Discover two of Malaysia’s most fascinating islands, one is the Gem of Kedah, another is the Pearl of the Orient. Langkawi offers enchanting natural treasures of mythical lakes and majestic eagles. Penang promises old-town charm and a delicious food trail.
*Youth group trips are only open for 18 to 35 year-olds.
- Make friends with like minded people while travelling in a small youth group with an average of 8 people
- Be enchanted with the legend of Princess Mahsuri
- Get a close look at batik painting
- Explore the mythical Tasik Dayang Bunting or Pregnant Maiden Lake
- Feed the majestic brown eagle and the white bellied eagle
- Cruise along mangrove swamp of Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, a UNESCO World Geopark
- Wander the UNESCO-listed streetscape of Georgetown
- Experience local delights on the “Penang food trail”
- Transfer from Langkawi International Airport to the city center
- 4 nights of accommodation in simple hotels
- Daily breakfast at the hotels
- 4 days of Private air-conditioned vehicle
- Entrance fees to activities mentioned above
- Ferry ticket from Langkawi Island to Penang Island
- Penang Historical walking tour and Penang Food tour
- Local Head of Trip throughout
Arrive Langkawi International Airport and meet up with fellow travellers and local guide. After lunch, we dive into a little history at Mahsuri’s tomb. Probably the most famous legend of the island, Princess Mahsuri was wrongfully accused of adultery and sentenced to death. With her dying breath, she laid a curse on the island for seven generations of bad luck.
We also get a close look at batik painting, the traditional technique of cloth painting. Then we spend some time at the Eagle Square, a significant landmark of Langkawi. Spend the rest of the day around the area shopping duty free goods, like chocolate, clothes and fragrances.
After checking into the hotel, you get to spend the night on your own time. Wander around Chenang Street with the abundance of street food and restaurants for you to try.
Today we are exploring around the island. First stop is the mythical Tasik Dayang Bunting or Pregnant Maiden Lake. It is shrouded with the tale of the grieving celestial princess. She was said to have left her child’s body in the lake and returned to her heavenly kingdom. Locals believe that bathing in the lake can promote fertility in women. Myths aside, the fresh water lake is beautiful and taking a dip is a must.
The island is great for bird watching, especially the majestic brown eagle and the white bellied eagle. Admire them gliding and piercing the surface of the water to feed. End the island hopping adventure by relaxing on Beras Basah beach.
Back on land, we take the cable car up Mount Machinchang. It is the island’s second highest peak. Lookout to the breathtaking view from the cable car as it ascends more than 700m above sea level. At the top station, brace yourself for the knee shaking but rewarding walk on the Sky Bridge. Immerse yourself in the 360-degree view of the island’s sea, sky and beyond.
Once at the bottom, we head back up Mount Machinchang for another must see. The Seven Wells waterfall were named after the seven natural pools formed by the flowing water. If you can still catch your breath at the lowest well, challenge yourself and head to the higher wells for stronger currents and a more enjoyable experience.
One of Langkawi’s natural treasures is the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, dubbed a UNESCO World Geopark status. It’s a nature reserve spanning 100 square kilometer with a great collection of geo-sites. On the boat tour, keep your eyes peeled for giant limestone formations, monitor lizards, birds, crocodiles, and many other flora and fauna in its natural habitat. We make stops to get a closer look at the Gua Kelawar (Bat Cave), Gua Buaya (Crocodile Cave) and fish farm.
You get some free time this evening to wine down from the exploration. It’s your last night on the island, so gather your buddies and head out for some fun.
We say goodbye to Langkawi but not to each other, because the adventure continues via ferry heading to Penang.
Stepping back to the days when the island was formed at Fort Cornwallis. It was built by Sir Francis Light of the British East India Company to protect the company’s base from any threats.
The best way to get to know a place is through its food, and Penang has a plethora of yummies for you to sample. We wander the UNESCO-listed streetscape of Georgetown with its unique Chinese merchant shophouses and its more modern assortment of street art. We make “food stops” along the way to munch on Indian, Indian-Muslim and Chinese food. Make space in your tummy for mee goreng, roti canai, loh mee, muah chee etc.
In the evening, have dinner at a local restaurant. Then choose to party the night away or have a laid-back evening at the many local bars and restaurants in town.
Your North Malaysian run ends after breakfast. Farewells and hugs are in order before we go our separate ways.
- Beach gear; flip-flops, sunglasses, sun hat, swimming attire, goggles, and your sunscreen
- Comfortable shoes
- Torch light for Bat Cave or your may rent at MYR 1 at the entrance
- The currency of Malaysia is called the Malaysian Ringgit.
- There are plenty of banks/ local ATM machines that you can find around the city.
- Most hotels and shops accept credit card; Mastercard and Visa
The weather in Langkawi and Penang are consistently hot and humid all-year-round with occasional rainfall and cloudy skies.
Langkawi weather is a good balance of sunshine and light rainfall during the month of November to April. Temperatures are fairly consistent during the day, ranging from 30 celcius to 35 celcius while at night between 28 celcius to 29 celcius.
In the month of September to October, Langkawi experiences of heavy rainfall due to monsoon winds. While showers are sometimes accompanied by thunderstorms, the weather in Langkawi is not usually adversely affected due to its geographical position. During the rainy season, visitors still flock to the island to enjoy wide range of activities it has to offer.
Penang average year-round temperature is fairly steady at 28 degrees. On the subject of rain, the monsoon take place in the month of May till October. At either end of this period, May and October are the two wettest month. However, the rains comes and goes and it does not go all day. The high season in Penang falls in the month of December – February.