7 days in Sungai Petani, Penang & Ipoh Itinerary

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Sungai Petani
— 1 night
George Town, Penang Island
— 3 nights
— 2 nights


Sungai Petani — 1 night

Sungai Petani is a town in Kuala Muda District, Kedah, Malaysia. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Dataran Zero Kilometer, take an in-depth tour of Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gunung Jerai. On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at Sunway Carnival Mall, take a stroll through Little India - Penang, and then don't miss a visit to Sungai Petani Clock Tower.

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Kuala Lumpur to Sungai Petani is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Sungai Petani. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to George Town.
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George Town, Penang Island — 3 nights

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion. Appreciate the collections at Khoo Kongsi and Penang House of Music. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Batu Ferringhi Beach, admire the striking features of Kek Lok Si Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Armenian Street, and explore the galleries of David ST Loh Gallery - Visit by appointment only.

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You can drive from Sungai Petani to George Town in 1.5 hours. In December in George Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow 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 1st (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Ho Yan Hor Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, and finally explore the world behind art at Funtasy House Trick Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Miniature Wonders Art Gallery, explore the fascinating underground world of Gua Tempurung, then step into the grandiose world of Kellie's Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Guan Yin Temple.

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Traveling by car from George Town to Ipoh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Malaysia Time (MYT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Ipoh can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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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."