12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Melaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kuala Lumpur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ipoh
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
George Town, Penang Island
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
5
Langkawi
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Melaka

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Muzium Tentera Darat and Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca and Melaka Straits Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Huskitory, take an in-depth tour of Malacca Heritage Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, and browse the exhibits of Tham Siew Inn Artist Gallery.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melaka vacation planning app .

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Melaka is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Elizabeth to Melaka is 6 hours. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in December, expect Melaka to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Melaka

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Muzium Tentera Darat
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The Huskitory ©
The Huskitory
Muzium Tentera Darat ©
Muzium Tentera Darat

2
nights
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Central Market Kuala Lumpur, look for gifts at Happy Creations, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Batu Caves, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Suria KLCC Mall. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, then get a taste of the local shopping with Bukit Bintang, then take a stroll through KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, and finally admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur online trip maker .

Getting from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ipoh.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Batu Caves, Shalini Ganendra Fine Art
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Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Suria KLCC Mall ©
Suria KLCC Mall

1
night
Ipoh

Ipoh ©
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.
To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ipoh online journey planner .

You can drive from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Ipoh, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to George Town.

Things to do in Ipoh

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Funtasy House Trick Art ©
Funtasy House Trick Art
Ho Yan Hor Museum ©
Ho Yan Hor Museum
Miniature Wonders Art Gallery ©
Miniature Wonders Art Gallery

2
nights
George Town, Penang Island

George Town ©
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Wonderfood Museum Penang, buy something for everyone on your list at Queensbay Mall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, and finally browse the different shops at Gurney Plaza. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram, then examine the collection at Colonial Penang Museum, and finally examine the collection at Penang House of Music.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our George Town trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Ipoh to George Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Ipoh to George Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Queensbay Mall
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Penang House of Music ©
Penang House of Music
Wonderfood Museum Penang ©
Wonderfood Museum Penang
Colonial Penang Museum ©
Colonial Penang Museum

3
nights
Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Batik Village, then explore the world behind art at Art In Paradise, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pasir Tengkorak Beach, and finally Head underground at Tanjung Rhu Beach. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Cenang Beach, and then browse the different shops at Cenang Mall.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from George Town to Langkawi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Langkawi. December in Langkawi sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Tanjung Rhu Beach ©
Tanjung Rhu Beach
Pasir Tengkorak Beach ©
Pasir Tengkorak Beach
Art In Paradise ©
Art In Paradise

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