7 days in Kedah, Penang Island & Hat Yai Itinerary

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Fly
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Langkawi, Malaysia
— 1 night
Fly
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George Town, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alor Setar, Malaysia
— 1 night
Drive
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Hat Yai, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Langkawi, Malaysia — 1 night

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, then take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cenang Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at Salt Room.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Langkawi trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Langkawi is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Langkawi, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to George Town.
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Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
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George Town, Malaysia — 2 nights

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get in on the family fun at Escape Theme Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Danai Spa at Tanjung Bungah Penang, then admire the striking features of Kek Lok Si Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Cornwallis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at Khoo Kongsi, then take an in-depth tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, then steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, and finally take a stroll through Chew Jetty.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our George Town road trip website.

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. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Langkawi to George Town due to the time zone difference. In December in George Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Alor Setar.
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Alor Setar, Malaysia — 1 night

The capital of the state of Kedah on the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsula, Alor Setar ranks as the tenth-largest city in Malaysia by population.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Nikrodharam, appreciate the history behind Al-Bukhary Mosque, then admire the striking features of Balai Besar, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Zahir Mosque.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Alor Setar trip planner.

Drive from George Town to Alor Setar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. December in Alor Setar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hat Yai.
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Hat Yai, Thailand — 2 nights

City of Paris

The fourth-largest Malay city and one of the country's premier shopping and commercial districts, Hat Yai has proved extremely popular among local tourists.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Songkhla Central Mosque, stroll around Hatyai Municipality Park, and then buy something for everyone on your list at CentralFestival Hatyai.

Make your Hat Yai itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Alor Setar to Hat Yai in 2 hours. December in Hat Yai sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Kedah travel guide

3.5
Beaches · Bridges · Aquariums
Abode of Peace
Kedah, a state comprised of flat, arable terrain on the mainland and an archipelago of islands just off the coast, has earned the nickname, “The Rice Bowl of Malaysia” for its landscape of small towns dotted across rice paddies and farms. The region's beaches and lagoons are rich in marine life. The archipelago has been developed as a tourist's paradise, with activity and relaxation both playing a leading role in most Kedah holidays.
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Penang Island travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · History Museums
Pearl of the Orient
Penang Island blends historical elements with natural exploration. Long a place of trade between Asian kingdoms and European colonial powers, the island's varied history and cultural influences are seen in a range of historical and cultural sites around its main urban centers, from British forts and factories to Chinese shophouses and narrow market streets. Outside of the towns, the island offers palm-lined beaches, sprawling native jungles, and agricultural land, which is known for providing the island with the fresh produce used in its thriving cuisine.
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