Malaysia Travel Guide: Tips for the Ultimate Itinerary Malaysia Travel Guide: Tips for the Ultimate Itinerary

Malaysia Travel Guide: Tips for the Ultimate Itinerary

Malaysia, a country of incredible landscapes, colonial towns, delicious food, tropical islands, and friendly people. Because of its rich cultural history, Malaysia is now famous for its cuisine, a mix of Chinese, Indian, and Indonesian traditions. As a holiday destination, Malaysia is still under the radar compared to its neighbors Singapore and Thailand. Its infrastructure is well-developed, which makes for an effortless travel experience. Here’s the complete 2-Week Malaysia Travel Guide.

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A 2-week Malaysia itinerary

Two weeks is an ideal length for getting to know West Malaysia. Here’s a day-to-day Malaysia Route Guide. Note: this travel guide only covers West Malaysia and not Borneo.

Here’s our two-week route map of Malaysia. Discover the route’s highlights and what locations you will be visiting in the country if you follow this travel guide.

Day 1 – 2: Kuala Lumpur

Touchdown in the majestic, buzzing capital of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is a cultural mix of people from Chinese, Indian and Malay descent. As a result, English is a commonly spoken language throughout the entire country.

Visit the Batu Caves and the stunning Chinese Thean Hou Temple during the first two days of your Malaysia travel itinerary. 

Day 3 – 4: Malacca

The charming riverside city of Malacca is a mix of colorful buildings, street art, and architecture of historical significance. The very walkable city center of Malacca is an official UNESCO Heritage site and although a bit off the usual Malaysia travel route, it is well worth the detour. 

Kuala Lumpur to Malacca
Leave from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca on the morning of day 3. You will arrive before lunch which gives you 1.5 days to explore this small city.

Day 5 – 6: Cameron Highlands

Make your way up into the highlands of Malaysia. The cooler, wetter climate and fertile ground make this an area ideal for tea plantations. The Cameron Highlands is, therefore, famous for its never-ending tea plantations and for stunning hiking trails.

Malacca to Cameron Highlands
From Malacca to Cameron Highlands is a long, but straightforward, 5-hour drive. To break up the long journey, stop at the Genting Highlands to see the Chin Swee Caves Temple. However, we would only recommend this if you travel by car. Rent a car here.

The Genting Highlands

The Genting Highlands is popular on the weekends with Malaysians for the gigantic malls, casinos, and hotels. Avoid these parts and, instead, take the cable car up the mountain to the Chin Swee Temple. This colorful tiered pagoda stands tall at the summit, providing beautiful views of the thick, green forest beneath and the Titiwangsa Mountains. 

How to get to Chin Swee Cave Temple 

The gondola leaves from the Awana car park, every day from 7 AM until midnight. Thrillseekers can choose to travel in the glass-bottomed gondola for the price of RM 50 per person. The normal gondola costs a much cheaper RM8 per person.

Day 7: Ipoh – An undiscovered Malaysia travel spot

Go off the beaten path and visit Georgetown’s little brother: Ipoh. Wander down the colonial streets of Ipoh old town, where art and street food are dominating the scene. Follow this with a visit to one of the temples carved into the limestone. 

Cameron Highlands to Ipoh
From Cameron Highlands to Ipoh takes 2 hours. Take the bus or car to Ipoh in the afternoon of day 6 so you have the 7th day to explore the highlights of Ipoh.

Day 8 – 10: Georgetown, Penang

Georgetown is a beautiful city located on Penang, an island just off the coast of Malaysia. World-famous for its street art trail, it has rightly become one of the must-visit places in Malaysia. Take to the streets for incredible murals, beautiful temples, and a mouth-watering street food scene! And when you’re done with the city, visit some of the small white-sand beaches or the national park. 

Ipoh to Georgetown
To get from Ipoh to Georgetown, you can take a direct bus to the center of town. The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge so there is no need to catch a boat.

Alternatively, go for a more fun experience by taking a 2-hour train to Butterworth and catch the ferry to Penang from there.

Day 11 – 14: Langkawi

The final part of your time in Malaysia is absolute paradise! Visit the 99 islands of the Langkawi archipelago. Discover stunning beaches, take boat trips amongst the limestone islands or through the mangrove, visit waterfalls, and take the world’s steepest cable car.

Georgetown to Langkawi
The super fast ferry between Penang Island and Langkawi runs twice a day. A 3 to 4-hour ferry ride is easy to book online and recommended to book in advance.

Alternative Malaysia route options

Is your time in Malaysia limited? Remove Ipoh and/or Malacca from the itinerary to cut down your trip to 10 days.

Costs of traveling in Malaysia

Traveling around Malaysia is, in general, very affordable. The price depends largely on your choice of accommodation, transport, and tours. Expect to travel on a budget of 15 – 30 USD per person and 35 – 75 USD for a bit more comfort.

  • Hotel: 30 – 200 USD / night
  • Hostel: 7 – 20 USD / night
  • Food: 5 – 20 USD/ day
  • Entrance fee: 5-35 USD
  • Transport: 5-15 USD/ day

How to get around in Malaysia

The infrastructure of Malaysia is well-developed and makes getting from A to B a piece of cake!

By public transport

There are train and public bus connections between all major tourist destinations. When you’re in need of help, it’s good to know that the majority of Malaysians speak a bit of English.

By car

Getting around by car is also a great option since the roads are well maintained. If you’re planning to rent a car in Malaysia we recommend Sunny Cars as they work with local car rental companies. When booking through Sunny Cars, the price already includes all insurances. Book your rental car here.

Best time to visit Malaysia

Malaysia has a warm and humid climate of 25 – 32 degrees throughout the entire year. The best time to visit West-Malaysia is between December and March. You can escape the heat by going into the highlands where temperatures range from 15 – 25 degrees. Try to avoid the wet season from April to October. * Please note that this does not apply to Borneo. 

Do I need a Visa to travel Malaysia?

Most nationalities do not have to apply for a Malaysian Visa. There are a few countries that need to apply for an e-Visa, which is an easy process.

Safety in Malaysia

Malaysia is a safe country to travel in. Crime is low, as is the number of pickpockets, and you should feel safe to roam around and walk freely. The people are friendly and will help you as much as they can.

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  • Emma

    Hello ☺️ how did you move around Malaysia? A mix of train, bus and rental car? I am a bit scared of driving there but also would love to visit so many places… Thanks!

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hey! Yes, a mix of all, however, I think you can get to all of the places in this guide with public transport!

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