Malaysia Culinary Adventure – Travelzoo Special

Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Cameron Highlands, Ipoh, Penang

Starting From $2,300.00 Land + Air

Duration 10 Days


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Malaysia is known for its diverse culture, having Malay, Chinese, Indian, Singaporan all mixed in one calls for a Tasty Experience. Now imagine all those flavors, culture and colors all put together for your taste buds! This is what this tour does. You will get to experience different styles of cooking through out this trip with its many stops in different regions that will reflect their food style. Enjoy a Malaysia Culinary Adventure Tour today!

This Tour Package Includes:

  • Land + Air : LAX departures (email us for other departing cities)
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals per itinerary
  • All transfers
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Tour Highlights:

  • Tea Plantation
  • Chow Kit Market
  • Batik Outlet
  • KL Tower Dinner
  • Malacca Street Food Tastings
  • Vegetable Farm in Cameron Highlands
  • Perak Caves
  • Penang Spice Garden
  • Cooking Class
  • Little India

Package Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees, passport fees, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal purchases
  • Meals/admission not in itinerary
  • Malaysian Hotel Tax (paid upon check-in)
  • Optional Tours (If applicable)

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Meals: B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

  • Day 1-2: Home ~ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Depart from your home and fly to Malaysia.
  • Day 3: Kuala Lumpur 
    Upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, transfer to the hotel and check in. The remainder of the day will be at your own leisure to enjoy.
  • Day 4: Kuala Lumpur 
    Today, head to Little India, the older section of the city. It is a riot of colors with shops selling saris and garments to the many spices used in Indian cooking. Here, we shall have a banana leaf lunch (white rice served on a banana leaf with an assortment of vegetables, meat or fish) in a typical South Indian restaurant. We continue with a walking tour before returning to our hotel. In the evening, indulge in an authentic regional Malaysian dining experience at Makan Kitchen at the Doubletree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur hotel. Live interactive show kitchens showcase the enormous diversity of Malaysian cuisine and you will experience the journey from the raw ingredients to the pan and plate. The restaurant's several cooking stations feature iconic specialties from Malaysian, Peranakan, Chinese, and Indian cooking traditions, giving a true flavor of the area's local cuisine.  (B. L, D)
  • Day 5: Kuala Lumpur 
    Breakfast at hotel before we proceed to the Chow Kit market followed with a visit to a Batik outlet where you try your hand on Batik printing based on a pre-designed motif of colorful local fruits. Lunch will be Bak Kut Teh (an extremely popular Chinese dish made up of meaty pork ribs simmered for hours in a complex broth of herbs and spices including star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, fennel seeds and garlic). Afternoon is free at leisure. Dinner is at the 360º Restaurant located at KL Tower.  It is a revolving restaurant at a height of 282 meters with a spectacular view of the city's skyline and serves international and local cuisine.  (B, L, D)
  • Day 6: Kuala Lumpur ~ Malacca 
    After breakfast, depart for Malacca, the historical city of Malaysia. Upon arrival, we proceed for the UNESCO Walk. Malacca is well-known for its well preserved culture and heritage. It is Malaysia's oldest historical city and was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. You can visit all of its fascinating sites just by walking down the narrow streets lined with specialty shops and century-aged houses. Stops will be made along the way to taste local street food including the famous Chicken Rice Ball (This is a Malaccan specialty - It is rice boiled in chicken stock flavoured with ginger, garlic and shallot and make into rice balls then served with boiled chicken pieces and garnished with cucumber and spring onion, and chilli sauce) and PoPiah (Spring roll with secret ingredients such as scrambled egg, fried onion, lettuce, turnip, bean sprout and may include fried pork lard). We then  head check-in at hotel. Dinner is at a Peranakan restaurant which showcase the best of Baba/Nyonya cuisine. Generally referred to as the result of inter-marriages between the Chinese immigrants and the local Malays, which produced a unique cuisine where local ingredients such as chilies, belacan (Malaysian shrimp paste) lemongrass, galangal, turmeric, etc. are used.  (B, L, D)
  • Day 7: Malacca ~ Cameron Highlands
    After breakfast, we make our way to Cameron Highlands, popularly known as the “Giant Green Carpet of Malaysia” due to the picturesque tea hills and the “Salad Bowl of Malaysia” due to the vast vegetable farms in this highland resort. Enroute, stop at Putrajaya for an early lunch at the Botanical Garden where your guide will introduce you to more local delicacies such as Satay (a dish of marinated, skewered chicken, mutton or beef and served with a mild-spicy peanut sauce) and Roti John (essentially an omelette sandwich and ingredients include minced chicken or mutton, onion, egg, sardines, tomato-chilli sauce and a baguette-type loaf). After lunch we continue our journey to Cameron Highlands. Upon arrival, we visit the local market and a vegetable farm for an insight to the lifestyle of the local farmers. Check in at hotel. Local Steamboat dinner in the evening. (Steamboat is a dish consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings and seafood. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce. (B, L, D)
  • Day 8: Cameron Highlands ~ Ipoh 
    Early breakfast followed by a visit to the tea plantation and factory to see the process of tea followed by a tea tasting session. We then depart for Ipoh with a stop for lunch at Kampar. Here, you get to try the famous Curry Chicken Bread (a signature dish from this town with curry chicken stuffed in a giant bread). After lunch we visit the famed Perak Caves which has a Chinese temple within a natural limestone hill and is the biggest cave temple in the country. In this vicinity you also get to see the many pomelo stalls which you’ll get to sample. Check in at hotel for short rest before we bring you for another local delicacy, the “Clay pot Chicken Rice” dinner made popular in this state. (The rice is cooked in a claypot and traditionally, the cooking is done over a charcoal stove, giving the dish a distinctive flavour. The ingredients are chicken, Chinese sausage and salted fish).  (B, L, D)
  • Day 9: Ipoh ~ Penang 
    Early breakfast before we depart for Penang. Enroute, refreshment stop at the Kuala Kangsar R&R before we proceed directly to the Spice Garden in Penang. Upon arrival, it’s time for your cooking class with the experts here who’ll prepare the necessary ingredients for you to cook your own lunch (hence be prepared for a late lunch). Check in at hotel. For dinner, we visit either the Gurney Drive or Queen Street, famous for it's many hawker stalls that serves all kinds of Malaysian street food.  (B, L, D)
  • Day 10: Penang ~ Home 
    Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home as your trip comes to an end.  (B)


  • M Boutique Hotel – Ipoh, Malaysia* or similar
    2, Hala Datuk 5, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

    Welcome to M Boutique Hotel, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia! Be pleasantly surprised by the smallest things in our small, whimsical home where stylized compact is our signature in Ipoh! We have taken great pain to infuse both Malaysia’s Colonial past and modern urban décor, in bringing to you 93 chic yet urban Straits Eclectic rooms, replicating much of the pre war shop houses found in the Straits Settlements, with a wicked twist. We do try hard to pay attention to the smallest detail in everything that we do. The M Boutique Hotel is frequently referred to as whimsical, quirky and unique, but we are trying to bring something refreshing as opposed to other Boutique Hotels in Malaysia. This is a bold statement from us; the Family at M Boutique but will consistently try to rise to the occasion.

    Check In Time:      02:00pm
    Check Out Time:   11:00am

  • Four Points by Sheraton Penang – Malaysia*
    505, Jalan Tanjung Bungah | Penang, Malaysia, Tanjung Bungah, Penang Island 11200, Malaysia (Formerly Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel)

    Situated on a tranquil stretch of white sandy beach, the resort is located merely 15 minutes from both George Town and Batu Ferringhi, and 45 minutes from the Penang International Airport by car, we serve as a convenient getaway for leisure, business and MICE travellers alike.

    Get everything you need for a great escape with facilities like an outdoor pool, an all-day dining restaurant, a 24-hour gym and free high performance fibre optic WiFi throughout the resort. After a day's exploration in the city, cool down from the tropical heat with a local or international brew at The Best Brew.

    Check In Time:      02:00pm
    Check Out Time:   11:00am

  • Strawberry Park Resort – Cameron Highlands, Malaysia*
    Lot 195 & 196 Tanah Rata 39000 Pahang, Malaysia

    Strawberry Park Resort is ideally located amidst a 7-acre hill between Tanah Rata and Brinchang. The cool temperature in Cameron Highlands makes it an ideal retreat for holiday makers and business travellers alike, whether you're from Malaysia or Internationally, our resort is the perfect place.  Strawberry Park Resort is the creation of an inspiration of Cameron Highlands. Strawberry Park Resort offers vacation rooms and exclusive recreational facilities and services against the "cool days of 21 degree Centigrade and colder nights of 10 degree Centigrade stretching the enjoyment of these hills in the tradition of Cameron Highlands".

    Check In Time:      02:00pm
    Check Out Time:   11:00am

Arrival Land Land+Air Availability

Prices are based on per person, double occupancy.  Land Only rates do not include international air tickets. Charming Travel Destination guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum 2 passengers to guarantee departure. All hotels are subject to availability. Hotels may be substituted with another of similar category. Prices and availability are subject to change at any time and prices are not guaranteed until we receive your final payment. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary to ensure a smooth and safe trip. No visa is required for all US passport holders.

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