45 days in Malaysia Itinerary

45 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kota Kinabalu
— 5 nights
2
Semporna
— 3 nights
3
Sandakan
— 3 nights
4
Gunung Mulu National Park
— 3 nights
5
Kuching
— 4 nights
6
Langkawi
— 6 nights
7
George Town, Penang Island
— 5 nights
8
Ipoh
— 4 nights
9
Kuala Lumpur
— 5 nights
10
Melaka
— 6 nights

5
nights
Kota Kinabalu

A holiday in Kota Kinabalu, the state capital and main gateway town, offers access to urban areas boasting a diverse and rapidly evolving set of malls, bars, and quality restaurants serving locally caught seafood.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mount Kinabalu. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kinabalu Park and Mount Kinabalu National Park. Go for a jaunt from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang to see Kundasang War Memorial about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Tanjung Aru Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, step off the mainland to explore Manukan Island, and see Multi-day Tours.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kota Kinabalu online day trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Kota Kinabalu is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Kota Kinabalu at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Semporna.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Sabah, Kundasang War Memorial
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kinabalu Park ©
Kinabalu Park
Tanjung Aru Beach ©
Tanjung Aru Beach

3
nights
Semporna

Semporna ©
A largely residential city of around 135,000, Semporna has gained popularity in recent years due to its archipelago's good connection to the surrounding islands, including very popular diving or snorkeling destinations such as Sipadan.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sipadan National Park and Bohey Dulang Island. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Tun Sakaran Marine Park. There's more to do: head off the coast to Mataking Island and steep yourself in history at Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill).

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Semporna journey app.

Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Semporna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Semporna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Semporna

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mataking Island
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Sipadan National Park ©
Sipadan National Park
Bohey Dulang Island ©
Bohey Dulang Island
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Sandakan

Sandakan ©
Taking a trip to Sandakan remains one of the best ways to enjoy eco-friendly and culturally rewarding adventures in one of Borneo's largest cities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turtle Island Park and Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. Escape the urban bustle at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), get engrossed in the history at Sandakan Memorial Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sandakan trip app.

You can fly from Semporna to Sandakan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Sandakan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Gunung Mulu National Park.

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Turtle Island Park ©
Turtle Island Park
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary ©
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

3
nights
Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park ©
Dominated by a soaring sandstone pinnacle, Gunung Mulu National Park remains a thrilling nature destination on the island of Borneo.
Visiting Deer Cave and Mulu Skywalk will get you outdoors. There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Clearwater / Wind Show Caves.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Gunung Mulu National Park online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Sandakan to Gunung Mulu National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kuching.

Things to do in Gunung Mulu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Deer Cave ©
Deer Cave
Clearwater / Wind Show Caves ©
Clearwater / Wind Show Caves
Mulu Skywalk ©
Mulu Skywalk

4
nights
Kuching

A state capital, Kuching offers access to the surrounding landscape on a range of ecotours through national parks and reserves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Fairy Caves. Get outdoors at Kubah National Park and Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Step out of Kuching with an excursion to Tasik Biru in Bau--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Bako National Park, take an in-depth tour of Fort Margherita, take in the waterfront at Kuching Waterfront, and see the interesting displays at The Ranee Museum.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kuching route maker site.

You can fly from Gunung Mulu National Park to Kuching in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in Kuching

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Bau
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Bako National Park ©
Bako National Park
Kubah National Park ©
Kubah National Park

6
nights
Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tanjung Rhu Beach and The Els Club Teluk Datai. Get outdoors at Langkawi Geopark and Black Sand Beach. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tengah Beach, kick back and relax at Cenang Beach, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Langkawi travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kuching to Langkawi in 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to George Town.

Things to do in Langkawi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Tanjung Rhu Beach ©
Tanjung Rhu Beach
Pasir Tengkorak Beach ©
Pasir Tengkorak Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
George Town, Penang Island

George Town ©
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Escape the urban bustle at Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang) and The Habitat Penang Hill. Step off the beaten path and head to Street Art in George Town and Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Penang House of Music, let little ones run wild at Adventure Zone, get engrossed in the history at Pinang Peranakan Mansion, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Before you visit George Town, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Langkawi to George Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Langkawi to George Town due to the time zone difference. In January in George Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ipoh.

Things to do in George Town

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Penang Island, Kek Lok Si Temple, Adventure Zone, Indochine Natural
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
The Habitat Penang Hill ©
The Habitat Penang Hill
Chew Jetty ©
Chew Jetty

4
nights
Ipoh

Ipoh ©
The city of Ipoh, fourth-largest in Malaysia and historically a mining town, has recently seen a complete reinvention and resurgence as a burgeoning tourism destination, thanks in part to its significant heritage.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gua Tempurung and Taiping Lake Gardens. Escape the urban bustle at Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve and Kinta River. Take a break from Ipoh with a short trip to Aun Tong Coffee Mill in Taiping, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, head outdoors with Radak Adventure, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid India Muslim, and admire the natural beauty at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ipoh road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from George Town to Ipoh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from George Town to Ipoh is 1 hour. January in Ipoh sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Ipoh

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Taiping, Gopeng, Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Gua Tempurung ©
Gua Tempurung
Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve ©
Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve
Bukit Kledang ©
Bukit Kledang

5
nights
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.
Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Dark Cave Malaysia will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sekinchan Paddy Fields and Pantai Redang. Step out of Kuala Lumpur to go to Kuala Selangor and see Sky Mirror, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur travel route planning website.

You can drive from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Melaka.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Sekinchan, Batu Caves, Sky Mirror
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Dark Cave Malaysia ©
Dark Cave Malaysia

6
nights
Melaka

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Huskitory and Gunung Datuk Recreational Forest. Get in touch with nature at Gunung Ledang (Mount Ophir) and Bukit Batu Lebah Recreational Forest. Go for a jaunt from Melaka to Alor Gajah to see Gadek Hotspring about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Taming Sari, Bandar Hilir, Malacca., take an in-depth tour of Malacca Heritage Centre, contemplate the waterfront views at Malacca River, and examine the collection at Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca.

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You can drive from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Melaka are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melaka

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Gunung Datuk Recreational Forest, Gunung Ledang (Mount Ophir), Gadek Hotspring, Melaka Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Bukit Batu Lebah Recreational Forest ©
Bukit Batu Lebah Recreational Forest
Gunung Datuk Recreational Forest ©
Gunung Datuk Recreational Forest
Gunung Ledang (Mount Ophir) ©
Gunung Ledang (Mount Ophir)

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