18 days in Malaysia Itinerary

18 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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18 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  11​h
1
Kuala Lumpur
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
George Town, Penang Island
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
3
Langkawi
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Pulau Tioman
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Kuching
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Gunung Mulu National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
7
Kota Kinabalu
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur ©
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.
On the 16th (Fri), stroll around KL Bird Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, and then wander the streets of Chinatown. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, walk around KLCC Park, take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur, then admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, and finally take a stroll through KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur online travel route planner .

Sydney, Australia to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get much warmer in Kuala Lumpur: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
KL Bird Park ©
KL Bird Park

2
nights
George Town, Penang Island

George Town ©
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Batik Painting Museum Penang, see the interesting displays at Khoo Kongsi, get engrossed in the history at Pinang Peranakan Mansion, then wander the streets of Chew Jetty, then steep yourself in history at Armenian Street, and finally examine the collection at Penang House of Music. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, then admire the landmark architecture of Kek Lok Si Temple, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally kick back and relax at Batu Ferringhi Beach.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our George Town visit planner.

You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to George Town in 4 hours. Other options are to 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. In August, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kek Lok Si Temple, Batu Ferringhi Beach, Batik Painting Museum Penang
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Kek Lok Si Temple ©
Kek Lok Si Temple
Batu Ferringhi Beach ©
Batu Ferringhi Beach
Chew Jetty ©
Chew Jetty

3
nights
Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Visit Cenang Beach and Tanjung Rhu Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. There's much more to do: take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the vivid underwater world at Pulau Payar Marine Park, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Langkawi online travel planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from George Town to Langkawi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Malaysia Time (MYT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Langkawi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Pulau Tioman.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Cenang Beach ©
Cenang Beach
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park ©
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

1
night
Pulau Tioman

Thick, verdant jungle blankets the hilly island of Pulau Tioman, dotted with steep cliffs and tumbling waterfalls, and filled with rare species such as bearcats, giant flying squirrels, slow lorises, and Tioman "walking" catfish.
On the 23rd (Fri), stroll through Panuba Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Pulau Tioman online route planner .

Explore your travel options from Langkawi to Pulau Tioman with the Route module. August in Pulau Tioman sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kuching.

Things to do in Pulau Tioman

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Panuba Beach ©
Panuba Beach

1
night
Kuching

Kuching ©
A state capital, Kuching offers access to the surrounding landscape on a range of ecotours through national parks and reserves.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): examine the collection at Sarawak Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Semenggoh Nature Reserve, and then don't miss a visit to Kuching Esplanade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Sarawak Cultural Village and then explore the striking landscape of Bako National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuching trip itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Pulau Tioman to Kuching with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in Kuching are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Gunung Mulu National Park.

Things to do in Kuching

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Bako National Park ©
Bako National Park
Semenggoh Nature Reserve ©
Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Sarawak Cultural Village ©
Sarawak Cultural Village

2
nights
Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park ©
Dominated by a soaring sandstone pinnacle, Gunung Mulu National Park remains a thrilling nature destination on the island of Borneo.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the views from Mulu Skywalk and then Head underground at Clearwater / Wind Show Caves. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gunung Mulu National Park travel planner.

You can fly from Kuching to Gunung Mulu National Park in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Gunung Mulu National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Gunung Mulu National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Clearwater / Wind Show Caves ©
Clearwater / Wind Show Caves
Mulu Skywalk ©
Mulu Skywalk

4
nights
Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu ©
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.
Get outdoors at Kinabalu Park and Mount Kinabalu. Take a break from Kota Kinabalu with a short trip to Sabah in Semporna, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities and head off the coast to Manukan Island.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kota Kinabalu itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Gunung Mulu National Park to Kota Kinabalu in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Kota Kinabalu can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Sabah, Sabah
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Kinabalu Park ©
Kinabalu Park
Mount Kinabalu ©
Mount Kinabalu
Climbing Tours

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