31 days in Malaysia Itinerary

31 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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Langkawi
— 5 nights
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Sandakan
— 2 nights
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Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights
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Kuching
— 3 nights
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Melaka
— 4 nights
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Kuala Lumpur
— 5 nights
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Ipoh
— 3 nights
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George Town, Penang Island
— 6 nights
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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Tanjung Rhu Beach and Art In Paradise. Get in touch with nature at Langkawi Mangrove Tour by Bard and Pasir Tengkorak Beach. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Langkawi Geopark, tee off at The Els Club Teluk Datai, delve into the lush surroundings at Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Langkawi trip itinerary maker website.

Doha, Qatar to Langkawi is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Doha to Langkawi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Doha in January, expect nights in Langkawi to be warmer, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Sandakan.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Sandakan Memorial Park and then get a new perspective on nature at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Turtle Island Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Sandakan planning website.

You can fly from Langkawi to Sandakan in 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Sandakan

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Kota Kinabalu

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour and then head off the coast to Manukan Island. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kota Kinabalu holiday builder tool.

Getting from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kota Kinabalu are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Kuching.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Kuching

— 3 nights

Cat City

A state capital, Kuching offers access to the surrounding landscape on a range of ecotours through national parks and reserves.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Brooke Gallery and Sarawak Cultural Village. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Fairy Caves. Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Bako National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Kuching sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Kuching, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Melaka.

Things to do in Kuching

Nature · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Melaka

— 4 nights

Historical City

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Huskitory and Melaka Straits Mosque. Museum-lovers will get to explore Muzium Tentera Darat and Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, soothe aching muscles at Woodbox Fitness, steep yourself in history at A Famosa Fort, and stop by Sixty 3 Heritage.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melaka vacation maker site.

Getting from Kuching to Melaka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Melaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Kuala Lumpur

— 5 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.
For shopping fun, head to Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall or BB Park Bukit Bintang. Shalini Ganendra Fine Art and Art House Gallery Museum of Ethnic Arts will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Batu Caves, slough off your stress at Turkish baths, walk around KLCC Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mid Valley Megamall.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Ipoh.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:

Ipoh

— 3 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.
For shopping fun, head to Funtasy House Trick Art or Miniature Wonders Art Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo and Ho Yan Hor Museum. Step out of Ipoh with an excursion to Gua Tempurung in Gopeng--about 34 minutes away. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens and view the masterpieces at 22 Hale Street.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ipoh trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Ipoh, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to George Town.

Things to do in Ipoh

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:

George Town, Penang Island

— 6 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Get some cultural insight at Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram and Colonial Penang Museum. You'll explore and learn at Wonderfood Museum Penang and Pinang Peranakan Mansion. Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at Danai Spa at Tanjung Bungah Penang, browse the different shops at Queensbay Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our George Town trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Ipoh to George Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Western Indonesia Time (WIB) is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in George Town

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:

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.