For some reason Malaysia has never been on my bucket list. Apart from Kuala Lumpur, nobody seems to explore more of this country; at least not in my circle of friends and acquaintances. Malaysia is still an underrated country but it has so much to offer!
Since we are traveling full time in Southeast Asia, discovering and exploring each country is one of our goals. Collecting countries is not our thing. Therefore, we aim to stay a longer period of time in each place. We like to feel the vibe of the cities we visit, we want to explore the natural wonders and connect with local people.
This is why we decided to explore Malaysia from South to North and find out what it has to offer. I’m going to tell you one thing right from the start: we were not disappointed. With endless tea plantations, beautiful beaches and overwhelming history, Malaysia has been a pleasant surprise for us.
If you are planning on exploring this country, you will most probably arrive in Kuala Lumpur. This was our starting point too. However, you can adjust the following two weeks itinerary in Malaysia according to your own needs and plans. In short, my recommended itinerary looks like this:
Now, lets go into more detail. But first, I want to tell you some things about transport and accommodation in Malaysia.
Transport and accommodation
In an era where technology is life, finding the right transport and accommodation should not be a problem.
For transport between destinations, we always used the website 12go.asia. The prices are always convenient and we never had any problems when booking through this website. I definitely recommend it not only for Malaysia, but for the entire Southeast Asia.
When exploring the cities, we used our trusted Grab App. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you should definitely install it on your phone. Taxi drivers take advantage of tourists and most of the time they ask for double the price. If you are using Grab App, the price is also the right one and you will know it before confirming your booking.
There is only one website I use for booking all my accommodation when traveling and that is Booking.com. I’ve tried Agoda once but when we got to the hotel it was actually overbooked so I don’t think we’re gonna use it again soon. Maybe we were just unlucky, but I still love Booking.com more.
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The best time to visit Malaysia
Since my itinerary goes along the West coast of Malaysia, the best time to visit (according to weather forecasts) is between November and February during the dry season. This is also the time when the country can get busy and more tourists come due to the good weather.
If you are looking for a more relaxed trip, without that many tourists, I recommend visiting Malaysia sometime between April and October. I know, you might be scared of the wet season. We actually visited the country in August and the weather was great. It didn’t rain at all!
Trust me, the rainy season is never that scary and rainy as it might seem when reading tons of articles on the internet :). Plus, during the rainy season the prices are always lower!
Day 1-2: Explore Kuala Lumpur
Mostly known for the famous Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur is city full of life, modern, and with many attractions. With endless shopping opportunities, great food and incredible architecture it’s easy to forget about worries and just enjoy this place.
If you are arriving in Kuala Lumpur in the morning, I would suggest taking a few hours in the evening to visit the Batu Caves. This iconic temple is one of the most important Hindu temples in the world and its architecture is simply stunning. Don’t forget to put on some comfortable shoes since you will have to climb a lot of stairs. Check out my article about how to get to Batu Caves here.
Among the must see attractions in this city are: Chinatown, Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Central Market. I’ve compiled a detailed guide for a day full of fun and excitement in Kuala Lumpur. You can check it out here.
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur
We stayed at the Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel and we loved it. With spacious rooms and one of the biggest bathroom we’ve ever had at a hotel, this place is great. It is also situated in one of the hip neighborhoods in Kuala Kumpur: Bukit Bintang near shopping malls and amazing restaurants. And the best part: it’s just a 30 minutes walk away from the Petronas Towers. To book this place, click here.
You can also check out my full review about the Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel here.
Day 3-4: Explore Melaka
Melaka or Malacca, no matter how you choose to call it, is a city full of history and with a vibrant atmosphere. Actually, I’ve spent 6 days here and had the chance to discover even the most hidden places.
My number one recommendation is to take a ride in a traditional trishaw. With funky music, colorful decorations and bright lights, the trishaws are a huge attraction. I honestly felt like a child riding one and if I ever go back to Melaka, I think I’m gonna rent one for the whole day :). The price for a 15 minutes ride is about RM 25 but it’s totally worth it!
The second thing you should visit if you are in Melaka on Friday, Saturday or Sunday is the Jonker Street Night Market. Here you can find souvenirs, traditional food, phone cases and basically anything and everything. Don’t forget to try the fruity popsicles!
Where to stay in Melaka
Definitely the best hotel in town is the Majestic Hotel. This boutique hotel is all about luxury and customer experience. The staff is the friendliest, the food is excellent and the rooms spacious. We loved that the Majestic Hotel also has a pool which is perfect for hot days. If you want to book your stay, click here or check out my full review here.
If you are on a budget, then you should definitely try the Rucksack Caratel Garden Wing. Modern and close to the center, this hotel is great if you are looking for a good value for money place. If you want to book your stay, click here or check out my full review here.
Day 5-7: Explore Cameron Highlands
Welcome to the land of tea. Oh, you love coffee? Don’t worry, after leaving Cameron Highlands you’ll love tea . Trust me.
Your 2 weeks trip in Malaysia wouldn’t be complete without visiting the beautiful Cameron Highlands. Get ready to drink a lot of tea and eat many strawberries.
Unlike Kuala Lumpur, Melaka or Penang, Cameron Highlands is a breathe of fresh air. Literally. Situated in the middle of the mountains and surrounded by nature and dense jungle, this place is great to relax and reconnect with nature.
Some of the activities you have to do here are: visit the tea plantations, visit a strawberry and a butterfly farm, go trekking in the jungle, go to the local market and visit the rose valley.
Where to stay in Cameron Highlands
For our stay in this beautiful place we chose the Cameron Highlands Resort and for me it is honestly my favorite hotel yet. Their spa will make you feel revitalized, the food is delicious and you can spoil yourself with an endless supply of strawberries and tea. It just can’t get better than this.
Day 8-11: Explore Penang
Cultural diversity is the definition of Penang. Expect to see temples, churches and mosques just a few streets away from one another. If you are wondering which part of Penang you should visit, I definitely recommend George Town.
Famous for the street art, George Town can easily steal your heart. Head to Penang Hill to admire the best views over the city, visit the amazing Kek Lok Si Temple or head to the Blue Mansion to learn more about the history of the city.
Penang has the charm of a small city but it still has all the perks (good infrastructure, modern architecture) of a larger city.
Click here to read about the perfect 3 day itinerary to Penang.
Where to stay in Penang
The perfect combination between affordability and luxury, the G Hotel Kelawai is a great choice. With an amazing rooftop infinity pool, marble bathrooms, comfy beds and great brakfast, G Hotel made me feel like home.
Day 12-14: Explore Langkawi
What better way to end your two weeks in Malaysia then some white sand beaches and stunning views?
Langkawi is perfect for jet skiing, snorkeling, getting tanned or walking on a huge suspended bridge above the mountains. Perfect for adrenaline junkies, Langkawi offers a wide range of activities.
If you are looking for something more quiet, don’t worry! You can take a boat tour and explore the beaches or explore the amazing Seven Wells Waterfall.
Where to stay in Langkawi
I have a feeling that a beach resort is everything you need after exploring Malaysia in 2 weeks. So much travel can get you tired and relaxing at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort might be what you need to unwind. To book your stay, click here.
There is so much to discover and explore in Malaysia that two weeks cover just the surface. However, two weeks in Malaysia are enough to see some of the most beautiful places in this country and taste a bit from the local culture. I am sure you will have a great time exploring this beautiful country and I hope that my Malaysia 2 weeks itinerary will help you on your journey!
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