11 days in Malaysia Itinerary

11 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malaysia trip planner

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Kuala Lumpur
— 3 nights
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Melaka
— 1 night
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Johor Bahru
— 1 night
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Kuching
— 1 night
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George Town, Penang Island
— 2 nights
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Langkawi
— 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.
Kuala Lumpur is known for parks, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, shop like a local with Central Market Kuala Lumpur, enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Kuala Lumpur, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batu Caves.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur road trip tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh to Kuala Lumpur, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in May; daily highs in Kuala Lumpur reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Melaka.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

Melaka

— 1 night

Historical City

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, get engrossed in the history at Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, don't miss a visit to Windmill Dutch Square Melaka, Bandar Hilir, Malacca., explore the galleries of Stadthuys, then steep yourself in history at A Famosa Fort, and finally make a trip to The Huskitory.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Melaka trip planner.

Drive from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Melaka sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Johor Bahru.

Things to do in Melaka

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

Johor Bahru

— 1 night

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 16th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Legoland Malaysia and then don't miss a visit to Istana Bukit Serene.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Johor Bahru day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Melaka to Johor Bahru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In May in Johor Bahru, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly to Kuching.

Things to do in Johor Bahru

Theme Parks
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Kuching

— 1 night

Cat City

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 17th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bako National Park.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kuching trip planner.

You can fly from Johor Bahru to Kuching in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In May in Kuching, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to George Town.

Things to do in Kuching

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:
Highlights from your trip

George Town, Penang Island

— 2 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
On the 18th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Immaculate Conception, admire the landmark architecture of Kek Lok Si Temple, then stop by 5.4 North, then steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Panpuri Organic Spa Penang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Khoo Kongsi, take an in-depth tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, then see the interesting displays at Penang House of Music, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Spice Garden.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our George Town vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuching to George Town takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Western Indonesia Time is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Langkawi

— 2 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): make a trip to De'zone, snap pictures at Langkawi Sky Bridge, stay fit while traveling at Salt Room, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cenang Beach, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Underwater World Langkawi. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours.

Before you visit Langkawi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from George Town to Langkawi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 May, daytime highs in Langkawi are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

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.