31 days in Malaysia Itinerary

31 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malaysia tour itinerary planner

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Kuala Lumpur
— 5 nights
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Melaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Johor Bahru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kuching
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kota Kinabalu
— 4 nights
Fly
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George Town, Penang Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Langkawi
— 6 nights
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Kuala Lumpur

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Petronas Twin Towers and Aquaria. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 2nd (Thu) at Sunway Lagoon. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batu Caves, browse the different shops at Central Market Kuala Lumpur, relax in the rural setting at Titi Eco Farm, and admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Kuala Lumpur. In December, daily temperatures in Kuala Lumpur can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Melaka.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Theme Parks · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Melaka

— 4 nights

Historical City

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Family-friendly places like Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum and Melaka Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to The Huskitory, steep yourself in history at A Famosa Fort, contemplate the waterfront views at Malacca River, and browse the exhibits of The Royal Press.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Melaka road trip planning tool.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Melaka sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Johor Bahru.

Things to do in Melaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Johor Bahru

— 2 nights

Southern City

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 11th (Sat): cool off at Legoland Malaysia and then make a trip to Johor Bahru Sentral Railway Station. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Gunung Pulai (Mount Pulai) and then identify plant and animal life at Kota Tinggi Firefly Park.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Johor Bahru trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Melaka to Johor Bahru in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. December in Johor Bahru sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kuching.

Things to do in Johor Bahru

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kuching

— 4 nights

Cat City

A state capital, Kuching offers access to the surrounding landscape on a range of ecotours through national parks and reserves.
Family-friendly places like Bako National Park and Kayaking & Canoeing will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Semenggoh Nature Reserve, examine the collection at The Ranee Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hong San Si Temple, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Santubong.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuching road trip planner.

You can fly from Johor Bahru to Kuching in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Kuching are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Kuching

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Kota Kinabalu

— 4 nights
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.
Attractions like Kinabalu Park and Climbing Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Sosodikon Hill in Kundasang (about 1h 55 min away). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kinabalu, step off the mainland to explore Sapi Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of UMS Mosque, and get up close to creatures of the deep with Glass Bottom Boat Tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kota Kinabalu day trip planning tool.

Fly from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kota Kinabalu are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to George Town.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

George Town, Penang Island

— 5 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Family-friendly places like Escape Theme Park and Panpuri Organic Spa Penang will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Pinang Peranakan Mansion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram, don't miss a visit to Street Art in George Town, and steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the George Town vacation maker app.

Fly from Kota Kinabalu to George Town in 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kota Kinabalu to George Town. In December, daytime highs in George Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Langkawi

— 6 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Kids will enjoy Cenang Beach and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. On the 27th (Mon), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Tanjung Rhu Beach, meet the residents at Langkawi Wildlife Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Underwater World Langkawi.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Langkawi trip planner.

Getting from George Town to Langkawi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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 December in Langkawi, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

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.