17 days in Malaysia Itinerary

17 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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17 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Langkawi
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h
2
George Town, Penang Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ipoh
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Melaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kuala Lumpur
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Sandakan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Manchester

2
nights
Langkawi

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tanjung Rhu Beach and Cenang Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zipline and Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pasir Tengkorak Beach, explore the world behind art at Art In Paradise, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Langkawi holiday builder app .

Manchester, UK to Langkawi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Manchester to Langkawi, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in January, things will get much hotter in Langkawi: highs are around 37°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to George Town.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Parks Adventure
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Zipline
Tanjung Rhu Beach ©
Tanjung Rhu Beach
Pasir Tengkorak Beach ©
Pasir Tengkorak Beach

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Penang House of Music and Colonial Penang Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dharmikarama Burmese Temple and Kapitan Keling Mosque. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang), take in the spiritual surroundings of Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram, get engrossed in the history at Pinang Peranakan Mansion, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Immaculate Conception.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our George Town travel planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Langkawi to George Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Langkawi to George Town due to the time zone difference. In January in George Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ipoh.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Penang Island, Kek Lok Si Temple
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Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
Penang House of Music ©
Penang House of Music
Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at The Geological Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, then see the interesting displays at Ho Yan Hor Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Funtasy House Trick Art.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ipoh tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from George Town to Ipoh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Ipoh can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Melaka.

Things to do in Ipoh

Museums Parks Shopping
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Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo ©
Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo
Ho Yan Hor Museum ©
Ho Yan Hor Museum

2
nights
Melaka

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Melaka Straits Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, then see the interesting displays at Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca, and finally make a trip to The Huskitory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum), take an in-depth tour of Malacca Heritage Centre, then make a trip to River Walk, then explore the galleries of Stadthuys, and finally make a trip to A Famosa Fort.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melaka day trip planning website .

You can drive from Ipoh to Melaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Melaka can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Melaka

Museums Historic Sites
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Melaka Straits Mosque ©
Melaka Straits Mosque
The Huskitory ©
The Huskitory

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll around KLCC Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, then take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Mosque (Masjid Negara), and then stroll around KL Bird Park.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Kuala Lumpur can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
National Mosque (Masjid Negara) ©
National Mosque (Masjid Negara)

2
nights
Sandakan

Sandakan ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Turtle Island Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), learn more about the world around you at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), and then take an in-depth tour of Sandakan Memorial Park.

Plan trip to Sandakan with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sandakan: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Sandakan

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Turtle Island Park ©
Turtle Island Park
Sandakan Memorial Park
Sandakan Memorial Park

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nights
Kota Kinabalu

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Manukan Island and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kota Kinabalu day trip planning app .

Getting from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sri Pasupathinath Alayam ©
Sri Pasupathinath Alayam
Manukan Island ©
Manukan Island

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