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.
Attractions like Zahir Mosque and Pekan Rabu Complex make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alor Setar: Sungai Petani (Dataran Zero Kilometer, Sungai Petani Clock Tower, &more) and Gunung Jerai (in Kuala Ketil). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Aman Central, take in panoramic vistas at Alor Setar Tower, contemplate the long history of Rumah Kelahiran Mahathir, and don't miss a visit to Menara Tanjung Chali.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Alor Setar online trip builder.

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. November in Alor Setar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kuala Perlis.
Parks · Shopping · Nature · Outdoors
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Kuala Perlis — 1 night

Kuala Perlis is the second largest town and the main port of Perlis in Malaysia. To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuala Perlis trip maker.

You can drive from Alor Setar to Kuala Perlis in an hour. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Alor Setar to Kuala Perlis. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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 more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read George Town trip planner.

Getting from Kuala Perlis to George Town by car takes about 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuala Perlis to George Town due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will leave for home on the 27th (Mon).
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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."