14 days in Malaysia & Thailand Itinerary

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 3 nights
George Town, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly to Phuket, Foot to Phuket Town, Bus to Rawai
Rawai, Thailand
— 3 nights
Bus to Phuket, Fly to Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 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.
Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at National Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Chinatown, then don't miss a visit to Central Market Kuala Lumpur, and finally admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

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Los Angeles, USA to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 16 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Kuala Lumpur, with highs around 89°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly to George Town.
Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums
Side Trip
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George Town, Malaysia — 3 nights

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Let the collections at Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Khoo Kongsi capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Penang House of Music and Kek Lok Si Temple. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Danai Spa at Tanjung Bungah Penang, browse the different shops at Gurney Plaza, kick back and relax at Batu Ferringhi Beach, and steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion.

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You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to George Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to George Town due to the time zone difference. December in George Town sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rawai.
Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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Rawai, Thailand — 3 nights

A trip to Rawai, a beach resort on the island of Phuket, rewards visitors with access to quirky museums, heritage sites, and animal conservation projects.
Head to Kampon Art Gallery and Robin Collectionfor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Kata Beach and Ao Sane. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Big Buddha Phuket, stroll through Yanui Beach, kick back and relax at Rawai Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong).

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from George Town to Rawai takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Bangkok.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Bangkok, Thailand — 3 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Popular historic sites such as Wat Pho and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Grand Palace and Jim Thompson House. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Rawai to Bangkok takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

Malaysia travel guide

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.

Penang travel guide

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."

Thailand travel guide

Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.