7 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

7 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

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George Town, Penang Island
— 1 night
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Kota Bharu
— 1 night
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Kuala Terengganu
— 1 night
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Kuala Lumpur
— 2 nights
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Genting Highlands
— 1 night
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George Town, Penang Island — 1 night

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Panpuri Organic Spa Penang, take a stroll through Chew Jetty, and then get to know the fascinating history of Armenian Street.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our George Town travel planning app.

Doha, Qatar to George Town is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to George Town is 4 hours. Traveling from Doha in January, you will find days in George Town are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kota Bharu.
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Neighborhoods · Spas · Historic Sites
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Kota Bharu — 1 night

The Islamic City

Known as ‘The Islamic City’, Kota Bharu offers a fine architectural mix of dignified mosques and old royal buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Al-Muhammadi, browse the different shops at AEON MALL Kota Bharu, and then buy something for everyone on your list at KB Mall.

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

Explore your travel options from George Town to Kota Bharu with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Kota Bharu due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kuala Terengganu.
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Shopping · Historic Sites
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Kuala Terengganu — 1 night

Once a small fishing village, Kuala Terengganu is now a developing city where skyscrapers often stand shoulder to shoulder with traditional kampong-style houses.
On the 6th (Fri), kick back and relax at Teluk Kalong Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Penarik Beach.

Plan trip to Kuala Terengganu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Kota Bharu to Kuala Terengganu in 3 hours. In January in Kuala Terengganu, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can fly to Kuala Lumpur.
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Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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Kuala Lumpur — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for gifts at Chocolate Concierge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Batu Caves, then get a taste of the local shopping with Central Market Kuala Lumpur, and finally walk around KL Bird Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with BB Park Bukit Bintang, shop like a local with KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, then take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur, and finally admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Lumpur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Genting Highlands.
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Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife
Side Trip
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Genting Highlands — 1 night

Genting Highlands represents a hill resort with a cool climate and plenty of attractions.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): browse the different shops at Genting Highlands Premium Outlets and then buy something for everyone on your list at Sky Avenue.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Genting Highlands tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Penang travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Architectural Buildings
Pearl of the Orient
Highly industrialized and urbanized, the island of Penang sits off the western coastline of Peninsular Malaysia and boasts a rich cultural heritage blending Chinese, Indian, and European influences. Although most visitors come for the beaches and fishing villages, no tour of Penang is complete without a stop in World Heritage-listed George Town. This cosmopolitan island capital boasts a diverse architectural heritage, its oldest sections packed with 19th-century mosques, churches, temples, and colonial buildings. Another highlight of Penang tourism are the many festivals, showcasing cultural diversity and offering foreign visitors a chance to soak up the atmosphere of the "Pearl of the Orient."
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Kelantan travel guide

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Flea Markets · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
The Blissful Abode
With its own distinct culture, charmingly traditional rural landscape, and a wealth of ancient history, a cultural trip to Kelantan offers plenty of attractions for tourists. The Tittiwangsa Mountains kept the state virtually isolated from its surrounds for centuries, with visitors having to hike for weeks to make it there. As such, it developed its own arts, cuisine, and a dialect that is unintelligible even to many Malay speakers. To bypass the mountains, travelers to and from the state took to the seas, which bred a maritime culture that often came under attack from piracy. High peaks, coastal regions, and fertile rice fields make for a diverse geography that's a delight to explore.
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Terengganu travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Islands
Abode of Faith
An area of impressive coastal settlements and natural abundance, Terengganu is part of northeastern Peninsular Malaysia. The state possesses a predominantly Malay culture (thanks to a limited history of migration), with mosques, traditional arts centers, and regal architecture providing the focal points of urban area. The region features waterfalls, wetlands, and forests in a state known for the tranquility of its rural areas. Along the coast, beaches are renowned for their calm atmosphere and offer prime snorkeling and diving sites.
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Pahang travel guide

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Theme Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling · Gardens
Pahang, the largest state on Peninsular Malaysia, encompasses the Pahang River basin. The highland area of the state features rolling hills of agricultural land, along with temperate retreats, which were established during the colonial era with luxury hotels and amusements. The rainforest region hosts many rare and endangered animals, such as tigers, elephants, and tapir. The coastal areas offer flatter terrain along limestone cliffs that descend down to fine, sandy beaches. Out at sea, a set of islands provides great dive spots with coral formations.
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