13 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

13 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
— 1 night
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Melaka, Malaysia
— 1 night
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Ipoh, Malaysia
— 1 night
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George Town, Malaysia
— 1 night
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Langkawi, Malaysia
— 3 nights
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Singapore, Singapore

— 4 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Get in touch with nature at Jurong Bird Park and The Southern Ridges. Your inner history buff will appreciate Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Sentosa Boardwalk. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Chinatown, walk around Singapore Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Singapore Flyer, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Singapore trip itinerary builder site.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Singapore is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Singapore due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Reykjavik in December: high temperatures in Singapore hover around 36°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Johor Bahru.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

— 1 night

Southern City

A trip to Johor Bahru allows visitors to travel back to the colonial era and discover places of worship reminding visitors of the country's rich history and multicultural character. Explore museums preserving the stories of different communities from across Asia, and take time to get to know the city's charming streets, vibrant galleries, and growing cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple, and then laugh and play at Legoland Malaysia.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Johor Bahru online trip itinerary planner.

Johor Bahru is very close to Singapore. In December, daily temperatures in Johor Bahru can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Melaka.

Things to do in Johor Bahru

Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Melaka, Malaysia

— 1 night

Historical City

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xiang Lin Si Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, get engrossed in the history at Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Melaka, Bandar Hilir., then explore the galleries of Stadthuys, and finally contemplate the long history of A Famosa Fort.

To see maps and more tourist information, refer to the Melaka trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Johor Bahru to Melaka by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. December in Melaka sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ipoh.

Things to do in Melaka

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Ipoh, Malaysia

— 1 night

The Town Built on Tin

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.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Perak Tong Cave Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Bukit Kledang, then admire the natural beauty at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Panglima Kinta.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ipoh travel planning website.

You can drive from Melaka to Ipoh in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Ipoh, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to George Town.

Things to do in Ipoh

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

George Town, Malaysia

— 1 night
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Pinang Peranakan Mansion, steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, stop by Armenian Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kek Lok Si Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dharmikarama Burmese Temple.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our George Town trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ipoh to George Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ipoh to George Town. In December, daytime highs in George Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Langkawi, Malaysia

— 3 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, kick back and relax at Cenang Beach, and then take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, stroll through Pasir Tengkorak Beach, and then Head underground at Tanjung Rhu Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Langkawi road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from George Town to Langkawi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time to Malaysia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Johor Bahru District travel guide

2.8
Theme Parks · Shopping Malls · Landmarks
Johor Bahru District, the third-largest metropolitan area in Malaysia, is known as an area for retail therapy. The sprawling main urban area offers an abundance of malls, restaurants, and cultural hotspots. The area's reputation as a gateway to the country's southern regions brings in tourists wanting to use the range of tour companies here. The museum and retail districts open out into a range of leisure conservation projects, offering activities both cerebral and thrilling.

Penang Island travel guide

3.7
Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · History Museums
Pearl of the Orient
Penang Island blends historical elements with natural exploration. Long a place of trade between Asian kingdoms and European colonial powers, the island's varied history and cultural influences are seen in a range of historical and cultural sites around its main urban centers, from British forts and factories to Chinese shophouses and narrow market streets. Outside of the towns, the island offers palm-lined beaches, sprawling native jungles, and agricultural land, which is known for providing the island with the fresh produce used in its thriving cuisine.

Langkawi District travel guide

3.5
Beaches · Bridges · Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Jewel of Kedah
Langkawi District, an archipelago of 99 islands off the coast of the mainland, supports tourism with spas, bars, and cable cars, but it also maintains protected areas rich in native wildlife and culture--so the cluster of islands offers escape and entertainment in equal measure. Trek across the protected mangrove forests to see the richness of plant and animal life that live there. Or learn of the legends of the islands on guided tours, which offer mystery and nature in abundance. Beaches and lagoons draw tourists for their dive and snorkeling experiences.