Malaysia Experience

Experience Malaysia in a meaningful way
Explore amazing Malaysia by engaging and immersing into the local culture combined with volunteering. A route takes you from Kuala Lumpur to Taiping to Penang Island to Langkawi Island.

Malaysia Experience

Location: Malaysia
Start Date 2018 : 2 July, 6 August, 20 August, 3 September
Arrival: Kuala Lumpur on Sunday
Duration: 3 weeks
Age: From 18 years old
Price: £1225, US$1615, AU$2099 or €1385

Kuala Lumpur

Penang

Perak

Langkawi

About the Malaysia Experience

Join the Malaysia Experience and explore amazing Malaysia by engaging and immersing into the local culture combined with volunteering!

Your pickup is on Sunday at Kuala Lumpur Sentral Railway Station which you can reach by bus or train from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. There are different pickup times on Sunday : 8:00 am, 11 am, 2 pm,  5 pm and 8 pm. Go to McDonald’s on Level 1 where the coordinator will be waiting for you.

The aim of this program is to bring you closer to the authentic Malaysia. Through different projects and activities, you will get to truly immerse yourself in the culture, customs and lifestyle.

Arrival Details

You need to arrive on the Sunday before the start date of the program at Kuala Lumpur Train Station. You will be picked up and taken to your accommodation. We will provide you full details.

Accommodation & Meals

During your travels, you will stay at various guesthouses, hotels and volunteer houses in single gender shared rooms. All are comfortable and clean with adequate toilet and bathroom facilities.

You will receive three meals a day from Monday to Friday and 2 meals per day on weekends.

Coordinator Support

Throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our the team of local coordinators of our partner who will provide you with assistance and help you with any thing that you may need. The coordinators will provide support in all aspects of your projects starting from arrival to departure.

Program Requirements

  • Participants need to be 18 years or over to join
  • You need to have your own travel insurance
  • Participants must have a clean criminal background check, click here for details

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Itinerary of the Malaysia Experience

Explore amazing Malaysia by engaging and immersing into the local culture!

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying the Malaysian Peninsula and part of the island of Borneo. It’s known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences. The sprawling capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and skyscrapers including the iconic, 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers.

Start your road trip from Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. Then you will continue your journey to Perak the old tin mining city with many heritage buildings left behind by British. Followed by Penang Island a UNESCO site and last stop Langkawi Island northern Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur a city of extremes: transformed from a tiny town into mega-capitalist, malls-a-plenty and hotter than a spicy Laksa (noodle in curry)! The diverse terrain offers many of ways to keep cool within tranquil lush rain forests, urban parks and precipitous mountains. Foodies unite – this city also touches the culinary heavens.

Perak, a town full of history was once the important centre for tin mining in Malaysia is famous with a temple set in a huge cave in the limestone outcrops. A castle or ruined mansion located in Perak was used as a setting in the 1999 film Anna and the King. Perak also entices visitors with its scrumptious cuisines.

You will stop over in Penang Island, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The island embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm being reflected in its harmonious multiracial populace and well-preserved heritage buildings which led to being granted as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Langkawi, officially known as the Jewel of Kedah (Malay: Langkawi Permata Kedah) is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border.

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this program is to bring you closer to the authentic Malaysia. Through different projects and activities, you will get to truly immerse yourself in the culture, customs and lifestyle.

Schedule

Week 1

Day 1: Sunday

Kuala Lumpur arrival and transfer to our Centre. Arriving at the capital city of Malaysia, city of extreme. Get a brief introduction of the surrounding and dinner.

Day 2: Monday

At Bukit Bintang: Malaysian are extremely passionate about sharing their cultures and customs, you will learn their languages, cultures and traditions during your amazing journey. Bukit Bintang (Bintang Walk) is well-regarded as Kuala Lumpur’s trendiest shopping and entertainment district, offering everything from sleek shopping centres and five-star hotels to all-day restaurants and vibrant nightclubs.

Day 3: Tuesday

Visit Central Market & Chinatown. Central Market is a centre for Malaysian culture, art and craft located in the heart of the city. It has come a long way from its early beginning as a wet market built in 1888. The Chinatown is a place where the hustling and bustling never comes to an end. Day or night, visitors keep coming to either dine on the famous street foods here or to get some good bargains on things sold.

Day 4: Wednesday

Visit Batu Caves Hindu Temple and climb 272 steps to explore Batu Caves Hindu Temple consists of three main caves (Temple Cave, Dark Cave and the Art Gallery Cave) and a few smaller ones. Also visit the KLCC Twin Tower or Petronas Twin Tower perhaps is the most famous iconic landmark of Malaysia.

Day 5: Thursday

Transfer to Perak. After arrival at Perak you will then be transferred to our Centre and a brief introduction will be given to you about the surrounding followed by dinner.

Day 6: Friday

Visit the Kuala Sepetang & Mangrove Sites. Take an alternate bus & boat tour around Kuala Sepetang for eagle sighting. Thereafter, you will get to visit one of the best preserved mangrove forests in the area.

Day 7: Saturday

Day for historical site visit. There many buildings which are more than 100 years old. You will get to see some of the oldest buildings left behind by British Colony.

Week 2

Day 8: Sunday

Free Day, Rest & Relax. Take good rest and relax before a tiring 5-straight-days of work on the projects.

Day 9-13: Monday to Friday

Community Service Project. You will be either teaching or helping in construction/renovation of local community libraries, orphanages, school, etc.

Day 14: Saturday

Transfer to Penang Island. Time to hit the road! Moving to Butterworth by train and then take a ferry to Penang Island.

Week 3

Day 15: Sunday

Visit the Escape Adventure Theme Park. ESCAPE re-introduces the play and values of yesteryear so to inject reality into a world overdependent on an isolation-inducing electronic lifestyle. Through fun activities, with an emphasis on self-directed and self-powered play, the visitor experiences Low Tech, High Fun.

Day 16: Monday

Visit Morning Market, Little India & City Walk. Chowrasta Market or Pasar Chowrasta is one of the two community markets in inner George Town. The name comes from Hindi and Urdu “Chowk” meaning “market street”. Little India bears many similarities to market streets in Chennai, Mumbai or Delhi.

Day 17: Tuesday

Transfer to Langkawi Island and heading to Langkawi Island by ferry from Penang Island.

Day 18: Wednesday

A day for cultural site & temple Visits. Mahsuri’s tomb is the crypt of the legendary Princess Mahsuri is probably the most famous legend.The story begins with the beautiful Mahsuri, a maiden born over 200 years ago, who married the love of her life during a time of conflict with the Siamese. Her husband went off to fight in the war and her mother-in-law, jealous of her beauty, vengefully accused Mahsuri of adultery…. to be continued on site.

Day 19: Thursday

Beach day at Cenang Beach. Relax at the popular Cenang Beach with water sport, such as parasailing, water skiing or banana boat. You may choose to participate in any of the two activities.

Day 20: Friday

Continue at Cenang Beach Free & Easy. Cenang Beach is the busiest beach town on Langkawi Island, where you can find a diverse mix of cafes and restaurants, as well as souvenir shops, and duty-free outlets along its picturesque beachstrip.

Day 21: Saturday

Departure day.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Prices of the Malaysia Experience

Prices in Pounds
3 weeks : 1225 Pounds

Prices in US$
3 weeks : 1615 US$

Prices in AU$
3 weeks : 2100 AU$

Prices in Euro
3 weeks : 1385 Euro

What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information

Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses

Why Book with GapXperience

Lowest Prices

Our prices are some of the lowest of similar programs without reducing the quality, support and services.

Fixed Price

With us there are no extra charges such as registration, application fee or admin costs, only one fixed price.

Combine Projects

With us you can combine different projects in one program location at no extra charge.

Book Together

Book together with one or more persons and you all get a discount of £30/US$40/AU$50/€35.

Combine Countries

Combine programs in different locations/countries and get 5% discount from the second program!

Returning Customers

Many of our customers join us again every year. Returning customers get a discount of £30/US$40/AU$50/€35.

How to Book your Program

Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places on the program are limited. Apply today and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!

Application Form
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.

Deposit
Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these currencies: £95, US$135, AU$185 or €125.

Remaining Fees
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.

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