8 days in Penang, Cameron Highlands & Ipoh Itinerary

8 days in Penang, Cameron Highlands & Ipoh Itinerary

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George Town, Penang Island
— 2 nights
Cameron Highlands
— 1 night
— 3 nights


George Town, Penang Island — 2 nights

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Wonderfood Museum Penang. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Batu Ferringhi Beach, stop by Jonathanyun Sculptural Jewelry, and wander the streets of Chew Jetty.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the George Town road trip site.

Philadelphia, USA to George Town is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to George Town, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in George Town are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Cameron Highlands.
Neighborhoods · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips
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Cameron Highlands — 1 night

Breathe in some fresh air during a holiday in Cameron Highlands, a hill station in Malaysia known for its impressive vistas.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): hike along Cameron Highlands Trail No. 5 and 7 and then hike along Cameron Highlands Trail No. 3.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cameron Highlands attractions planner.

You can drive from George Town to Cameron Highlands in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Cameron Highlands. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Ipoh.
Trails · Outdoors · Parks
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Ipoh — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, then take an in-depth tour of Ho Yan Hor Museum, and then play a few rounds at Meru Valley Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Radak Adventure and then tour the pleasant surroundings at My Gopeng Resort.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ipoh vacation planner.

Drive from Cameron Highlands to Ipoh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Ipoh can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Golf · Parks
Side Trip
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Penang travel guide

Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Sites
Pearl of the Orient
Highly industrialized and urbanized, the island of Penang sits off the western coastline of Peninsular Malaysia and boasts a rich cultural heritage blending Chinese, Indian, and European influences. Although most visitors come for the beaches and fishing villages, no tour of Penang is complete without a stop in World Heritage-listed George Town. This cosmopolitan island capital boasts a diverse architectural heritage, its oldest sections packed with 19th-century mosques, churches, temples, and colonial buildings. Another highlight of Penang tourism are the many festivals, showcasing cultural diversity and offering foreign visitors a chance to soak up the atmosphere of the "Pearl of the Orient."