Malaysia is known for its beaches, highlands, bustling cities and its ethnic mixes of Indian, Malay and Chinese cultures. Sound good to you? Well it sure as hell sounded good to us! Which is why we wrote “Your Best 3 Week Itinerary Through Malaysia” so you, yes YOU, can have the best trip possible.
Malaysia has a little something for everyone. You can get off the beaten path or find yourself in the middle of a metropolis. From the beautiful sounds of call to prayer to the sizzling woks of flavorful cuisines, Malaysia is sure to please!
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3 Week Itinerary & Route Through Malaysia
For us, we started our trip off on the island of Langkawi located in the northwest corner of the country. We know that coming into Langkawi may not be the most likely arriving point for most of you, but that’s okay!
If you’re arriving in Kuala Lumpur (KL), the below itinerary can still apply!
There are several flights and other daily transportation methods that go from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi. You can easily book a round trip to Kuala Lumpur and catch a flight back from Langkawi the day before your departing flight from Kuala Lumpur takes off.
The below itinerary concentrates solely on peninsula Malaysia, not Borneo. Let’s get to it. Our 3 week Malaysian itinerary is below.
- Day 1: Arriving to Malaysia (Langkawi)
- Day 2 to Day 5: Langkawi
- Day 6 to Day 8: Georgetown
- Day 9 to Day 11: Cameron Highlands
- Day 12 to Day 15: Perhentian Islands (Kecil)
- Day 16 to Day 18: Kuala Lumpur
- Day 19: Depart Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
Entering the Country of Malaysia
You can arrive into Malaysia by car, by ferry or by air. Plenty of options for whatever strikes your fancy.
Entering Malaysia By Car
There are a handful of overland border crossings that you can access via car or motorbike. For a full list of border crossings, please reference Overland Malaysia for more details.
(PLEASE research border crossings as availability to tourists change)
Entering Malaysia By Plane
The main international access point on Peninsular Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Entering Malaysia By Ferry
For us, we entered the country from Thailand, via the Satun border crossing where we took a ferry to Langkawi and started our 3 week trip in Malaysia from the island of Langkawi.
Malaysian Visa Requirements
Regardless of where you enter the country, you’ll need the following documentation for your Visa.
Please note, the below is for US Citizens only. Please check your own countries Visa requirements for Malaysia.
- Valid passport
- US citizens are eligible for VOA (Visa on Arrival)
- If you’re a US citizen, you don’t need to apply for a visa if you are staying in the country for 90 days or less
- If you are staying in the country for longer than 90 days, a visa application must be applied for.
- No Visa Fee (US Citizens)
Things To Know Before You Go To Malaysia
Religion & Dress
While the Malaysian constitution grants religious freedom, Islam is by and large the most practiced religion in the country.
When visiting other countries, it is important to be respectful of their beliefs and be aware of their customs. If this is your first time visiting a predominately Islamic country, you should know that dressing appropriately is something to be mindful of.
Now, you don’t have to cover your body completely or wear a hijab, just be mindful of the amount of clothes you wear or better yet what you are not wearing.
All we’re saying is be a respectful tourist.
The Malaysian Currency is the Malaysian Ringgit. For simple math for the American travelers, 4MR is about $1USD. However, always check the currency conversion before going to any country. You don’t want to get scammed 🙂
Don’t fret, TONS and we mean TONS of Malaysians speak english and they speak it well! You definitely won’t have a problem getting around.
Unlike some other Southeast Asian countries, Malaysia have transportation figured out!
In bigger cities AVOID TAXI’S! You can use ride sharing apps like Grab to save you some cash.
If you are traveling all over the country, there are multiple airports throughout the country to get you to and from the places you want to go, faster. If flying isn’t your thing, no worries. Overland travel via bus is comfortable and enjoyable.
Basically, no matter where you need to go or how you choose to get their, you have options.
Malaysia is a gastronomic capital of the world. With a history of various cultural influences, specifically from China and India, your taste buds will be flying high with happiness. Seriously, we’re not lying.
From Langkawi to Penang to Kuala Lumpur and all the other amazing cities, towns and islands there are to experience in Malaysia, check out the latest places and prices below to secure an unforgettable Malaysian accommodation.
Travel Insurance for Malaysia
You never know what’s waiting for you when you head to a new country. Endless fun? No doubt. Potential accidents? Possibly.
During our time in Southeast Asia we made sure we came prepared so if any unforeseen “issues” arise, we were covered under our Travel Insurance through World Nomads.
We can honestly say it came in handy a time or two. Between a few antibiotics and a hospital visit or two, lets just say we were glad we had Travel Insurance 🙂
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