12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
1
Kuala Lumpur
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Langkawi
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
George Town, Penang Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Melaka
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + Fly + taxi + ferry:  9​h
5
Pulau Perhentian Besar
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur ©
A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take a stroll through Chinatown, buy something for everyone on your list at Mid Valley Megamall, and then shop like a local with Bukit Bintang. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, then look for all kinds of wild species at KL Bird Park, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Central Market Kuala Lumpur.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Oman, the closest major airports are Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Bukit Bintang ©
Bukit Bintang
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Central Market Kuala Lumpur ©
Central Market Kuala Lumpur

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Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then snap pictures at Langkawi Sky Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wat Wanararm, kick back and relax at Pasir Tengkorak Beach, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Langkawi road trip website .

You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Langkawi can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Pasir Tengkorak Beach ©
Pasir Tengkorak Beach
Zipline
Kayaking & Canoeing

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George Town, Penang Island

George Town ©
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, look for gifts at Areca Books, and then admire the striking features of Kek Lok Si Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Prangin Mall, browse the different shops at Gurney Plaza, and then kick back and relax at Monkey Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read George Town travel route planner.

Getting from Langkawi to George Town by combination of flight and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Langkawi to George Town. In August in George Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Melaka.

Things to do in George Town

Shopping Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kek Lok Si Temple, Monkey Beach
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Gurney Plaza ©
Gurney Plaza
Kek Lok Si Temple ©
Kek Lok Si Temple
Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion ©
Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion

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Melaka

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, stop by Baba Charlie Nyonya Cakes, then take an in-depth tour of Stadthuys, and finally make a trip to Jonker Street Night Market. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tanjung Gemok Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bagan Pinang Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Malacca River.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melaka trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from George Town to Melaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pulau Perhentian Besar.

Things to do in Melaka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Port Dickson
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Malacca River ©
Malacca River
St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
Jonker Street Night Market ©
Jonker Street Night Market

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Pulau Perhentian Besar

Pulau Perhentian Besar ©
Pulau Perhentian Besar looks almost otherworldly with its blue waters, lush jungles, and white-sand beaches.
On the 17th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Teluk Keke and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Sanctuary Beach. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stop by Universal Diver.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Pulau Perhentian Besar itinerary planner.

Getting from Melaka to Pulau Perhentian Besar by combination of bus, flight, and ferry takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Pulau Perhentian Besar can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Besar

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Teluk Keke ©
Teluk Keke
Universal Diver ©
Universal Diver

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