Malacca & Penang: Exotic Delights

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Tours to Malaysia are popular due to their relatively low price, says Helen Clausen, general manager of AsiaLuxe Holidays. “Malaysia is probably the Southeast Asian country offering the best value for the money.” She lists the country’s diversity as a main draw, but also its “wildlife and tribal cultures, the incredible sea life, islands and beaches—and Kuala Lumpur, the thriving metropolis with its cultural diversity, colorful shopping and delicious cuisine.”

AsiaLuxe Holidays offers a 3-night Penang getaway that includes roundtrip economy class airfare to Kuala Lumpur on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir via Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York or Houston; 3-night accommodations at the Shangri-La Golden Sands Resort in a deluxe seafacing room; daily American breakfast and half-day Penang island discovery tour. Rates start at $1,724 pp dbl.

Absolute Travel, meanwhile, includes a day trip to Malacca from Kuala Lumpur, as well as visits to Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands and Pangkor Laut on its 11-day Natural Malaysia itinerary (you can customize the itinerary, however, if clients want a longer stay in Malacca). Rate is from $4,675 pp dbl, land-only.

Malaysia Airlines, with daily direct flights from Los Angeles, often has great deals like its $1,328 roundtrip offer that runs until November.

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contact information

Absolute Travel: (800) 736-8187;

AsiaLuxe Holidays: (800) 742-3133;

Hotel Equatorial Melaka:

Majestic Hotel:

Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board: (213) 689-9702;

The Straits Collection: