Begin your journey by visiting the modern heart of the city, KLCC – Kuala Lumpur City Centre – where you can find the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Buy a ticket to the top of the viewing platform for incredible vistas over the city’s skyline. Explore the modern malls and in the evening head to Jalan Alor, one of the city’s most bustling night markets where you can enjoy a taste of Malaysian food.
Spend your second day in Kuala Lumpur, this time exploring the city’s heritage rather than its modern attractions. Begin with a visit to the National Museum, then walk through the busy streets of Chinatown, shop at the stalls in the Central Market and then take a look at the colonial architecture of Merdeka Square.
n day 3, make the two-hour journey to the coastal city of Malacca. This is one of Malaysia’s most historic cities, and here you can trace the evolution of Malacca from a small fishing village, to a Portuguese, Dutch, then British trading port. Explore the old ruined churches and forts before spending the afternoon wandering through the UNESCO World Heritage Site that covers many of the old streets of the city, including the famous Jonker Street.
Early on your 4th day in Malaysia, make the journey north towards the Cameron Highlands. This is a stunning area of natural beauty that, due to its higher elevation, is always much cooler than the coast. It makes for a wonderful escape from the humidity and gives you the chance to see the unique mixture of colonial British and authentic Malay culture that’s found here.
Spend the next two days hiking through the jungle, climbing mountains and visiting tea plantations and strawberry farms.
On day 6, travel from the Cameron Highlands to the island of Penang. This is one of the most diverse and interesting destinations in Malaysia, with a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Western cultures merging beautifully to create a unique and historical location.
Wake up early on day 7, and spend the morning walking to the top of Penang Hill for expansive views over the island. If you are feeling lazy, you can even take the funicular to the summit. After visiting the hill, use the rest of the morning to travel to Kek Lok Si, which can claim to be one of the largest Buddhist temples in Malaysia. Delve into the Chinese culture before heading back to Georgetown to take the ferry across to the nearby island of Langkawi, a journey of around three hours.
Langkawi is a tropical, duty-free island that makes the perfect destination to relax and unwind at the end of your packed 10-day travel itinerary. This is Malaysia’s most popular holiday getaway, but you will still find that it’s surprisingly relaxed, undeveloped and quiet. Spend your first day enjoying the white sands of Cenang Beach, relax by the ocean, enjoy a few well-earned drinks at the rustic beachside bars and chill out in the sunshine.
On day 9, you can either spend one last day on the beach doing nothing at all or you can take on a whistle-stop tour of Langkawi because actually, there’s much more here to see than just sand and sea. In the morning, take an island hopping tour around Langkawi, exploring the many spectacular tropical islets and remote beaches found in the area. When you get back, spend the afternoon visiting Langkawi Sky Bridge. A long cable car takes you to the top of one of the island’s tallest peaks, where a long bridge leads out between the mountains. This remarkable feat of engineering offers the best views of Langkawi and as far out to sea as the nearby Thai islands too.
On the final day of the itinerary, spend your time traveling back to Kuala Lumpur. From Langkawi, you can either make the journey by boat to the mainland before catching a bus or hop on a train to the capital. However, if you’d rather make the most of your time in the country, you can book a short domestic flight, allowing you to spend the day either relaxing on the beach in Langkawi or revisiting Kuala Lumpur.