8 days in Malaysia Itinerary

8 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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— 3 nights
— 1 day
Kuala Terengganu
— 2 nights
Kota Bharu
— 2 nights


Kuantan — 3 nights

The capital of Malaysia's third-largest state, busy Kuantan remains generally untouristed, yet continues to grow as a residential urban community.
You've now added Sungai Pandan Waterfall to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Teluk Chempedak and Rainbow Waterfall. Get out of town with these interesting Kuantan side-trips: Cherating (Cherating Beach, Cherating Fire Fly, &more) and Bukit Panorama (in Sungai Lembing).

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George Town to Kuantan is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from George Town to Kuantan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cherating.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Cherating — 1 day

A small beach town on the east coast of Malaysia and the location of Asia’s first Club Med resort, Cherating these days thrives on backpacker tourism.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Kemaman District Museum, then kick back and relax at Cherating Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cherating River, and finally get a dose of the wild on Cherating Fire Fly.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cherating trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kuantan to Cherating in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kuala Terengganu.
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Kuala Terengganu — 2 nights

Once a small fishing village, Kuala Terengganu is now a developing city where skyscrapers often stand shoulder to shoulder with traditional kampong-style houses.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Crystal Mosque, kick back and relax at Batu Buruk beach, and then hunt for treasures at Pasar Payang.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuala Terengganu travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cherating to Kuala Terengganu in 2.5 hours. October in Kuala Terengganu sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kota Bharu.
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Kota Bharu — 2 nights

The Islamic City

Known as ‘The Islamic City’, Kota Bharu offers a fine architectural mix of dignified mosques and old royal buildings.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Masjid Al-Ismaili and Masjid Ar-Rahman Mukim Pulau Gajah. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Pantai Bukit Keluang. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah, don't miss a visit to Wat Photivihan Sleeping Buddha, see the interesting displays at Istana Jahar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Al-Muhammadi.

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Traveling by car from Kuala Terengganu to Kota Bharu takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kota Bharu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Malaysia travel guide

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.

Terengganu travel guide

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.

Kelantan travel guide

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.