20 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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Kuala Lumpur
— 3 nights
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Fly to Alor Setar, Drive to Kuala Kedah, Ferry to Langkawi
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Langkawi
— 4 nights
Drive
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George Town, Penang Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cameron Highlands
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ipoh
— 1 night
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Pulau Pangkor
— 4 nights
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Kuala Lumpur
— 1 night

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Batu Caves and Pantai Kelanang Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bagan Lalang Beach and Pantai Remis. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Chinatown, stop by Jalan Alor, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and walk around KL Bird Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur route planning app.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport. January in Kuala Lumpur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can fly 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.
Relax by the water at Cenang Beach and Pasir Tengkorak Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Art In Paradise and Durian Perangin Waterfall. The adventure continues: play a few rounds at The Els Club Teluk Datai, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wat Wanararm, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Langkawi route builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Langkawi can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram and Old Protestant Cemetery. Get in touch with nature at The Habitat Penang Hill and Teluk Bahang Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Tropical Fruit Farm in Batu Ferringhi (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, take an in-depth tour of Sun Yat Sen Museum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and examine the collection at The Camera Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the George Town day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Langkawi to George Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Langkawi to George Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cameron Highlands.
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Cameron Highlands — 2 nights

Breathe in some fresh air during a holiday in Cameron Highlands, a hill station in Malaysia known for its impressive vistas.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Gunung Irau (Mount Irau) and then take a peaceful walk through Mossy Forest. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Cameron Highlands Butterfly Garden, then experience rural life at Big Red Strawberry Farm, then hike along Cameron Highlands Jungle Trail No. 2, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cameron Highlands road trip planning website.

Drive from George Town to Cameron Highlands in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Cameron Highlands due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ipoh.
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Ipoh — 1 night

The Town Built on Tin

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.
On the 14th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Perak Tong Cave Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ipoh Kallumalai Murugan Temple.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ipoh trip builder tool.

Getting from Cameron Highlands to Ipoh by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Ipoh are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Pulau Pangkor.
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Pulau Pangkor — 4 nights

Beautiful Island

Tropical Pangkor provided the setting for the Treaty of 1874, which strengthened ened British control of Perak and its lucrative tin trade.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coral Beach and Foo Lin Kong Temple. Get outdoors at Pulau Giam and Teluk Nipah. Venture out of the city with trips to Sitiawan (Tua Pek Kong Temple & Lumut Waterfront) and The RAHMAT Maritime Museum (in Lumut). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Pangkor Island and don't miss a visit to Dutch Fort.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pulau Pangkor trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ipoh to Pulau Pangkor. In January, daytime highs in Pulau Pangkor are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.
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Kuala Lumpur — 1 night

Garden City of Lights

On the 20th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thean Hou Temple and then head outdoors with Dark Cave Malaysia.

Before you visit Kuala Lumpur, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pulau Pangkor to Kuala Lumpur. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel 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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