Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Weekend with Travelife in Malaysia: May 18-20, 2012

Yes, we're big Malaysia fans. Malaysia's so near and yet so different from us, with many fascinating facets including the influence of Islamic culture and the presence of the Straits Chinese. It's truly such an interesting combination.

Malaysia is also a far more developed society with advanced infrastructure and yet also a very well preserved heritage. They've kept their most beautiful old towns intact. The UNESCO World Heritage areas of Malacca and Penang are just beautiful.

And did we tell you that all of us at Travelife Magazine love the shopping there? Our team enjoys the night markets and the malls while I really love the specialty boutiques that sell creations of local designers and artisans. Every single dress I've bought in KL has received rave reviews for being so unique. So you know I'll be heading for KL with an empty suitcase...

If you've never been to Malaysia, this is the perfect opportunity for a quick look-see. Join us for a fab weekend that Travelife Magazine has planned in cooperation with the wonderful and hardworking team of Tourism Malaysia.

Discover the best of Malaysia
in a weekend with Travelife Magazine

Enchanting Malacca & Modern Kuala Lumpur

* Visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Malacca
* See beautiful Kuala Lumpur
* Enjoy a special cultural show and night cruise of Malacca
* Taste the famous street food of Malaysia
* Shop for bargains in Malacca’s amazing weekend market
* Buy unique crafts and clothes at Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Central Market

Yes, all in a weekend!
From US$ 650* per person

What's included:
* Roundtrip economy airfare via Malaysia Airlines
* All transfers as per itinerary
* Two nights at the luxurious five-star Casa Del Rio hotel right on the idyllic Melaka River
* Daily breakfasts
* One local cuisine lunch upon arrival
* One night cruise on the Melaka River
* Tours as per itinerary
* Services of an English-speaking tour guide

What’s not included:
* PHP 1,620 Philippine Travel Tax
* PHP 750 Airport Tax, payable at the airport
Tips for guide and driver

Contact Travelife Magazine
Meg at Tel 8138400/ 8922620
Email travelife@travelife.biz


FRIDAY, May 18

0500 hrs Assemble at NAIA 1

0750 hrs Depart for Kuala Lumpur via MH0805

1125 hrs Arrive in KLIA and proceed directly to Malacca.
Lunch enroute.

1500 hrs Malacca orientation tour

Built in 1650 as the official residence of Dutch Governors and their officers, this a prime example of Dutch architecture.

Built in 1753, the church took 12 years to complete and is known for its antique handmade pews, its ceiling beams constructed from a single tree, its Brass Bible rest which dates back to 1773, and for a tombstone written in Armenian that can be found inside the church.

1700 hrs Check-in to the hotel. After settling in, you may wish to stroll the river or to start exploring the town on your own.

The CASA DEL RIO hotel is a luxury five-star hotel located right on the banks of the Melaka River. This will be your home for your two-night stay in Malaysia.

1900 hrs Enjoy an authentic Malaysian dinner and cultural show hosted by Tourism Malaysia. After dinner, you may wish to visit Malacca’s famous weekend market, which will be open on both nights you are in Malacca.


0800 hrs
Breakfast in your hotel.

0900 hrs
Continuation of Malacca city tour

BABA NYONYA HERITAGE MUSEUM. Built in 1896, this was once the family home of the Baba Chan family. Today it is a wonderful living museum and a testament to the beautiful culture of the Straits Chinese.

JALAN TUN TAN CHENG LOCK. Walk through this narrow street lined with boutique hotels, souvenir shops and interesting restaurants. This was once known as Millionaire’s Row because all the wealthy local families used to live on this street.

ST. PETER’S CHURCH. This 17th century church is the oldest church in Malacca that is still being used today.

ST. PAUL’S HILL. Stroll up this famous hill for a 180-degree view of Malacca and a look at the old fortress with the Dutch gravestones. This church was once the temporary resting place of the remains of St. Francis Xavier, and a marker is still in place where he lay in state.

CHEN HOON TENG TEMPLE. This is Malaysia’s oldest traditional Chinese temple, considered one of the most significant in Southeast Asia. It received a UNESCO award for outstanding cultural restoration.

KAMPUNG KLING MOSQUE. Built in 1748, this is one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia, and it is especially famous for its unique architecture.

MENARA TAMING SARI. Take a ride 110 meters up Malacca’s famous tower, Malaysia’s first revolving tower built with Swiss technology, for a panoramic view of this UNESCO World Heritage city.

MELAKA MARITIME MUSEUM. This is a wooden replica of the former Portugese ship Flor De La Mar. This ship was carrying vast treasures from Malacca to Portugal when it sank off the coast of Malacca. Today it is a museum that showcases the history of maritime trade in Malacca, once one of the world’s busiest ports.

1200 hrs
Lunch on your own. This is a wonderful opportunity to sample Malaysia’s famous street food along Jonker Street.

1300 hrs
Free and easy afternoon to wander around Jonker Street or the Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, or to visit one of Malacca’s large shopping malls.

1800 hrs
Dinner will be on your own and we will have many suggestions for you. Malacca is famous for its chicken rice and satay.

1945 hrs
Assemble at the hotel for a river cruise.

2000 hrs
River cruise along the Malacca River. After dinner, you may wish to visit the Malacca weekend market along Jonker Street for more shopping.

SUNDAY, May 20

0600 hrs
Breakfast is bright and early so we can head out to Kuala Lumpur as soon as possible.

0700 hrs
Check-out of hotel for the two-hour transfer to Kuala Lumpur.

0900 hrs
Arrive in Kuala Lumpur for a city tour. From your bus, see the King’s Palace, the Petronas Twin Towers and Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Afterwards, there will be a quick shopping stop at Malaysia’s famous Beryl’s Chocolate Factory and at Karyaneka, Malaysia’s top handicrafts center.

1200 hrs
Stop at Central Market, Malaysia’s one-stop shopping place for crafts and foodstuffs from all over the country. Lunch is one your own here, and this is a great place for last-minute shopping.

1430 hrs
Depart for Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

1730 hrs
Depart for Manila on Malaysia Airlines MH804.

Thank you for joining us on the TRAVELIFE MALAYSIA TOUR.

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