8 days in Malaysia Itinerary

8 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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8 days in Malaysia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Melaka
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
George Town, Penang Island
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Langkawi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + ferry:  7​h 30​min
4
Pulau Perhentian Kecil
— 1 night
ferry:  15​min
5
Pulau Perhentian Besar
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Melaka

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
On the 3rd (Mon), admire the striking features of Malacca Sultanate Palace, take an in-depth tour of Stadthuys, see the interesting displays at Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca, then make a trip to Chinatown - Melaka, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheng Hoon Teng Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Melaka itinerary builder.

Kuala Lumpur to Melaka is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Melaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to George Town.

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Chinatown - Melaka ©
Chinatown - Melaka
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple ©
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

1
night
George Town, Penang Island

George Town
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chayamangkalaram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, then examine the collection at The Camera Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapitan Keling Mosque.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the George Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melaka to George Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melaka to George Town due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Langkawi.

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Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram ©
Kapitan Keling Mosque ©
Kapitan Keling Mosque

2
nights
Langkawi

Langkawi ©
An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
On the 5th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wat Koh Wanararm Langkawi, step off the mainland to explore Dayang Bunting Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tengah Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Art In Paradise, and then kick back and relax at Pasir Tengkorak Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Langkawi vacation builder.

Getting from George Town to Langkawi by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Langkawi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You will leave for Pulau Perhentian Kecil on the 7th (Fri).

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Tengah Beach ©
Tengah Beach
Pasir Tengkorak Beach ©
Pasir Tengkorak Beach
Art In Paradise ©
Art In Paradise

1
night
Pulau Perhentian Kecil

Pulau Perhentian Kecil ©
The smaller of the two coral-tinged Perhentian Islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil remains more popular with the younger backpacker crowd due to more affordable living costs.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Pulau Perhentian Kecil itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Langkawi to Pulau Perhentian Kecil takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Pulau Perhentian Kecil, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Pulau Perhentian Besar.

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Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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nights
Pulau Perhentian Besar

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 9th (Sun): stop by Universal Diver and then kick back and relax at Turtle Sanctuary Beach. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Teluk Keke.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pulau Perhentian Besar itinerary builder.

Pulau Perhentian Besar is just a short distance from Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Besar

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Turtle Sanctuary Beach ©
Turtle Sanctuary Beach
Universal Diver ©
Universal Diver

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