32 days in Malaysia Itinerary

32 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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George Town, Penang Island
— 4 nights
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Ipoh
— 6 nights
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Pulau Pangkor
— 3 nights
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Melaka
— 2 nights
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Kuala Lumpur
— 2 nights
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Cameron Highlands
— 2 nights
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Ipoh
— 5 nights
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Langkawi
— 3 nights
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George Town, Penang Island
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George Town, Penang Island — 4 nights

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Plan my day in George Town using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Auckland, New Zealand to George Town is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Auckland to George Town. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for warmer days in George Town, with highs around 36°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 28°C. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ipoh.
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Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:

Ipoh — 6 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo and Ho Yan Hor Museum. Explore Ipoh's surroundings by going to Gopeng (Gua Tempurung & Radak Adventure) and Kuala Kangsar (Victoria Bridge & Ubudiah Mosque). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens, make a trip to Ipoh Mural Art Trail, admire the landmark architecture of Ipoh Town Hall and Old Post Office, and examine the collection at Yasmin At Kong Heng.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ipoh trip itinerary planner.

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. Traveling from George Town to Ipoh, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Ipoh are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pulau Pangkor.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:

Pulau Pangkor — 3 nights

Tropical Pangkor provided the setting for the Treaty of 1874, which strengthened ened British control of Perak and its lucrative tin trade.
Explore hidden gems such as Foo Lin Kong Temple and Kilang Satay Ikan Hai Seng Hin. Explore Pulau Pangkor's surroundings by going to Sitiawan (Hock Chew So Mee Shua Konpian, Tua Pek Kong Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Pulau Giam, enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Beach, and don't miss a visit to Dutch Fort.

Plan trip to Pulau Pangkor with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ipoh to Pulau Pangkor. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Melaka.
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Melaka — 2 nights

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
On the 29th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Kampung Morten and then make a trip to The Huskitory. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melaka Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary, make a trip to Woof Station, then see the interesting displays at Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum), then see the interesting displays at House of Museums Malacca, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melaka trip builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pulau Pangkor to Melaka. In December in Melaka, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll set off for Kuala Lumpur on the 31st (Sat).
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Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Kuala Lumpur — 2 nights

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 31st (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get curious at Petrosains Science Discovery Centre, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Cameron Highlands.
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Cameron Highlands — 2 nights

Breathe in some fresh air during a holiday in Cameron Highlands, a hill station in Malaysia known for its impressive vistas.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and then experience rural life at Cameron Bharat Tea Estate. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Time Tunnel Museum, relax in the rural setting at Big Red Strawberry Farm, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Village.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cameron Highlands tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. You'll set off for Ipoh on the 4th (Wed).
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Ipoh — 5 nights

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kellie's Castle and Perak Tong Cave Temple. Explore Ipoh's surroundings by going to Tow Boo Kong Temple Butterworth (in Butterworth) and Masjid An-Nur (in Bandar Seri Iskandar). See even more of Ipoh: get to know the fascinating history of Concubine Lane, walk around D.R. Seenivasagam Park, take in the awesome beauty at Lang Mountain, and get engrossed in the history at Time Tunnel Museum, Ipoh Old Town.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ipoh trip builder app.

You can drive from Cameron Highlands to Ipoh in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Langkawi.
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Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:

Langkawi — 3 nights

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Art In Paradise and Langkawi Geopark. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with Langkawi Scuba, take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and kick back and relax at Cenang Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Langkawi trip planner.

Fly from Ipoh to Langkawi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Langkawi can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for George Town.
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Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

George Town, Penang Island — 3 nights

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Penang House of Music and Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple. Explore George Town further: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kek Lok Si Temple, see the interesting displays at Wonderfood Museum Penang, and steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion.

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Traveling by flight from Langkawi to George Town takes 3 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

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.
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Perak travel guide

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History Museums · Landmarks · Theme Parks
Abode of Grace
The Malaysian state of Perak centers around human history and natural beauty. Dutch and British colonial empires both viewed the area as strategically important because of its tin mines, and the footprint of the two European powers can still be seen in historical sites, architecture, and museums here. The rural inland regions feature untouched areas of forestland, while the coast is made up of remote islands dotted with quant fishing villages and white beaches.
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