31 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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George Town, Penang Island
— 6 nights
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Ipoh
— 3 nights
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Kuala Lumpur
— 5 nights
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Melaka
— 4 nights
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Kuching
— 3 nights
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Gunung Mulu National Park
— 1 night
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Sandakan
— 2 nights
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Langkawi
— 6 nights
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George Town, Penang Island — 6 nights

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Danai Spa at Tanjung Bungah Penang and Walking tours. Change things up with a short trip to Escape Theme Park in Teluk Bahang (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Street Art in George Town, stroll through The Habitat Penang Hill, stroll the grounds of Old Protestant Cemetery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dharmikarama Burmese Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our George Town trip itinerary builder site.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to George Town is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from East Africa Time to Western Indonesia Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. When traveling from Addis Ababa in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in George Town: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ipoh.
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Ipoh — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Taiping Lake Gardens and Funtasy House Trick Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ipoh: Taman Tasik Taiping (in Taiping) and Gua Tempurung (in Gopeng). There's lots more to do: stroll through Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Lata Ulu Chepor, see the interesting displays at Yasmin At Kong Heng, and explore the galleries of Miniature Wonders Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ipoh day trip tool.

You can drive from George Town to Ipoh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kuala Lumpur.
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Walking tours. Change things up with a short trip to Chin Swee Cave Temple in Genting Highlands (about 56 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, stroll around KL Bird Park, get curious at Petrosains Science Discovery Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Batu Caves.

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Traveling by car from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Melaka.
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Melaka — 4 nights

Historical City

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Huskitory and Melaka Straits Mosque. Step out of Melaka to go to Port Dickson and see Muzium Tentera Darat, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kampung Morten, get engrossed in the history at Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, meet the residents at Melaka Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Melaka day trip app.

Traveling by car from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Melaka, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Kuching.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Mount Santubong. Take a break from Kuching with a short trip to Fairy Caves in Bau, about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Bako National Park. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sarawak Cultural Village, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Borneoartifact Asian Art, Antiques, Cultural artifacts, don't miss a visit to Kuching Esplanade, and appreciate the history behind Padungan Roundabout Cat Statue.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuching online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Melaka to Kuching in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In January in Kuching, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Gunung Mulu National Park.
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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 23rd (Mon), snap pictures at Mulu Skywalk and then explore the fascinating underground world of Deer Cave.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gunung Mulu National Park trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Kuching to Gunung Mulu National Park in 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Gunung Mulu National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Sandakan.
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Sandakan — 2 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.
On the 24th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sam Sing Kung Temple, then get a new perspective on nature at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), and then stroll through Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Sandakan Memorial Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kun Yam (Goddess of Mercy) Temple.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sandakan trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gunung Mulu National Park to Sandakan in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Langkawi.
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Langkawi — 6 nights

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tanjung Rhu Beach and Langkawi Mangrove Tour by Bard. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Langkawi Wildlife Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Pasir Tengkorak Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tengah Beach.

For other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Langkawi trip planner.

You can fly from Sandakan to Langkawi in 7 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Langkawi can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Malaysia travel guide

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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.
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