42 days in Malaysia Itinerary

42 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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Kuala Lumpur
— 5 nights
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Melaka
— 5 nights
Bus to Mersing, Ferry to Pulau Tioman
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Pulau Tioman
— 4 nights
Ferry to Mersing Jetty, Bus to Johor Bahru
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Johor Bahru
— 2 nights
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Sandakan
— 2 nights
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Kota Kinabalu
— 4 nights
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Kundasang
— 1 night
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Gunung Mulu National Park
— 2 nights
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Kuching
— 4 nights
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George Town, Penang Island
— 5 nights
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Langkawi
— 6 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.
Go for a jaunt from Kuala Lumpur to Shah Alam to see Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, take an in-depth tour of National Museum, browse the different shops at Central Market Kuala Lumpur, and explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary builder tool.

Manchester, UK to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Kuala Lumpur is 8 hours. In October, Kuala Lumpur is warmer than Manchester - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Melaka.
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Melaka — 5 nights

Historical City

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Melaka is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Stadthuys, explore the activities along Malacca River, steep yourself in history at A Famosa Fort, and trek along Bukit Batu Lebah Recreational Forest.

To see reviews and tourist information, use the Melaka road trip planning site.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Melaka can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Pulau Tioman.
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Pulau Tioman — 4 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.
Pulau Tioman is known for wildlife, outdoors, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, relax and rejuvenate at Ombak House, head off the coast to Renggis Island, and kick back and relax at Panuba Beach.

Discover how to plan a Pulau Tioman trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Melaka to Pulau Tioman takes 8 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Pulau Tioman can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll travel to Johor Bahru.
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Johor Bahru — 2 nights

Southern City

A trip to Johor Bahru allows visitors to travel back to the colonial era and discover places of worship reminding visitors of the country's rich history and multicultural character. Explore museums preserving the stories of different communities from across Asia, and take time to get to know the city's charming streets, vibrant galleries, and growing cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Zhong Cheng Durian Farm, then take in the awesome beauty at Gunung Pulai (Mount Pulai), and then stop by Star Glory Asia (M) Sdn Bhd - Duty Free Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at Legoland Malaysia.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Johor Bahru road trip website.

Getting from Pulau Tioman to Johor Bahru by combination of ferry and bus takes about 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, stroll through Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kun Yam (Goddess of Mercy) Temple. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), then learn more about the world around you at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), and then take an in-depth tour of Sandakan Memorial Park.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Sandakan attractions planner.

You can fly from Johor Bahru to Sandakan in 5.5 hours. In October in Sandakan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Kota Kinabalu.
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Kota Kinabalu — 4 nights

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.
When in Kota Kinabalu, make a side trip to see Sabah in Semporna, approximately Semporna away. Spend the 23rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, head off the coast to Mamutik Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pasupathinath Alayam, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kota Kinabalu attractions website.

You can fly from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Kundasang.
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Kundasang — 1 night

Offering access to a lush national park, tea plantations, and dairy farms, Kundasang serves as a popular leisure destination.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kinabalu, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kinabalu Park, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Arnab Village.

Before you visit Kundasang, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly to Gunung Mulu National Park.
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Gunung Mulu National Park — 2 nights

Dominated by a soaring sandstone pinnacle, Gunung Mulu National Park remains a thrilling nature destination on the island of Borneo.
On the 26th (Wed), Head underground at Clearwater / Wind Show Caves. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Mulu Skywalk and then explore the fascinating underground world of Deer Cave.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gunung Mulu National Park day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Kundasang to Gunung Mulu National Park takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Gunung Mulu National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Kuching.
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Kuching — 4 nights

Cat City

A state capital, Kuching offers access to the surrounding landscape on a range of ecotours through national parks and reserves.
Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Bako National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Semenggoh Nature Reserve, take in the views from Golden Anniversary Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Santubong, and browse for treasures at Borneoartifact Asian Art, Antiques, Cultural artifacts.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kuching trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gunung Mulu National Park to Kuching takes 4 hours. October in Kuching sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to George Town.
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George Town, Penang Island — 5 nights

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Step out of George Town with an excursion to Escape Theme Park in Teluk Bahang--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Kek Lok Si Temple, steep yourself in history at Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, see the interesting displays at Khoo Kongsi, and wander the streets of Chew Jetty.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our George Town travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Kuching to George Town in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuching to George Town due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) 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.
Langkawi is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Langkawi Sky Bridge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Langkawi Wildlife Park, walk around Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Underwater World Langkawi.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Langkawi tour itinerary maker.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Langkawi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the flight 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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