Malaysia is a beautiful country that has taken us by surprise and definitely became one of our favorite travel destinations. Not only the incredible food and the exceptionally beautiful and diverse nature have captivated us, but also the inhabitants and the culture of this special country expanded our Malaysia itinerary a lot more than was initially planned.
In other of our posts, you may have already read that we were fortunate enough to spend about 1 ½ months in the country. Since not everyone has that much time, we put together a Malaysia 2 week itinerary, which covers the most important places to see in the Malaysian Peninsula.
Author’s note: We decided not to include the Malaysian part of Borneo, because this at least takes another week (we spent about 3 weeks there and could not even discover all the places that were part of our Backpacking Malaysia itinerary). In the following, you will find what we believe to be the ideal Malaysia trip itinerary for 2 weeks in Malaysia, in which you can gain insight into the most beautiful and different facets of Malaysia.
What to find out in this post
- 1 Malaysia 2 week itinerary – Planning
- 2 Your ultimate Malaysia Itinerary to the most beautiful places in Malaysia
- 3 Day 1 – 3 Kuala Lumpur
- 4 Option Day 3/ Tag 14 Melaka
- 5 Day 4 + 5 Cameron Highlands
- 6 Day 6 – 8 Perhentian Islands
- 7 Day 9 – 11 Georgetown, Penang
- 8 Day 12 + 13 Langkawi
- 9 Day 14 Returning to Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia 2 week itinerary – Planning
Of course, you should plan some things before you travel. Especially those who only have little time in the country probably don’t want to start planning just after they have already arrived. In this section, we would, therefore, like to start planning your trip to Malaysia with you.
Best Time to travel to Malaysia
There are different monsoon times in the country. Depending on whether you are in the west or east of the country, the weather can be very different. So make sure to check before you backpack Malaysia which season prevails in which part of the country. Below you can find a rough overview.
Best time to visit Malaysia Peninsula
All year round, but between February – May, and September – November you will have rainy Season
Best period Malaysia West Coast
The driest travel time on Malaysia’s west coast is in January and February. Most rainfall occurs between September – November.
Best period Malaysia East Coast
April – October. From November to February there might be heavy rains and storms. The Perhentian Islands are even closed to tourists for some time. (More details about the Perhentian Islands can be found in our Perhentian Island Guide or later in this article)
Best Travel Time Malaysia Borneo
March – October. The rainy season is from November to February
If you are planning traveling through Malaysia, you must of course also check how to get from A to B. This actually is pretty easy in Malaysia. Between almost all destinations there are minivans, buses or even trains operating. Another possibility is to organize a taxi or a car with a driver. You can either book the tickets at the bus stations on site (terminal) or in advance on this website.
If you need to travel longer distances, you can also do so by plane. In Southeast Asia, there are very good offers and various low-cost airlines. Cheap flights can be found with Skyscanner.
Most beautiful places in Malaysia
Of course, you should also be aware of which places you would like to see before you arrive in the country. With our itinerary for Malaysia, you cover the most popular places in Malaysia and get an insight into the different facets of the country (beach, mountains, city, island etc.). Maybe there is another place in Malaysia, which you really want to see, that you want to add to your itinerary. You can use travel blogs, personal recommendations from friends and family, travel guides or even travel portals like TripAdvisor for help.
2 Weeks in Malaysia Cost
Only very few people are lucky enough to book a trip without having to pay attention to the costs. If you are not one of those enviable people, you should definitely set up an approximate budget upon traveling. We traveled to Malaysia on a budget and spent about $ 18.40 per day adding up to a budget minimum of $ 257.6 for a trip through Malaysia in 14 days. If you want to know how to travel with so little money in Malaysia without missing out on something, be sure to check out our Malaysia Travel Cost Guide.
On an average 14 day Malaysia trip the travel expenses in Malaysia for travelers without a small budget are about 35 € per day, which adds up to an average Malaysia 14-day budget of $ 490.
Moreover, you might want to read about the culture and special information about the country and people, as well as travel warnings before your departure. Especially those who want to get in touch with locals, should first check, which special customs and habits the Malays have in order to avoid awkward situations. The most important tips that you should know before you travel to Malaysia, can be found in our Malaysia Travel Tips article.
What to pack
If this is your first time in Southeast Asia, it’s hard to decide what to pack and what to leave at home. Especially for backpackers every kilo more can have a big effect on the comfort of your trip. Make sure to check our Southeast Asia Backpacker Packing List for women and Backpacker Packing List for men as a little help.
Your ultimate Malaysia Itinerary to the most beautiful places in Malaysia
Day 1 – 3 Kuala Lumpur
When you visit Malaysia, your 14-day adventure will probably start in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur impressed us a lot and is much more than just “another big city”. Here you can discover many impressive sights.
First and foremost, of course, the Petronas Towers, which you’ve probably seen many times in the media.
But moreover, Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it is often abbreviated, is an exciting and especially green city. For example, did you know that there is a bit of rainforest in the heart of the city, where you can see various species of animals, insects, and birds? Kuala Lumpur is a great city to arrive in Malaysia and spend your first days.
To learn about the attractions in KL, be sure to read our full Kuala Lumpur Attractions Guide.
Author’s note: This itinerary assumes that you will begin your journey at the airport of Kuala Lumpur. If you are arriving from Thailand, you can start your round trip in Langkawi (from Koh Lipe you can go on a boat in high season). If you are coming from Singapore, Melaka is a great starting point for your Malaysia trip. You can easily adjust the rest of the route accordingly.
Option Day 3/ Tag 14 Melaka
Depending on your flight times and how much time you have in total in Malaysia, Melaka is a great option. Especially if you want to include Singapore into your trip, Melaka offers a wonderful stopover, as it is about halfway between KL and Singapore.
Melaka is a small cute harbor town whose colonial buildings make you think that you’ve traveled to the Netherlands instead. Especially with the canals that run through the small town, it reminds a little of Amsterdam.
A funny feature of Melaka is its brightly colored and fairy tuk-tuks, in which you can have a ride through the city.
Day 4 + 5 Cameron Highlands
The Cameron Highlands were definitely a real highlight of our Malaysia trip. Its relatively high altitude makes it much cooler than in the rest of the country, so bring a pair of long pants and a jacket, especially if you’re out early in the morning or in the evening after sunset. The Cameron Highlands is one of the greenest places I have ever visited and the breathtaking nature that surrounds everything is definitely worth a visit.
If you visit the Cameron Highlands, you should not miss a trip to the tea plantations. You can either book a tour here or directly in your accommodation or a travel agency on-site.
The Cameron Highlands is a perfect place to just relax and enjoy leisurely walks or hikes in the countryside. Definitely try to travel there during the week, as the Highlands are often full of local tourists on weekends. If you want to learn more about the Cameron Highlands and its tea plantations, be sure to check out our comprehensive Cameron Highlands Guide.
Day 6 – 8 Perhentian Islands
If you visit Malaysia, you don’t want to miss the beautiful beaches in the country. One of the best beaches for us was the Long Beach on the Perhentian Islands on the east coast of the Malaysian Peninsula. If you are planning to visit the Perhentian Islands, make sure that they are currently open for visitors, as the islands are usually inaccessible to visitors during the low season (November – January).
But if you’re lucky enough to arrive during peak season, you should not miss the Perhentians. Especially for all divers and snorkelers, the Perhentian Islands are simply an unforgettable experience.
But beach lovers and sunbathers will also absolutely enjoy this island as well. If the Perhentians have now got you interested, be sure to read our Perhentian Island Guide.
Author’s note: If you travel during the time in which the Perhentian Islands are closed, you can just spend more time on Langkawi instead, which we will introduced as the last stop of this itinerary.
Day 9 – 11 Georgetown, Penang
Penang is not only the perfect place for foodies, but also for street art lovers. Here you will find impressive street art on almost every corner, with which you can shoot funny and creative photos. Be sure to get one of the free walking maps that you can find throughout the city. With the help of this map, you can see exactly where which piece of street art is located.
The city center is not overly large and so everything is within walking distance. If you like you can also join one of the free walking tours to see all the amazing things to do in Penang.
After your photo and sightseeing tour of Penang, you are probably really hungry. Georgetown is known throughout the whole country for its incredible cuisine. Here you will find something for every taste. In addition to international cuisine, Chinese, Malaysian and Indian dishes are particularly popular.
Day 12 + 13 Langkawi
Our last stop in Malaysia is to relax a bit before heading back home or traveling to another country in Southeast Asia. Langkawi is the northernmost island of Malaysia and is located near the border with Thailand. Anyone who has been upset during his trip by the pricey alcohol can now treat himself to a leisurely beer while staying in Langkawi as you don’t have to pay VAT.
There is a lot of things to do in Langkawi as you will find various beaches and everything a great beach holiday should offer, such as water sports or excursion.
Another highlight in Langkawi is a ride on the cable car, from which you have an amazing panoramic view of the island.
Day 14 Returning to Kuala Lumpur
Two weeks in Malaysia are flying by much faster than expected and it’s time now to return to Kuala Lumpur in order to catch your flight home (of course, if you want to travel further in Southeast Asia, you don’t have to return to KL) From Langkawi there is, for example during the high season a ferry, that brings you to the beautiful Thai island of Koh Lipe). Depending on how much time you have, you can spend a nice day in Kuala Lumpur or go directly to the airport to fly back home.