18 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

18 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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Johor Bahru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Genting Highlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Cameron Highlands
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alor Setar
— 1 night
Drive
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Kangar
— 1 night
Unknown
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Langkawi
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kota Bharu
— 2 nights
Unknown
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil
— 1 night
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Ferry to Kuala Besut, Shuttle to Merang Jetty, Bus to Kuala Terengganu
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Kuala Terengganu
— 2 nights
Fly

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Johor Bahru

— 2 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Johor Bahru City Square and Johor Premium Outlet. Step out of Johor Bahru with an excursion to Khatulistiwa Spa in Pasir Gudang--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Legoland Malaysia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Johor Old Chinese Temple, get engrossed in the history at Chinese Heritage Museum, and make a trip to Istana Bukit Serene.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Johor Bahru trip itinerary builder.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Johor Bahru. April in Johor Bahru sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Genting Highlands.

Things to do in Johor Bahru

Theme Parks · Shopping · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Genting Highlands

— 1 night
Genting Highlands represents a hill resort with a cool climate and plenty of attractions.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): browse the different shops at Genting Highlands Premium Outlets, don't miss a visit to Chin Swee Cave Temple, then take in the history at The VOID, and finally get in on the family fun at Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Genting Highlands online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Johor Bahru to Genting Highlands in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Cameron Highlands.

Things to do in Genting Highlands

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 24:

Cameron Highlands

— 2 nights
Breathe in some fresh air during a holiday in Cameron Highlands, a hill station in Malaysia known for its impressive vistas.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): trek along Cameron Highlands Trail No. 3, then experience rural life at Cameron Bharat Tea Estate, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Village. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gunung Irau (Mount Irau), then delve into the lush surroundings at Mossy Forest, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cameron Highlands Butterfly Garden, and finally experience rural life at Highlands Apiary Farm.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cameron Highlands travel tool.

Getting from Genting Highlands to Cameron Highlands by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Alor Setar.

Things to do in Cameron Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

Alor Setar

— 1 night
The capital of the state of Kedah on the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsula, Alor Setar ranks as the tenth-largest city in Malaysia by population.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): browse the different shops at Aman Central, pause for some photo ops at Al-Bukhary Mosque, then take in the exciting artwork at Kedah Royal Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Zahir Mosque.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Alor Setar travel planner.

Traveling by car from Cameron Highlands to Alor Setar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cameron Highlands to Alor Setar, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kangar.

Things to do in Alor Setar

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:

Kangar

— 1 night
Kangar is the state capital of Perlis, Malaysia. On the 28th (Wed), walk around Tasik Melati Recreational Park (Melati Lake), see the interesting displays at Kota Kayang Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Hussain Mosque (Floating Mosque), and finally trek along Bukit Cenderawasih.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kangar holiday planning website.

You can drive from Alor Setar to Kangar in an hour. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Alor Setar to Kangar. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in Kangar

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 28:

Langkawi

— 5 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Art In Paradise and Langkawi Mangrove Tour by Bard. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Langkawi Sky Bridge, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Underwater World Langkawi, see the vivid underwater world at Pulau Payar Marine Park, and walk around Kilim Karst Geoforest Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Langkawi trip simple and quick.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kangar to Langkawi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kota Bharu.

Things to do in Langkawi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 3:

Kota Bharu

— 2 nights

The Islamic City

Known as ‘The Islamic City’, Kota Bharu offers a fine architectural mix of dignified mosques and old royal buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Kota Bharu, then examine the collection at Min House Camp, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Ar-Rahman Mukim Pulau Gajah, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pantai Cahaya Bulan. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Wat Photivihan Sleeping Buddha, examine the collection at Istana Jahar, then see the interesting displays at Muzium Diraja Istana Batu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Al-Muhammadi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kota Bharu day trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Langkawi to Kota Bharu. In May, daytime highs in Kota Bharu are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

Things to do in Kota Bharu

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Pulau Perhentian Kecil

— 1 night

Small Perhentian

The smaller of the two coral-tinged Perhentian Islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil remains more popular with the younger backpacker crowd due to more affordable living costs.
On the 6th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Perhentian Island Mosque, then kick back and relax at Long Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pulau Perhentian Kecil road trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kota Bharu to Pulau Perhentian Kecil. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kuala Terengganu.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Kecil

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Kuala Terengganu

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing village, Kuala Terengganu is now a developing city where skyscrapers often stand shoulder to shoulder with traditional kampong-style houses.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for gifts at Noor Arfa Craft Complex, make a trip to Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque, then wander the streets of Kampung China (Chinatown), and finally pause for some photo ops at Turtle Sculpture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Crystal Mosque, stroll through Penarik Beach, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Pasar Payang.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kuala Terengganu online tour planner.

Getting from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to Kuala Terengganu by combination of ferry, shuttle, and bus takes about 4.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kuala Terengganu can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kuala Terengganu

Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Pahang travel guide

3.5
Theme Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling · Gardens
Pahang, the largest state on Peninsular Malaysia, encompasses the Pahang River basin. The highland area of the state features rolling hills of agricultural land, along with temperate retreats, which were established during the colonial era with luxury hotels and amusements. The rainforest region hosts many rare and endangered animals, such as tigers, elephants, and tapir. The coastal areas offer flatter terrain along limestone cliffs that descend down to fine, sandy beaches. Out at sea, a set of islands provides great dive spots with coral formations.

Kedah travel guide

3.5
Beaches · Bridges · Aquariums
Abode of Peace
Kedah, a state comprised of flat, arable terrain on the mainland and an archipelago of islands just off the coast, has earned the nickname, “The Rice Bowl of Malaysia” for its landscape of small towns dotted across rice paddies and farms. The region's beaches and lagoons are rich in marine life. The archipelago has been developed as a tourist's paradise, with activity and relaxation both playing a leading role in most Kedah holidays.

Perlis travel guide

3
Caves · Sacred & Religious Sites · Wildlife Areas

Kelantan travel guide

3.1
Flea Markets · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
The Blissful Abode
With its own distinct culture, charmingly traditional rural landscape, and a wealth of ancient history, a cultural trip to Kelantan offers plenty of attractions for tourists. The Tittiwangsa Mountains kept the state virtually isolated from its surrounds for centuries, with visitors having to hike for weeks to make it there. As such, it developed its own arts, cuisine, and a dialect that is unintelligible even to many Malay speakers. To bypass the mountains, travelers to and from the state took to the seas, which bred a maritime culture that often came under attack from piracy. High peaks, coastal regions, and fertile rice fields make for a diverse geography that's a delight to explore.

Terengganu travel guide

3.7
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Islands
Abode of Faith
An area of impressive coastal settlements and natural abundance, Terengganu is part of northeastern Peninsular Malaysia. The state possesses a predominantly Malay culture (thanks to a limited history of migration), with mosques, traditional arts centers, and regal architecture providing the focal points of urban area. The region features waterfalls, wetlands, and forests in a state known for the tranquility of its rural areas. Along the coast, beaches are renowned for their calm atmosphere and offer prime snorkeling and diving sites.