ride you can enjoy the sounds of the jungle and observe the local wildlife. You will also visit the Kelah Fish Sanctuary in Lubuk Tenor which has a research and conservation center for kelah fish.

Day 7 - Mountain landscapes

 Taman Negara  Cameron Highlands 

Morning departure for Cameron Highlands and his mountainous landscapes and tea plantations (Malaysia's largest tea producing region). Stop at Kuala Tembeling for lunch. Arrival at 3PM at Cameron Highlands, end of tour group, installation at Heritage Hotel (Double Deluxe) and rest of the day free.

Heritage Cameron Highlands - Deluxe


Day 8 - Transfer to Penang

 Cameron Highlands  Ipoh  Taiping  Penang 

Start the day with a visit of the tea making workshop where you can observe the different stages of the tea making process. Then, direction Penang nicknamed the Pearl of the Orient. On the way, you will pass by Ipoh, where you will visit Perak Tong, a Buddhist temple built in a cave. Then you will continue to the royal city of Kuala Kangsar which served as a backdrop to the film "Indochina". The city takes its name from a tree with the deadly sap used by the Orang Asli for the blowgun hunt. Passage through the magnificent Ubudiah Mosque and the Royal Palace of Perak (Istana Iskandariah). Then drive to Taiping and visit the Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island Foundation where you can see orangutan and finally head to Penang with the crossing of one of the largest bridges in Southeast Asia connecting Penang to the Malaysian peninsula. Check in at your Bayview Georgetown Hotel (Double Deluxe). Rest of your free time.

Tea plantations

If the Camerons Highlands are so well known for tea plantations, it is because the altitude and the climatic conditions of the region are particularly favorable for the cultivation of tea. At 1500m of altitude, the Cameron Highlands will offer you those moments of pure serenity which Asia has the secret with the visit of the many tea plantations that punctuate the plateaus. You will visit the factory to follow the tea making process.

Kuala Kangsar

Kuala Kangsar enjoys the coveted status of the royal capital since it was invested by the Perak sultans in the 19th century. It preserves from this period a quite remarkable heritage, a sumptuous mosque, beautiful palaces and an important colonial heritage.

Istana Iskandariah

Istana Iskandariah is the royal palace and official residence of the Sultan of Perak since its completion in 1933. It is located in the royal city of Kuala Kangsar. All the sultans of Perak have been installed in the palace since its completion. The palace takes its name from Sultan Iskandar Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Idris Murshidul Azzam Shah I Rahmatullah who initiated his construction.

Ubudiah Mosque

The Ubudiah Mosque is located next to the Royal Mausoleum on Bukit Chandan. Sultan Idris Shah ordered the built of the mosque by grace for a return to good health after an illness. Its construction was interrupted twice: once when two running elephants broke the marble floor imported from Italy, and again during the 1st World War. Golden cupolas and black and white striped minarets rise above a white Indo-Saracenic building, adorned with Moorish arches and decorations.

Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island Foundation

Take the boat to go to the Orangutans island. This small tropical island is located in the middle of a freshwater lake where a number of orangutans live in their natural habitat. Here, the primates are at home and at liberty, it is the humans who will be in "cage". A "cage-tunnel" will allow you to observe these primates closely.

Bayview Hotel Georgetown - Deluxe


Day 9 - Visit of Penang

 Penang 

Penang was for a long time one of the privileged ports of the English on the road to Asia, carrying their ships laden with tea and opium. This city will seduce you with its old houses weathered by time and its elegant arcaded houses adorned with columns and verandas, memory of the colonial era. You will visit the main sites of Georgetown, a true multicultural mosaic and historic city classified by UNESCO as World Heritage: Fort Cornwallis, the jetty of the clans, the Harmony Street which brings together a church, a Chinese temple, a mosque and a Hindu temple, the State Museum and the Thai temple Chayamangkalaram, home to one of the largest reclining Buddha in Malaysia. You will end the day with the Kek Lok Si, temple of supreme happiness. Located on the Air Itam Hills, an extremely popular retreat for monks and Taoists in search of immortality, it is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. Back to your hotel Bayview Georgetown

Fort Cornwallis

Visit the Cornwallis Fort erected in 1808 by the British to protect the port from possible French attacks. Star-shaped, it was originally built with palms palisades and no permanent structure. Among the many guns, Sri Rambai, the largest brass gun has a special history: according to local legend, it has a magical power that allows women to return to fertility if they place some flowers inside reciting a pray.

Clan Jetties

Founded more than 100 years ago, the Georgetown "Clan Jetties" are the traditional villages created by Chinese migrants. They bear the name of the family that is installed there and are located on the seafront. They are, today, 6. The most visited is Chew Jetty.

Harmony Street

Harmony Street brings together a church, a Chinese temple, a mosque and a Hindu temple! The Thai temple Chayamangkalaram located a little further away, is home to one of Malaysia's largest reclining Buddha. The proximity of these places of worship is not due to chance. They were created to guarantee each ethnic community its religious edifice. This is a fine example of religious coexistence that makes Penang a haven of security and tolerance.

State Museum

A little further in the same neighborhood, the state museum dedicated to the historic communities of Penang, as well as major events that took place in Penang, houses a beautiful collection of old photographs, maps, and ancient documents, Chinese furniture, embroidery, costumes and other remains. On the first floor, where the art gallery is located, the works of local artists and paintings of old Penang are on display.

Kek Lok Si temple

Temple of supreme happiness, it would be the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. Located on the hills of Air Itam, an extremely popular retreat for monks and Taoists in search of immortality, the pagoda has seven floors and is decorated with 10000 statues of Buddha. A mix of Chinese-inspired architecture with a Thai-style central part and a Burmese crown symbolizes the harmony between Mahayanna and Theravada Buddhism. A staircase leads you to the top of the pagoda where the view is exceptional.

Bayview Hotel Georgetown - Deluxe


Day 10 - Beaches

 Penang  Batu Ferringghi (Penang) 

Transfer to your beachfront hotel.

Bayview Beach Resort Batu Ferringhi - Deluxe Side Seaview


Day 11 - Free day

 Batu Ferringghi (Penang) 


Bayview Beach Resort Batu Ferringhi - Deluxe Side Seaview


Day 12 - Departure

 Batu Ferringghi (Penang)  Penang  Kuala Lumpur 

Departure from your hotel to the airport of Penang, then flight to Kuala Lumpur.