8 days in Malaysia Itinerary

8 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malaysia vacation planner

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Kota Kinabalu
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Kuching
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Kuala Lumpur
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Langkawi
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Kota Kinabalu

— 1 day
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.
On the 3rd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pasupathinath Alayam, then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Glass Bottom Boat Tours.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kota Kinabalu online travel route planner.

Manila, Philippines to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kota Kinabalu can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kuching.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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 4th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bako National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Sarawak Cultural Village, then see the interesting displays at The Ranee Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Semenggoh Nature Reserve, and finally browse for treasures at Borneoartifact Asian Art, Antiques, Cultural artifacts.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kuching tour planner.

Getting from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kuching can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Kuching

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Kuala Lumpur

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur, admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, browse the different shops at Kinokuniya Book Stores, then Head underground at Batu Caves, and finally walk around KL Bird Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, then walk around KLCC Park, and then shop like a local with Central Market Kuala Lumpur.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur tour itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Kuching to Kuala Lumpur takes 4.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Kuala Lumpur can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Langkawi

— 3 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cenang Beach and Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Masjid Al-Hana, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Underwater World Langkawi.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Langkawi planning tool.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Langkawi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · 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.