Day 7 | Port Klang
KAMPONG TRADITIONS AND CRAFTS
Port of call : Port Klang
Length : 8h30
This tour showcases Malaysia’s diverse lifestyles and traditions, as well as its many traditional crafts.
From the pier, you will board your coach for the 1 ¼ hour drive to Pudu Market, one of the largest traditional wet markets in the capital. Wend your way through the narrow lanes of tightly packed, bustling stalls to see the vast array of fresh meat, fruits and vegetables on offer.
Then, you will go to KL Craft Centre where you will attend a hands-on lesson from a local batik expert in painting your own batik (silk).
The Malaysian Heritage Trust (Badan Warisan) will be your next destination. Here you will be met by a Trust member who will lead you on a tour of a village leader’s traditional wooden house (Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman). This offers a fascinating insight into domestic life in the early 1900’s. Made from tropical hardwood and elevated on stilts, this beautifully restored building with ornate carvings was first built in the 1920’s in the northern state of Kedah. It was later acquired by the Heritage Trust, moved to its current location, piece by piece, reassembled and restored to its original condition.
During your visit, you will attend a demonstration of a wedding ceremony, Kuih Bahulu preparation as well as the making of Bunga rampai.
Kuih Bahulu is a favorite dish among Malaysians of all ages. It is one of the key delicacies of the Eid Festival. Made from eggs, sugar, wheat flour and some oil, the batter is cooked over a charcoal fire, and then poured into different-shaped molds. The most popular motifs are fish and flowers.
Bunga rampai is a floral gift given at important Malay ceremonies such as graduations and weddings. Beautiful, scented flowers, such as jasmine, frangipani and roses, are chosen for their bright colors.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant serving traditional Malay Fine Cuisine.
Re-board your coach for the 1 1/2 hour drive back to Port Klang and your ship.
We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Beverages with lunch include a bottle of water and 1 glass of wine. Only local currency is accepted (Ringgit). Appropriate clothing is recommended to enter Malay house: shoulders and knees must be covered. This tour is limited to 80 participants.
CULTURAL MAH MERI TRIBES
Port of call : Port Klang
Length : 5h30
From the pier, board your coach and start your drive to the Cultural center in Carey Island, a 45-minute drive.
On arrival, you will be greeted with a traditional Mah Meri welcome ceremony.
During this tour, learn about the mystical beliefs and culture of a mysterious and unique native tribe. The Mah Meri is one of the 19 native tribe groups in Peninsular Malaysia. Learn and experience interesting rituals, simple yet complex practices and dances that are rooted in animistic beliefs. Mingle with the friendly locals and discover their daily activities. Learn the ancient craft of creating origami from a palm leaf. Truly blessed with creative skills par excellence in woodcarving, you will have the opportunity to view their works of art. Some of their masterful sculptures were awarded the “Seal of Excellence” by UNESCO.
After attending a demonstration of a wedding ceremony with the Joh-Oh mask dance, having hands-on experience in pandanus leaf weaving, leaf origami and wood carving with local villagers, you will enjoy a light snack with Mah Meri food and fruits.
Finally, you will walk to the village to reach their spiritual house, the place where the tribe performed prayers once a year.
This tour involves approximately 0.5 mile (800m) of walking with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes, bring insect repellant and protect yourself from the sun. Only local currency is accepted (Ringgit). This tour is limited to 80 participants.
ESSENCE OF KUALA LUMPUR
Port of call : Port Klang
Length : 9h15
Depart the pier for the 1 1/4 hour drive along the modern highway into Kuala Lumpur. On arrival, visit the National Museum - The country's premier museum is a repository for the nation's rich heritage and history. Built in 1963, the façade features a Minangkabau-styled roof with tow impressive front murals. The museum showcases four main galleries with highlights such as Early History, The Malay Kingdoms, The Colonial Era and Malaysia Today.
Continue by coach passing by the Houses of Parliament for a photo stop at The National Monument. Beside the National Monument are the ASEAN Gardens and the Memorial Tun Razak, which houses memorabilia of Malaysia's second Prime Minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein. Drive past the Lake Garden - served as place of refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city during colonial times. Proceed past The Bird Park annd National Mosque -built in 1965, it is Malaysia's principal place of worship and one of the most prominent building in the city.
Lunch will be served buffet style atop the KL Tower, offering panoramic views over the city.
After lunch, proceed to the Independent Square, it was here that the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. Surrounding the Merdeka Square (Independence Square) are Sultan Abdul Samad Building, used to house the Federated Malay States administration and then High Court, Royal Selangor Club, serving as a social and cricket club for the growing expatriate community then. Other worth mentioning surrounding the square are City Theatre, The Cathedral of St Mary, Victorian Fountain, National Textile Museum and Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
Before your return journey proceed to Petronas Twin Tower, the tallest buildings in the world until 2004 and still today they are the tallest set of twin towers ever constructed. Without a doubt this is the most memorable symbol of Kuala Lumpur. Connected is Suria KLCC an upmarket retail center at the feet of the Petronas Towers
This tour involves approximately 1mile of walking, mostly over flat terrain.