One Week Malaysia Travel Itinerary

Kek Lok Si Temple (Penang)

This is a suggested one week travel itinerary for Malaysia that covers Kuala Lumpur, Melaka & Penang.


Why Travel To Malaysia

  • Modern city architecture
  • Interesting colonial history
  • Stunning beaches
  • Wildlife
  • Diverse culture
  • Diverse & delicious cuisine

Malaysia Travel Route


Malaysia Travel Route


Malaysia Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in KL
  • Day 2: Explore KL
  • Day 3: Explore KL
  • Day 4: Travel To Melaka, Explore Melaka
  • Day 5: Travel to Penang
  • Day 6: Explore Penang
  • Day 7: Explore Penang
  • Day 8: Depart

If you've more time then visit Langkawi to enjoy the beaches or visit Cameron Highlands to enjoy little cooler temperatures.


Best Time To Visit Malaysia

The best time to visit the west coast of Malaysia is between the dry season months of December and February.


Malaysia Top Experiences

  • Spectacular KL Bird Park
  • Magnificent Batu Caves
  • Charming & historic city of Melaka
  • Massive Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple in Penang
  • Diverse & delicious Malaysian cuisine

Day 1 - Arrive In Kuala Lumpur

After a long journey to Kuala Lumpur, it would be best to take it easy on your first day in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur (colloquially referred to as KL) is the capital city of Malaysia and is the largest city in Malaysia. If you've time and energy after you arrive, then walk around and explore KL city center. Have dinner at one of the many restaurants in the city center.

Best location to book your stay in Kuala Lumpur is the Kuala Lumpur City Center (also known as KLCC).


Kolam Biru In Evening (Kuala Lumpur)
Kolam Biru In Evening (Kuala Lumpur)

Day 2 - Explore Kuala Lumpur

After a good night sleep and a good breakfast at your hotel, start your day with a guided walking tour of KL around Merdeka Square where you'll understand the history and architecture. After lunch visit KL Forest Eco Park which is one of the oldest permanent forest reserves in Malaysia. Here you can enjoy 200m canopy walk which provides fantastic aerial views. Then visit Chan See Shu Yuen Temple which is one of the largest and oldest surviving Buddhist temples in Malaysia. Then visit The Sri Mahamariamman Temple which is the oldest Hindu temple in KL. In the evening visit KL Tower (aka Menara KL), which is communications tower that stands 421m tall. From its observation deck enjoy some spectacular views of the city. Later in the evening enjoy authentic Malaysian cuisine for dinner.

KL Forest Eco Park
KL Forest Eco Park

Chan See Shu Yuen Temple (Kuala Lumpur)
Chan See Shu Yuen Temple (Kuala Lumpur)

Sri Mahamariamman Temple (Kuala Lumpur)
Sri Mahamariamman Temple (Kuala Lumpur)

View From KL Tower
View From KL Tower

Day 3 - Explore Kuala Lumpur

Start your morning by visiting KL Bird Park, which houses more than 200 bird species in an enclosed aviary. Then visit nearby Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, which is the largest museum of Islamic arts in South East Asia. In the afternoon visit Batu Caves which is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples. Batu Caves is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside IndiaThen go to the famous Central Market for some shopping. End your day with dinner on famous food street Jalan Alor.

KL Bird Park
KL Bird Park

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

Batu Caves
Batu Caves

Batu Caves
Batu Caves

Jalan Alor (Kuala Lumpur)
Jalan Alor (Kuala Lumpur)

Day 4 - Travel to Melaka, Explore Melaka

Take early morning transport to the historic city of Melaka, which is about two hours journey via bus from KL. After settling into your hotel visit The Baba Nyonya House Museum which showcases the local history of ethnic Chinese-Malays called Baba-Nyonya in Melaka. Then visit Villa Sentosa which is traditional Malay house. It is now a living-history private museum depicting life in a wealthy early-20th-century home. Don't miss the sunset at the lovely Melaka Straits Mosque located on the man-made Melaka Island. End your day with dinner at one of the nice restaurants on the Jonker Street. If your visit falls over the weekend then don't miss the night market on Jonker Street.

The Baba Nyonya House Museum (Melaka)
The Baba Nyonya House Museum (Melaka)

Villa Sentosa (Melaka)
Villa Sentosa (Melaka)

Melaka Straits Mosque
Melaka Straits Mosque

Melaka River
Melaka River

Day 5 - Travel to Penang

If you've sometime in morning before your transport to Penang, then explore more of Melaka. Take transport to Penang. You may have to travel back to KL, for your transport to Penang. George Town which is the capital city of the Malaysian state of Penang is the best place to stay to explore Penang. Settle down in your hotel. If you've time and energy after you arrive, then walk around and explore George Town. In evening enjoy nice dinner at city's one of many restaurants or enjoy delicious street foods. George Town is renowned for its diverse street food.

Goddess of Mercy Temple (Penang)
Goddess of Mercy Temple (Penang)

Day 6 - Explore Penang

Start your day by visiting Pinang Peranakan Mansion, which is a museum dedicated to Penang's Peranakan heritage. The mansion once served as the residence and office of a 19th-century Chinese tycoon. After lunch visit Khoo Kongsi which is a large Chinese clan-house with elaborate and highly ornamented architecture. In late afternoon visit Fort Cornwallis which is the largest standing fort in Malaysia. It was built was by the British East India Company in the late 18th century. End your day again enjoying Penang's diverse and delicious foods.

Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Pinang Peranakan Mansion


Khoo Kongsi (Penang)
Khoo Kongsi (Penang)

Fort Cornwallis (Penang)
Fort Cornwallis (Penang)

Day 7 - Explore Penang

Start your day by visiting Kek Lok Si Temple, which is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. After lunch visit Penang Hill via the funicular to enjoy some spectacular views of the city. This being your last day in Malaysia, spend the evening doing some shopping in Penang.

Kek Lok Si Temple (Penang)
Kek Lok Si Temple (Penang)

View From Penang Hill
View From Penang Hill

Day 8 - Depart from Penang

Depart from Penang to your destination.


What to Shop In Malaysia

Malaysia is known for Pewter (metal alloy) products, hand-woven fabric like Batik (silk), paintings, Durian chips/candy/etc., and Dodol (Malaysian toffee).



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