12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  25 h
1
Kuala Lumpur
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Melaka
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
3
George Town, Penang Island
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Langkawi
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  27 h
End: New York City

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at KL Bird Park and Batu Caves. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur and Pavilion KL. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur, and shop like a local with Bukit Bintang.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur travel route builder app .

New York City, USA to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Malaysia Time, which is usually a 13 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Melaka.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

2
nights
Melaka

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Stadthuys, look for gifts at RazKashmir Crafts, then don't miss a visit to Jonker Street, then take an in-depth tour of Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, and finally make a trip to The Huskitory. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Mydin Mall Mitc, take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church, then explore the activities along Malacca River, and finally make a trip to St. Paul's Hill & Church (Bukit St. Paul).

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Melaka road trip app .

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Melaka are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Melaka

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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RazKashmir Crafts ©
RazKashmir Crafts
Jonker Street Night Market ©
Jonker Street Night Market
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum ©
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

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.
On the 30th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kek Lok Si Temple, stop by 5.4 North, take an in-depth tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, then see the interesting displays at Khoo Kongsi, and finally take a stroll through Chew Jetty. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): look for gifts at Areca Books, look for gifts at Jonathanyun Sculptural Jewelry, examine the collection at Asia Camera Museum, then stroll through East Wind Watersports, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Batu Ferringhi Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the George Town trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Melaka to George Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Melaka to George Town is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trips

Batu Ferringhi, Kek Lok Si Temple
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Pinang Peranakan Mansion ©
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Kek Lok Si Temple ©
Kek Lok Si Temple
Khoo Kongsi ©
Khoo Kongsi

1
night
Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cenang Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): Head underground at Tanjung Rhu Beach and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Langkawi sightseeing tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from George Town to Langkawi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from George Town to Langkawi is 1 hour. August in Langkawi sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Cenang Beach ©
Cenang Beach
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Tanjung Rhu Beach ©
Tanjung Rhu Beach

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