30 days in Malaysia Itinerary

30 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kuala Lumpur
— 6 nights
2
Melaka
— 3 nights
3
Ipoh
— 1 night
4
George Town, Penang Island
— 5 nights
5
Langkawi
— 4 nights
6
Kuching
— 3 nights
7
Semporna
— 2 nights
8
Sandakan
— 2 nights
9
Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights

6
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Putra Mosque and National Mosque (Masjid Negara). Get in touch with nature at Dark Cave Malaysia and Pantai Redang. Get out of town with these interesting Kuala Lumpur side-trips: Pantai Kelanang Beach (in Banting), Pantai Remis (in Kapar) and Perbadanan Putrajaya (in Putrajaya). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thean Hou Temple, see the interesting displays at Petaling Street Heritage House, steep yourself in history at Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur trip website.

Wellington, New Zealand to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Wellington to Kuala Lumpur. While traveling from Wellington, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Kuala Lumpur, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Melaka.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Putrajaya, Petaling Street Heritage House, Pantai Redang, Pantai Kelanang Beach, Bagan Lalang Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Putra Mosque ©
Putra Mosque
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery ©
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

3
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 St. Peter's Church and Kampung Hulu Mosque. Step out of the city life by going to Padang Kemunting Turtle Management Centre and Pantai Klebang. Venture out of the city with trips to Muzium Tentera Darat (in Port Dickson) and Gunung Datuk (in Kota). It doesn't end there: stroll through Pengkalan Balak Beach (Pantai Pengkalan Balak) and take an in-depth tour of Malacca Heritage Centre.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Melaka attractions planner.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ipoh.

Things to do in Melaka

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Padang Kemunting Turtle Management Centre, Muzium Tentera Darat, Gunung Datuk
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Pantai Klebang ©
Pantai Klebang
St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
Malacca Heritage Centre ©
Malacca Heritage Centre

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.
On the 13th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at My Gopeng Resort, head outdoors with Radak Adventure, and then browse the exhibits of Funtasy House Trick Art.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ipoh trip tool.

Drive from Melaka to Ipoh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daytime highs in Ipoh are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to George Town.

Things to do in Ipoh

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Gopeng
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
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My Gopeng Resort ©
My Gopeng Resort
Funtasy House Trick Art ©
Funtasy House Trick Art
Radak Adventure ©
Radak Adventure

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram and Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple. Visiting The Habitat Penang Hill and Monkey Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting George Town side-trips: St. Anne's Church (in Bukit Mertajam) and Zahir Mosque (in Alor Setar). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Penang House of Music, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapitan Keling Mosque, make a trip to Church of Immaculate Conception, and contemplate the long history of Han Jiang Ancestral Temple.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the George Town road trip planning app.

You can drive from Ipoh to George Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Ipoh to George Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in George Town, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Penang Island, St. Anne's Church, Monkey Beach, Zahir Mosque, TeddyVille Museum
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Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple ©
Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple
Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram ©
Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram
Kapitan Keling Mosque ©
Kapitan Keling Mosque

4
nights
Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Take a break from the city and head to Langkawi Geopark and Pasir Tengkorak Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Art In Paradise and Kayaking & Canoeing. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Pulau Payar Marine Park, see the interesting displays at Laman Padi Langkawi, step off the mainland to explore Dayang Bunting Island, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wat Wanararm.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Langkawi tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from George Town to Langkawi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from George Town to Langkawi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Langkawi are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kuching.

Things to do in Langkawi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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Pasir Tengkorak Beach ©
Pasir Tengkorak Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Pulau Payar Marine Park
Pulau Payar Marine Park

3
nights
Kuching

A state capital, Kuching offers access to the surrounding landscape on a range of ecotours through national parks and reserves.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Brooke Gallery and Damai Beach. Kuching Mosque and The Ranee Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Kuching with a short trip to Tasik Biru in Bau, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Damai Central, browse for treasures at Borneoartifact Asian Art, Antiques, Cultural artifacts, and admire the landmark architecture of Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kuching trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Langkawi to Kuching takes 6 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kuching are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Semporna.

Things to do in Kuching

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tasik Biru
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Brooke Gallery
The Brooke Gallery
Damai Beach ©
Damai Beach

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 26th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill) and then head off the coast to Bohey Dulang Island. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Semporna trip maker site.

You can fly from Kuching to Semporna in 8 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Semporna are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Semporna

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Bohey Dulang Island ©
Bohey Dulang Island
Tun Sakaran Marine Park ©
Tun Sakaran Marine Park
Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill) ©
Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill)

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 28th (Sat): get outside with Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Deramakot Forest Reserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sandakan online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Semporna to Sandakan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Sandakan can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Sandakan

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple ©
Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple
Deramakot Forest Reserve ©
Deramakot Forest Reserve

2
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 30th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Monsopiad Cultural Village, kick back and relax at Tanjung Aru Beach, thenfly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pasupathinath Alayam.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kota Kinabalu route tool.

You can fly from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Tanjung Aru Beach ©
Tanjung Aru Beach
Monsopiad Cultural Village ©
Monsopiad Cultural Village

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