Places Visited: Kuala Lumpur, Fraser Hill, Taman Negara National Park, Cameron Highlands, Belum Rainforest Reserve, Langkawi Island
Malaysia is often mistakenly regarded as an urban nation, but as this 17-day trip across the peninsula vividly demonstrates, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The country’s national parks form the backbone of the route, which covers the full gamut of Malaysia’s landscapes and climate zones, from coastal rainforests to spectacular tea gardens and pristine, turquoise bays. You’ll have the chance to do a couple of unforgettable ‘canopy walks’ high above the jungle floor, hunt for Rafflesia plants and hornbills in the oldest surviving forest in the region, visit a sacred Hindu cave, trek to tribal villages, swim with wild mahseer fish and picnic beside beautiful waterfalls. The wilderness-oriented holiday ends with a spell on the powder-soft beaches of Langkawi Island, Malaysia’s pre-eminent tropical paradise.