54 days in Malaysia Itinerary

54 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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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

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 Art House Gallery Museum of Ethnic Arts. 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: engage your brain at Petrosains Science Discovery Centre, stroll through KL Bird Park, admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, 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.
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Pulau Perhentian Besar — 2 nights

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.
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Kuching — 4 nights

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 Fairy Caves. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kubah National Park and Bako National Park. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Brooke Gallery and stroll through Semenggoh Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuching driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Pulau Perhentian Besar to Kuching in 5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kuching can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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.
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.
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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 Kinabalu Park. Take a break from the city and head to Tanjung Aru Beach and Manukan Island. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kinabalu, step off the mainland to explore Sapi Island, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and get outside with Bernice Holidays.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kota Kinabalu tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gunung Mulu National Park to Kota Kinabalu in 3 hours. In January in Kota Kinabalu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Sandakan.
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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 Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, stroll through Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, and get engrossed in the history at Sandakan Memorial Park.

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

Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Semporna.
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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.
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Melaka — 7 nights

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 Melaka Straits Mosque. Do some cultural sightseeing at Muzium Tentera Darat and Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Kampung Morten, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, soothe aching muscles at Woodbox Fitness, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Church.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melaka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Semporna to Melaka takes 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ipoh.
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Ipoh — 5 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.
Visiting Gua Tempurung and Bukit Kledang will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo and Taiping Lake Gardens. Change things up with a short trip to Radak Adventure in Gopeng (about 38 minutes 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 take in the exciting artwork at Funtasy House Trick Art.

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.
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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 Colonial Penang Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang). There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Khoo Kongsi, and buy something for everyone on your list at Gurney Plaza.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the George Town day trip planning tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to Langkawi.
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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 Tengah Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Langkawi Geopark, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beras Basah Island, tee off at The Els Club Teluk Datai, and take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge.

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.
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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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