27 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

27 days in Southeast Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malaysia route maker

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Kuala Lumpur
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cameron Highlands
— 4 nights
Drive
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George Town, Penang Island
— 6 nights
Fly
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Kuantan
— 1 night
Bus to Mersing Jetty, Ferry to Pulau Tioman
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Pulau Tioman
— 4 nights
Ferry to Mersing Jetty, Bus to Kuala Terengganu
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Kuala Terengganu
— 4 nights
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Bus to Merang Jetty, Shuttle to Kuala Besut, Ferry to Pulau Perhentian Kecil
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil
— 1 night
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Ferry to Kuala Besut, Shuttle to Merang Jetty, Ferry to Pulau Redang
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Pulau Redang
— 1 night
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Kuala Lumpur

— 5 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.
Kuala Lumpur is known for parks, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur, and examine the collection at Museum of Illusions.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur day trip app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Kuala Lumpur. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cameron Highlands.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cameron Highlands

— 4 nights
Breathe in some fresh air during a holiday in Cameron Highlands, a hill station in Malaysia known for its impressive vistas.
Cameron Highlands is known for parks, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get behind the scenes at Boh's Tea Centre, take in the awesome beauty at Gunung Irau (Mount Irau), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Village.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cameron Highlands online road trip planner.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to George Town.

Things to do in Cameron Highlands

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

George Town, Penang Island

— 6 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. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kek Lok Si Temple, take an in-depth tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, admire the natural beauty at Penang Botanical Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Chew Jetty.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our George Town trip site.

You can drive from Cameron Highlands to George Town in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Western Indonesia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. March in George Town sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kuantan.

Things to do in George Town

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kuantan

— 1 night
The capital of Malaysia's third-largest state, busy Kuantan remains generally untouristed, yet continues to grow as a residential urban community.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): make a trip to Masjid Sultan Ahmad Shah and then take a peaceful walk through Bukit Pelindung Recreational Forest.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kuantan day trip planning tool.

You can fly from George Town to Kuantan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from George Town to Kuantan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Kuantan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pulau Tioman.

Things to do in Kuantan

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Pulau Tioman

— 4 nights
Thick, verdant jungle blankets the hilly island of Pulau Tioman, dotted with steep cliffs and tumbling waterfalls, and filled with rare species such as bearcats, giant flying squirrels, slow lorises, and Tioman "walking" catfish.
Pulau Tioman is known for wildlife, outdoors, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with Tioman Dive Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panuba Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Ombak House, and head off the coast to Renggis Island.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pulau Tioman trip itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Kuantan to Pulau Tioman in 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kuala Terengganu.

Things to do in Pulau Tioman

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Kuala Terengganu

— 4 nights
Once a small fishing village, Kuala Terengganu is now a developing city where skyscrapers often stand shoulder to shoulder with traditional kampong-style houses.
Venture out of the city with trips to Viking Scuba Tenggol (in Dungun) and Masjid Ulul Albab Mosque (in Jerteh). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Perhentian Islands, don't miss a visit to Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque, tour the pleasant surroundings at Penarik Beach, and look for gifts at Noor Arfa Craft Complex.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Kuala Terengganu online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Pulau Tioman to Kuala Terengganu in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

Things to do in Kuala Terengganu

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
On the 9th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Bay (Teluk Aur), then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Perhentian Island Mosque.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pulau Perhentian Kecil tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and ferry from Kuala Terengganu to Pulau Perhentian Kecil in 4.5 hours. In April in Pulau Perhentian Kecil, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Pulau Redang.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Kecil

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Pulau Redang

— 1 night
Pulau Redang represents a picturesque island paradise with clear turquoise waters, white beaches, and coral reefs teeming with exotic fish.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then head off the coast to Redang Island.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pulau Redang day trip app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to Pulau Redang takes 5.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Pulau Redang can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pulau Redang

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Pahang travel guide

3.5
Theme Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling · Gardens
Pahang, the largest state on Peninsular Malaysia, encompasses the Pahang River basin. The highland area of the state features rolling hills of agricultural land, along with temperate retreats, which were established during the colonial era with luxury hotels and amusements. The rainforest region hosts many rare and endangered animals, such as tigers, elephants, and tapir. The coastal areas offer flatter terrain along limestone cliffs that descend down to fine, sandy beaches. Out at sea, a set of islands provides great dive spots with coral formations.

Penang travel guide

3.7
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."

Terengganu travel guide

3.7
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Islands
Abode of Faith
An area of impressive coastal settlements and natural abundance, Terengganu is part of northeastern Peninsular Malaysia. The state possesses a predominantly Malay culture (thanks to a limited history of migration), with mosques, traditional arts centers, and regal architecture providing the focal points of urban area. The region features waterfalls, wetlands, and forests in a state known for the tranquility of its rural areas. Along the coast, beaches are renowned for their calm atmosphere and offer prime snorkeling and diving sites.