12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Kuala Lumpur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Melaka
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h
3
Gunung Mulu National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Kuching
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
5
George Town, Penang Island
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
6
Langkawi
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

2
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Batu Caves and KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway. Head to Central Market Kuala Lumpur and Shalini Ganendra Fine Artfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Bukit Bintang, admire the local landmark of Pavilion Crystal Fountain, walk around KLCC Park, and admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur online road trip planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Istanbul to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in July; daily highs in Kuala Lumpur reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Melaka.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, Batu Caves
Highlights from your plan
Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
KL Bird Park ©
KL Bird Park

1
night
Melaka

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): browse the exhibits of Hueman Studio, look for gifts at Sixty 3 Heritage, get engrossed in the history at Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, then browse the exhibits of Tham Siew Inn Artist Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to The Huskitory.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melaka online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Melaka, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Gunung Mulu National Park.

Things to do in Melaka

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tham Siew Inn Artist Gallery ©
Tham Siew Inn Artist Gallery
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum ©
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum
The Huskitory ©
The Huskitory

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On your second day here, hike along Gunung Mulu Summit Trek and then explore the fascinating underground world of Clearwater / Wind Show Caves.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gunung Mulu National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Melaka to Gunung Mulu National Park with the Route module. August in Gunung Mulu National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kuching.

Things to do in Gunung Mulu National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Clearwater / Wind Show Caves ©
Clearwater / Wind Show Caves
Gunung Mulu Summit Trek ©
Gunung Mulu Summit Trek

1
night
Kuching

Kuching ©
A state capital, Kuching offers access to the surrounding landscape on a range of ecotours through national parks and reserves.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Borneoartifact Asian Art, Antiques, Cultural artifacts, then look for all kinds of wild species at Semenggoh Nature Reserve, then take in the exciting artwork at John Tan Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Sarawak Cultural Village.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kuching trip maker website .

Fly from Gunung Mulu National Park to Kuching in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Kuching

Shopping Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Semenggoh Nature Reserve ©
Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Sarawak Cultural Village ©
Sarawak Cultural Village

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Batik Painting Museum Penang, see the interesting displays at Khoo Kongsi, look for gifts at 5.4 North, take an in-depth tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, then steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, and finally see the interesting displays at Penang House of Music. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Queensbay Mall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kek Lok Si Temple, then view the masterpieces at Hin Bus Depot, and finally browse the different shops at Gurney Plaza.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our George Town trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Kuching to George Town in 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to West Indonesia Time (WIB) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Indochine Natural, Queensbay Mall, Batik Painting Museum Penang, Kek Lok Si Temple
Highlights from your plan
Penang House of Music ©
Penang House of Music
Pinang Peranakan Mansion ©
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion ©

2
nights
Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
On the 7th (Wed), zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, enjoy the sand and surf at Cenang Beach, and then snap pictures at Langkawi Sky Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Wat Wanararm and then Head underground at Tanjung Rhu Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Langkawi trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from George Town to Langkawi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time to Malaysia Time is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Cenang Beach ©
Cenang Beach
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Tanjung Rhu Beach ©
Tanjung Rhu Beach

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