31 days in Malaysia Itinerary

31 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malaysia journey planner

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Kuala Lumpur
— 5 nights
Fly to Sultan Ismail Petra, Ferry to Pulau Perhentian Besar
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Pulau Perhentian Besar
— 1 night
Ferry
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil
— 1 night
Ferry to Kuala Besut Jetty, Fly to Kuching
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Kuching
— 3 nights
Fly
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Gunung Mulu National Park
— 1 night
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Sepilok
— 2 nights
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Fly to Kuala Lumpur, Foot to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Bus to Tanjung Gemok Jetty, Ferry to Pulau Tioman
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Pulau Tioman
— 3 nights
Ferry to Mersing Jetty, Bus to Melaka
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Melaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ipoh
— 2 nights
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George Town, Penang Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Langkawi
— 4 nights
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Kuala Lumpur

— 5 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.
Shop till you drop at Central Market Kuala Lumpur and BB Park Bukit Bintang. Escape the urban bustle at Batu Caves and KL Bird Park. Change things up with a short trip to Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque in Shah Alam (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, view the masterpieces at Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, buy something for everyone on your list at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, and admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur trip maker.

London, UK to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in May, things will get much hotter in Kuala Lumpur: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pulau Perhentian Besar.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 22:

Pulau Perhentian Besar

— 1 night

Large Perhentian

Pulau Perhentian Besar looks almost otherworldly with its blue waters, lush jungles, and white-sand beaches.
On the 23rd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Teluk Keke, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Turtle Sanctuary Beach, and finally look for gifts at Universal Diver.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pulau Perhentian Besar itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Perhentian Besar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Pulau Perhentian Besar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Besar

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

Pulau Perhentian Kecil

— 1 night

Small Perhentian

The smaller of the two coral-tinged Perhentian Islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil remains more popular with the younger backpacker crowd due to more affordable living costs.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Ride a ferry from Pulau Perhentian Besar to Pulau Perhentian Kecil in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Kuching.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Kecil

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bako National Park and Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Museum-lovers will get to explore Sarawak Museum and The Ranee Museum. There's still lots to do: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Borneoartifact Asian Art, Antiques, Cultural artifacts, see majestic marine mammals with Borneo Adventure, and look for gifts at Left And Right Artisan Handcraft.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuching route planning website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to Kuching in 5.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Kuching are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to fly to Gunung Mulu National Park.

Things to do in Kuching

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Gunung Mulu National Park

— 1 night
Dominated by a soaring sandstone pinnacle, Gunung Mulu National Park remains a thrilling nature destination on the island of Borneo.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the views from Mulu Skywalk, then stroll through Clearwater / Wind Show Caves, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Deer Cave.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gunung Mulu National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Kuching to Gunung Mulu National Park by flight takes about 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Gunung Mulu National Park can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Sepilok.

Things to do in Gunung Mulu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:

Sepilok

— 2 nights
In the dense rainforest of Sepilok, conservationists rehabilitate orphans and abandoned juveniles of the region's most famous residents--orangutans.
To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sepilok attractions site.

Traveling by flight from Gunung Mulu National Park to Sepilok takes 4.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You'll set off for Pulau Tioman on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Sepilok

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

Pulau Tioman

— 3 nights
Thick, verdant jungle blankets the hilly island of Pulau Tioman, dotted with steep cliffs and tumbling waterfalls, and filled with rare species such as bearcats, giant flying squirrels, slow lorises, and Tioman "walking" catfish.
Escape the urban bustle at Tioman Dive Centre and Tioman Island Golf Club. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Panuba Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Ombak House, get outside with Monkey Bay, and head off the coast to Renggis Island.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pulau Tioman trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Sepilok to Pulau Tioman in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Pulau Tioman are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Melaka.

Things to do in Pulau Tioman

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:

Melaka

— 4 nights

Historical City

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Head to Tham Siew Inn Artist Gallery and The Orangutan Housefor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Royal Press and A Famosa Fort. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Stadthuys, soothe aching muscles at Woodbox Fitness, and examine the collection at House of Museums Malacca.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Melaka trip website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Pulau Tioman to Melaka takes 8 hours. June in Melaka sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ipoh.

Things to do in Melaka

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 6:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Time Tunnel Museum, Ipoh Old Town, see the interesting displays at Dream Big World, and then take in the exciting artwork at 22 Hale Street. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Miniature Wonders Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Ho Yan Hor Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, and finally browse the exhibits of Funtasy House Trick Art.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ipoh attractions planner.

You can drive from Melaka to Ipoh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daytime highs in Ipoh are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to George Town.

Things to do in Ipoh

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

George Town, Penang Island

— 4 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Penang State Museum and Art Gallery. Head to 5.4 North and Hin Bus Depotfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Khoo Kongsi, visit Chew Jetty, learn more about the world around you at Tech Dome Penang, and browse the different shops at Gurney Plaza.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our George Town day trip site.

Drive from Ipoh to George Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ipoh to George Town. In June, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 12:

Langkawi

— 4 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Take a break from the city and head to Cenang Beach and Tanjung Rhu Beach. There's much more to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and snap pictures at Langkawi Sky Bridge.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Langkawi trip planner.

Fly from George Town to Langkawi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time to Malaysia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 16:

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.