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I’ve spent quite a lot of time traveling through Malaysia, and I think it’s the most underrated destination in South-East Asia. There’s an amazing capital city, gorgeous landscapes, and pristine islands. The food is delicious, the transportation is comfortable, and I’ve found the locals to be incredibly kind and hospitable. While two weeks in Malaysia isn’t quite enough time to see everything, you’ll still have plenty of time to have an incredible tour through the country
So take a look at my two-week Malaysia Itinerary, and feel free to contact me with any questions you have! I honestly love hearing from people who have used my website to help plan their travels, and I’ll be happy to Malaysia itinerary questions you have!
ALSO – I just published an AMAZING article titlled “The Best 7 Places to VIsit in Malaysia in 3 Days | Epic Islands & Weekend Getaways that goes over a lot of the destinations on this Malaysia Itinerary in great detail! Give it a read or bookmark it, as I guarantee it’ll be super helpeful!”
I’d also highly recommend purchasing the Malaysia Lonely Planet Travel Guide to assist you during your travels in the region. It can be incredibly helpful on the road, and is filled with travel tips, restaurant recommendations, and much more!
Arriving into Malaysia | Kuala Lumpur Airport Tips
Welcome to Malaysia! Most people who travel to this wondrous country begin and end their travels at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which is actually one of my favorite airports in Southeast-Asia (but not quite as fascinating as Changi Airport inSingapore).
It’s a very clean, comfortable, and easy to navigate, but it’s also nearly an hour outside the city center by car.
The main issue that people face at KLIA is that customs/ immigration is notorious for taking a while! While I’ve arrived several different times and had only a ten-minute wait, don’t be surprised if you arrive to a large queue! But at least you’ve been warned, lol.
How do I get from KL airport to City Centre?
There are basically four main options: bus, train, taxi, or pre-arranged transfer!
- The bus is the cheapest option costing 11 MYR ($2.63 U.S.D), and will take about one hour or more depending on traffic. Just follow the bus signs at the airport (on the bottom level), and you’ll be able to purchase your tickets there. The bus is comfortable and safe, but if you get stuck in traffic (which happens often in KL), it can be very draining, especially after a long flight! I really only recommend this option if you’re a budget traveler, and want to save as much money as possible!
- The train is a much better option, in my opinion, taking you directly to KL Sentral station in 28 minutes! You can’t get stuck in traffic, it’s super comfortable and it’s much easier to find (there are signs everywhere for the KLIA Express). Just make sure you book tickets in advance though because it costs more at the airport! You can get into the city center for only US$ 11.49!
- Taking a taxi from KLIA airport to the city should cost between $30-$40, but the taxi drivers are always trying to rip off people. Instead, I’d recommend downloading a couple of Malaysia’s Rideshare Apps in advance, and using one of those! The most popular is GRAB, and you should be able to get some free credit for signing up for a new account (which is always a nice incentive)
- Finally, if you’re traveling with a large group or enjoy having a private-shuttle arranged, I’d recommend booking this Premium Private KLIA Airport Transfers. They’ll be waiting for you at the airport for a hassle-free shuttle service, and will drop you off at the door of your accommodation/Airbnb!
Now, maybe it’s because I’ve gotten a bit older, and want to take the stress out of traveling. I’ve begun to avoid the bus + train options because I always stay at the same Airbnb in Kuala Lumpur, and I’d much rather just skip the process of being dropped off at KL Sentral Train station.
Days 7-9: Penang | Malaysia Itinerary
Now it’s time to book your travel from the Cameron Highlands to Penang. There aren’t as many options, and the departure time is only at 8:00 A.M! I’ve taken this bus twice now though, and have had a great experience both times. It can sell-out though, so my main tip would be to plan ahead and book your ticket in advance, probably
- Bus time: 4 Hours & 27 Minutes
- Cost: 35 MYR (9.00 U.S.D)
You’ll arrive into Butterworth, and can hop on the ferry over to Georgetown (the main city on Penang Island). The ferry doesn’t take long at all, and then it’s super easy to get to your accommodation of choice on the island of Penang.
Penang Highlights include:
“If there’s a more thrilling cocktail of eastern cultures than Penang, we’ve yet to find it. Penang has long served as the link between Asia’s great kingdoms and an important outlet to the markets of Europe and the Middle East.
At its heart is diverse, cosmopolitan George Town, Penang Island’s main city and an urban center that delivers old-world Asia in spades, from trishaws pedaling past watermarked Chinese shophouses to blue joss smoke perfuming the air. The freshest aspects of modern culture are present, too, in the exceptional art scene and free-spirited carnivals, all fed by an infectious local enthusiasm for Penang’s long history and a kaleidoscope of cultures.”
- George Town: Food Hop with Heritage on a Plate Tour
- Exploring all the street art of Penang
- “Food Capital” of Malaysia so try a bunch of different places
- Head to Batu Ferringhi Beach for some Parasailing & Jetskiing
- Hike through Penang National Park to Monkey Beach
- Take the tram up to the top of Penang Hill
- Stroll through Fort Cornwallis
Check out this incredible article about awesome things to do in Penang for more information! Both of my visits to Penang were, unfortunately, a bit short, but I absolutely loved my time out there!
Where to Stay in Penang
Days 10-13: Langkawi | Malaysia Itinerary
I hope you’ve enjoyed your time in food heaven, but it’s time to book a ferry ticket from Penang to Langkawi online!!
It’s the absolute best way to get in between these two Malaysia hotspots! You could actually fly, but I don’t really see the point because the ferry is super easy, cheap, and convenient. I’ve done this Penang-Langkawi ferry three times now, and it’s really awesome on a sunny day in Malaysia!
- Depart: 8:30 AM
- Ferry time: 2 Hours
- Cost: 60 MYR
You’ll arrive into Kuah Jetty, Langkawi, and will take a TAXI or Rent a Car and drive to your accommodation in PANTAI CENANG.
Langkawi Highlights include:
“Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast. Surrounded by turquoise sea, the interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. If you’re intent on carting off duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and chocolate, then this is the place to be. Still, nature lovers will find the island just as agreeable as the shoreline is fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees.
The island is especially recognized for its excellent diving opportunities and this tropical gem hides a treasure trove of other exciting holiday opportunities. From the expansive Underwater World Langkawi along Pantai Cenang to the soaring Cable Car in Pantai Kok, Langkawi is an electrifying locale that keeps visitors coming back for more.”
Here are a few of my favorite things to do in Langkawi!!
- Island hopping tour for 30 MYR. The most amazing and cheap tour on the island! You can’t book this online, but you can literally book this tour almost anywhere on the island! Every hotel, shop, and restaurant will try and sell you on this (and it’s definitely worth it)!
- One-day boat ride and tour through the Mangroves! This tour is really amazing, and a great value for money!
- Rent a Moto and explore the waterfalls
- Cable & Car & Skywalk at the Oriental Village
- Nightlife in Langkawi can get pretty wild! :-)
- 4-Hour Jet Ski Tour Around Dayang Bunting 8 Islands!!
- Pantai Cenang Beach Days & Sunsets
- Langkawi: Geopark Eco Zipline Adventure
I’ve actually spent a good amount of time on Langkawi, so take a read through some of these articles below for some more information!
- 10 Awesome Things to Do on Langkawi
- Chasing Waterfalls on Langkawi
- Backpacker’s Guide to Langkawi
- Berjaya Resort Crashing on Langkawi
Where to Stay in Langkawi
Day 14 – Return to Kuala Lumpur for Flight Home
Goodbye Malaysia! It’s been amazing!
Don’t Visit Malaysia Without Proper Insurance
As a blogger/ digital-nomad who travels pretty much full-time most of the year, I was really excited when I heard about this new travel insurance company called SafetyWing! It’s the world’s first International Travel Medical Insurance developed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, long-term travelers, and remote workers traveling or living abroad worldwide.
Getting sick or hurt while abroad can be one of the scariest things to happen, and I’m stoked that SafetyWing has finally created a reliable and affordable travel insurance package.
It only costs $37*/ 4 weeks, which is legitimately 1/3rd price compared to the biggest competitor for similar coverage! But it’s also completely trustworthy and reliable, as SafetyWing is a Y-Combinator company and the policy is administered by Tokio Marine, one of the largest insurance companies in the world.
It’s such a small cost, but can be a real lifesaver!
Malaysia Travels Tips
- Try a bunch of different “Nasi Kandars” for quality Malaysian meals.
- Use 12GoAsia to book bus, train, and ferry tickets. I’ve used them a lot and have never had an issue. Seats do sell-out, so it can be best to book in advance to avoid stressful travel days. .
- Malaysia is a really popular destination for AirBNB. You can get $40 U.S.D off your first booking if you create a new account.
- Buy a local SIM CARD with data and put into an unlocked smartphone.
Reading for Southeast-Asia Trip Planning!
My website is filled with helpful articles just like this one for this amazing country! Check out a few of my other favorite articles to help you plan your trip to South-east Asia!
- The 20 Best Beaches in Malaysia | Epic Islands & Beach Hotels
- Malaysia Travel Guide: Trip Tips, Highlights & Itineraries
- The Best Hostels in Malaysia
- 10 Days in Thailand | How to Plan the Perfect Thailand Vacation
- 3 Week Thailand Itinerary
- The Ultimate Travel Guide to Thailand | Instagram Checklist
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- The 25 Best Music Festivals in Asia
- The 9 Best Hostels in Thailand Every Backpacker Should Stay At
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- The Ultimate BALI Itinerary | How to Plan the Perfect Bali Vacation
- The 5 Best Places to Trip on Magic Mushrooms in Southeast Asia
Malaysia Itinerary Substitutions:
- Take a one day/night trip to Melacca from Kuala Lumpur. It’s another charming city in Malaysia. I’ve never been, but I’ve heard amazing things!
- Instead of heading to Penang/ Langkawi, you can make the journey over to the Perhentian Islands, and then make your way down to Pulau Kapas. These islands, I think, are much more picturesque and more ideal for scuba diving. It just depends if you’re more of an adventure & food person, or more a beach/ water type of traveler!
Thanks for reading my Two Week Malaysia Itinerary!
If you ever have any questions, feel free to reach out to me on Facebook and Instagram, and I’ll be sure to help out any way I can! Malaysia truly is such an incredible destination, and I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time!!