4 days in Alor Setar & Penang Itinerary

4 days in Alor Setar & Penang Itinerary

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Alor Setar
— 1 night
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Butterworth
— 1 night
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George Town, Penang Island
— 1 night
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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 10th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Alor Setar Tower and then admire the striking features of Zahir Mosque.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Alor Setar online travel planner.

Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Western Indonesia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December in Alor Setar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Butterworth.

Things to do in Alor Setar

Historic Sites
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Butterworth

— 1 night
Butterworth serves as a vital transportation hub for travelers wanting to reach the more popular George Town across Penang Strait.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): walk around Penang Bird Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tow Boo Kong Temple Butterworth. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Butterworth trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Alor Setar to Butterworth by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in Butterworth, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel to George Town.

Things to do in Butterworth

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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George Town, Penang Island

— 1 night
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our George Town trip planner.

You can drive from Butterworth to George Town in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in George Town

Museums · Shopping
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Penang travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Sites
Pearl of the Orient
Highly industrialized and urbanized, the island of Penang sits off the western coastline of Peninsular Malaysia and boasts a rich cultural heritage blending Chinese, Indian, and European influences. Although most visitors come for the beaches and fishing villages, no tour of Penang is complete without a stop in World Heritage-listed George Town. This cosmopolitan island capital boasts a diverse architectural heritage, its oldest sections packed with 19th-century mosques, churches, temples, and colonial buildings. Another highlight of Penang tourism are the many festivals, showcasing cultural diversity and offering foreign visitors a chance to soak up the atmosphere of the "Pearl of the Orient."