22 days in Malaysia Itinerary

22 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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Kota Kinabalu
— 1 night
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Sandakan
— 2 nights
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Kuching
— 2 nights
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Melaka
— 3 nights
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Kuala Lumpur
— 2 nights
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Ipoh
— 2 nights
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George Town, Penang Island
— 4 nights
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Langkawi
— 4 nights
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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 27th (Tue), shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour and then head off the coast to Manukan Island. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kota Kinabalu trip maker tool.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Malaysia Time (MYT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Copenhagen in December; daily highs in Kota Kinabalu reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly 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.
On the 29th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Island Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), then 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 find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sandakan trip planner.

Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sandakan are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kuching.
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Kuching — 2 nights

A state capital, Kuching offers access to the surrounding landscape on a range of ecotours through national parks and reserves.
On the 31st (Sat), steep yourself in history at Sarawak Cultural Village, get engrossed in the history at The Brooke Gallery, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Bako National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kuching online route planner.

You can fly from Sandakan to Kuching in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Melaka.
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Melaka — 3 nights

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Appreciate the collections at Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca and Stadthuys. Get some historical perspective at Melaka Straits Mosque and A Famosa Fort. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Huskitory, contemplate the waterfront views at Malacca River, examine the collection at Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheng Hoon Teng Temple.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melaka day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kuching to Melaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January in Melaka, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kuala Lumpur.
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Kuala Lumpur — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Head underground at Batu Caves, then walk around KLCC Park, and finally admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Putra Mosque, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then stroll around KL Bird Park.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough 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.
On the 7th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Miniature Wonders Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Ho Yan Hor Museum, take an in-depth tour of Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, then admire the masterpieces at Funtasy House Trick Art, and finally examine the collection at Yasmin At Kong Heng. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens, explore the fascinating underground world of Gua Tempurung, and then get outside with Radak Adventure.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ipoh attractions planning website.

You can drive from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wonderfood Museum Penang and Dharmikarama Burmese Temple. Visiting Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang) and The Habitat Penang Hill will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Penang House of Music, take an in-depth tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, indulge in some personalized pampering at Danai Spa at Tanjung Bungah Penang, and contemplate the long history of Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the George Town itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Ipoh to George Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ipoh to George Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) 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.
Let the collections at Art In Paradise and Believe Langkawi capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tanjung Rhu Beach and Langkawi Geopark. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Langkawi Mangrove Tour by Bard, enjoy the sand and surf at Cenang Beach, stroll through Pasir Tengkorak Beach, and walk around Langkawi Wildlife Park.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Langkawi day trip site.

You can fly from George Town to Langkawi in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Langkawi due to the time zone difference. January in Langkawi sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for 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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