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Cedric was very helpful in developing the itinerary base on our interests. He was always prompt in his responses via email.
We were a group of four and Faida wove an excellent skillful plan to cater to our requirements for tour trips in Penang, Melaka and Kuala Lumpur. There were fun filled non-monotonous, varicolored & fabulous arrangements, which involved awesome jaw-dropping program each day. Her colleague, Ika, was extremely kind and resourceful throughout the trip, and was available during any time of the day via whatsapp, if and when there are any questions.
We did the following activities, thanks to Faida and Ika.
Penang (2 day program):
We did one full day trip in Penang with a tour guide, in which Pennag Hill Funicular Railway trip was the main highlight. We also got to see the magnificent Kek Lok Si Temple, the colorful biggest Buddha temple in Pennag and the fantastic and very artistic Pinang Peranakan mansion, among other things.
One day 2 in Penang, we went to Nazlina Hussin's cooking class from 8am to 1pm. Breakfast and lunch are included in this program. After breakfast (which involved cooking as well), Nazlina took us to the local markets and shops, and introduced us to various spices, vegetables and meat involved typically in a Malay kitchen. Lots of hidden treasures were also shown to us. We prepared a delicious 3 course meal, under the expert guidance of Nazlina.
Melaka (half-a-day city tour and show in the evening):
In Melaka, we did a half-a-day city tour, and Mr. Richard, who drove us, was a very kind, friendly and accommodating gentleman. Though his job was just to bring us to the touristic attractions, he went his way out and gave intricate explanation on so many historical sights, and even recommended and showed us restaurants, where one can have excellent quality local cheap food.
We saw the great old part of the city, where Portuguese, Dutch and English influence is still present. On that day evening, we went to Encore Melaka impression show. Mr. Richard drove us again, and gave a free tour in the gift shop in the show building. The Encore impression show was a breathtaking tantalizing performance held in a revolving theater, which portrays the
history of Melaka. The very gripping story-line touched our hearts. After the show, one got a chance to do photo-session with the artists.
Kuala Lumpur (5 day program):
On day 1, we did hiking in Broga hill. Of course, one needs to start for this activity pretty early. The last part of the hill is a bit challenging to climb
though, but, doing which one gets a spectacular view of the sunrise.
One day 2, we went to Kualah Gandah elephant conservation centre. The entrance fee is free, but the conservation centre offers private tours and we booked one of the programs, which got us to feed elephants with sugar cane and peanuts, and be with them. Our guide through this program, Mr. Ejoy, gave us a wonderful explanation of so many things associated with elephants.
They have a wonderful film, explaining about the translocation of elephants. In the end, we got to see elephants bathing in the river (we could not bathe with them, since there was high tide in the river) and finally, they put on a nice little performance to the audience. As the climax of the show, one feeds the elephants with papayas and water melons.
One day 3, we did Batu caves and Kuala Lumpur city tour with an excellent, enthusiastic, profound knowledgeable and out-standing five star tour guide, Ms. Jane Rai. Her love for her country and her profession can be seen through her commendable English. To cut long story short, she knows what she is doing. Period! We had loads of fun together. She even took us to Gurudwara, the holy Sikh temple (which she did based upon our spontaneous request) and gave us the tour of the temple and guiding principles of Sikhism. We got
to know about the beautiful fabric of this religion. In fact to cater to our requirements to have some coziness, she took us to a small very special cozy restaurant. In the end, before leaving the restaurant, we sat and played Congkak, a game with a wooden shaped boat and marbles.
On day 4, we did firefly watching trip in Kuala Selangor on a small rowing boat. We do not have words to describe what we saw, but must be experienced. It was like watching twinkling bushes like Christmas tree with lights in the night. After the show's end, we even saw a film explaining about the life cycle stages of a firefly.
One day 5, from Ms. Jane Rai's walking tour plan recommendation, we wanted to do a walking trip in China town. Though it was a last minute wish, Ika made quick arrangements, which enabled us to do this lovely tour. We ended up meeting an equally brilliant tour guide, Mr. Stevie Chan, with exemplary English. The pictures and the portray of the happenings in that old part of the city, depicted us the story of what happened in reality. Him being local and born and brought up in that neighborhood, added additional twist to the intriguing walking tour. We had yummy Chinese pastries with a hot piping cup of Chinese way brewed coffee/ tea half-way through the tour. We had loads of fun visiting traditional Chinese medical practitioners shop,
a coffee brewers shop, a meteorite fragment sellers shop. Eventually we had brunch with local nonyan style mouth-watering sumptuous meal.
We highly recommend Faida, Ika and eventually her agency for the superb professional service provided, and would not hesitate to book a package from them in future, if we plan to visit Malaysia again.