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EXPLORE malaysia

With a $500 Deposit


January 24  -  February 4, 2023

9 Nights 10 Days

Malaysia is a thriving and well-developed multicultural Southeast Asian country, comprised of 32 million people of ethnic Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous backgrounds. Two-thirds of the population is Muslim, and Buddhists, Christians and Hindus constitute significant communities. We will spend a few days in the capital Kuala Lumpur, a cosmopolitan metropolis that boasts the iconic Petronas Towers, night markets, museums and other sites of interest. Our group will also visit Malacca, famous as a port through which medieval trade and commerce flourished, as well as the modern governmental city Putrajaya. Next we’ll travel to the breathtaking Cameron Highlands, home to exquisite tea plantations and strawberry fields, and proceed to Ipoh, center of a once-thriving tin-mining industry. Our program continues in Penang, a lush, botanic island known for its UNESCO world heritage site of Georgetown and seaside resorts. All along the way, we will enjoy food inspired by the country’s many cultures, and learn about the unique customs and hospitality found in Malaysia.

faculty guide

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Dr. Hisham A. Hellyer


Dr Hisham A. Hellyer, fellow of Cambridge University’s Centre for Islamic Studies, will be faculty escort for the tour. Dr Hellyer has been visiting Malaysia regularly since 2007, and lived in Kuala Lumpur fulltime between 2008 and 2010, as a visiting fellow of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies. Part of Dr Hellyer’s training in the Islamic sciences took place in Malaysia as a private student of the renowned Malaysian scholastic polymath, Professor M. Naquib al-Attas. He continues as a visiting full professor at the Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science, and Civilisation (CASIS) at the University of Technology (UTM) in Kuala Lumpur. An academic whose career has included posts at Harvard University, Brookings, and the American University in Cairo, Dr Hellyer’s 7 books include wide analysis on multiculturalism and Muslim societies, making him an excellent faculty escort for this tour in such a cosmopolitan land.


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Bayan has been offering faculty-led tours to world heritage destinations since 2017, with previous tours to Southern Spain, Malaysia & Singapore, Uzbekistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. 



Tours offered by Bayan cater to the diverse interests and needs of families, while offering an exceptional educational and cultural program. Each tour is led by one or more faculty members who provide daily background lectures and insights about the historical and contemporary contexts. Local guides are utilized as well at various points in time. The itinerary is crafted by experienced personnel to maximize your enjoyment and satisfaction. While the scheduled program is robust, ample time is provided to explore on your own, shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs, and enjoy some leisure activities. Bayan’s tour group size is generally kept to 20-30 participants.

TOUR pricing


All pricing is double-occupancy. 




  • Round trip international airfare from LAX on Singapore Airlines (Economy Class)*

  • Airport transfers*

  • 9 nights hotel (4* and 5*)

  • Ground transportation by private luxury coach

  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches and farewell dinner

  • Services of English speaking guides

  • All entrance fees for sites

*Land & Airfare Package only.



  • ​​Other meals not included in the itinerary

  • Porterage (luggage assistance)

  • Personal items

  • Incidental charges (telephone bill, mini bar, room service, laundry, etc.)

  • Tips and gratuities for drivers, guides

  • Travel insurance

  • Covid-19 testing costs (if required at any time)

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Kuala Lumpur

  • Monuments / King’s Palace

  • National Museum and City Gallery

  • Masjid Negara - National Mosque (jumah prayers)

  • Petronas Twin Towers

  • Royal Selangor Pewter Factory

  • Batu Caves

  • Shopping centers and night markets



  • Malacca town including Jonker Street (UNESCO site)

  • Kampong Morten village

  • St. Paul’s Church / St. Peter’s Church

  • Cheng Hoon Teng Temple 

  • Dutch Administration office



  • Governmental complex

  • Putra Bridge

  • Putra Mosque


Cameron Highlands

  • Boh Tea Plantation

  • Butterfly Garden and Aviary

  • Tunnel museum



  • Banjaran Hot Springs

  • Buddhist/Taoist cave temple



  • Penang Hill funicular train ride

  • Fishing village

  • Batu Feringghi resort area

  • Chinese Kwan Yin Temple

  • Kapitan Keling Mosque (jumah prayers)

  • Georgetown historic core (UNESCO site)




Our tour group will stay at the following hotels:


  • Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur - 5*  (3 nights)

  • Strawberry Park Resort - 4* (2 nights)

  • The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat - 5* (1 night)

  • Shangri-la Golden Sands Resort Penang - 4* (3 nights)

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