54 days in Malaysia Itinerary

54 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malaysia trip planner

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Kuala Lumpur
— 6 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 Kuching
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Kuching
— 4 nights
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Gunung Mulu National Park
— 2 nights
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Kota Kinabalu
— 5 nights
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Sandakan
— 4 nights
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Semporna
— 2 nights
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Melaka
— 7 nights
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Ipoh
— 5 nights
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George Town, Penang Island
— 7 nights
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Langkawi
— 8 nights
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Kuala Lumpur

— 6 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Batu Caves and Petrosains Science Discovery Centre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Walking tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuala Lumpur: Chin Swee Cave Temple (in Genting Highlands) and Sekinchan Paddy Fields (in Sekinchan). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur, take in the pleasant sights at KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, and buy something for everyone on your list at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary builder site.

London, UK to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Malaysia Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Kuala Lumpur hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pulau Perhentian Besar.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 4:

Pulau Perhentian Besar

— 2 nights

Large Perhentian

Pulau Perhentian Besar looks almost otherworldly with its blue waters, lush jungles, and white-sand beaches.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stop by Universal Diver and then enjoy the sand and surf at Turtle Sanctuary Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then enjoy the sand and surf at Teluk Keke.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Pulau Perhentian Besar trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Perhentian Besar in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January, you will find days in Pulau Perhentian Besar are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kuching.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Besar

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

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.
Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Kubah National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fairy Caves and The Brooke Gallery. Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Bako National Park. There's more to do: stroll through Semenggoh Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kuching tour website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Pulau Perhentian Besar to Kuching takes 5 hours. In January in Kuching, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Gunung Mulu National Park.

Things to do in Kuching

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Deer Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Mulu Skywalk and then stroll through Clearwater / Wind Show Caves.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gunung Mulu National Park trip builder app.

Fly from Kuching to Gunung Mulu National Park in 4 hours. In January in Gunung Mulu National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Gunung Mulu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Kota Kinabalu

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Bernice Holidays. Take a break from the city and head to Kinabalu Park and Sapi Island. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tanjung Aru Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kinabalu, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and head off the coast to Manukan Island.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kota Kinabalu vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Gunung Mulu National Park to Kota Kinabalu takes 3 hours. January in Kota Kinabalu sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:

Sandakan

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Turtle Island Park and Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) and Sandakan Memorial Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple and stroll through Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sandakan online travel route builder.

You can fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Sandakan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Semporna.

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sipadan National Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill) and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Semporna journey maker site.

Explore your travel options from Sandakan to Semporna with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Melaka.

Things to do in Semporna

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

Melaka

— 7 nights

Historical City

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Huskitory and Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melaka Straits Mosque and Muzium Tentera Darat. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kampung Morten, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, relax and rejuvenate at Woodbox Fitness, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Church.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Melaka online travel route builder.

Fly from Semporna to Melaka in 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ipoh.

Things to do in Melaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 30:

Ipoh

— 5 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.
Visiting Gua Tempurung and Radak Adventure will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo and Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens. Change things up with a short trip to Taiping Lake Gardens in Taiping (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Ho Yan Hor Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Lata Ulu Chepor, examine the collection at Dream Big World, and hike along Bukit Kledang.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ipoh trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Melaka to Ipoh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to George Town.

Things to do in Ipoh

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:

George Town, Penang Island

— 7 nights
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Danai Spa at Tanjung Bungah Penang and Wonderfood Museum Penang. Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram and Walking tours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, stroll through The Habitat Penang Hill, browse the different shops at Gurney Plaza, and examine the collection at Khoo Kongsi.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our George Town trip planning app.

Getting from Ipoh to George Town by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Western Indonesia Time is minus 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 11:

Langkawi

— 8 nights
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Get outdoors at Tanjung Rhu Beach and Langkawi Mangrove Tour by Bard. Visit Cenang Beach and Beras Basah Island for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Langkawi Geopark, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tengah Beach, tee off at The Els Club Teluk Datai, and take in the dramatic scenery at Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Langkawi visit planner.

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Langkawi due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Langkawi can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Langkawi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 19:

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.