14 days in Malaysia Itinerary

14 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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14 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Kuala Lumpur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Melaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ipoh
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
George Town, Penang Island
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h
5
Langkawi
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque and Central Market Kuala Lumpur. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Batu Caves and KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, shop like a local with Bukit Bintang, look for gifts at Happy Creations, and walk around KLCC Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur journey planning site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Cape Town to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in December; daily highs in Kuala Lumpur reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Melaka.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Batu Caves, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque
Highlights from your plan
Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque ©

2
nights
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 25th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, take an in-depth tour of Malacca Heritage Centre, make a trip to River Walk, see the interesting displays at Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, and finally make a trip to The Huskitory. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Melaka Straits Mosque, then look for gifts at Sixty 3 Heritage, then take an in-depth tour of Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tham Siew Inn Artist Gallery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Melaka journey builder tool .

Drive from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Ipoh.

Things to do in Melaka

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca ©
Melaka Straits Mosque ©
Melaka Straits Mosque
The Huskitory ©
The Huskitory

1
night
Ipoh

Ipoh ©
The city of Ipoh, fourth-largest in Malaysia and historically a mining town, has recently seen a complete reinvention and resurgence as a burgeoning tourism destination, thanks in part to its significant heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens, see the interesting displays at Dream Big World, get engrossed in the history at Ho Yan Hor Museum, get engrossed in the history at Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, then explore the world behind art at Funtasy House Trick Art, and finally stop by Yee Hoi Coffee Bean.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ipoh itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Melaka to Ipoh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Ipoh are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to George Town.

Things to do in Ipoh

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo ©
Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo
Ho Yan Hor Museum ©
Ho Yan Hor Museum
Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens ©

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Wonderfood Museum Penang and Pinang Peranakan Mansion. Visit Dharmikarama Burmese Temple and Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion for their historical value. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang), browse the different shops at Gurney Plaza, identify plant and animal life at The Habitat Penang Hill, and see the interesting displays at Colonial Penang Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our George Town online journey planner .

You can drive from Ipoh to George Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to West Indonesia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in George Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Penang Island, Kek Lok Si Temple
Highlights from your plan
Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram ©
Wonderfood Museum Penang ©
Wonderfood Museum Penang

4
nights
Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tanjung Rhu Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Let the collections at Art In Paradise and Batik Village capture your imagination. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and stroll through Cenang Beach.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Langkawi day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from George Town to Langkawi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from George Town to Langkawi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. December in Langkawi sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tanjung Rhu Beach ©
Tanjung Rhu Beach
Zipline
Pasir Tengkorak Beach ©
Pasir Tengkorak Beach

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