21 days in Malaysia Itinerary

21 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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21 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Denpasar, Bali
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Melaka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Ipoh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
George Town, Penang Island
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h
4
Langkawi
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Ferry:  5​h 45​min
5
Pulau Perhentian Besar
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Taxi + Fly:  8​h
6
Sandakan
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
7
Kuching
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Denpasar, Bali

3
nights
Melaka

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Explore hidden gems such as St. Peter's Church and Pengkalan Balak Beach (Pantai Pengkalan Balak). Visiting Bagan Lalang Beach and Gunung Datuk will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Padang Kemunting Turtle Management Centre in Masjid Tanah (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: examine the collection at House of Museums Malacca.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melaka day trip app .

Denpasar, Indonesia to Melaka is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. October in Melaka sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ipoh.

Things to do in Melaka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gunung Datuk, Bagan Lalang Beach, Padang Kemunting Turtle Management Centre
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St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
House of Museums Malacca ©
House of Museums Malacca

2
nights
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 4th (Mon): tee off at Meru Valley Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Taman Eko-Rimba Lata Kinjang and then get outside with Radak Adventure.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ipoh day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Melaka to Ipoh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Ipoh can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to George Town.

Things to do in Ipoh

Outdoors Golf Nature

Side Trips

Radak Adventure, Taman Eko-Rimba Lata Kinjang
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Meru Valley Resort ©
Meru Valley Resort
Taman Eko-Rimba Lata Kinjang ©
Taman Eko-Rimba Lata Kinjang
Radak Adventure ©
Radak Adventure

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.
Visiting The Habitat Penang Hill and Monkey Beach will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram and Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kuan Yin Teng) are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from George Town to Bukit Mertajam to see St. Anne's Church about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Penang House of Music, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a stroll through Chulia Street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the George Town trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Ipoh to George Town by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to West Indonesia Time (WIB), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

The Habitat Penang Hill, Monkey Beach, St. Anne's Church
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Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram ©
Penang House of Music ©
Penang House of Music
The Habitat Penang Hill ©
The Habitat Penang Hill

5
nights
Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Get a sense of the local culture at Art In Paradise and Wat Wanararm. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Pasir Tengkorak Beach. And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the awesome beauty at Gunung Mat Cincang, and enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Langkawi itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from George Town to Langkawi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Langkawi due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pulau Perhentian Besar.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Pasir Tengkorak Beach ©
Pasir Tengkorak Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Gunung Mat Cincang ©
Gunung Mat Cincang

1
night
Pulau Perhentian Besar

Pulau Perhentian Besar looks almost otherworldly with its blue waters, lush jungles, and white-sand beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then identify plant and animal life at Perhentian Island Resort Turtle Hatchery.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pulau Perhentian Besar day trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Langkawi to Pulau Perhentian Besar in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. November in Pulau Perhentian Besar sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Besar

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) and then take a stroll through Kg Pukat Fisherman Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sandakan vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Pulau Perhentian Besar to Sandakan takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. November in Sandakan sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuching.

Things to do in Sandakan

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple ©
Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple
Kg Pukat Fisherman Village ©
Kg Pukat Fisherman Village

3
nights
Kuching

Kuching ©
A state capital, Kuching offers access to the surrounding landscape on a range of ecotours through national parks and reserves.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kuching Mosque and The Brooke Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Buddhism New Village. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Fort Margherita, examine the collection at The Ranee Museum, admire the striking features of Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Borneoartifact Asian Art, Antiques, Cultural artifacts.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuching trip maker tool .

Getting from Sandakan to Kuching by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. November in Kuching sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuching

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Kuching Mosque ©
Kuching Mosque
Brooke Museums
Brooke Museums
Scuba & Snorkeling

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