21 days in Malaysia Itinerary

21 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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21 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
1
Kuala Lumpur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Melaka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ipoh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
George Town, Penang Island
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h
5
Langkawi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Kota Kinabalu
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
7
Gunung Mulu National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Kuching
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

3
nights
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.
Dewan Filharmonik Petronas has been added to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Batu Caves and Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and National Museum. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Central Market Kuala Lumpur, get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for all kinds of wild species at KL Bird Park, and explore the world behind art at Art House Gallery Museum of Ethnic Arts.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Kuala Lumpur. In January, daily temperatures in Kuala Lumpur can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Melaka.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Batu Caves, Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia ©
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

3
nights
Melaka

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Get some cultural insight at Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum and Sixty 3 Heritage. You'll explore and learn at Tham Siew Inn Artist Gallery and House of Museums Malacca. Change things up with a short trip to Muzium Tentera Darat in Port Dickson (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Hueman Studio, delve into the distant past at St Paul's Church, examine the collection at Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca, and get engrossed in the history at Malacca Heritage Centre.

To see maps, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ipoh.

Things to do in Melaka

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muzium Tentera Darat
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Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum ©
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum
St Paul's Church ©
St Paul's Church
Stadthuys ©
Stadthuys

2
nights
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 30th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Miniature Wonders Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Dream Big World, then take an in-depth tour of Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, then admire the masterpieces at Funtasy House Trick Art, and finally take in the exciting artwork at 22 Hale Street. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at The Geological Museum, see the interesting displays at Ho Yan Hor Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Khizanat, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Guan Heong Biscuit Shop.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ipoh holiday builder website .

Getting from Melaka to Ipoh by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to George Town.

Things to do in Ipoh

Museums Shopping Parks
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Miniature Wonders Art Gallery ©
Miniature Wonders Art Gallery
Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo ©
Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo
Ho Yan Hor Museum ©
Ho Yan Hor Museum

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Hin Bus Depot and Galeri Seni Mutiara. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Khoo Kongsi, browse the different shops at Gurney Plaza, wander the streets of Armenian Street, and revel in the low prices at Indochine Natural.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the George Town itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Ipoh to George Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ipoh to George Town due to the time zone difference. In January in George Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kek Lok Si Temple, Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum, Indochine Natural, Queensbay Mall, Penang State Museum and Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Pinang Peranakan Mansion ©
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Kek Lok Si Temple ©
Kek Lok Si Temple
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.
Visiting Cenang Beach and Pulau Payar Marine Park will get you outdoors. Head to Kaya Palazzo and Batik Villagefor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, Head underground at Tanjung Rhu Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and identify plant and animal life at Darulaman Sanctuary.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Langkawi trip itinerary maker site .

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. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Malaysia Time (MYT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. February in Langkawi sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Langkawi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cenang Beach ©
Cenang Beach
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Tanjung Rhu Beach ©
Tanjung Rhu Beach

1
night
Kota Kinabalu

A holiday in Kota Kinabalu, the state capital and main gateway town, offers access to urban areas boasting a diverse and rapidly evolving set of malls, bars, and quality restaurants serving locally caught seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): look for gifts at Kadaiku, explore the galleries of Sabah Art Gallery, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kota Kinabalu trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Langkawi to Kota Kinabalu takes 4.5 hours. In February in Kota Kinabalu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gunung Mulu National Park.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sabah Art Gallery ©
Sabah Art Gallery

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the views from Mulu Skywalk and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Clearwater / Wind Show Caves.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gunung Mulu National Park trip builder site .

You can fly from Kota Kinabalu to Gunung Mulu National Park in an hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kuching.

Things to do in Gunung Mulu National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Clearwater / Wind Show Caves ©
Clearwater / Wind Show Caves
Mulu Skywalk ©
Mulu Skywalk

2
nights
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 11th (Tue): browse the exhibits of John Tan Gallery, then examine the collection at Sarawak Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Semenggoh Nature Reserve, and finally browse for treasures at Borneoartifact Asian Art, Antiques, Cultural artifacts. Keep things going the next day: stop by Left And Right Artisan Handcraft, then see the interesting displays at The Ranee Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bako National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kuching online journey maker .

You can fly from Gunung Mulu National Park to Kuching in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuching

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Semenggoh Nature Reserve ©
Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Bako National Park ©
Bako National Park
Sarawak Museum ©
Sarawak Museum

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