13 days in Malaysia Itinerary

13 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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Kuala Lumpur
— 3 nights
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Kota Kinabalu
— 1 night
Fly to Sultan Ismail Petra, Ferry to Pulau Perhentian Besar
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Pulau Perhentian Besar
— 1 night
Ferry to Kuala Besut Jetty, Fly to George Town
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George Town, Penang Island
— 3 nights
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Langkawi
— 4 nights
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Kuala Lumpur — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mid Valley Megamall and 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Get in touch with nature at Batu Caves and KL Bird Park. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with BB Park Bukit Bintang, buy something for everyone on your list at Pavilion KL, stroll around KLCC Park, and admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers.

To see photos and other tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur trip builder tool.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Colombo to Kuala Lumpur is 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly to Kota Kinabalu.
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Kota Kinabalu — 1 night

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.
On the 20th (Thu), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kota Kinabalu route maker.

You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu in 4.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kota Kinabalu can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Pulau Perhentian Besar.
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Pulau Perhentian Besar — 1 night

Large Perhentian

Pulau Perhentian Besar looks almost otherworldly with its blue waters, lush jungles, and white-sand beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): look for gifts at Universal Diver, enjoy the sand and surf at Turtle Sanctuary Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Pulau Perhentian Besar trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Kota Kinabalu to Pulau Perhentian Besar in 6 hours. In October in Pulau Perhentian Besar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to George Town.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Queensbay Mall. Take a break from the city and head to The Habitat Penang Hill and Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Street Art in George Town, contemplate the long history of Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, buy something for everyone on your list at Gurney Plaza, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dharmikarama Burmese Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read George Town trip planning tool.

Getting from Pulau Perhentian Besar to George Town by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Western Indonesia Time is minus 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in George Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Langkawi.
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Langkawi — 4 nights

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
For shopping fun, head to Loccino or Langkawi Saga Shopping Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Langkawi Geopark and Pasir Tengkorak Beach. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Cenang Beach, take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge, and walk around Kilim Karst Geoforest Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Langkawi road trip site.

You can fly from George Town to Langkawi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Malaysia travel guide

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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.
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