30 days in Malaysia Itinerary

30 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malaysia trip planner

Make it your trip
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Sandakan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Semporna
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kota Kinabalu
— 1 night
Fly
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Kuching
— 3 nights
Fly to Sultan Ismail Petra, Ferry to Pulau Perhentian Besar
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Pulau Perhentian Besar
— 2 nights
Ferry to Kuala Besut Jetty, Fly to Melaka
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Melaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kuala Lumpur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ipoh
— 2 nights
Drive
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George Town, Penang Island
— 5 nights
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Langkawi
— 4 nights
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Sandakan

— 3 nights
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.
Let the collections at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) and Sandakan Memorial Park capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple and Agnes Newton Keith Home are in your itinerary. Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sandakan trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Sandakan is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Malaysia Time (MYT), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, things will get a bit warmer in Sandakan: highs are around 91°F and lows about 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Semporna.

Things to do in Sandakan

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:

Semporna

— 2 nights
A largely residential city of around 135,000, Semporna has gained popularity in recent years due to its archipelago's good connection to the surrounding islands, including very popular diving or snorkeling destinations such as Sipadan.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Sipadan National Park. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Bohey Dulang Island.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Semporna trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Sandakan to Semporna with the Route module. In August in Semporna, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Semporna

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Kota Kinabalu

— 1 night
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 8th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kota Kinabalu trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Semporna to Kota Kinabalu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Kota Kinabalu, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Kuching.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Kuching

— 3 nights

Cat City

A state capital, Kuching offers access to the surrounding landscape on a range of ecotours through national parks and reserves.
Take a break from the city and head to Bako National Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore hidden gems such as Fairy Caves and Kuching Esplanade. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Caves.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuching road trip planning site.

You can fly from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Kuching sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pulau Perhentian Besar.

Things to do in Kuching

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

Pulau Perhentian Besar

— 2 nights

Large Perhentian

Pulau Perhentian Besar looks almost otherworldly with its blue waters, lush jungles, and white-sand beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for gifts at Universal Diver and then kick back and relax at Teluk Keke. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Turtle Sanctuary Beach and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pulau Perhentian Besar travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Kuching to Pulau Perhentian Besar takes 5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Pulau Perhentian Besar are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Melaka.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Besar

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Melaka

— 3 nights

Historical City

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Muzium Tentera Darat and Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca. The Huskitory and River Walk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Melaka Straits Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Malacca Heritage Centre, make a trip to A Famosa Fort, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Church.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Melaka vacation website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Pulau Perhentian Besar to Melaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Melaka are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Melaka

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

Kuala Lumpur

— 3 nights

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque and Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall. Visit National Mosque (Masjid Negara) and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple for their historical value. Step out of Kuala Lumpur with an excursion to Putra Mosque in Putrajaya--about 30 minutes away. There's more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Suria KLCC Mall and shop like a local with Chow Kit Market.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ipoh.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Ipoh

— 2 nights

The Town Built on Tin

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 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple and then admire the natural beauty at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, get engrossed in the history at Ho Yan Hor Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Funtasy House Trick Art.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ipoh trip planner.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Ipoh, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to George Town.

Things to do in Ipoh

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

George Town, Penang Island

— 5 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Let the collections at Wonderfood Museum Penang and Colonial Penang Museum capture your imagination. Visit Dharmikarama Burmese Temple and Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram for their historical value. Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Gurney Plaza, stop by Batek-Lah Collection, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the George Town trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Ipoh to George Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ipoh to George Town is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 26:

Langkawi

— 4 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pasir Tengkorak Beach and Tanjung Rhu Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and The Els Club Teluk Datai. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Langkawi Geopark, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and explore the world behind art at Art In Paradise.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Langkawi journey tool.

Traveling by flight from George Town to Langkawi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from George Town to Langkawi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Langkawi sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 30:

Malaysia travel guide

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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.