23 days in Malaysia Itinerary

23 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malaysia tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Langkawi
— 5 nights
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Johor Bahru
— 3 nights
Drive
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Melaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shah Alam
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kuala Lumpur
— 4 nights
Drive
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Batu Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Genting Highlands
— 3 nights
Drive
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Petaling Jaya
— 1 night
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Langkawi

— 5 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cenang Beach and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, admire the sheer force of Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Langkawi is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeddah to Langkawi is 5 hours. Traveling from Jeddah in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Langkawi, with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Johor Bahru.

Things to do in Langkawi

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:

Johor Bahru

— 3 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.
Attractions like Legoland Malaysia and Sanrio Hello Kitty Town make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Johor Bahru's surroundings by going to Gunung Pulai (Mount Pulai) (in Kulai) and Thekchen Choling Malaysia (in Kota Tinggi). There's more to do: stroll through Noah's Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Johor Bahru driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Langkawi to Johor Bahru takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Melaka.

Things to do in Johor Bahru

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Melaka

— 4 nights

Historical City

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Huskitory and Stadthuys. When in Melaka, make a side trip to see Pusat Ikan Hiasan in Port Dickson, approximately Port Dickson away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, don't miss a visit to St Paul's Church, stop by Sixty 3 Heritage, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

To find out how to plan a trip to Melaka, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Johor Bahru to Melaka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Shah Alam.

Things to do in Melaka

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Shah Alam

— 1 night

Orchid City

The devout Muslim city of Shah Alam has a steadily developing economy and a burgeoning tourism industry to match.
On the 23rd (Thu), walk around Taman Tasik and then browse the different shops at Central I-City.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Shah Alam trip planner.

Traveling by car from Melaka to Shah Alam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Shah Alam can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Shah Alam

Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

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.
Attractions like Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Kuala Lumpur, admire the masterpieces at Art House Gallery Museum of Ethnic Arts, stroll around KL Bird Park, and soak in style at Turkish baths.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur planning app.

Kuala Lumpur is just a short distance from Shah Alam. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Batu Caves.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Batu Caves

— 1 night
True to its name, Batu Caves draw visitors with its famous limestone cavern system, lying to the north of Kuala Lumpur.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): make a trip to Cave Villa, explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, and then pause for some photo ops at Lord Murugan Statue.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Batu Caves online visit planner.

Batu Caves is just a stone's throw from Kuala Lumpur. In December, daytime highs in Batu Caves are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Genting Highlands.

Things to do in Batu Caves

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Genting Highlands

— 3 nights
Genting Highlands represents a hill resort with a cool climate and plenty of attractions.
Attractions like Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park and Lepoh Waterfalls make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Chin Swee Cave Temple, browse the different shops at Sky Avenue, and experience the excitement of The VOID.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Genting Highlands trip builder.

Getting from Batu Caves to Genting Highlands by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Petaling Jaya.

Things to do in Genting Highlands

Fun & Games · Shopping · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Petaling Jaya

— 1 night
First established in 1952 and since swallowed up by the urban sprawl of Kuala Lumpur, you can now hardly distinguish Petaling Jaya from the ever-growing Malaysian capital.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): try out the rides at Sunway Lagoon and then browse the different shops at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Petaling Jaya road trip tool.

Drive from Genting Highlands to Petaling Jaya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December in Petaling Jaya, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Petaling Jaya

Theme Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

Malaysia travel guide

4.1
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.

Selangor travel guide

3.6
Caves · Theme Parks · Shopping Malls
Abode of Sincerity
Urban and rural exploration come together in Selangor, one of the most developed and naturally impressive states of Malaysia. Two major cities provide ample cultural attractions in what is the wealthiest state in the country, with thriving museums and galleries complementing less cerebral--but also popular--institutions such as water parks, play areas, and sprawling retail centers. Outside the cities, the region offers a wilderness of thick forests (some include national parks) and ancient places of worship located in limestone caverns.

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.