21 days in Malaysia Itinerary

21 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malaysia travel route planner

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Kuala Lumpur
— 3 nights
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Melaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ipoh
— 2 nights
Drive
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George Town, Penang Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Langkawi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kota Kinabalu
— 1 night
Fly
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Gunung Mulu National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kuching
— 2 nights
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Kuala Lumpur

— 3 nights

Garden City of Lights

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. Shop till you drop at Central Market Kuala Lumpur and KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway. Take a break from the city and head to Batu Caves and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Go for a jaunt from Kuala Lumpur to Shah Alam to see Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll around KL Bird Park, admire the masterpieces at Art House Gallery Museum of Ethnic Arts, enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Kuala Lumpur, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Kuala Lumpur. In January, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Melaka.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Melaka

— 3 nights

Historical City

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum and Hueman Studio. Shop till you drop at Tham Siew Inn Artist Gallery and Time Machine Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Muzium Tentera Darat in Port Dickson (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Stadthuys, see the interesting displays at House of Museums Malacca, explore the ancient world of St Paul's Church, and get engrossed in the history at Malacca Heritage Centre.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Melaka travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Melaka are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ipoh.

Things to do in Melaka

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ipoh

— 2 nights

The Town Built on Tin

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the galleries of Miniature Wonders Art Gallery, examine the collection at Dream Big World, take an in-depth tour of Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, then browse the exhibits of Funtasy House Trick Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at 22 Hale Street. On your second day here, examine the collection at The Geological Museum, see the interesting displays at Ho Yan Hor Museum, 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.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ipoh travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Melaka to Ipoh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. January in Ipoh sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to George Town.

Things to do in Ipoh

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

George Town, Penang Island

— 4 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Head to Hin Bus Depot and Queensbay Mallfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will appreciate Penang House of Music and Penang State Museum and Art Gallery. Go for a jaunt from George Town to Merbok to see Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, wander the streets of Chew Jetty, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeri Seni Mutiara.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our George Town tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Ipoh to George Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ipoh to George Town, you'll gain 1 hour 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) so you can fly to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Langkawi

— 3 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Get outdoors at Cenang Beach and Darulaman Sanctuary. For shopping fun, head to Kaya Palazzo or Batik Village. Next up on the itinerary: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, step off the mainland to explore Dayang Bunting Island, take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Langkawi itinerary planner.

You can fly from George Town to Langkawi in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from George Town to Langkawi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February in Langkawi, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Langkawi

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Kota Kinabalu

— 1 night
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, then take in the exciting artwork at Sabah Art Gallery, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kota Kinabalu trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Langkawi to Kota Kinabalu in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Gunung Mulu National Park.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Gunung Mulu National Park

— 2 nights
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 9th (Sun): snap pictures at Mulu Skywalk. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Clearwater / Wind Show Caves.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gunung Mulu National Park travel route builder website.

You can fly from Kota Kinabalu to Gunung Mulu National Park in 3 hours. In February in Gunung Mulu National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Kuching.

Things to do in Gunung Mulu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Kuching

— 2 nights

Cat City

A state capital, Kuching offers access to the surrounding landscape on a range of ecotours through national parks and reserves.
On the 11th (Tue), explore the galleries of Johns Gallery, then examine the collection at Sarawak Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Semenggoh Nature Reserve, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Borneoartifact Asian Art, Antiques, Cultural artifacts. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Left And Right Artisan Handcraft, examine the collection at The Ranee Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bako National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kuching trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Gunung Mulu National Park to Kuching takes 4 hours. In February in Kuching, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kuching

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Malaysia travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Shopping Malls · Parks
An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.