- Day 1 – 31 Oct 2013 | Kuala Lumpur [B, L, D]
Heritage Walking Tour – Follow our experienced local guide, who will lead you off the beaten track to discover this city from a different perspective. Then take a rest and enjoy a scrumptious Nyonya-influenced lunch at Old China cafe. The tour continues with an exclusive tour of the National Mosque. You will be required to put on a robe and explore this sacred ground with exclusive access to behind-the-scene areas. The guided tour concludes with a light refreshment of Malay cakes. In the evening, join us for an exclusive Welcome Dinner at award winning Bijan Restaurant for a modern Malay fair. If the night is still young, we will wind down with a few delicious cocktails at the SkyBar and enjoy the spectacular view of Kuala Lumpur skyline.
- Day 2 – 1 Nov 2013 | Kuala Lumpur [B, L, -]
Ready, steady, cook! A hands on affair, learn to cook rustic local Malay dishes at Bayan Indah Culinary Retreat nestled in a tranquil rainforest. It will be a private cooking class hosted by cookbook author and founder of the culinary retreat Rohani Jelani. Under her guidance, you will be introduced to well-loved traditional dishes such as nasi kerabu, ayam percik and kerabu jantung pisang. At the end of the class, you will get to sit down and enjoy your own creations. Afternoon will be at your own leisure. Time for some shopping at Golden Triangle, and check out the hawker food at Jalan Alor.
- Day 3 – 2 Nov 2013 | Melaka [B, L, D]
In the morning, we will set off on a private coach and head south to the historical city of Melaka. Upon arrival, we will have a leisurely stroll along Jonker Street where you can pick up a few souvenirs from the art and craft stores and antique shops. Lunch will be at a local restaurant tasting the Hainan Chicken Rice which is what this city is famous for. Afterwards, our tour guide will take you on an orientation tour and visit the Portuguese quarter before checking into the 4 star Holiday Inn hotel. In the evening, you will be spoiled with a specially-arranged dinner at Amy Nyonya Heritage Cuisine Restaurant. Enjoy the rich and unique traditional taste of Malaysian Nyonya cuisines which originated from this old city.
- Day 4 – 3 Nov 2013 | Melaka – Penang [B, L, -]
In the morning, Billy & Jackie M will lead you on a wet market tour and show you the rare ingredients used in Nyonya cooking. Followed by a hands-on cooking demonstration conducted by Jackie and you will learn how to cook a few of her favourite Nyonya dishes then followed by lunch. After lunch, we bid Melaka farewell and head back to Kuala Lumpur Airport to catch a flight to Penang. Upon arrival, we will check into luxury modern contemporary G Hotel. Time for a much needed rest to recharge and ready for an action-packed food tour the next day.
- Day 5 – 4 Nov 2013 | Penang [B, L, D]
Visit a local bazaar, observe the making of ‘poh piah’ (spring roll skin), walk through the colourful and bustling enclave of Little India and see the different variety of spices available on sale, have a ‘teh tarik’ (pulled tea) at a local coffee shop, a quick hop to Chew Jetty to visit the oldest housing on water in Penang. A delicious lunch will be devoured at the infamous Nasi Kandar stall hidden in Lane Clear. Tour continues to the west coast of the island where you can have a close-up view of clove and nutmeg trees. For dinner, we will head to Bali Hai seafood restaurant to try some of the best seafood this little island has to offer.
- Day 6 – 5 Nov 2013 | Penang [B, L, -]
Hands-on cooking class with your host, Billy Law at the lush Tropical Spice Garden. You will embark on an interesting tour to learn about various spices and their functional and medicinal uses. Then step inside TSP cooking school where Billy will share a few of his favourite Malaysian dishes and show you how you can replicate the same flavours with readily available ingredients back at home. We will then sit back for a well deserved lunch in the midst of tranquil surroundings. In the afternoon, winding down at the pool, sipping cocktails, relaxing at the pristine beach or having a stroll at the night market to grab some bargains! Then devour all the hawker food to your heart’s content at Gurney Drive hawker centre.
- Day 7 – 6 Nov 2013 | Penang [B, -, D]
Private Hill and Temple Tour – A fascinating tour to the central part of Penang. Explore the Kek Lok Si Temple, with its pagoda of 10,000 Buddha’s, tortoise pond and image of the Goddess of Mercy. For lunch, have a bowl of Assam Laksa which is made famous in Penang. Ascend Penang Hill by the updated funicular railway and enjoy a panoramic view of Georgetown from the summit. We will celebrate with a Farewell Dinner at a special location (It’s a secret!), so frock up for the special occasion!
- Day 8 – 7 Nov 2013 | Kuala Lumpur [B]
Depart Penang. Transfer from your hotel to Penang Airport by private shuttle bus.
B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
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*itinerary subject to change without prior notice.