30 days in Malaysia Itinerary

30 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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30 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Kuala Lumpur
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Melaka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ipoh
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
George Town, Penang Island
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h
5
Langkawi
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Kuching
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
7
Semporna
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Sandakan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
9
Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Wellington

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bagan Lalang Beach. Popular historic sites such as Putra Mosque and Kuala Lumpur City Gallery are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Pantai Remis (in Kapar), Pantai Redang (in Sekinchan) and Perbadanan Putrajaya (in Putrajaya). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of National Mosque (Masjid Negara), see the interesting displays at Petaling Street Heritage House, admire the striking features of Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, and have fun and explore at Museum of Illusions.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur route maker app .

Wellington, New Zealand to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Wellington to Kuala Lumpur, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wellington in December, you will find days in Kuala Lumpur are much warmer (37°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (28°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, Dark Cave Malaysia, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, Pantai Remis, Bagan Lalang Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Putra Mosque ©
Putra Mosque
National Mosque (Masjid Negara) ©
National Mosque (Masjid Negara)

3
nights
Melaka

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Malacca Heritage Centre and St. Peter's Church. Visiting Padang Kemunting Turtle Management Centre and Gunung Datuk will get you outdoors. Step out of Melaka with an excursion to Muzium Tentera Darat in Port Dickson--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Pengkalan Balak Beach (Pantai Pengkalan Balak), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kampung Hulu Mosque, and stroll through Pantai Klebang.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Melaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ipoh.

Things to do in Melaka

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Padang Kemunting Turtle Management Centre, Gunung Datuk, Muzium Tentera Darat
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at My Gopeng Resort, then get outside with Radak Adventure, and then admire the masterpieces at Funtasy House Trick Art.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ipoh trip planner .

Getting from Melaka to Ipoh by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to George Town.

Things to do in Ipoh

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Gopeng
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Radak Adventure ©
Radak Adventure
Funtasy House Trick Art ©
Funtasy House Trick Art

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.
Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple and Zahir Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram and The Habitat Penang Hill. Explore George Town's surroundings by going to St. Anne's Church (in Bukit Mertajam) and Monkey Beach (in Teluk Bahang). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapitan Keling Mosque, steep yourself in history at Han Jiang Ancestral Temple, examine the collection at Asia Camera Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Sun Yat Sen Museum.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our George Town journey maker website .

You can drive from Ipoh to George Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ipoh to George Town due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up 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, Zahir Mosque, TeddyVille Museum, Monkey Beach, St. Anne's Church
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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.
Art In Paradise and Wat Wanararm are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Pasir Tengkorak Beach. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic natural features at Langkawi Geopark, identify plant and animal life at Pulau Payar Marine Park, and examine the collection at Laman Padi Langkawi.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Langkawi online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from George Town to Langkawi by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Langkawi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kuching.

Things to do in Langkawi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Brooke Gallery and The Ranee Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Damai Beach and Damai Central. Change things up with a short trip to Tasik Biru in Bau (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the galleries of Kuching Mosque, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Borneoartifact Asian Art, Antiques, Cultural artifacts, and admire the landmark architecture of Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kuching attractions planner.

Fly from Langkawi to Kuching in 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kuching are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°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
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Brooke Museums
Brooke Museums
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), make a trip to Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill) and then head off the coast to Bohey Dulang Island. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Semporna online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kuching to Semporna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can 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): head outdoors with Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Deramakot Forest Reserve.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Semporna to Sandakan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. December in Sandakan sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Deramakot Forest Reserve ©
Deramakot Forest Reserve
Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple ©
Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple

2
nights
Kota Kinabalu

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 30th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Monsopiad Cultural Village, then kick back and relax at Tanjung Aru Beach, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pasupathinath Alayam.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kota Kinabalu trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Tanjung Aru Beach ©
Tanjung Aru Beach
Parasailing & Paragliding
Monsopiad Cultural Village ©
Monsopiad Cultural Village

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