19 days in Malaysia Itinerary

19 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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Kuala Lumpur
— 1 night
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Langkawi
— 5 nights
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George Town, Penang Island
— 4 nights
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Ipoh
— 2 nights
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Melaka
— 2 nights
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Sandakan
— 2 nights
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Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights
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Kuala Lumpur — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to Chin Swee Cave Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur travel route builder app.

Sydney, Australia to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get a bit warmer in Kuala Lumpur: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to fly to Langkawi.
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Langkawi — 5 nights

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tanjung Rhu Beach and Langkawi Geopark. We've included these beaches for you: Pasir Tengkorak Beach and Tengah Beach. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Langkawi Mangrove Tour by Bard, step off the mainland to explore Beras Basah Island, play a few rounds at The Els Club Teluk Datai, and explore the world behind art at Art In Paradise.

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Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to George Town.
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George Town, Penang Island — 4 nights

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Explore hidden gems such as Danai Spa at Tanjung Bungah Penang and Street Art in George Town. When in George Town, make a side trip to see Taiping Lake Gardens in Taiping, approximately Taiping away. Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang). There's lots more to do: stroll through The Habitat Penang Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Wonderfood Museum Penang.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our George Town day trip planning tool.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Langkawi to George Town. In December, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ipoh.
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Ipoh — 2 nights

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 30th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens and then Head underground at Gua Tempurung. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Funtasy House Trick Art, then get engrossed in the history at Ho Yan Hor Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, and finally see Arlene House - Kapitan Chung Thye Phin Building.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ipoh trip website.

You can drive from George Town to Ipoh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from George Town to Ipoh is 1 hour. December in Ipoh sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Melaka.
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Melaka — 2 nights

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): examine the collection at Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca, then don't miss a visit to The Huskitory, and then don't miss a visit to River Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Melaka Straits Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Church.

To see reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Melaka day trip planning site.

Drive from Ipoh to Melaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Sandakan.
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Sandakan — 2 nights

Taking a trip to Sandakan remains one of the best ways to enjoy eco-friendly and culturally rewarding adventures in one of Borneo's largest cities.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Island Park. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) and then take an in-depth tour of Sandakan Memorial Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sandakan trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Melaka to Sandakan in 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sandakan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Kota Kinabalu.
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Kota Kinabalu — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kota Kinabalu sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Kota Kinabalu sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough 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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