12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Kota Kinabalu
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
2
Gunung Mulu National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
3
Kuching
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
George Town, Penang Island
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  2 h
5
Langkawi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Kuala Lumpur
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Melbourne

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 19th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then step off the mainland to explore Manukan Island.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kota Kinabalu driving holiday planning website .

Melbourne, Australia to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Kota Kinabalu. In May, Kota Kinabalu is much warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gunung Mulu National Park.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Climbing Tours
Manukan Island ©
Manukan Island

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.
On the 20th (Wed), snap pictures at Mulu Skywalk and then Head underground at Deer Cave. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Clearwater / Wind Show Caves.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Gunung Mulu National Park tour planner.

Getting from Kota Kinabalu to Gunung Mulu National Park by flight takes about an hour. In May in Gunung Mulu National Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kuching.

Things to do in Gunung Mulu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Deer Cave ©
Deer Cave
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at The Ranee Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Bako National Park, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Borneoartifact Asian Art, Antiques, Cultural artifacts. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Sarawak Cultural Village, get engrossed in the history at Brooke Museums, and then identify plant and animal life at Semenggoh Nature Reserve.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuching itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gunung Mulu National Park to Kuching in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Kuching are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Kuching

Parks Nature Museums
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Bako National Park ©
Bako National Park
Semenggoh Nature Reserve ©
Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Sarawak Cultural Village ©
Sarawak Cultural Village

1
night
George Town, Penang Island

George Town ©
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Kek Lok Si Temple, then see the interesting displays at Penang House of Music, then take an in-depth tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, and finally steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the George Town tour itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Kuching to George Town in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to West Indonesia Time (WIB) is minus 1 hour. May in George Town sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kek Lok Si Temple
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Penang House of Music ©
Penang House of Music
Kek Lok Si Temple ©
Kek Lok Si Temple
Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion ©
Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion

2
nights
Langkawi

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, snap pictures at Langkawi Sky Bridge, and then make a trip to De'zone. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cenang Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Kilim Karst Geoforest Park.

To find reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Langkawi trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from George Town to Langkawi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time to Malaysia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Langkawi Sky Bridge ©
Langkawi Sky Bridge
Cenang Beach ©
Cenang Beach

3
nights
Kuala Lumpur

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.
On the 27th (Wed), browse the different shops at Central Market Kuala Lumpur, take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur, then admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, and finally walk around KLCC Park. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at KL Bird Park, Head underground at Batu Caves, and then admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

For other places to visit, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur online holiday planner .

You can fly from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
KLCC Park ©
KLCC Park

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