17 days in Malaysia Itinerary

17 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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17 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  21​h
1
Kuala Lumpur
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Gunung Mulu National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
3
Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Sandakan
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
George Town, Penang Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Cape Town


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4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sunway Lagoon, National Mosque (Masjid Negara), Central Market Kuala Lumpur, and other attractions.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary builder tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Malaysia Time (MYT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect Kuala Lumpur to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. You'll set off for Gunung Mulu National Park on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Sunway Lagoon, Batu Caves
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Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Central Market Kuala Lumpur ©
Central Market Kuala Lumpur

2
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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.
To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gunung Mulu National Park route website .

Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Gunung Mulu National Park in 6.5 hours. In January in Gunung Mulu National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Gunung Mulu National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Clearwater / Wind Show Caves ©
Clearwater / Wind Show Caves
Mulu Skywalk ©
Mulu Skywalk

2
nights
Kota Kinabalu

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Poring Hot Springs, Mount Kinabalu National Park, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, and other attractions you added.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kota Kinabalu trip planner .

You can fly from Gunung Mulu National Park to Kota Kinabalu in an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park ©
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque ©
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
Poring Hot Springs ©
Poring Hot Springs

2
nights
Sandakan

Sandakan
Taking a trip to Sandakan remains one of the best ways to enjoy eco-friendly and culturally rewarding adventures in one of Borneo's largest cities.
Turtle Island Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), and then get a new perspective on nature at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC). On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Turtle Island Park.

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Traveling by flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks Wildlife Nature
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4
nights
George Town, Penang Island

George Town ©
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
George Town is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, parks, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Armenian Street, get lost in a book at GTWHI Interpretative Centre, take in nature's colorful creations at Penang Botanical Gardens, and stroll through Batu Ferringhi Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the George Town day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sandakan to George Town takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sandakan to George Town due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in George Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in George Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Penang Island, Batu Ferringhi Beach
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Penang Botanical Gardens ©
Penang Botanical Gardens
Penang State Museum and Art Gallery ©
Armenian Street ©
Armenian Street

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