12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Kuala Lumpur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Johor Bahru
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
George Town, Penang Island
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
4
Langkawi
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Colombo

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Batu Caves and KL Bird Park. Family-friendly places like Sunway Lagoon and Aquaria KLCC will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Chinatown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, shop like a local with KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, and explore the world behind art at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur driving holiday planning site .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Colombo to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Johor Bahru.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sunway Lagoon, Batu Caves
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Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

1
night
Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru ©
A trip to Johor Bahru allows visitors to travel back to the colonial era and discover places of worship reminding visitors of the country's rich history and multicultural character. Explore museums preserving the stories of different communities from across Asia, and take time to get to know the city's charming streets, vibrant galleries, and growing cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): cool off at Legoland Malaysia.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Johor Bahru vacation planner .

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Johor Bahru

Theme Parks
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Legoland Malaysia ©
Legoland Malaysia

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Kek Lok Si Temple and Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chew Jetty and Khoo Kongsi. Change things up with a short trip to ESCAPE in Teluk Bahang (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Armenian Street, see the interesting displays at Penang House of Music, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Batu Ferringhi Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the George Town visit site .

You can fly from Johor Bahru to George Town in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Johor Bahru to George Town is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Escape Theme Park, Kek Lok Si Temple, Batu Ferringhi Beach, Batik Painting Museum Penang
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Penang House of Music ©
Penang House of Music
Kek Lok Si Temple ©
Kek Lok Si Temple
Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion ©
Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion

3
nights
Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Get in touch with nature at Cenang Beach and Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. Bring the kids along to Tanjung Rhu Beach and Langkawi Wildlife Park. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, observe the fascinating underwater world at Underwater World Langkawi, Head underground at Gua Kelawar (Bat Cave), and take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Langkawi trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from George Town to Langkawi in 2 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from George Town to Langkawi is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Langkawi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Langkawi

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Cenang Beach ©
Cenang Beach
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park ©
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

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