32 days in Malaysia Itinerary

32 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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32 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13 h
1
Melaka
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kuala Lumpur
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Ipoh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
George Town, Penang Island
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
5
Langkawi
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Ferry:  5 h 45 min
6
Pulau Perhentian Besar
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Kuching
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Sandakan
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
9
Semporna
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
10
Kota Kinabalu
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Melaka

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Melaka Straits Mosque and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Peter's Church and Christ Church Melaka, Bandar Hilir.. Step out of Melaka with an excursion to Muzium Tentera Darat in Port Dickson--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Huskitory, get engrossed in the history at Malacca Heritage Centre, see the interesting displays at Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca, and pause for some photo ops at St. Francis Xavier Church.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melaka trip itinerary builder site .

Melbourne, Australia to Melaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Melaka is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Melaka: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Melaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Melaka Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary, Muzium Tentera Darat
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Cheng Hoon Teng Temple ©
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
Melaka Straits Mosque ©
Melaka Straits Mosque
St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church

4
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.
Visit Putra Mosque and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple for their historical value. Visiting Dark Cave Malaysia and Sekinchan Paddy Fields will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kuala Lumpur: Chin Swee Cave Temple (in Genting Highlands) and Sepang International Circuit (in Sepang). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Mosque (Masjid Negara), have some family-friendly fun at Sky Simulator, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of Kuala Lumpur City Gallery.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Kuala Lumpur can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ipoh.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Sekinchan Paddy Fields, Sepang International Circuit, Dark Cave Malaysia, Putra Mosque, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque
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National Mosque (Masjid Negara) ©
National Mosque (Masjid Negara)
Putra Mosque ©
Putra Mosque
Dark Cave Malaysia ©
Dark Cave Malaysia

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 21st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Ho Yan Hor Museum, get engrossed in the history at Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, see the interesting displays at Dream Big World, then explore the historical opulence of Kellie's Castle, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Gua Tempurung. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Perak Tong Cave Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Laser Battle.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ipoh journey website .

You can drive from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Ipoh are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to George Town.

Things to do in Ipoh

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kellie's Castle, Gua Tempurung
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Gua Tempurung ©
Gua Tempurung
Kellie's Castle ©
Kellie's Castle

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.
Popular historic sites such as Dharmikarama Burmese Temple and Kapitan Keling Mosque are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram and Spas. Step out of George Town with an excursion to Zahir Mosque in Alor Setar--about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at The Habitat Penang Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Church, and take in the pleasant sights at Street Art in George Town.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the George Town online trip itinerary builder .

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. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to West Indonesia Time (WIB) is minus 1 hour. March in George Town sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Penang Island, Spas, Zahir Mosque
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Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
Spas
Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram ©

5
nights
Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
You'll get in some beach time at Tanjung Rhu Beach and Beras Basah Island. Get outdoors at Zipline and Tengah Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Pasir Tengkorak Beach, tee off at The Els Club Teluk Datai, look for gifts at Langkawi Craft Complex, and identify plant and animal life at Pulau Payar Marine Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Langkawi trip itinerary maker.

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. The time zone difference when traveling from George Town to Langkawi is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Pulau Perhentian Besar.

Things to do in Langkawi

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

1
night
Pulau Perhentian Besar

Pulau Perhentian Besar ©
Pulau Perhentian Besar looks almost otherworldly with its blue waters, lush jungles, and white-sand beaches.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Perhentian Island Resort Turtle Hatchery, then look for gifts at Universal Diver, then stroll through Turtle Sanctuary Beach, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pulau Perhentian Besar tour builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Langkawi to Pulau Perhentian Besar in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March in Pulau Perhentian Besar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Kuching.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Besar

Outdoors Parks Shopping
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Turtle Sanctuary Beach ©
Turtle Sanctuary Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Universal Diver ©
Universal Diver

3
nights
Kuching

Kuching ©
A state capital, Kuching offers access to the surrounding landscape on a range of ecotours through national parks and reserves.
Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Bako National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Fairy Caves and Tasik Biru. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Santubong, don't miss a visit to Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak, take an in-depth tour of The Brooke Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Chinese Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kuching using our trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Pulau Perhentian Besar to Kuching in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In April, daytime highs in Kuching are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kuching

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Bau
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Bako National Park ©
Bako National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Fairy Caves ©
Fairy Caves

3
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.
Visit Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple and Agnes Newton Keith Home for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Turtle Island Park and Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. It doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) and get engrossed in the history at Sandakan Memorial Park.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Sandakan vacation planner.

Getting from Kuching to Sandakan by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Sandakan are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Semporna.

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Turtle Island Park ©
Turtle Island Park
Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple ©
Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary ©

2
nights
Semporna

Semporna ©
A largely residential city of around 135,000, Semporna has gained popularity in recent years due to its archipelago's good connection to the surrounding islands, including very popular diving or snorkeling destinations such as Sipadan.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sipadan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then step off the mainland to explore Bohey Dulang Island.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Semporna trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sandakan to Semporna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, daytime highs in Semporna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Semporna

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Sipadan National Park ©
Sipadan National Park
Bohey Dulang Island ©
Bohey Dulang Island
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
On the 10th (Sat), experience rural life at Desa Dairy Farm, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll the grounds of Kota Kinabalu Japanese Cemetery. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then kick back and relax at Tanjung Aru Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kota Kinabalu visit planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Semporna to Kota Kinabalu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April in Kota Kinabalu, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tanjung Aru Beach ©
Tanjung Aru Beach
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque ©
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

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