6 days in Kedah, Perlis & Penang Itinerary

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Ferry to Kuala Besut Jetty, Fly to Alor Setar
Alor Setar
— 2 nights
Kuala Perlis
— 1 night
George Town, Penang Island
Fly to Sultan Ismail Petra, Ferry to Pulau Perhentian Besar


Alor Setar — 2 nights

The capital of the state of Kedah on the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsula, Alor Setar ranks as the tenth-largest city in Malaysia by population.
Explore Alor Setar's surroundings by going to Sungai Petani (Dataran Zero Kilometer, Sungai Petani Clock Tower, &more) and Gunung Jerai (in Kuala Ketil). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Zahir Mosque, buy something for everyone on your list at Aman Central, admire the striking features of Alor Setar Tower, and don't miss a visit to Menara Tanjung Chali.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Alor Setar vacation maker app.

Pulau Perhentian Besar to Alor Setar is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pulau Perhentian Besar to Alor Setar due to the time zone difference. September in Alor Setar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kuala Perlis.
Parks · Shopping · Nature · Beaches
Side Trips
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Kuala Perlis — 1 night

Kuala Perlis is the second largest town and the main port of Perlis in Malaysia. To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kuala Perlis itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Alor Setar to Kuala Perlis takes an hour. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to George Town.
Museums · Historic Sites
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George Town, Penang Island

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the George Town online holiday maker.

You can drive from Kuala Perlis to George Town in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kuala Perlis to George Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 1st (Sat), you're off to home.
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Kedah travel guide

Beaches · Bridges · Aquariums
Abode of Peace
Kedah, a state comprised of flat, arable terrain on the mainland and an archipelago of islands just off the coast, has earned the nickname, “The Rice Bowl of Malaysia” for its landscape of small towns dotted across rice paddies and farms. The region's beaches and lagoons are rich in marine life. The archipelago has been developed as a tourist's paradise, with activity and relaxation both playing a leading role in most Kedah holidays.

Perlis travel guide

Caves · Sacred & Religious Sites · Nature & Parks

Penang travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Architectural Buildings
Pearl of the Orient
Highly industrialized and urbanized, the island of Penang sits off the western coastline of Peninsular Malaysia and boasts a rich cultural heritage blending Chinese, Indian, and European influences. Although most visitors come for the beaches and fishing villages, no tour of Penang is complete without a stop in World Heritage-listed George Town. This cosmopolitan island capital boasts a diverse architectural heritage, its oldest sections packed with 19th-century mosques, churches, temples, and colonial buildings. Another highlight of Penang tourism are the many festivals, showcasing cultural diversity and offering foreign visitors a chance to soak up the atmosphere of the "Pearl of the Orient."