21 days in Malaysia Itinerary

21 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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21 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Langkawi
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
2
George Town, Penang Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ipoh
— 1 night
4
Melaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kuala Lumpur
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + ferry:  5​h 30​min
6
Pulau Perhentian Besar
— 1 night
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Kuching
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Gunung Mulu National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
9
Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
10
Sandakan
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Ljubljana

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Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tanjung Rhu Beach and Art In Paradise. You'll get in some beach time at Pasir Tengkorak Beach and Cenang Beach. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and Head underground at Gua Kelawar (Bat Cave).

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Langkawi trip planning website .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Langkawi is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Ljubljana to Langkawi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ljubljana in September: highs in Langkawi hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Tanjung Rhu Beach ©
Tanjung Rhu Beach
Zipline
Pasir Tengkorak Beach ©
Pasir Tengkorak Beach

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George Town, Penang Island

George Town
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Get a sense of the local culture at Penang House of Music and Kapitan Keling Mosque. You'll explore and learn at Wonderfood Museum Penang and Asia Camera Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, explore the striking landscape of Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang), take an in-depth tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, and steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our George Town tour planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Langkawi to George Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Langkawi to George Town is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ipoh.

Things to do in George Town

Nature Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang)
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Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
Penang House of Music ©
Penang House of Music

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Ipoh

Ipoh ©
The city of Ipoh, fourth-largest in Malaysia and historically a mining town, has recently seen a complete reinvention and resurgence as a burgeoning tourism destination, thanks in part to its significant heritage.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens, explore the galleries of Miniature Wonders Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Ho Yan Hor Museum, take in the exciting artwork at 22 Hale Street, then take an in-depth tour of Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, and finally see the interesting displays at Dream Big World.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ipoh attractions planner.

Drive from George Town to Ipoh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Ipoh can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Melaka.

Things to do in Ipoh

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo ©
Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo
Ho Yan Hor Museum ©
Ho Yan Hor Museum

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Melaka

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Xiang Lin Si Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, see the interesting displays at Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca, then don't miss a visit to River Walk, then take an in-depth tour of Malacca Heritage Centre, and finally make a trip to The Huskitory. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at A Famosa Fort, delve into the distant past at St Paul's Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Melaka Straits Mosque, take in the exciting artwork at Tham Siew Inn Artist Gallery, then admire the striking features of Stadthuys, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Melaka trip builder website .

You can drive from Ipoh to Melaka in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Melaka sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Melaka

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The Huskitory ©
The Huskitory
Melaka Straits Mosque ©
Melaka Straits Mosque
Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): wander the streets of Chinatown, browse the different shops at Central Market Kuala Lumpur, then take a stroll through KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, then admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, and finally stroll around KLCC Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at KL Bird Park, explore the world behind art at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Batu Caves, then buy something for everyone on your list at Suria KLCC Mall, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kinokuniya Book Stores.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pulau Perhentian Besar.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Suria KLCC Mall ©
Suria KLCC Mall

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Pulau Perhentian Besar

Pulau Perhentian Besar ©
Pulau Perhentian Besar looks almost otherworldly with its blue waters, lush jungles, and white-sand beaches.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stop by Universal Diver, then kick back and relax at Turtle Sanctuary Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Perhentian Island Resort Turtle Hatchery.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pulau Perhentian Besar trip planner .

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Perhentian Besar by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Pulau Perhentian Besar, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuching.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Besar

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Turtle Sanctuary Beach ©
Turtle Sanctuary Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Universal Diver ©
Universal Diver

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Kuching

Kuching ©
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 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Chinese Museum, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bako National Park, and then take an in-depth tour of The Brooke Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Borneoartifact Asian Art, Antiques, Cultural artifacts, explore the fascinating underground world of Fairy Caves, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kuching trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Pulau Perhentian Besar to Kuching takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. In September in Kuching, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Gunung Mulu National Park.

Things to do in Kuching

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Fairy Caves
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Bako National Park ©
Bako National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Fairy Caves ©
Fairy Caves

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): Head underground at Clearwater / Wind Show Caves and then Head underground at Deer Cave.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gunung Mulu National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Kuching to Gunung Mulu National Park takes 2 hours. In September in Gunung Mulu National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Gunung Mulu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Clearwater / Wind Show Caves ©
Clearwater / Wind Show Caves
Deer Cave ©
Deer Cave

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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 (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, and then head off the coast to Manukan Island. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can fly from Gunung Mulu National Park to Kota Kinabalu in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque ©
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

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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.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Turtle Island Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), get a new perspective on nature at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), then take an in-depth tour of Sandakan Memorial Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple.

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Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Turtle Island Park ©
Turtle Island Park
Sandakan Memorial Park
Sandakan Memorial Park