6 days in Kedah, Perlis & Penang Itinerary

6 days in Kedah, Perlis & Penang Itinerary

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Ferry to Kuala Besut Jetty, Fly to Alor Setar
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Alor Setar
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Kuala Perlis
— 1 night
Drive
3
George Town, Penang Island
Fly to Sultan Ismail Petra, Ferry to Pulau Perhentian Besar

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Alor Setar

— 2 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gunung Jerai (in Kuala Ketil) and Sungai Petani (Dataran Zero Kilometer, Sungai Petani Clock Tower, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Zahir Mosque, enjoy breathtaking views from Alor Setar Tower, see the interesting displays at Kedah Paddy Museum, and hunt for treasures at Pekan Rabu Complex.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Alor Setar day trip planner.

Pulau Perhentian Besar to Alor Setar is an approximately 9-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Pulau Perhentian Besar to Alor Setar is minus 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Kuala Perlis.

Things to do in Alor Setar

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Kuala Perlis

— 1 night
Kuala Perlis is the second largest town and the main port of Perlis in Malaysia. For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Kuala Perlis trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Alor Setar to Kuala Perlis takes an hour. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Malaysia Time (MYT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to George Town.

Things to do in Kuala Perlis

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

George Town, Penang Island

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read George Town day trip planning website.

You can drive from Kuala Perlis to George Town in 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuala Perlis to George Town. In January in George Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in George Town

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

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

Penang travel guide

3.7
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Architectural Buildings
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."