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Between living in Malaysia and now travelling to Malaysia a couple of times a year, I have been to most corners of this awesome country. There are fabulous beaches, a bustling capital, an interesting history, some of the best food in world and so much more!

In fact, there are so many great options for where to travel in Malaysia that this can cause problems when it comes time to plan your Malaysia travel itinerary.

With limited time, where should you go?

I can help you! Below, you will find my detailed Malaysia tour itinerary. It is perfect whether you are looking for a Malaysia 5 day itinerary, a Malaysia 7 day itinerary, a Malaysia 10 day itinerary, a 2 week Malaysia itinerary or anything in between!

This article will work whether you are looking for a backpacking Malaysia itinerary or a luxury travel itinerary – you can easily adapt it to your needs. I start by walking through a Malaysia 7 days itinerary and then give you suggestions for slightly more or less time. I then extend this into a 10 day itinerary and a 2 weeks in Malaysia itinerary before giving suggestions for longer periods.

So if you are lucky enough to have two weeks to explore Malaysia, keep reading through all the itinerary suggestions below!

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Kuala Lumpur train

Before I dive into my Malaysia trip itinerary, I want to point out that if you are currently planning your whole Malaysia trip and wondering about flights, how to get around, how to book accommodation, what time of year you should go, etc etc then I highly recommend you read my detailed guide here to how to plan a trip to Malaysia.

It steps you through everything else you need to think about in addition to the itinerary for Malaysia trip below. In this article here, I’m strictly talking about the best Malaysia tour plan.

Malaysia Itinerary: 7 Days

The following 1 week Malaysia itinerary is exactly what you should do if you have that timeframe. If you are looking for a longer or shorter itinerary, I’ll tell you what edits to make below.

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Langkawi

A week is a great length of time to explore two of the best parts of Malaysia – the beaches and island scenery, along with the dynamic capital, Kuala Lumpur. These are the best vacation spots in Malaysia. The highlights of this Malaysia itinerary 1 week:

  • Discover the best of Kuala Lumpur
  • Visit the tallest twin towers in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers
  • Learn the history of Malaysia
  • Enjoy the best Indian, Chinese and Malay food in Kuala Lumpur
  • Explore the most beautiful coastline in Malaysia
  • Relax at the best beaches

This would also work great as a Malaysia honeymoon itinerary, staying in the luxury choices noted below.

Days 1 – 3 Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur

Three days in Kuala Lumpur is a great amount of time to get a good taste of this city in this Malaysia 1 week itinerary.

On arrival at the airport, book a transfer, catch a taxi or the express train into Kuala Lumpur so you aren’t wasting
any time.

Then follow my detailed 3 day itinerary for Kuala Lumpur here and explore one of the top holiday destinations in Malaysia.

Or you can download it here.

Where To Stay In Kuala Lumpur

Here are our best options for each budget. Pick the one that corresponds to yours.

LUXURY – Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

For awesome views of the Petronas Twin Towers in a central spot with direct access to KLCC Park, you can’t go wrong at the Traders Hotel. There are a range of room types with huge windows for great views. You can also chose to stay in a room with Club Lounge access where you get special food and drinks.

There are also many other facilities including the Sky Bar which forms part of your Kuala Lumpur itinerary for excellent sunset views of the Towers. There is also an indoor swimming pool, gym and day spa all for a very affordable price.

Click here for the latest prices.

MID RANGE – Berjaya Times Square Hotel

The Berjaya Times Square Hotel has one of our favourite locations for a hotel in Kuala Lumpur as well thanks to being directly above the huge Berjaya Times Square shopping centre. This means easy access to hundreds of shops, restaurants and even a big indoor theme park.

It’s also home to one of the biggest swimming pools I have seen in a city hotel and many other facilities. Room types vary and include apartment-style rooms making this an extra good choice for families or groups. Prices are excellent and we have stayed here many times.

Click here for the latest prices or read our full review here.

BUDGET – Adya Hotel

For bargain seekers, the Adya Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a solid choice central to many of Kuala Lumpur’s attractions. It is moments away from Merdeka Square and Jamek Mosque.

Rooms are all air conditioned (you will need it!) with private bathrooms and TVs. Rooms are small and range from single to triple configuration.

Click here for the latest prices.

If you would like more options, read our full guide to the best accommodation in Kuala Lumpur for all budgets here.

Day 4 Fly To Langkawi

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The beach at The Andaman

Today, you take the short flight to Langkawi leaving the bright lights of Kuala Lumpur behind.

Langkawi is a beautiful tropical island off the north west coast of Malaysia near the border with Thailand. It has stunning scenery, great beaches and many fun attractions and activities. Many of Malaysia’s best resorts are located here and some time in Langkawi is the perfect accompaniment to Kuala Lumpur in a Malaysia one week itinerary.

  • Take a flight to Langkawi in the morning. Find the best prices here
  • On arrival in Langkawi, take a taxi to your hotel or book a transfer here to make things extra easy
  • Enjoy the afternoon at your hotel or at the beach
  • In the early evening, head to Pantai Cenang for sunset drinks and dinner. Yellow Cafe is a good place for sunset drinks
  • If you want to party tonight, this is the area to be

Day 5 Explore Langkawi

Eagle Square, L:angkawi

Eagle Square, Langkawi

Today, you are going to explore the island of Langkawi. Hire a car or taxi for the day and get going!

  • There are many attractions in Langkawi but they can be quite spread out. I recommend you go through this list and pick out your favourite
  • I particularly recommend the zipline adventure and the kayaking Mangrove tour. Ignore any cruising and the SkyCab as they are coming up next!
  • In the evening, head to one of Langkawi’s night markets. They change location every night of the week. See the schedule here or consider doing a tour for the best experience

Day 6  Langkawi Nature

langkawi best time to go

Langkawi is famous for its gorgeous natural attractions and today you will explore them.

  • In the morning, head to Langkawi SkyCab and SkyBridge for some of the most beautiful scenery in Malaysia
  • In the afternoon, if you are staying at a luxurious resort, it’s time to enjoy it! Relax and enjoy what it offers. Otherwise, head to Pantai Tengah for a beautiful beach with services but without the huge crowds

Day 7 Langkawi Cruising

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We loved our sunset cruise

For your final day in your one week Malaysia itinerary, it’s time to enjoy Langkawi from the sea! This is the most beautiful and enjoyable way to explore this part of the world.

  • Explore the Langkawi archipelago on a half day Langkawi Island Hopping adventure. These tours include beaches, optional snorkelling and eagle watching. Click here to book a good one now
  • Relax in the afternoon or go shopping at Cenang Mall and Zon Shopping Paradise in Pantai Cenang
  • Finish your final day in Langkawi with a stunning sunset cruise. Click here to book now.

Where To Stay In Langkawi

Here are our best options for each budget. Pick the one that corresponds to yours.

LUXURY – The Andaman Langkawi


This 5-star resort is our personal favourite. Not only is it located in a beautiful setting between the rainforest and a private beach, but it has all the facilities of a top resort. It’s perfect for nature lovers who want luxury.

There are pools, a gym, rainforest walks, a coral nursery, an amazing kids club, many restaurants and bars and more. Better yet is the range of room types ranging from doubles to suites with their own private pool. The downside is that are removed from most attractions so factor in lots of taxi rides.

Click here for the latest prices or read my full review here.

MID RANGE – Camar Resort


If you like being close to the action, this beachfront hotel in Pantai Tengah is close to the main area of Pantai Cenang. In addition to the beach, there is a huge pool, gym and on-site restaurant.

There is a huge range of room types including private villas and family suites. It’s very good value given the location.

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BUDGET – Adya Hotel


The Adya Hotel Langkawi is a great choice for bargain hunters who love being in a central spot (it’s located in the main town, Kuah) but don’t mind being away from the beach. The Adya Hotel has a shopping centre next door and has two swimming pools (one is ladies only). It also has a gym and restaurant.

With all of this and solid room standards with air conditioning, private bathrooms and flat screen TVs, this is a great mid-range hotel at a budget price tag.

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You can find more options for where to stay in Langkawi here.

Final Notes

Instead of a 7 days Malaysia itinerary, you could turn this into a Malaysia 6 days itinerary by removing one day in Langkawi. Pick which day least appeals and remove it. Or, if you prefer to be active on trips, you could remove the relaxing on day 6 in the afternoon and do the day 7 activities then.

If you are looking for a Malaysia itinerary 8 days, you have two choices. Pick whether you would like more time in Kuala Lumpur or Langkawi and add a day to that destination and then simply do less each day in that destination to spread it across an extra day.

If you would prefer to see an extra destination in Malaysia instead, I recommend spending an extra night in Kuala Lumpur and doing this day tour to Melaka. Melaka is an interesting place quite different to Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi and you are sure to enjoy it.

Melaka

Melaka

Malaysia Itinerary: 5 Days

If you are looking for a Malaysia 5 days itinerary, I recommend you don’t go to Langkawi. You still can if you don’t mind moving fast but with just a couple of nights, I would focus on Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding area instead.

So for a 5 days trip to Malaysia, I recommend doing days 1 – 3 above. Day 4, I recommend you visit Batu Caves and follow the bonus 4 day mentioned here. Then on day 5, head to Melaka on a day trip. You can book that here.

If you are looking for a Malaysia itinerary 6 days and aren’t much of a beach person, you could also follow this 5 day Malaysia itinerary and spend an extra day returning to whatever you loved most in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia Itinerary: 10 Days

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Batu Ferringhi, Penang – it’s easy to find a quiet stretch

The following 10 days in Malaysia itinerary is exactly what you should do with a week and a half.

This timeframe is perfect to really get a good introduction to Malaysia by adding two more of the best tourist destinations in Malaysia to the one week itinerary. You don’t just get to see the capital and beaches but also UNESO-listed George Town and get to eat some of the best food in the world. The highlights of this Malaysia holiday itinerary are:

  • Discover the best of Kuala Lumpur
  • Visit the tallest twin towers in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers
  • Learn the history of Malaysia
  • Enjoy the best Indian, Chinese and Malay food in KL
  • Eat the best food in Ipoh and Penang
  • Explore the historic centres of Ipoh and George Town
  • Enjoy the most beautiful coastline in Malaysia
  • Relax at the best beaches

Let’s start this Malaysia vacation guide!

Days 1 – 3 Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur

Follow the 3-day Malaysia city tour itinerary for Kuala Lumpur above.

Day 4 Explore Ipoh

Ipoh

Today, you leave Kuala Lumpur for the pretty city of Ipoh just over three hours bus journey north-west of Kuala Lumpur. Ipoh has a gorgeous Old Town area with fun street art, beautiful surrounding scenery and is known for having some of the best food in the country. You are sure to love your quick stopover!

  • Take a morning bus to Ipoh (book it here)
  • Take a taxi to your hotel and drop off your bags
  • Have one of Ipoh’s famous white coffees and egg tarts at Nam Heong White Coffee Shop.
  • Spend the afternoon walking around the Old Town following the Ipoh Heritage Trail. You can download the map and more information on the sights here
  • Take your time and keep a look out for Ipoh’s famous street art and gorgeous laneways
  • Have dinner at the Tong Sui Kai Hawker Centre and try as many dishes as you can. Ipoh’s specialty dishes, like Ipoh laksa, ayam garam (salted chicken) or any of Ipoh’s special noodle dishes like Gai Si Hor Fun (shredded chicken noodles) or Chee Chong Fun, are especially recommended

Where To Stay In Ipoh

Regalodge


Regalodge is a solid mid range hotel option not far from the Old Town of Ipoh. There’s a restaurant and day spa and the service is great.

There are a variety of room types from standard double hotel rooms to family suites. They are all a good standard with air conditioning, private bathrooms and flat screen TVs. It’s an amazing price for this standard of hotel.

Click here for the latest prices.

Day 5 Temples And Beaches

Sam Poh Tong Temple Ipoh

Sam Poh Tong Temple

Today, you finish exploring Ipoh by visiting the surrounding temples and then take a bus on to Penang.

  • Grab a taxi to visit a couple of Ipoh’s cave temples at Sam Poh Tong Temple and Kek Lok Ton Temple. Make sure you cover your shoulders and knees and wear sturdy footwear
  • Eat a quick lunch before catching a bus to Penang. This journey takes just over two hours and you can book a ticket here.

Penang is an island and one of the popular Malaysia vacation destinations off the west coast of Malaysia. It has long served as a link between Asia’s two halves and, as such, has a more diverse culture. Its capital, George Town, has a UNESCO World Heritage listed centre. Penang isn’t just about tourist cities in Malaysia though. There are beaches, mountainous jungle and the best food in Malaysia.

  • Drop your bags at your hotel before heading to Batu Ferringhi, the popular beach area. If you like water sports, go parasailing. Otherwise, relax with a drink on the beach at the Bora Bora by Sunset bar
  • Eat dinner at Long Beach Kafe. This hawker centre has many delicious food choices
  • Visit the surrounding night market

Day 6 Explore Penang

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There’s also some great street art in Georgetown – keep a look out!

Today, you are exploring Penang particularly its UNESO-listed centre.

  • Head to the funicular tram for a ride up Penang Hill for great views
  • Visit nearby Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Consider doing this morning tour to make it easy and to learn more. Otherwise, take taxis.
  • Have lunch in Little India in George Town
  • While in George Town, visit Peranakan Mansion and learn about Penang’s original people. Then head to Fort Cornwallis and the museum at Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. I recommend you walk around if the heat will allow it so you can take everything in and to keep a look out for Penang’s famous street art.
  • Next, walk via Love Lane to Kapitan Keeling Mosque. You need to dress modestly to enter, and there are gowns on site you can borrow.
  • Stroll down Armenian Street, once the home of Chinese clan-houses and secret societies. Today it has been gentrified and is home to many shops and cafes. This is also where you will find the famous “kids on a bicycle” mural.
  • You could also do a tour instead to make things easier and to learn more.
  • For dinner, head to another hawker centre. Some good options are New Lane Hawker Centre, Gurney Drive Hawker Centre and Sri Weld Food Court – pick whichever is most convenient for you.

Where To Stay In Penang

Here are our best options for each budget. Pick the one that corresponds to yours.

LUXURY – Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort And Spa

best thing in Penang Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa Penang

The 5-star Rasa Sayang is set in a beautiful spot by one end of the beach in Batu Ferringhi. It’s only a short walk from the action of Batu Ferringhi while you can relax and feel a world away while lounging by the pool or in its spacious gardens. There are countless facilities here including multiple pools, restaurants, gym, kids club and golf course.

There are a variety of room types from doubles to family rooms. For a treat, book a room in the Rasa Wing which includes special benefits such as breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktails and pre-dinner canapes.

Click here for the latest prices.

MID RANGE – Bayview Hotel George Town

Penang Island things to do Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang

This business style hotel is in a great location in George Town. It offers a pool, gym and a 360 degree revolving restaurant!

You will find a variety of room types including family options and suites for extra space.

This is all at a great value price given the location.

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BUDGET – Chulia Heritage Hotel

Penang things to do and see Chulia Heritage Hotel Penang

If you are on a Malaysia backpacking itinerary. you will appreciate this budget friendly option in a central part of George Town. This is a simple hotel with bicycles available but without extra facilities and services.

Despite the low price tag, all rooms are a good standard with air conditioning, flat screen TVs and tea and coffee making facilities. Depending on your budget, you can pick a private or shared bathroom. There are family room options as well as regular twins and doubles.

Click here for the latest prices.

You can find more great places to stay in Penang here.

Day 7 Head To Langkawi

Langkawi cruising

Langkawi cruising

This morning, it’s time to leave Malaysia’s cities behind for one of the best holiday spots in Malaysia, Langkawi.

You have two options to get here – a short flight or the longer ferry (about 2.75 hours). Given the time taken at airports, the ferry can be faster.

You can see the ferry timetable and book tickets here.

If you fly, you can book a transfer here to your hotel.

  • Travel to Langkawi in the morning
  • In the afternoon, take it easy in your resort or on the beach at Pantai Cenang
  • In the evening, head to Pantai Cenang for sunset drinks and dinner. Yellow Cafe is a good place to sit for sunset drinks.
  • If you want to party tonight, Pantai Cenang is the place to be

Days 8 – 10 Enjoy Langkawi

Follow days 5-7 in the 7-day itinerary above.

Malaysia Itinerary: 2 Weeks

When designing a Malaysia 2 week itinerary, I recommend basing it on the 10 day itinerary above but with extra time everywhere and visiting Melaka on a day trip. Read through the 10-day itinerary before going through the Malaysia two week itinerary as it is more detailed.

Below, I quickly share this Malaysia 2 weeks itinerary.

Days 1 – 5 Kuala Lumpur

KL SkyDeck!

KL SkyDeck!

Follow the 3-day Kuala Lumpur itinerary above for the first three days.

On day 4, head to the Batu Caves (find a tour here) following the bonus 4th day you can find this in this Kuala Lumpur itinerary.

On day 5, do a day trip to Melaka.

Day 6 Travel to Ipoh

Ipoh Snow Beer Wall Art

Ipoh Snow Beer Wall Art

Take it easy in the morning returning to any favourite spots in Kuala Lumpur. After lunch, take a bus to Ipoh (book it here). After checking in, enjoy a quick wander in the Old Town before dinner.

Day 7 Exploring Ipoh

Ipoh has a gorgeous Old Town area with fun street art, beautiful surrounding scenery and is known for having some of the best food in the country. Today, you explore the best it has to offer.

  • Start the day with one one of Ipoh’s famous white coffees and egg tarts at Nam Heong White Coffee Shop.
  • Spend the morning walking around the Old Town following the Ipoh Heritage Trail. You can download the map and more information on the sights here
  • Take your time and keep a look out for Ipoh’s famous street art and gorgeous laneways
  • In the afternoon, grab a taxi to visit a couple of Ipoh’s cave temples at Sam Poh Tong Temple and Kek Lok Ton Temple. Cover your shoulders and knees and wear sturdy footwear
  • Have dinner at the Tong Sui Kai Hawker Centre and try as many dishes as you can. Ipoh’s specialty dishes, like Ipoh laksa, ayam garam (salted chicken) or any of Ipoh’s special noodle dishes like Gai Si Hor Fun (shredded chicken noodles) or Chee Chong Fun, are especially recommended

Day 8 Penang’s Beaches

Penang itinerary 5 days Clan Jetties of Penang

Clan Jetties of Penang

Today,it’s time to move on to the awesome island of Penang!

  • Catch a bus to Penang. This journey takes just over two hours and you can book a ticket here
  • Drop your bags at your hotel before heading to Batu Ferringhi, the popular beach area. If you like water sports, go parasailing or you can try a banana boat ride
  • Late afternoon, relax with a drink on the beach at the Bora Bora by Sunset bar
  • Eat dinner at Long Beach Kafe. This hawker centre has many delicious food choices
  • Visit the surrounding night market

Day 9 Explore Penang

Follow day 6 of the 10 day itinerary above.

Days 10 – 13 Enjoy Langkawi

Follow days 7-10 of the 10 day itinerary above.

Day 14 Final Day

Durian Perangin Waterfall Langkawi Island

Durian Perangin Waterfall

For your final day in this Malaysia itinerary 14 days, repeat anything you have loved in Langkawi so far, relax at your resort or visit some more places in this list of best things to do in Langkawi.

Malaysia Itinerary: 3 Weeks+

With three plus weeks in Malaysia, you have plenty of time to add in another region of Malaysia.

I recommend you follow the two week Malaysia itinerary above or you could follow the 10 day one instead if you like to move fast and see a lot.

If you are looking for a Malaysia 3 week itinerary, you can then spend the rest of your time following an itinerary east coast Malaysia or head to Borneo to explore a very different part of Malaysia.

If you have 4+ weeks, you could consider doing all of the above!

Here are some suggestions for an east coast Malaysia itinerary and a Borneo Malaysia itinerary for 7 – 10 days.

East Coast Malaysia itinerary: 7+ Days

Perhentian Islands...

Perhentian Islands…

This itinerary takes you to the best islands and most interesting cities on the east coast.

Day 1: Fly to Kota Bharu. This will take two flights. Click here to find flights. Check in to your hotel and take a walk around the attractions in Kota Bharu.

Days 2 – 3: Leave early for Kuala Besut and then a ferry across to the Perhentian Islands (read how to do this here). Stay 2 nights on the Perhentian Islands enjoying what these islands have to offer.

Days 4-5: Catch a boat to Redang Island (see how here) for more gorgeous Malaysia Island time for the next two nights.

Day 6: Take a ferry to Kuala Terengganu. Explore this city

Day 7: Finish exploring Kuala Terengganu and fly back to Kuala Lumpur

With an extra three nights, you could spend longer at the locations above or also head to Cherating Beach and Kuantan and catch a bus or flight back to Kuala Lumpur from here.

Borneo Malaysia Itinerary: 7+ Days

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Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

This Malaysia trip guide takes you to the best of the state of Sabah. Another alternative would be to spend a whole week in Kuching doing day trips to the jungle and surrounding attractions.

Day 1: Fly to Kota Kinabalu. This will take two flights. Click here to find flights.

Day 2: Explore Kota Kinabalu. Consider visiting Gaya Island or the Mari Mari Cultural Village.

Day 3: Climb Mt Kinabalu or take the easy option and enjoy Mount Kinabalu from some hot springs on this tour.

Day 4: Catch a bus or fly to Sandakan. Explore this city. (You will have to push this to day 5 if you climb the mountain.)

Day 5: Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Sandakan Memorial Park

Day 6: Take a day tour to explore Gomantong Caves and Kinabatangan River.

Day 7: Finish exploring Sandakan and fly back to Kuala Lumpur

With an extra three nights, you could spend longer at the locations above or fly onto Miri and explore Gunung Mulu National Park.

I hope with these suggestions, you can make the best 3 week itinerary Malaysia for you!

Map Of Malaysia Travel Itinerary

The following map shows the 10 day and the 2 week trip for Malaysia. The one week trip is a simplified version of this with Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur.

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