12 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

12 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malaysia itinerary planner
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— 3 nights
George Town, Penang Island
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Johor Bahru
— 3 nights


Langkawi — 3 nights

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Langkawi is known for nature, beaches, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Langkawi Sky Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Eagle Square, enjoy the sand and surf at Cenang Beach, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Reykjavik, Iceland to Langkawi is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Langkawi. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Reykjavik in December, with highs in Langkawi at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to George Town.
Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours
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George Town, Penang Island — 3 nights

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Take a break from George Town with a short trip to Escape Theme Park in Teluk Bahang, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Pinang Peranakan Mansion, see the interesting displays at Penang House of Music, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang), and take a stroll through Armenian Street.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our George Town trip planner.

You can fly from Langkawi to George Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Langkawi to George Town is minus 1 hour. December in George Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Ipoh.
Nature · Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Ipoh — 1 night

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 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ho Yan Hor Museum, examine the collection at Dream Big World, then take an in-depth tour of Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, and finally get in on the family fun at Lost World Of Tambun.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Ipoh road 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. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can fly to Johor Bahru.
Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Johor Bahru — 3 nights

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.
On the 27th (Fri), cool off at Legoland Malaysia, then get engrossed in the history at Chinese Heritage Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at Bangunan Dato' Jaafar Muhammad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Johor Bahru City Square, then get your game on at Laser Battle, then don't miss a visit to Istana Bukit Serene, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kota Tinggi Firefly Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Johor Bahru day trip planning app.

Fly from Ipoh to Johor Bahru in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Johor Bahru can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Penang travel guide

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."

Johor Bahru District travel guide

Water Parks · Shopping Malls · Theme Parks
Johor Bahru District, the third-largest metropolitan area in Malaysia, is known as an area for retail therapy. The sprawling main urban area offers an abundance of malls, restaurants, and cultural hotspots. The area's reputation as a gateway to the country's southern regions brings in tourists wanting to use the range of tour companies here. The museum and retail districts open out into a range of leisure conservation projects, offering activities both cerebral and thrilling.