12 days in Malaysia Itinerary

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George Town, Penang Island
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Train to Kuala Kangsar, Bus to Pasir Puteh, Ferry to Pulau Perhentian Kecil
Pulau Perhentian Kecil
— 1 night
Ferry to Kuala Besut Jetty, Fly to Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
— 3 nights


George Town, Penang Island — 2 nights

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Go for a jaunt from George Town to Teluk Bahang to see Escape Theme Park about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Danai Spa at Tanjung Bungah Penang, see the interesting displays at Khoo Kongsi, contemplate the long history of Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, and get to know the fascinating history of Armenian Street.

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San Francisco, USA to George Town is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Western Indonesia Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in March, expect George Town to be much warmer, temps between 90°F and 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ipoh.
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Ipoh — 2 nights

The Town Built on Tin

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Ipoh Railway Station, make a trip to Maze Puzzle House, then take an in-depth tour of Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, then take an in-depth tour of Ho Yan Hor Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Concubine Lane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid India Muslim, then find something for the whole family at Lost World Of Tambun, and then admire the natural beauty at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens.

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You can drive from George Town to Ipoh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 1 hour. In March in Ipoh, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil — 1 night

Small Perhentian

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): kick back and relax at Long Beach and then take some stellar pictures from Pulau Perhentian Kincir Angin. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Perhentian Island Mosque, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Coral Bay (Teluk Aur).

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Traveling by combination of train, bus, and ferry from Ipoh to Pulau Perhentian Kecil takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Ipoh in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pulau Perhentian Kecil: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.
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Kuala Lumpur — 3 nights

Garden City of Lights

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.
When in Kuala Lumpur, make a side trip to see Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque in Shah Alam, approximately Shah Alam away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, don't miss a visit to Merdeka Square, enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Kuala Lumpur, and shop like a local with Central Market Kuala Lumpur.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to Kuala Lumpur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Malaysia travel guide

An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.