17 days in Malaysia Itinerary

17 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Sunway Lagoon, National Mosque (Masjid Negara), Central Market Kuala Lumpur, and other attractions you added.

Plan trip to Kuala Lumpur with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Cape Town, South Africa to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 19.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Cape Town to Kuala Lumpur. Traveling from Cape Town in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Kuala Lumpur: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll travel to Gunung Mulu National Park.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

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

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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.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gunung Mulu National Park tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Gunung Mulu National Park in 6.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Gunung Mulu National Park

Wildlife Parks 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.
You've added Poring Hot Springs, Mount Kinabalu National Park, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kota Kinabalu tour itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Gunung Mulu National Park to Kota Kinabalu in an hour. In January in Kota Kinabalu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough 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. On the 6th (Mon), identify plant and animal life 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). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Turtle Island Park.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sandakan road trip site.

You can fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January in Sandakan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to George Town.

Things to do in Sandakan

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)
Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary ©
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Armenian Street, explore the world behind art at Penang State Museum and Art Gallery, go for a walk through Street Art in George Town, and admire the natural beauty at Penang Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the George Town trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sandakan to George Town in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sandakan to George Town is minus 1 hour. January in George Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in George Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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