23 days in Malaysia Itinerary

23 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malaysia trip itinerary planner

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Kuala Lumpur
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sandakan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Melaka
— 3 nights
Fly to Sultan Ismail Petra, Ferry to Pulau Perhentian Besar
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Pulau Perhentian Besar
— 1 night
Ferry to Kuala Besut Jetty, Fly to Langkawi
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Langkawi
— 3 nights
Fly
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George Town, Penang Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ipoh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cameron Highlands
— 3 nights
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Kuala Lumpur

— 4 nights

Garden City of Lights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Petrosains Science Discovery Centre and Thean Hou Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Mosque (Masjid Negara), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Perdana Botanical Garden, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Intermark Mall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur online trip builder.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Kuala Lumpur. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Sandakan

— 2 nights
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Agnes Newton Keith Home and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) and then get engrossed in the history at Sandakan Memorial Park.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sandakan online route builder.

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan takes 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sandakan are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Melaka.

Things to do in Sandakan

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Melaka

— 3 nights

Historical City

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Popular historic sites such as Melaka Straits Mosque and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Huskitory and St. Peter's Church. Step out of Melaka to go to Port Dickson and see Muzium Tentera Darat, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca, make a trip to River Walk, and kick back and relax at Pantai Klebang.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Melaka journey maker.

Traveling by flight from Sandakan to Melaka takes 4.5 hours. December in Melaka sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Pulau Perhentian Besar.

Things to do in Melaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Pulau Perhentian Besar

— 1 night

Large Perhentian

Pulau Perhentian Besar looks almost otherworldly with its blue waters, lush jungles, and white-sand beaches.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Turtle Sanctuary Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pulau Perhentian Besar trip planning website.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Melaka to Pulau Perhentian Besar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Pulau Perhentian Besar, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Besar

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Langkawi

— 3 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
We've included these beaches for you: Tanjung Rhu Beach and Pasir Tengkorak Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Art In Paradise and Helicopter Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Langkawi Mangrove Tour by Bard, stroll through Langkawi Geopark, and play a few rounds at The Els Club Teluk Datai.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Langkawi driving holiday planning app.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Pulau Perhentian Besar to Langkawi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Langkawi can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to George Town.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

George Town, Penang Island

— 4 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram and Danai Spa at Tanjung Bungah Penang. Get some historical perspective at Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple and Dharmikarama Burmese Temple. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Wonderfood Museum Penang, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the pleasant sights at Street Art in George Town, and stop by Batek-Lah Collection.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our George Town sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Langkawi to George Town in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Western Indonesia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in George Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ipoh.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Ipoh

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Gua Tempurung and then admire the natural beauty at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Ho Yan Hor Museum, take an in-depth tour of Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, and then admire the masterpieces at Funtasy House Trick Art.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ipoh day trip planner.

You can drive from George Town to Ipoh in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Ipoh. In January, daily temperatures in Ipoh can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cameron Highlands.

Things to do in Ipoh

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Cameron Highlands

— 3 nights
Breathe in some fresh air during a holiday in Cameron Highlands, a hill station in Malaysia known for its impressive vistas.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Time Tunnel Museum and Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cameron Bharat Tea Estate and Sam Poh Temple. There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Mossy Forest and experience rural life at Big Red Strawberry Farm.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cameron Highlands online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Cameron Highlands

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

Malaysia travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Shopping Malls · Parks
An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.

Sabah travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
Land Below the Wind
One of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, Sabah sits as the easternmost state in the country. The state's many natural attractions, nature reserves, and national parks, are home to an overwhelming range of animal and plant life, including the famed proboscis monkey. Off the coast, dive spots beckon many tourists, who come to explore the rich marine environment in protected areas. Historically a very culturally diverse part of the country, the towns and villages offer heritage museums, vibrant architecture, and cuisine that takes inspiration from the wider region.

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.