Malaysia is a beautiful country, modern and organized but with a nice mix of cultures and traditions. It is especially a country where it is very easy to travel alone, between girlfriends or with young children.
This country makes you want? Check out our itinerary and budget proposal for a two-week trip to Malaysia. We also provide you with essential information for organizing your independent trip.
Have a nice trip!
1. ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FROM KUALA LUMPUR: 3 NIGHTS
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia, famous for its Petronas Twin Towers and 451m high. It is a modern city, clean and very well organized. Visiting Kuala Lumpur is really easy and enjoyable. Although the traffic can be intense, the metro lines that serve all points of interest are very accommodating.
In KL (this is what we call it most often in the country) we have several choices of sites of interest to visit. The Batu Caves, one of the largest Hindu temples in Southeast Asia, or the colonial buildings and the central market through China Town and Little India.
Plan two nights on arrival to visit the city and one to go shopping before returning home. You will most likely want to!
2. ADVENTURE IN THE OLDEST RAINFOREST IN THE WORLD, TAMAN NEGARA: 2 NIGHTS
A desire for adventure in the jungle? Do not miss Taman Negara, the oldest tropical forest in the world: 130 million years old. The giant trees, the humidity, the strong heat and especially this beautiful mysterious jungle will make you the effect of evolving in scenes of Jurassik Park or Avatar.
Taman Negara is also a very well organized jungle (as is the case almost everywhere in Malaysia). The tours offered by local agencies abound but you can also choose to hike alone. The most popular tours are: the Canopy Tour, the jungle night walk, the visit of the Orang Asli tribe or crossing the rapids of the river.
The more adventurous will choose a hike including a night in jungle cellars or take hiking trails much less visited and necessarily more virgin.
Public transport is a little complicated to join Taman Negara from KL. Several agencies offer, however, a direct transfer for a fairly small amount: in the $ 15 one way.
3. A STAY OF COOL IN CAMERON HIGHLANDS: 2 NIGHTS
For a cool getaway away from the warm, humid Malaysian region, head for Cameron Highlands. A magical place where the green takes over in so many tones that we discover almost a new color every 5 minutes.
From tea plantations that can be toured to the Mossy Rainforest, it’s a treat for the eyes and the palate. The lovers of nature will spend an unforgettable stay there.
At Cameron Highlands do not be discouraged by the omnipresent rain, especially in the afternoon. It is this rain that makes the area so green and promotes its exploitation for tea plantations. Bring a rain poncho and go on an adventure!
Tours to visit the forest, farms, and tea plantations are numerous and affordable. That said, like almost everywhere in Malaysia, you can rent a motorcycle for the day and discover it all by yourself.
4. FULL OF STREET-ART AND STREET-FOOD IN GEORGE TOWN: 3 NIGHTS
Georgetown is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in Malaysia, the capital of the state of Penang and a must in the country. Its historic center has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. It is a beautiful city to discover for long walks on foot, bike or colorful rickshaws…
In 2010 the state of Penang mandated an art studio to create wrought iron sculptures around the city and then in 2012, on the occasion of the Georgetown Festival, a Lithuanian artist took the walls of the Assault city to create the most fun street artworks.
Walking around the city is discovering small works here and there to take hilarious photos but also to enjoy the most diverse and delicious street food dishes throughout the day. A paradise for adventurers of food.
Visiting Georgetown is also an opportunity to visit the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, the Kek Lok Si Temple. A magnificent view of the city and a beautiful monument to discover. You can also venture a little further by visiting Penang National Park and its famous Monkey beach.
5. PARADISE BEACHES AND WATER ACTIVITIES IN LANGKAWI: 3 NIGHTS
The island of Langkawi and its archipelago of a hundred islands and islets are among the most beautiful islands of South East Asia. We often compare Langkawi to Bali or Phuket but less touristy. An island to visit so absolutely during your trip to Malaysia.
Langkawi is ideal for a holiday combining relaxation and various water activities. You can visit uninhabited islands by boat or jet-ski, snorkeling or parasailing. Do not miss the cable car and sky bridge for a beautiful view of the archipelago from above, as well as a trip to the very funny 3D museum of Langkawi.
See here our complete travel guide to Langkawi.
If you have the opportunity to visit the other flagship islands of Malaysia: The Perhentians Islands, do not hesitate. The photos are dreaming. Be careful, these islands are completely closed to visits during the monsoon season. It is, therefore, necessary to learn well by preparing his trip.
The budget for one person on the basis of the proposed itinerary of 2 weeks: About $800 for an average tourist (Travel more comfortable than backpack)
Accommodation: $200 – Internal transport: $150 – Food: $150 – Activities: $300
Transportation is very well organized in Malaysia. In Kuala Lumpur, It’s easy to get around by subway. In other cities, Grab and Uber taxis are so cheap that you do not need to take public transport.
When traveling between cities on the proposed route, the easiest way is to book the transfer to your next destination in your hotel. Many agencies provide transfer in very good conditions between the proposed sites.
Malaysia is a country fascinating multiculturalism. Three main ethnicities live together in a good cohesion: The Malays, the Chinese and the Indians. As a result, Muslim-majority countries are actually a beautiful mix of beliefs, cultures, and traditions. We hardly notice the differences, so everything is combined very well. Traveling in this country is also very easy to blend into the crowd and the exquisite mixture of cultures.