12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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Kuala Lumpur
— 1 night
— 2 nights
George Town, Penang Island
— 3 nights
— 4 nights


Kuala Lumpur

— 1 night

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.
On the 7th (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur and then explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, then admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, then don't miss a visit to Central Market Kuala Lumpur, and finally stroll around KLCC Park.

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Buraidah, Saudi Arabia to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Buraidah to Kuala Lumpur is 5 hours. When traveling from Buraidah in August, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Kuala Lumpur: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Melaka.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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— 2 nights

Historical City

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Melaka Straits Mosque, make a trip to River Walk, then examine the collection at Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca, then get engrossed in the history at Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, and finally make a trip to The Huskitory. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Tham Siew Inn Artist Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, take an in-depth tour of Malacca Heritage Centre, then examine the collection at Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum), and finally get engrossed in the history at Stadthuys.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Melaka route website.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to George Town.

Things to do in Melaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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George Town, Penang Island

— 3 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Appreciate the collections at Wonderfood Museum Penang and Pinang Peranakan Mansion. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang) and Penang House of Music. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Kek Lok Si Temple, browse the different shops at Gurney Plaza, and see the interesting displays at Colonial Penang Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our George Town trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Melaka to George Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melaka to George Town due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:


— 4 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
You'll explore and learn at Art In Paradise and Batik Village. Attractions like Kayaking & Canoeing and Pasir Tengkorak Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: stroll through Tanjung Rhu Beach, snap pictures at Langkawi Sky Bridge, kick back and relax at Cenang Beach, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Langkawi trip planning app.

Getting from George Town to Langkawi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Langkawi due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Beaches
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Malaysia travel guide

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.