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Luxury Culinary Tour of Malaysia with Jo Lee

The talented Asian chef, Jo Lee will be leading this gastronomic odyssey throughout Malaysia.  Under Jo’s expert guidance as well as that of renowned local chefs, you will source the freshest produce from bustling markets and then use them to create delicious and authentic local speciality dishes. In addition to receiving culinary guidance you will be able to explore some of the most impressive cultural, historical and natural sights that Malaysia has to offer. All the while, staying in some of the finest hotels and finishing the tour with a stay in a luxurious resort in Langkawi overlooking the Andaman sea.

Highlights

  1. Learn the finer points of preparing Malaysian cuisine under the expert guidance of Asian chef Jo Lee as well as renowned regional chefs.


  1. Explore the markets and malls of Singapore, Malacca and Kuala Lumpur.


  1. Take in the historical sights of Ipoh


  1. Visit the incredibly beautiful Cameron Highlands


  1. Relax in style at the end of the tour at one of Langkawi’s finest hotels overlooking the Andaman Sea

4th Nov: Group departs for Singapore


5th Nov–  Arrive Singapore


Upon arrival at Singapore International Airport meet and transfer to the hotel (the journey will takes approximately 40 minutes).


Check in at the hotel and then use your free time at your leisure.


The hotel is located only 10 minutes by walk from the Orchard road, famous for its 22 shopping malls and numerous lounge and dining restaurant.


Overnight stay at the hotel.


6th Nov - Singapore – Malacca (Breakfast/Lunch)


After breakfast, the group transfer will begin from the Singapore train station (the journey will be approximately 40 minutes) for the morning train (ETD 0845am) going to Tampin train station (ETA 1300pm). This is a village 40km away from Malacca.


Upon arrival meet and greet then transfer on a bus to Malacca in approximately 30 minutes.


Check in and have lunch at the hotel.


At 15.00 proceed for a walk to the main street of Malacca, Jonker Street. Along the street you can find shops selling unique antique, wood-craved statues, interior and household products, fashionable clothes, colourful accessories and various souvenirs. The best part of Jonker Street is the Friday and Saturday night market that sells everything from tasty treats to cheap keepsakes.


Return to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.



7th Nov Malacca (Breakfast/Lunch)


Breakfast in the Hotel.


The group will enjoy the Nonya Cooking class from the Seri Nonya Restaurant (Hotel Equatorial), which will last about 3.5 to 4 hours.


The Chef from Equatorial will spend half a day with the group to teach you how to cook typical Nonya dishes. The Nonya cuisine combines ChineseMalay and other influences into a unique blend. Afterwards, you will be able to enjoy what you have cooked.


At 15.00 proceed to visit the Baba Nyonya house museum. The museum building is home to three generations of the Baba family. This old house design shows a combination of eastern and western cultures. It was built in 1896 and has an open courtyard in the middle of the house. Furniture made from rosewood and decorated with Chinese, British and Dutch designs can be found. This house shows what the Nyonya community life in Malacca at the end of the 19th century was like.


Continue the walk to Porta Santiago, the sole remaining gateway into the fortress, built by the Portuguese when they conquered Malacca in 1511.


The group will reach The Dutch Square, also called the Red Square because the surrounding buildings are painted red. Among these eye-catching buildings, Stadthuys is the largest structure of them all.


You will walk across the bridge over the Malacca River to stroll along the streets of old Malacca. Most of the old buildings have been renovated in respect of the original design and converted into curio shops. 

Proceed for a cruise along the Malacca River and observe buildings with Dutch and British architectural influence.




See the oldest temple in Malaysia, Cheng Hoon Teng (1645), and the oldest mosque of Malacca, Kampung Kling Mosque. Proceed for your last stop to Bukit China (Chinese hill), the largest Chinese cemetery outside China.


Most of the visit is a walking tour.


Back to the hotel. At leisure.


Overnight stay at the hotel.



8th Nov- Malacca / Kuala Lumpur (Breakfast/Lunch)


After breakfast, free time before the last walk around Malacca.


At 10.30/11.00am transfer from Malacca to Kuala Lumpur City, the journey will takes approximately 2 hours.


Upon arrival, have lunch at the Old China Cafe.


After lunch visit the City for about 3 hours.


Drive through the lake gardens; with stops at the National Mosque and Independence Square.  From there, take a short walk to Central Market passing the convergence of the Gombak and Klang river – at Masjid Jamek, one of the first buildings were erected in Kuala Lumpur.


Stroll through Chinatown, board the bus and proceed to Kampung Baru, a typical Malay area where most houses are still built in the traditional Malay architecture.  Journey continues toward KLCC for a great photo shoot of one of the world’s tallest twin towers.


Return back to the hotel. The hotel is located near the Bukit Bintang road also known Bintang Walk is a long street with shopping malls, restaurants, bars and small shops. 


At leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.



9th Nov - Kuala Lumpur (Breakfast/Lunch)


Breakfast at the Hotel.

In the morning the group will have a Malay Cooking Class.


Departure at 09.30 am to Desa Sri Hartamas at the cooking house (journey will take approximately 30 minutes).


The cooking house is home to a selection of fine, experienced chefs. Each is a pillar of knowledge in their respective fields of cuisine; these chefs are teachers, demonstrators and cooks with a passion for cuisine that is surpassed by none.


Today you will experience for the first time an exclusive cooking workshop on Malaysian cuisine lasting about 3.5 to 4 hours.


Overnight at hotel.


The main characteristic in traditional Malay cuisine is undoubtedly the generous use of spices. The coconut milk is also important in giving the Malay dishes their rich, creamy flavour. The other foundation is belacan (shrimp paste), which is used as a base for sambal, a rich sauce or condiment made from belacan, chili peppersonions and garlic. Malay cooking also makes plentiful use of lemongrass and galangal.


After the class the group will enjoy what they have cooked.


Return back to hotel.


At leisure to enjoy the various shop and street of Kuala Lumpur.


Overnight stay at the hotel.



10th Nov- Kuala Lumpur / Cameron Highland (Breakfast , Lunch)


Breakfast at the hotel.


At 0830/0900 hrs, pick up at the hotel lobby and depart for Cameron Highlands, the journey will take approximately 3 hours. Drive through a scenic mountain jungle winding road with visits to the tea plantation and a small Orang Asli dwelling on the way up.


Stop for lunch at the Lake House Restaurant.


Upon arrival in Cameron Highlands, check in at the hotel. The area around Cameron Highlands is known for the high population of natives still living in the forests. A tour will take you to some of these settlements where some inhabitants who seek job opportunities in the towns or farms but still prefer to live in harmony with their natural environment.


Cooking class at Cameron Highland Resort

You will have the opportunity to get a cooking class with a 5 star Chef.  He will show you how the English cuisine can fuse with the many tastes of Asia.


Overnight stay at the hotel.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Please note that the Tea factory is closed on Mondays and public holidays (and also on Tuesdays if the preceding Monday is a public holiday).



11th Nov - Cameron Highland - Ipoh (Breakfast, Lunch)


Breakfast at the hotel.


At 0830/0900am depart from Cameron Highland to Ipoh, the journey will take approximately 2 hours.


Visit the Limestone Temple Perak Cave Temple which is fondly known as Perak Tong (Tong means cavern in Chinese/Mandarin lingo). Residing at the foothill of Gunung Tasik, this temple cavern was established in 1926 by a Chong-couple hailed from Jiao-Ling province in China.


Stop for lunch at the Indulgence Restaurant Ipoh.


After lunch visit the City of Ipoh on a walking tour. It is considered to be one of the most fascinating cities with a rich cultural heritage. The walk is about 3 miles long.


Home to wealthy miners during the tin heydays, walking through the streets of Ipoh is like being caught in a time warp. The city, which is Perak state’s capital, still preserves much of the olden day architecture. Ipoh town itself is sectioned into two parts; the Old Town and the New Town.


Stroll along Ipoh Heritage Trail and re-discover its historical wonders as the starts at the Railway Station, Majestic Station Hotel, Town Hall and Old Post Office and many others colonial styled buildings.


Check in at hotel. At leisure.


The hotel is located near the heart of the city with shopping malls, retail outlets and fabulous restaurant.


Overnight stay at the hotel.









12th Nov - Ipoh – Penang (Breakfast,Lunch)


Breakfast at the hotel.


At 0830/0900 hrs, pick up at the hotel lobby and depart for Bukit Merah, the journey will take approximately 1.5 hours.


En route visit the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, residence of the Sultan of Perak, sees the Ubudiah Mosque and the Royal Palace.


Reach Bukit Merah, the only Orang-utan Research Facility in Peninsular Malaysia. A short boat ride will take you to the Orang-utan Island where Orang-utans roam free. This unique island serves as a breeding sanctuary as well as conservation, research and education centre to better understand this endangered species.


Proceed to Penang for another 1 hour and stop for lunch at the Edelweiss Cafe.

After lunch visit Georgetown one of the UNESCO Heritage Site, the tour will take about 3 hours.


Proceed to see the Khoo Kongsi, a beautiful Chinese Clan House.

Stop at the Thai Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the Burmese Temple and at the Esplanade to see Fort Cornwallis. This old fort was built by Sir Francis Light, the founder of this British Settlement. You will be able to admire the colonial architecture of the surrounding buildings too.


After the tour, transfer to the hotel. The hotel is located near the Penang road, the most important thoroughfare in Penang during the British colonial era. Numerous numbers of bars and restaurant along are the main street.


Check in at hotel. At leisure.


Overnight stay at the hotel.


13th Nov  – Penang (Breakfast,Lunch)


Breakfast at the hotel.


At 0830/0900am depart to the tropical garden to discover over 100 varieties of tropical spices and herbs used as flavourings, medicines, dyes and perfumes.


This interesting & educational tour is a walking tour around the Ornamental Trailand Spice Terraces. The group will familiarize with various tropical species of herbs and plants. The walk will take about 1 hour.


After visiting the garden the group will meet the Chef who will split the group in two teams, each of which will handle a recipe.


Each team will prepare the meals from scratch while being supervised by the Chef.


After the cooking session the group will taste what they have cooked.


After lunch, proceed to visit the Ke Lok Si Temple, a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang that is one of the best known temples on the island.


At leisure.


Overnight stay at the hotel.


14th Nov: transfer to Georgetown jetty for transfer to Langkawi


14th Nov to 15th - Penang – Langkawi (Breakfast)


15th Nov: Malaysian Cooking class in Langkawi at the Lighthouse Restaurant in the morning from 09.30am – 14.00pm and in the afternoon from 17.30pm – 22.00pm.


Transfer to Georgetown Jetty whereupon you will be transferred by boat to Langkawi.



Cooking class in Langkawi at the Lighthouse Restaurant (Malaysian Cooking Class)


19th Nov -  Transfer to airport for flight home.


Includes:


  1. -All private transfers for the group in a luxury air conditioned coach

  2. -Train fair as per itinerary in highest available class

  3. -Boat transfer as per itinerary

  4. -sightseeing as per itinerary with services of  English speaking guides

  5. -Jo Lee’s services as expert culinary guide for the tour

  6. -All accommodation on a B&B basis, all additional meals as per itinerary.

  7. -4 & 5 star hotel accommodation provided throughout the tour in lead in categories at each hotel.

  8. -Private cookery classes for the group as per itinerary


Excludes

All International flights & Visa fees



Any meals not mentioned in the tour


Optional tours & activities not mentioned in the itinerary.


Beverages and personal expenses


Other excursions and entrance fees


Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident of illness)








Hotels used (4 - 5star option)