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Malaysia : Whistle-stop Tour
16 day travel itinerary

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Experience the beauty of diversity in Malaysia

16 Days
Culture
Outdoor
Relax
Food
Nature
Beach
Wildlife
Architecture
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Malaysia is a fascinating country with an abundance of wildlife and a vibrant multicultural population. A unique blend of traditions, food, flora and fauna allows for an awe-inspiring adventure!

No trip to Malaysia is complete without an adventure into the rainforest. Borneo has one of the world's most wildlife-rich rainforests, incredible landscapes and rich indigenous culture. Stay at a lodge set on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, and glide along jungle waterways in an electric boat, encountering some of the island's incredible wildlife, including the proboscis monkey.

Spending a few days in Penang will show you yet another side of this incredible country. Explore fishing villages, thriving local markets, beautiful architecture and one of the world's smallest national parks.

Looking to unwind on a tropical island? Then head to the island of Langkawi, Malaysia’s ultimate escape. In between spells of relaxing on a wide, sandy beach, wildlife watching and eco-friendly boat tours through the mangroves are some of the best things to do in Langkawi.

Kuala Lumpur, the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia, is often seen just as the gateway to the more intrepid parts of Malaysia. However, it is worth spending more time here than just a night's stopover. The multi-cultural heritage of the city is reflected in the buildings, shops, eateries and religious sites all around the capital.

Be an explorer and experience the beauty of Malaysia!

Use TripMapper to plan your trip and for staying in control of your travel budget. If you are in need of a little inspiration to get you started click 'Customise' to use our interactive Malaysia itinerary (below) for the best things to see and do in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi and Borneo - then customise to make your own!

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Itinerary Highlights

  • With a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, gastronomical delights await from high end restaurants to street food (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Explore Bukit Bintang, a must for shopping and entertainment (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Be amazed by Kuala Lumpur's skyline illuminated at night (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Wander George Town's shop-lined lanes and view its beautiful temples (Penang)
  • Cycle through quaint fishing villages on a tour through the countryside (Penang)
  • Trek through one of the world's smallest national parks, host to an impressive range of wildlife (Penang)
  • See proboscis monkeys and orangutans in their natural habitat (Borneo)
  • Witness an epic dawn view from the summit of Mount Kinabalu (Borneo)
  • Go wildlife watching on an eco-friendly mangrove tour (Langkawi)
  • Relax on stretches of wide, sandy beaches (Langkawi)

Discover the Itinerary

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  • Day 1

    • TRAVELHome → Kuala Lumpur International Airport
    • ACCOMMODATIONThe Kuala Lumpur Journal
      The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYClimb the colourful steps at Batu Caves
      Batu Caves, Gombak, Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYMinNature Malaysia
      MinNature Malaysia, Level 1, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • FOODFuego (& evening skyline views)
      Fuego at Troika Sky Dining, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYView Petronas Twin Towers from the ground
      Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYKLCC Lake Symphony Light and Sound Water Fountain (check times)
      Symphony Lake Water Show, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Day 2

    • ACCOMMODATIONThe Kuala Lumpur Journal
      The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • FOODCoffee : Feeka Coffee Roasters
      Feeka Coffee Roasters, Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYPavilion KL Shopping Mall
      Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYSky Deck @ KL Tower (skyline views)
      KL Tower, Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYThean Hou Temple
      Thean Hou Temple, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • FOODStreet eats along Jalan Alor Night Market
      Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Day 3

    • ACCOMMODATIONThe Kuala Lumpur Journal
      The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • FOODCoffee : % Arabica Pavilion
      % Arabica Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYPerdana Botanical Gardens
      Perdana Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYNational Monument
      National Monument, Perdana Botanical Garden, Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYMerdeka Square & Sultan Abdul Samad Building
      Merdeka Square, Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • OTHERREX-KL
      REXKL, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYSri Mahamariammam Temple
      Temple Sri Maha Mariamman, Jalan Tun H S Lee, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYExplore Chinatown
      Chinatown Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYKwai Chai Hong (art murals)
      Kwai Chai Hong 鬼仔巷, Lorong Panggung, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Day 4

    • ACCOMMODATIONThe Kuala Lumpur Journal
      The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • TRAVELKuala Lumpur International Airport → Langkawi International Airport
    • OTHERHire a scooter
    • ACTIVITYLangkawi Cable Car
      Langkawi Cable Car, Jalan Telaga Tujuh, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYLangkawi Sky Bridge
      Langkawi Sky Bridge, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYTelaga Tujuh Waterfall (7 Wells)
      Telaga Tujuh Waterfall, Jalan Telaga Tujuh, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYNight Market (see notes)
  • Day 5

    • ACTIVITYUnesco Geopark Mangrove Cruise
      Unesco Geopark Mangrove Cruise, Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYTanjung Rhu Beach
      Tanjung Rhu Beach, Kedah, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYSunset at Pantai Cenang
      Pantai Cenang, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
  • Day 6

    • ACTIVITYEagle Square
      Eagle Square, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
    • FOODLunch @ Nasi Dagang Pak Malau
      Nasi Dagang Pak Malau, Jalan Makam Mahsuri, Kampung Makam Mahsuri, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
    • OTHERReturn scooter
    • TRAVELLangkawi International Airport → Penang International Airport
    • ACCOMMODATIONThe Prestige
      The Prestige Hotel Penang, Gat Lebuh Gereja, Georgetown, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
  • Day 7

    • ACCOMMODATIONThe Prestige
      The Prestige Hotel Penang, Gat Lebuh Gereja, Georgetown, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYBike tour through Malay countryside (see notes)
      The Whiteaways Arcade, Beach Street, Georgetown, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYExplore Little India
      Little India, Lebuh Pasar, Georgetown, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYEnjoy George Town’s Historic Centre
      George Town, Penang, Malaysia
    • FOODEat at Red Garden Hawker Centre
      Red Garden Food Paradise, Lebuh Leith, Georgetown, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
  • Day 8

    • ACCOMMODATIONThe Prestige
      The Prestige Hotel Penang, Gat Lebuh Gereja, Georgetown, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
    • FOODCoffee @ Norm Micro Roastery
      Norm Micro Roastery, Gat Lebuh Gereja, Georgetown, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYHiking at Penang National Park
      Penang National Park, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYPinang Peranakan Mansion
      Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Church Street, Georgetown, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
    • FOODCoffee @ Ome by Spacebar Coffee
      Ome by Spacebar Coffee, Lorong Toh Aka, Georgetown, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYKhoo Kongsi
      Khoo Kongsi, Cannon Square, Georgetown, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
  • Day 9

    • ACCOMMODATIONThe Prestige
      The Prestige Hotel Penang, Gat Lebuh Gereja, Georgetown, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYKek Lok Si Temple
      Kek Lok Si Temple, Kek Lok Si Temple, Jalan Balik Pulau, Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYFunicular Railway to Penang Hill
      Penang Hill Funicular Cable Car Station, Bukit Bendera, Penang, Malaysia
    • TRAVELPenang International Airport → Kuala Lumpur International Airport
  • Day 10

    • TRAVELKuala Lumpur International Airport → Sandakan Airport
    • ACCOMMODATIONSukau Rainforest Lodge
      Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYSukau Activities
  • Day 11

    • ACCOMMODATIONSukau Rainforest Lodge
      Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYSukau Activities
  • Day 12

    • ACCOMMODATIONSukau Rainforest Lodge
      Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
    • ACTIVITYSukau Activities
  • Day 13

    • ACCOMMODATIONSukau Rainforest Lodge
      Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
    • TRAVELSandakan Airport → Kota Kinabalu International Airport
  • Day 14

    • OTHERHike Mount Kinabalu (2D/1N min.)
      Mount Kinabalu Climb Booking Centre, Kinabalu Park, Kundasang, Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia
  • Day 15

    • OTHERHike Mount Kinabalu (2D/1N min.)
      Mount Kinabalu Climb Booking Centre, Kinabalu Park, Kundasang, Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia
    • TRAVELKota Kinabalu International Airport → Kuala Lumpur International Airport
  • Day 16

    • TRAVELKuala Lumpur International Airport → Home