TOUR 15 – (M); Cash Before Comfort: Malaysia: Small Group Tour
15 Days. From AUD $1,590

THE CHEAPEST MALAYSIAN TOUR YOU WILL FIND FOR BOTH UP FRONT PRICE AND THE INCLUSIONS. This Malaysia Cash Before Comfort small group tour is aimed primarily at the under forty fives, (but certainly not restricted to), who may still have to worry more about cash and less about comfort. While Baktrax always prides itself with providing better value for the essentials in your up front price than any other budget or adventure operator this Malaysia small group tour is even better value again if you can live without a bit of comfort. As always the great Malysian food on offer will more than compensate for this. The tour takes in K.L, Melaka, Penang, Cameron Highlands and has a touch of Bangkok at both ends. Once you visit Malaysia you will only want to return again and again as it is possibly the most addictive country in the world for both food and even more so for the friendly faces.

ACCOMMODATION = (1 to 2 star hotel x 3 nights, Simple guest houses x 4 nights, Basic guest houses x 6 nights, Sleeper train x 1 night).


From AUD $1,590

Petronas towers
Ferris Wheel

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

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English speaking tour coordinator

Bangkok, Penang, Cameron Highlands, (Tanah Rata), Melaka, Kuala Lumpur.


  • One to two  star hotel, (3 nights).
  • Simple guest houses, (4 nights).
  • Basic Guest House, (6 nights).
  • Overnight sleeper train, (1 night).

Bus, Train, Boat, Taxi, Plane.

Day Trips

  • Tanah Rata, (half day).

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary.

12 meals included as per itinerary.
B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.


Day 1:

Tonight our  Malaysia small group tour will stay in; BANGKOK - Our Malaysia cheap small group tour officially starts when you check into your Bangkok accommodation. A welcoming dinner will be had in the evening.
If you arrive early enough your free time could be spent visiting the enormous Chatuchak weekend market and/or, Wat Phra Kaew & the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, MBK or Siam shopping centres or take a boat ride with the locals on the Chao Phraya express to some local shops in Nonthaburi.
A few of the  dozens of other options may be Vimanmek Teak Mansion, Chinatown, Wat Traimit, Jim Thompsons House, Silom or Sukhumvit road shops.
OR? Maybe just lay back and have a traditional Thai Massage.
A month in the capital wouldn't allow you enough time to see it all. D.


Day 2:


Tonight our Malaysia small group tour will stay on; OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN - A free morning in Bangkok before our small group tour catches the always enjoyable overnight sleeper train to Butterworth. B.

Day 3:



 Tonight our Malaysia small group tour will stay on; PENANG ISLAND -Our Malaysia small group tour will arrive around midday and take the short ferry trip across the Melaka Straits to Georgetown the big and busy capital of Penang Island. Georgetown has an atmosphere unlike any other place known to Baktrax in Malaysia and possibly all of S.E. Asia. It's one of our all time favourite destinations. Go back in time as you walk the fascinating streets of the state capital. Streets being the way to go much of the time as the footpaths are often owned by the resident house or buisness and as such are often blocked off for public use. Just a few of the main attractions include:

  • Fort Cornwallis.
  • Penang Museum.
  • Khoo Kongsi Chinese Clan House.
  • Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.
  • Acheen Street Mosque or Hainan Temple and dozens more mosques, temples  and colonial buildings or head up to Penang Hill at 800 metres to get  some great views of the island. Do this either by a long  hard walk or take  the historical Funicular Train where a monkey or two is  often seen  scampering around the tracks. Lastly, but not the least, maybe a  budget visit to a local dentist to offset some of your holiday costs. No Meals.

Day 4:

 PENANG ISLAND  - A free day to explore some of the above. But without doubt one of the main purposes of coming to Penang is the FOOD! Our accommodation is within a few minutes walk of a multitude of Malay, Chinese or Indian restaurants, all for a fraction of what you pay back home. Penang's famous Curry Laksa or Indian Tandoori Chicken with Garlic Nan Bread are just but 2 of the better known local favs. This will also be your first  chance to eat the local way with a  Banana Leaf Meal and it doesn't get much better than a bottomless one at Krsna Villa restaurant in  Little India.  A deliciously sweet Ice Kachang for desssert will help cool you down and can be had for a pittance also. B.

Day 5:

 PENANG ISLAND - Another day to continue to take in the atmosphere of Georgetown or maybe get out and explore more of the island itself. The snake temple, small villages, beaches and more gastronomic delights will reward you again today. B.

Day 6:

Tonight our Malaysia small group tour will stay in; TANAH RATA - A chance to cool down for a while as our small group tour heads by bus to the hill station town of Tanah Rata, the main town in the Cameron Highlands. At 1800 metres above sea level it's blankets year round at night with cooler but not cold days most of the year. Some of the attractions include the Tea Estates. Sam Poh Temple and the Sri Tehnadayuthapany Swamy Temple. Check out the enviromental awareness in the highlands at because with the cooler climate the major pastime for most visitors is hiking along the mountain trails of which there are numerous marked ones. Once again another foodies delight awaits in Tanah Rata with some of the best South Indian restaurants in Malaysia. Just one worth a mention is Bunga Suria with their food just about as good as it gets. Lots of Arts and Craft shops nearby to tempt you also. No meals.

Day 7:

TANAH RATA - Check out the enviromental awareness in the highlands at before either a morning or afternoon half day tour of the region today. The tour includes a visit to the Boh Tea Estate; a chinese temple and a butterfly farm while all the time enjoying the great scenery as you go. B.

Day 8:

  Tonight our Malaysia small group tour will stay in; MELAKA - Two bus rides today  will have our budget Malaysia small group tour in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Melaka. Melaka has one of the richest histories in all of Malaysia.  Start at Melaka's most well known pink
landmark of Stadthuys (Town Square) in the historic town centre which maybe the oldest Dutch building in the East.
A large number of museums in the area include the Islamic, Architecture,
Peoples,History & Ethnography and Literature Museum among others.
Then maybe, St Paul's Church, 8 Hereen St, which is a Heritage trust
of Malaysia restored Dutch Era residential house, Cheng Hoon Teng
Temple (circa 1646), which is still in use today by the local Buddhist
community or the oldest functioning mosque in Malaysia of Masjid
Kampung Hulu, (circa 1728). Melaka has far to many attractions to list
here. Nonya food is one of the different styles more famous in Melaka
but you will find a plethora of others, both local and international
. Between sightseeing and eating you can also browse at the many shops along
the famous Jonkers street now called Jalan Hang Jebat or at the modern
shopping mall of Dataran Pahlawan. No meals.

Day 9:

MELAKA - A free day to explore any of the above which is centred around todays Chinatown. Maybe another Banana Leaf meal in nearby  Little India? B.

Day 10:

 Tonight our Malaysia small group tour will stay in; KUALA LUMPUR - A short bus ride today will see us in the Malayasian capital of Kuala Lumpur, better known to all as simply K.L.
 A bit like a smaller version of Bangkok is K.L. with loads to see and do. The Petronas Twin Towers is the must see for most.
 For an even higher view of the city try the 421 metre high Menara KL (KL Tower) built on top of the Bukit Manas Forest Reserve. Then in no particular order it may be the colonial Kuala Lumpur Train Station, Merdeka Square, Masjid Negara (National Mosque), Masjid Jamek (Friday Mosque) or stroll around the Central Market or Lake gardens where the K.L. bird Park is the worlds largest walk in aviary with almost 200 species of birds.
 But just like Bangkok; A month wouldn't allow enough time to see all the sights.   No meals.

Day 11:

KUALA LUMPUR - A  half day  K.L. city tour is included today. The city centre is reasonably compact  which makes for an interesting meander in itself later on. Nearby is Petaling street , the heart of Chinatown, which is full of  life during the day before picking up the pace even further in the evening  with restaurants and market stalls to tempt you as always. B.

Day 12:

KUALA LUMPUR - Another free day in the capital to shop, eat and see some of the above.  Well worth a visit also is the Batu Caves, a short bus ride out of town. Walk up the 272 steps to the impressive Temple Cave. The Batu Caves is where the yearly, three day Thaipusan festival is centred around. B.

Day 13:

 Tonight our Malaysia small group tour will stay in;  BANGKOK - A short international flight will see our small group tour back in Bangkok for a final two nights. The rest of the day is free for  more  exploration of the Big Mango. B.

Day 14:

BANGKOK - A final day to explore shop or just relax. A farewell dinner will be had in the evening. B. D.

Day 15:

Our cheap Malaysia small group tour is officially over when you check out of our
 Bangkok accommodation. An airport transfer is included also. B.

You can now head home with your bank balance less of a worry than if
you had travelled with somebody else other than Baktrax and you still
had an awesome time while experiencing other cultures in the as always
relaxed  style of Baktrax travel.

Tour Departure Dates

24 Dec

14 Jan, 28 Jan, 11 Feb, 25 Feb, 11 Mar, 25 Mar, 08 Apr, 22 Apr, 13 May, 27 May, 10 Jun, 24 Jun, 08 Jul, 22 Jul, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, 09 Sep, 23 Sep, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 11 Nov, 25 Nov, 09 Dec

Any other date on application. (Minimum two people).


/P, land only; (Included is a one way flight Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok)
AUD $1,590
Single Suppliment: AUD $790