53 days in Malaysia Itinerary

53 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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53 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Kuching
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Gunung Mulu National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Sandakan
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
4
Pulau Tioman
— 2 nights
+4
ferry + foot + bus + foot + ferry:  13​h 45​min
5
Pulau Perhentian Kecil
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
6
Pulau Perhentian Besar
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + ferry:  3​h 45​min
7
Pulau Redang
— 1 night
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Kuala Lumpur
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
9
Langkawi
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
10
George Town, Penang Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Ipoh
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Cameron Highlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
13
Melaka
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
14
Bandar Penawar
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
15
Kuala Lumpur
— 2 nights
End: Kuala Lumpur

5
nights
Kuching

Kuching ©
A state capital, Kuching offers access to the surrounding landscape on a range of ecotours through national parks and reserves.
Let the collections at Cat Museum and The Ranee Museum capture your imagination. Sarawak Cultural Village and Sarawak Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: get all the information you need at Bako National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Damai Beach, see the interesting displays at The Tun Jugah Foundation, and wander the streets of Buddhism New Village.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kuching day trip site .

Kuala Lumpur to Kuching is an approximately 4-hour flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Gunung Mulu National Park.

Things to do in Kuching

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Semenggoh Nature Reserve ©
Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Cat Museum ©
Cat Museum
Sarawak Cultural Village ©
Sarawak Cultural Village

2
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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.
On the 10th (Mon), Head underground at Gunung Mulu National Park and then explore the fascinating underground world of Deer Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take in the views from Mulu Skywalk and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gunung Mulu National Park travel route planning app .

Traveling by flight from Kuching to Gunung Mulu National Park takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sandakan.

Things to do in Gunung Mulu National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Gunung Mulu National Park
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Deer Cave ©
Deer Cave
Gunung Mulu National Park ©
Gunung Mulu National Park
Mulu Skywalk ©
Mulu Skywalk

5
nights
Sandakan

Sandakan
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple and Agnes Newton Keith Home. You'll explore and learn at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) and Sandakan Heritage Museum. Go for a jaunt from Sandakan to Sukau to see Kinabatangan Jungle Camp about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Sandakan Memorial Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), head outdoors with Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure, and stroll around Sandakan Rainforest Park.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sandakan tour website .

Traveling by flight from Gunung Mulu National Park to Sandakan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. June in Sandakan sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Pulau Tioman.

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kinabatangan Jungle Camp, Danum Valley Conservation Area
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Sandakan Memorial Park
Sandakan Memorial Park
Turtle Island Park ©
Turtle Island Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, play a few rounds at Tioman Island Golf Club and then stroll through Panuba Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pulau Tioman trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sandakan to Pulau Tioman. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

Things to do in Pulau Tioman

Outdoors Golf Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Panuba Beach ©
Panuba Beach

2
nights
Pulau Perhentian Kecil

The smaller of the two coral-tinged Perhentian Islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil remains more popular with the younger backpacker crowd due to more affordable living costs.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Long Beach, then take in the pleasant sights at Pulau Perhentian Kincir Angin, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Perhentian Island Mosque. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pulau Perhentian Kecil day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Pulau Tioman to Pulau Perhentian Kecil in 14 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Pulau Perhentian Besar.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Kecil

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Pulau Perhentian Kincir Angin ©
Pulau Perhentian Kincir Angin

3
nights
Pulau Perhentian Besar

Pulau Perhentian Besar ©
Pulau Perhentian Besar looks almost otherworldly with its blue waters, lush jungles, and white-sand beaches.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turtle Sanctuary Beach and Teluk Keke. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Universal Diver, and look for all kinds of wild species at Perhentian Island Resort Turtle Hatchery.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pulau Perhentian Besar trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to Pulau Perhentian Besar takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will leave for Pulau Redang on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Besar

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Turtle Sanctuary Beach ©
Turtle Sanctuary Beach
Teluk Keke ©
Teluk Keke
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Pulau Redang

Pulau Redang represents a picturesque island paradise with clear turquoise waters, white beaches, and coral reefs teeming with exotic fish.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): head off the coast to Redang Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then look for all kinds of wild species at Redang Marine Park Centre.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pulau Redang driving holiday planning tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Pulau Perhentian Besar to Pulau Redang in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. June in Pulau Redang sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Pulau Redang

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Redang Island ©
Redang Island

1
night
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 28th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Mosque (Masjid Negara), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, and finally Head underground at Batu Caves.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Pulau Redang to Kuala Lumpur takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. June in Kuala Lumpur sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Historic Sites Spas Nature

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
National Mosque (Masjid Negara) ©
National Mosque (Masjid Negara)
Spas

7
nights
Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pasir Tengkorak Beach and The Els Club Teluk Datai. Get some historical perspective at Wat Wanararm and Ave Stella Maris Catholic Chapel. Spend the 30th (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Art In Paradise, see the interesting displays at Believe Langkawi, enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Langkawi Geopark.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Langkawi road trip site .

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. June in Langkawi sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Pasir Tengkorak Beach ©
Pasir Tengkorak Beach
Art In Paradise ©
Art In Paradise
Cenang Beach ©
Cenang Beach

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Penang House of Music and Wonderfood Museum Penang. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple and Colonial Penang Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around George Town: Monkey Beach (in Teluk Bahang) and Spas (in Bayan Lepas). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get engrossed in the history at Pinang Peranakan Mansion, and wander the streets of Chulia Street.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the George Town driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Langkawi to George Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 July, daytime highs in George Town are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ipoh.

Things to do in George Town

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kek Lok Si Temple, The Habitat Penang Hill, Spas, Monkey Beach
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Penang House of Music ©
Penang House of Music
Wonderfood Museum Penang ©
Wonderfood Museum Penang
Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram ©

5
nights
Ipoh

Ipoh ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Tua Pek Kong Temple and Ubudiah Mosque are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo and Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah. Get out of town with these interesting Ipoh side-trips: Pantai Teluk Batik (in Lumut), Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve, Kuala Sepetang (in Taiping) and Orang Utan Island (in Semanggol). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Ho Yan Hor Museum, see the interesting displays at Dream Big World, wander the streets of Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village, and play a few rounds at Meru Valley Resort.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ipoh online journey planner .

Traveling by car from George Town to Ipoh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from George Town to Ipoh, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Cameron Highlands.

Things to do in Ipoh

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Kuala Kangsar, Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve, Kuala Sepetang, Tua Pek Kong Temple, Pantai Teluk Batik, Orang Utan Island
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo ©
Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo
Ho Yan Hor Museum ©
Ho Yan Hor Museum
Funtasy House Trick Art ©
Funtasy House Trick Art

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nights
Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands ©
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 15th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Cameron Highlands Butterfly Garden, see the interesting displays at Time Tunnel Museum, and then tee off at Kelab Golf Sultan Ahmad Shah. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sam Poh Temple, stroll through Cameron Highlands Trail No. 10, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and finally explore the galleries of Mah Meri Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cameron Highlands trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Melaka.

Things to do in Cameron Highlands

Outdoors Parks Golf
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:
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Cameron Highlands Trail No. 10 ©
Cameron Highlands Trail No. 10
Time Tunnel Museum ©
Time Tunnel Museum
Sam Poh Temple ©
Sam Poh Temple

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Melaka

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like No 8 Heeren Street Heritage Centre and Malacca Heritage Centre. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Peter's Church and Kampung Hulu Mosque. Get out of town with these interesting Melaka side-trips: Padang Kemunting Turtle Management Centre (in Masjid Tanah) and Port Dickson (Blue Lagoon Beach & Army Museum). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum), take an in-depth tour of Stadthuys, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Melaka Bird Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Melaka trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cameron Highlands to Melaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Melaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bandar Penawar.

Things to do in Melaka

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Port Dickson, Padang Kemunting Turtle Management Centre
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 21:
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Pantai Klebang ©
Pantai Klebang
Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum) ©
Malacca Heritage Centre ©
Malacca Heritage Centre

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Bandar Penawar

Bandar Penawar ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Desaru and Kite Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Bandar Penawar: Kota Tinggi (Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm, Thekchen Choling Malaysia, & more).

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bandar Penawar day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Melaka to Bandar Penawar takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Bandar Penawar can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Bandar Penawar

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Kota Tinggi, Kite Museum, Kota Tinggi Waterfalls, Desaru Ostrich Farm, Desaru
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:
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Desaru ©
Desaru
Kite Museum ©
Kite Museum

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Kuala Lumpur

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Putra Mosque, then take in the exciting artwork at Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pantai Remis, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thean Hou Temple, and then shop like a local with Chinatown.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur road trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bandar Penawar to Kuala Lumpur. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Putra Mosque, Pantai Remis, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Putra Mosque ©
Putra Mosque

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