Malaysia, New Year on Togean islands, and Java

Price
$2530
+flight to Kuala Lumpur and back from Bali
Duration
20 days

What you get

Two countries
Malaysia and Indonesia
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader - traveler
Food
On Togean islands
Accommodation
19 nights
Physical grade
Level 2 (easy) out of 5

Malaysia, New Year on Togean islands, and Java

A vigorous journey through the two neighboring countries will lead us to the super modern capital of Kuala Lumpur, the narrow streets between Chinese shop houses and to the wooden houses on the water on the Togean islands.  

  • Walk in the old Chinese districts of Malacca and Georgetown in Malaysia
  • Visit the last sea nomads, Sama-Bajau people 
  • Jump into warm Madakaripura waterfalls the highest of which is 200 meters tall 
  • Relax on a volcanic beach on Bali 
  • Learn more about Buddhism and Hinduism by exploring the world-famous Borobodur and Prambanan complexes
  • Enjoy dawns on the tops of two volcanoes - Bromo and Ijen on the island of Java

Trip code
AJYI
Malaysia,Indonesia,Sulawesi,Jawa,Togean islands,Borobudur,Prambanan,Bromo,Ijen

The price of the trip includes:

  1. Seven domestic and international flights:
  2. Accommodation in double/twin rooms during the entire trip;
  3. All transportation including buses, boats, ferries, hired and public transport;
  4. All meals during five days on Togean islands+some breakfasts during the rest of the trip;
  5. Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Kuala Lumpur and from Bali back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
  2. Insurance (mandatory);
  3. Entrance fees to temples, parks and other attractions (up to $200) and additional excursions on the islands ($40-100);
  4. Diving (from $33 per dive or PADI Open Water diving course including 5 dives, test and certification – $390);
  5. Snorkeling ($7-10 per day for snorkeling gear rent);
  6. Food ($8-15 per person per day).

Departures

2019
Price
Book
24 December, Tue 12 January, Sun
$ 2530

Day 1 - 2

Malaysia`s capital Kuala Lumpur Batu caves Bird park Petronas twin towers Street food on Alor

We begin our group trip to Malaysia and Indonesia when we arrive in a modern metropolis of Kuala Lumpur - the capital of Malaysia, and check into a hotel. After some rest we take a subway to Batu caves, which are revered by Hindus as sacred. The entrance to the caves is guarded by a 42-meter statue of the god Murugan. We climb the stairs and walk in another world - a huge cave, illuminated only by thin streams of light from above. The second cave is completely dark - in order to walk inside we will take lanterns. Imagine the amazement of British naturalists who accidentally discovered these caves in the midst of the wild jungle in 1878! 

We have lunch in the Indian vegetarian restaurant next to the caves which serves excellent traditional thali - rice, vegetables, and beans, and lassi - a yogurt drink. Head to the world's largest indoor bird park. Here, practically in the center of the city, thousands of the most exotic birds live, and almost all of them fly around completely free! A huge grid, thrown on the tops of the trees throughout the park keeps them from escaping. We will see orange ibises, clumsy swamphen with red noses, hornbills, peacocks, pink flamingos. And many more! 

In the evening, we walk around the most modern districts of the capital - the Bukit Bintang district, around the Petronas Twin Towers, and watch a light show. For dinner we head to the famous street food Alor. Pay special attention to seafood!

Day 3 - 4

Malacca Museum of History and Ethnography Teluk Bahang national park Penang food

In the morning we leave by bus to the most ancient city of Malaysia - Malacca (3 hours on the way). We will spend the day walking among the old terracotta-colored houses, exploring the river by the boat, and observing the local life. Learn more about the history and many cultures of Malaysia, visiting the Museum of History and Ethnography. After lunch we will walk to the top of the hill with the ruins of the Portuguese fortress. In the evening we return to Kuala Lumpur and fly to Penang Island (1 hour). We check into a hotel in the historic center. 

In the morning we head to the jungle of the Teluk Bahang National Park in the north of the island. We will wade along narrow paths, relax on quiet, completely deserted beaches and see a place where the rare species of turtles breeds. We return to the city and in the evening visit one of the iconic food courts. Surely, you have heard that Penang is known as one of the world's food capitals. And it is very deserved! We will try the famous Chinese steam dim sum, Indian chicken in red sauce and Malay dish nasi lemak made from coconut rice, anchovy, eggs and cucumbers.

Day 5 - 7

The largest monastery in Southeast Asia Streets of Georgetown Famous food courts Ampana

We begin our morning in the largest monastery in Southeast Asia - the temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, known as Kek Lok Si. We pass by a snow-white pagoda to the observation deck, which offers a wonderful view of Georgetown. We observe the parishioners and, if lucky, the Buddhist ceremony, and then on a small cable car get to the highest part of the temple. Looming over this part is a bronze statue of the goddess of mercy Guanyin, more than 30 meters tall. Her face is turned towards the sea, and her back is turned towards a completely different, rural part of Penang. 

After lunch, we return to the city and begin to explore the famous old streets of Georgetown, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is not a glamorous museum area - people still live here. Like three hundred years ago, families live on the second floor of traditional Chinese shops, known as shophouses, and on the first floor they work — run a shop, cafe, or workshop. We observe local life, try the most delicious dishes in eateries that we have been visiting for many years. 

The next morning we continue our guided tour to Malaysia and Indonesia with a flight to the city of Makassar in Indonesia. We will spend the night in a hotel in the transit zone of the airport, and in the morning fly to the city of Luwuk. The car will take us to Ampana (5 hours on the way). Foreigners rarely visit this small city, and those that do, immediately get on the boat to Togean Islands. We will have time to walk around this very authentic town and see the local life. We spend the night in local hotel.

Day 8 - 14

New Year on Togean islands Uninhabited islands Diving and snorkeling Last sea nomads

We continue our guided tour to Malaysia and Indonesia - in the morning the speedboat takes us to the main town of Togean islands (1.5 hours on the way). There we take a small boat to the island where we will stay in bungalows on the beach. This place is the paradise on Earth! This whole beach, crystal clear water with flocks of colorful fish, wild jungle - are only for us. There are no roads or mobile connection - just unity with the pristine nature, which is breathtaking. 

We will celebrate New Year on a tiny uninhabited island, enjoying food made on fire, and then explore Togean islands by boat. Virgin jungle, fabulous lagoons, completely wild beaches, hornbills, coconut crabs and, of course, the stunning underwater world. After all, Togeans are home to 96% of all coral species that exist on our planet! 

We will also visit Sama Bajau people, known as the last sea nomads. Some of them still live on boats in the ocean, approaching the coast only to bury the dead and exchange fish for rice and vegetables. But some live in small wooden houses on the water. We will visit one such village to observe the unusual life and to please the local kids. On the last day in Togean, we will return to Ampana and take a car to Luwuk (5 hours on the way).

Day 15 - 16

Cultural capital Yogyakarta Kraton palace Prambanan Hindu complex Borobudur Traditional Javanese house Market of medicinal plants and spices

In the morning we fly to the cultural capital of Indonesia - Yogyakarta where we will continue our small group trip to Malaysia and Indonesia and check into a hotel. We really love the local culture, but we will begin with local food. Here they cook the most delicious food in the country! We will enjoy the famous gudeg - a traditional dish made of jackfruit boiled in coconut milk with duck eggs, rice and chicken. Try sweet beans and a smoothie made from the freshest ripe avocados. Yum. Now, we are ready to talk culture. We begin with Kraton Palace, where the Sultans of Yogyakarta have been living since the 18th century. The sultan's family still occupies a part of the palace, which is closed to visitors. 

Next, we head to Prambanan - the world famous complex of Hindu temples, built in the 9th century. Each of these temples is dedicated to one of the main deities of Hinduism. The height of the main is more than 47 meters, so it is amazing how, just a hundred years after construction, these grand buildings were abandoned and forgotten. In the evening we enjoy the sunset on the endless beach, and next morning head to another local shrine - the famous Borobudur. 

This grand Buddhist stupa was built in the same 9th century and consists of four levels and more than half a thousand Buddha statues! Two volcanoes are located nearby which creates wonderful view, but in the 14th century it played a cruel joke with Borobudur - the shrine was buried under volcanic ash and stones. Discovered only in the 19th century, it was completely restored. They didn’t just dig it out of the ground, but also took it apart and moved it to another, safer place. In the evening, we will explore the colorful quarters of Yogyakarta and have dinner in a traditional Javanese house. And how about local market of medicinal plants and spices? Very authentic experience. 

Day 17 - 18

Sunrise on top of Bromo volcano Madakaripura waterfalls

In the morning we fly to the city of Surabaya, and then take a bus to the village of Chemoro Lavang (3.5 hours on the way). Here we check into a hotel at the foot of the grand volcano Bromo. For the last thirty years, it has been showing noticeable activity - smoke comes out of the crater, and under our feet you can literally feel the power of our planet! The last time Bromo erupted in 2015. We will meet an unforgettable sunrise on top of this volcano at an altitude of 2329 meters above sea level, where we will be taken by jeeps. 

We return to the hotel for breakfast, rest, and then leave for Bondovoso (6 hours on the way). On the way, we will stop to stroll to the Madakaripura waterfalls. The highest of the seven waterfalls is 200 meters tall! To reach it, you have to go under the jets of warm water falling from above. We reach Bondovoso and check into a hotel near another famous volcano of the island of Java - Ijen.

Day 19 - 20

Sunrise on top of Ijen volcano Bali island

Early in the morning we start our walk to the top of the Ijen volcano (approximately one and a half hours of walking). We reach the crater and suddenly we see a strange blue light in the predawn twilight. We approach closer and see figures of people appear from this light. What a mystical picture! This is the acid lake in the crater of a volcano, and hundreds of workers mine sulfur here every night. They carry wicker baskets with huge boulders and slowly walk down. The sun rises and floods the valley far below with a delicate pink light. Incredible beauty!

We walk down to the hotel, have breakfast, have a rest and get on the bus and ferry to the island of Bali (about 3 hours on the way). We spend the evening on a wonderful beach, and then check into a hotel. In the morning we go to the airport and fly back home. Our group trip to Malaysia and Indonesia has come to an end. Thank you for exploring the world with us!

Tour leader

Is this trip for you?

This trip is of easy physical grade. It includes walks in cities and towns and easy walks in the national park. We will walk to the top of the Ijen volcano, which will take us around 2 hours. We will take seven flights, ride buses and speed boats. Accommodation in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels. All will have own attached bathroom with hot water, and wi fi internet. Accommodation on Togean islands can be chosen in additional options.

Visa

Indonesia and Malaysia are visa free for citizens of most countries.

Citizens of some countries can get visa on arrival.

We provide free visa consulting for our clients.

Additional options

3G mobile internet in Indonesia
Price: + $12
Local prepaid sim card with 2GB internet package

3G mobile internet in Malaysia
Price: + $15
Local prepaid sim card with 2GB internet package

Deluxe hotel room on Togean islands
Price: + $30
Double/Twin room during your stay on Togean islands

VIP hotel room on Togean islands
Price: + $60
Double/Twin room during your stay on Togean islands

Bungalow on Togean islands
Price: + $120
A private bungalow during your stay on Togean islands

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