17 days in Malaysia Itinerary

17 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Langkawi
— 2 nights
2
George Town, Penang Island
— 4 nights
3
Ipoh
— 1 night
4
Melaka
— 2 nights
5
Kuala Lumpur
— 2 nights
6
Sandakan
— 2 nights
7
Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights

2
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Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tanjung Rhu Beach and Cenang Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Pasir Tengkorak Beach and Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Art In Paradise, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Langkawi travel planning website.

Manchester, UK to Langkawi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Langkawi is 8 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Manchester in January, with highs in Langkawi at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Parks Adventure
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Tanjung Rhu Beach ©
Tanjung Rhu Beach
Pasir Tengkorak Beach ©
Pasir Tengkorak Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang) and Wonderfood Museum Penang. Museum-lovers will get to explore Colonial Penang Museum and Asia Camera Museum. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Penang House of Music, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapitan Keling Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Immaculate Conception.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the George Town online itinerary planner.

Traveling by taxi from Langkawi to George Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Langkawi to George Town. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can 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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Penang House of Music ©
Penang House of Music
Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
Dharmikarama Burmese Temple

1
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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): examine the collection at The Geological Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, thentake an in-depth tour of Ho Yan Hor Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Funtasy House Trick Art.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ipoh online driving holiday planner.

Getting from George Town to Ipoh by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Ipoh due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Melaka.

Things to do in Ipoh

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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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
Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens ©
Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens

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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): take in the architecture and 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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, thensee the interesting displays at Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca, and finally make a trip to The Huskitory. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum), take an in-depth tour of Malacca Heritage Centre, don't miss a visit to River Walk, thentake an in-depth tour of Stadthuys, and finally make a trip to A Famosa Fort.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Melaka trip planner.

You can drive from Ipoh to Melaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January in Melaka, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. 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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Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca ©
Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca
Melaka Straits Mosque ©
Melaka Straits Mosque
The Huskitory ©
The Huskitory

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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, stroll through Batu Caves, admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, thentake in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, take in the spiritual surroundings of National Mosque (Masjid Negara), and then stroll around KL Bird Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur tour planner.

You can drive from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up 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)

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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. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), learn more about the world around you at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), and then get engrossed in the history at Sandakan Memorial Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sandakan trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan in 6 hours. While traveling from Kuala Lumpur, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sandakan, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up 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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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): head off the coast to Manukan Island and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kota Kinabalu trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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