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Singapore – Melaka – Kuala Lumpur – Penang
Singapore – Melaka – Kuala Lumpur – Penang
Arrive in Singapore, the world’s only island city-state. In this exciting “Lion City”, you will discover plenty of things to see and do.
For our second day, take a guided walking tour through one of Singapore’s traditional wet markets, where fresh produce, meats and poultry are sold. Starting early, local wet markets afford a great opportunity to experience old-fashioned commerce, in sharp contrast to the city’s glitzy shopping malls. Soak-up the colourful sights, pungent aromas and local delicacies. Continue on foot to the Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Singapore’s largest hawker centre, where around 260 food stalls dish-up truly authentic local fare. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, before stopping at a traditional Chinese heritage shop to sample local-style desserts. Later, take a drive around Singapore’s Civic District, admiring heritage buildings that include Parliament House. Stop at Merlion Park for impressive Marina Bay views and take a photograph in front of mythical Merlion statue, one of Singapore’s most iconic symbols. Proceed to the National Orchid Garden nestled within the Botanic Gardens and finally, explore Little India, one of the city-state’s most colourful ethnic enclaves.
Singapore’s unique cultural diversity is reflected in its exceptional cuisines – mainly, Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan. Head to Geylang Serai, one of Singapore’s oldest Malay neighbourhoods, where its colourful past lives on today in quaint streets lined with terraced shophouses. Geylang Serai is also considered a major foodie haven, the home of Singapore’s biggest wet market, renowned for traditional Malay and Indian fare. Continue to charming Joo Chiat/Katong, one of Singapore’s most iconic neighbourhoods. Much of its Peranakan heritage is still evident, especially the authentic Nyonya dishes, such as Laksa. In the evening, experience Gardens by the Bay, an innovative urban green space that seamlessly combines nature and modern technology. Then enjoy spectacular, 360-degree nighttime views from The Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, atop Marina Bay Sands.
Make an early morning overland transfer into Malaysia and the historical state of Melaka (Malacca). Rich with heritage buildings, Melaka is a superb location to immerse yourself in centuries-old cultural legacies, especially, the British, Dutch and Portuguese colonial forces. In Melaka City, proceed immediately to A Famosa Historical Complex, a 16th century Portuguese fortress and one of Asia’s oldest surviving remnants of European architecture. Continue to Dutch Square (or Red Square) at the heart of Melaka, for historical gems that include Stadthuys (town hall). Melaka also boasts some of the region’s most sumptuous cuisine. Along two of Melaka’s well-known Heeren Street and Jonker Street, sample local fare and beloved delicacies that both these thoroughfares are renowned for.
Melaka is renowned for its delicious Peranakan fare. Like the community from which the cuisine derives its name, this hybrid cuisine marries Chinese cooking styles with Malay diverse flavours and spices for truly unique tastes. Learn the secrets of authentic Peranakan cuisine with a hands-on cooking class on the upper floors of Nancy’s Kitchen. Housed in a traditional shophouse, this celebrated restaurant is acclaimed for its authentic Peranakan “Baba Nyonya” cuisine. The host-chef, Nancy, was born and raised in a Peranakan household and is a leading authority on Baba Nyonya recipes. Select one dish from Nancy’s secret home-cooking recipe book, handed down from her Peranakan grandparents. Then be personally instructed on how to create your chosen recipe by Chef Nancy herself. Afterwards, sample your culinary creations for lunch in the atmospheric restaurant.
We depart early, for the approximate 2-hour drive to Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital of Malaysia, situated along the Malay Peninsula’s west coast. One of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing metropolitan regions, KL presents an intoxicating blend of old-world charm and new-world sophistication. During our brief city tour, discover KL’s most influential structures and historic gems including the National Monument, Independence Square and Petronas Twin Towers, the city’s iconic landmark. KL is a feast for all the senses, literally. This evening, experience first-hand the multi-layered Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures and the corresponding ethnic cuisine that KL is so famed for. Visit Indian Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the capital’s oldest Hindu temple, followed by Chinatown’s open-air street markets. Our day concludes with a traditional Malay dinner accompanied by a captivating cultural show.
Make the overland transfer to the beautiful island of Penang, a world-renowned holiday destination. At its heart is George Town, named after British King George III. Rich in cultural diversity and exuding colonial charm, historic George Town is one of Malaysia’s most compelling cities. In recognition of its well-preserved cultural and historical heritage, the city is now a World Heritage Site. As the sun sets, explore George Town as it comes alive post dusk. Take a ride in a colourful trishaw along atmospheric streets and soak-up up the sights, sounds and heritage splendours. Then get a bird’s-eye city view from Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, atop the Bayview Hotel George Town. Enjoy dinner and spectacular night-time vistas, as the revolving restaurant makes a slow, 360-degree turn.
Along evocative, bustling streets, our morning city tour covers such key attractions as Weld Quay (Chew Jetty) and the Reclining Buddha Temple. Penang – and especially George Town – is regarded as Malaysia’s culinary epicentre, boasting a huge diversity of ethnic cuisines. Discover some of Penang’s most authentic and delicious street food fare, recognised as some of the world’s finest, on our exclusive guided foodie tour. At Ayer Hitam, sample curry noodles and Penang Laksa, the world-renowned hawker dish. Continue to Bangkok Lane and taste local dishes that may include Mee Goreng and Pasembur. Later, stop-off at a popular foodie street to experience some of Penang’s finest Wonton Noodles, Char Kuew Toew and Hokkien Mee – the latter, the culinary pride of Penang-ites.
Free at leisure until the transfer to Penang International Airport for your onward flight.