Malaysia has recently become an extremely “hot” destination for tourists who want to find a new land to adventure and explore. This country has all the features to become an ideal destination, which is having a diverse cuisine with a harmonious combination of local culture and immigrant cultures, along with spectacular architectural works, famous around the world, such as the Petronas Twin Towers – the pride of the Malaysians. So, how many days in Malaysia is enough? Let’s check out our suggested Malaysia itinerary 14 days (2 weeks in Malaysia itinerary) on how to spend 14 days in Malaysia and what to do in 2 weeks in Malaysia on a budget (2 weeks in Malaysia budget) as follows!
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If you have plenty of time and want to fully explore the country that was once a former British colony and part of the Commonwealth, then joining us to fully explore Malaysia with a two-week itinerary below.
First day (Day 1): Arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (# malaysia itinerary 14 days)
Once you land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Malaysia, there will be a one-hour bus ride here that will take you to the capital city of Kuala Lumpur or you can also choose to travel there by taxi or airport subway KLIA Ekspres – the fastest way to getting to from the airport to the city center.
However, if you choose to take a taxi, book a taxi at the registration counter before leaving the airport arrival hall. Don’t pick up the car at the airport exit because you will likely be ripped off by the driver with a more expensive fee than usual. The best way is or book a transit service online in advance via Klook which is safe, fast and secure, especially when you travel with a large group.
Once you arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, you can enjoy dinner at Jalan Alor street – the street food paradise of the capital, where a variety of delicious local specialties such as satay, skewers and fresh seafood await you taste.
Or if you want to experience the atmosphere of nightlife in this bustling, populous capital, then enjoy a delicate, sophisticated cocktail at Coppersmith at Troika Sky Dining while admiring the beautiful panorama of the famous Petronas Twin Towers are also an interesting experience waiting for you in Malaysia.
Days 2 to 4: Spend the first 3 days in the capital Kuala Lumpur (# 2 weeks in malaysia itinerary)
Visit iconic attractions of Kuala Lumpur
After getting a good night’s sleep, wake up early on the second day so you can visit the KL Tower (Menara Tower) area before the sweltering heat at the end of the day will make you feel tired and dehydrated.
If possible, buy a ticket to the observation deck at the tower for $13 for adults and $07 for children, where you will have the most complete and wonderful view of the city. However, we note that you should book tickets in advance because the number of tickets sold will always sell out very quickly.
After visiting the famous KL tower, you can continue moving to the area of two mosques, Masjid Jamek and Dataran Merdeka. Masjid Jamek is the oldest mosque in Malaysia, designed with three domes surrounding the prayer hall.
Meanwhile, Dataran Merdeka mosque is often used as a venue for major events, such as the celebration of Malaysia’s National Day. In addition, in Kuala Lumpur, there are two places that tourists should visit: the Sultan Abdul Samad building and the Royal Architecture area including the Royal Selangor Club located in the area near the Dataran Merdeka mosque. If you want to learn about how the locals achieved independence and built the country into the prosperous, modern and developed Malaysia as it is today, visitors can visit the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, which will Answer all tourists’ questions about Malaysia.
And you can continue walking for about 30 minutes to reach Perdana Botanical Gardens (formerly Perdana Lake Gardens), a large-scale amusement park, including the Orchid Garden, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park and even the Kuala Lumpur Deer Park.
At the Orchid Garden, more than 800 different species of orchids are grown so that you can freely take photos and create “cool” photos. In addition, tourists coming here can also visit the National Memorial, a place dedicated to recognizing and remembering the soldiers who fought and sacrificed heroically for the country’s independence.
Heading to the famous Batu Caves (# 2 weeks in malaysia itinerary)
On the third day of the trip, if you want to visit the famous Batu caves from KL Sentral, you can get here by taking the KTM Komuter train with a round-trip ticket price of about $1. Once the train has arrived at the station, you will easily see the prominent cave area located just on the other side of the station.
These limestone caves are located in the prime central area of Malaysia, and are also home to the famous Thaipusam festival and have a particularly important and sacred meaning for those who follow the Hindu faith.
Shop at Pavilion and stroll around Suria KLCC (# malaysia itinerary 14 days)
After fully exploring the famous sacred Batu caves, you can board the train back to the central area of the capital and have relaxing moments at the two famous shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur are Pavilion and Suria KLCC. Both of these shopping malls are connected to each other, allowing visitors to easily move back and forth between the two places by one path with an approximate distance of about 10 minutes.
And at the end of the day, visitors can end their third day in Malaysia’s bustling, densely populated capital Kuala Lumpur by visiting KLCC Park to take in the enchanting, beautiful night view of the famous Petronas Twin Towers.
On the fourth day of the journey, visitors can travel by train to the Pasar Seni area and explore what remains of the old Kuala Lumpur, including the famous Petaling Street, also known as called “Chee Cheong Kai” (literally meaning the starch factory street in Cantonese), when in the past this place was an area specializing in the production of tapioca starch. And visitors can also find the way to the Central Market to buy lovely handmade souvenirs at affordable prices.
And then, you can continue your journey to explore the ancient streets of Kuala Lumpur by visiting the Kuan Ti temple, also known as Guan Ti temple in Chinatown which is a Taoist temple as well as a Buddhist temple. Hindu Sri Mahamariamman is located along Jalan Tun HS Lee.
Each temple here has delicate, detailed carved reliefs, containing stories about gods and religions appropriate to the temple. In addition, if you come here, you can easily see images of believers praying every day.
And after fully exploring the historical architectural works in Kuala Lumpur, visitors can fill their empty stomachs with delectable dishes and delicious drinks at local cafes located along old streets, where one of these shops used to be a brothel.
Each cafe here has its own signature dishes on the menu, along with a space decorated with special furniture and a vibrant atmosphere. Visitors can stop by Merchant’s Lane, Chocha Foodstore as well as Leaf & Co. Café.
And if you feel that the night is still too long, visitors can stop by PS150 to enjoy their unique cocktails, crafted inspired by different historical eras of the Indochina region.
Days 5 & 6: Visit the historic city of Melaka (# 2 weeks in malaysia)
Cycling around Melaka
Malaysia’s Melaka is honored to be recognized as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, home to Peranakan culture as well as wonderful historical architecture that still exists today.
If you want to travel to Melaka, you can choose to travel by KKKL Express Coach or Transnasional bus to pick up at TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) and you will reach this location after about 2 hours on the bus. Trip fares range from $2.20 to $4.
Once you arrive in Melaka, you can start checking in and renting bicycles right there or at any of the rental locations located within the town. And ride your bike around Melaka to explore and visit traditional shops as well as look at the artistic paintings painted on the walls here.
Enjoy Melaka street food (# 2 weeks in malaysia)
And after satisfying your curiosity about the unique and different things in Melaka, you can fill your belly at restaurants or cafes with typical dishes of well-known Peranakan cuisine.
We suggest that you should try unique dishes here, such as Nyonya Laksa, a dish similar Vietnamese Pho noodle soup and Kuih-muih, a snack made from glutinous rice flour. And if you want to beat the sultry heat of Malaysia, don’t hesitate to try Cendol sweet soup with cool shaved ice. Don’t miss the satay meat skewers grilled over fragrant charcoal, served with a special spicy peanut sauce of the people here.
After filling your stomach with typical Melaka dishes, you can have relaxing moments at Daily Fix Café, which serves delicious Panda and Gula Melaka cakes and coffee. And then, you can continue to the Jonker Street night market, where there are a variety of unique street foods as well as many beautiful small souvenirs and entertainment activities.
Visit historical sites in Melaka (# 14 days in malaysia)
On day 6, visitors can continue to explore and learn about historical attractions as well as cultural heritage in Melaka, starting with the remaining city wall ruins of the ancient fortress A’Famosa since Portugal period, and then heading to the St. Paul to see the magnificent ruin St.Paul’s Cathedral as well as admire the breathtaking view from the hill overlooking the coast with vast ocean in the distance.
And next, visitors can walk back down to admire and visit architectural works covered in a layer of maroon in the Red Square, also known as Dutch Square.
Besides, you can visit the Maritime Museum to learn why Melaka has become a bustling, densely populated coastal town as well as an ideal tourist destination for tourists. You can also visit the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum to learn more about the unique Peranakan culture, then stop by the Cheng Hoon Teng temple to explore this special architectural work.
After fully exploring Melaka for two days and one night, you can take the bus back to the modern, vibrant capital Kuala Lumpur, rest and relax before continuing your 14 days in Malaysia journey.
Day 7 & 8: Enjoy fresh air in the Cameron Highlands (# 14 days in malaysia)
Day 7 will be a great time for you to relax in the cool weather and admire the lush green trees, vast tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands.
If you want to go to the Cameron Highlands, you can travel by bus early in the morning, take the CS Travel SVIP bus from the Kuala Lumpur capital and you will get here after about five hours of traveling and crossing the hills and mountains.
And your adventure will truly begin when you walk along the nature trails here with a total of 13 trails. And throughout your journey, you will be able to see beautiful, wild and majestic natural scenery stretching everywhere.
You can start your walk across the plateau on the trail at Tanah Rata, before exploring the Mossy Forest, where the climate is cool and covered with dense fog.
If you want to know how tea leaves are picked and processed, don’t miss the BOH Tea Estate tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands. After seeing and learning about the working stages at the tea hill, you can enjoy famous local teas as well as taste pastries sold at cafes with stunning views.
After visiting the tea hills, you can continue to immerse yourself in the natural beauty at farms specializing in growing lavender. You can also visit strawberry farms in the Cameron Highlands to personally select and pick juicy red strawberries to take home to enjoy with a cozy, gentle afternoon tea.
And finally, you can end the second day at Cameron Highlands by eating dishes prepared by simple steaming but helping to preserve the freshness of the food at Jin Steamboat Restaurant or also you can visit the Brinchang night market and enjoy the famous typical street foods in this plateau.
Day 9: Stop in Ipoh to enjoy lunch, then continue to Penang
From the Cameron Highlands, visitors can travel by long-distance buses operated by bus companies in Malaysia such as Unititi Express, GT Express or CS Travel for about $8 to get to Penang on the journey of 5 hours long.
In the middle of the trip, visitors can also stop for lunch in Ipoh, which is famous for its chicken rice balls and bean stew as well as delicious and unique white coffee.
And next, visitors can spend about an hour taking truly “genuine” photos at the famous Mural Art’s Lane area, which also has works by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic before continue moving a little further to reach Penang before dark.
When coming to Penang, visitors can enjoy typical delicacies here, such as Char Kway Teow stir-fried noodles, Asam Laksa Penang, Cendol sweet soup and famous Hokkien noodles at Gurney Drive, a famous place famous for having unique, delicious and diverse street food.
Days 10 & 11: Continue your journey in Penang city
Experience the art space and explore culture in George Town
Coming to George Town – one of the cities in Malaysia recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage, you can explore the beautiful streets here with many shops built when this country was still a colony of imperialist countries as well as many street art paintings painted by local and international artists.
When you come here, you can walk along the streets to learn more about the history of George Town in particular as well as the entire Penang in general.
Besides, you can also visit the Jetty Chew area, also known as Jetties of Penang, which is part of the Jetties Clan area – inhabited by descendants of Chinese immigrants in Malaysia since the 19th century.
Next, you can return to the streets of George Town to fill your empty stomach after a day of sightseeing at famous restaurants in the area, such as ChinaHouse, Awesome Canteen or Mugshot Café.
Visit the famous Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang National Park
Located in the Air Itam area, Kek Lok Si Temple is honored as one of the largest temples in Southeast Asia. You can visit here to admire the relief statues, delicately carved murals as well as meticulously sculpted interior and exterior items.
Next, you can visit the Penang National Park, which is known as the smallest national park in Malaysia and is connected to the Monkey Beach, Teluk Kampi as well as the famous Kerachut beach.
Coming here, you can walk along the trails for more than an hour to observe the wild life of animals living in this tropical forest before reaching one of the famous beaches is located nearby.
Day 12: Immerse yourself in the beautiful natural scenery and unique cultures in Kuching
Leaving Penang, you can depart for Kuching on a flight lasting about two hours for about $66 for a one-way ticket. Coming to Kuching, you can freely explore the city and enjoy famous Sarawak cuisine here, including dishes such as Laksa Sarawak, a dish similar to Pho beef noodle soup and spicy as well as Kolo Mee, a type of Typical dry noodles of local people.
You can continue your journey to explore Kuching by taking the bus to the Sarawak Cultural Village and experience the local ethnic and cultural diversity through handicrafts and the live performances here.
Next, challenge yourself by exploring the cliff areas, conquering the tropical forests here as well as splashing in the clear blue water at the secluded beaches in the heart of Bako National Park, the oldest park in Sarawak.
And at the end of the day, you can spend an exciting night camping at the Kuching riverbank area located south of the Sarawak River.
Day 13: Visit famous historical sites and enjoy fresh seafood dishes in Kota Kinabalu
The last place you will stop after taking a one and a half hour flight from Kuching is Kota Kinabalu.
Coming here, you can visit the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque with magical beauty, surrounded by a lagoon with clear turquoise water.
Next, you can stand from the Atkinson clock tower area, the oldest structure in the state of Sabah, and observe the entire city.
And don’t miss visiting the historic Petagas War Memorial to honor and remember the soldiers who heroically sacrificed themselves, protecting the peace of Sabah state during World War II.
And you can end the last night of your Malaysia itinerary 14 days by rewarding yourself with a delicious, fresh seafood meal at Kota Kinabalu culinary night market or Sinsuran night market.
Day 14: End of two-week journey in Malaysia
From Kota Kinabalu, you can save money by choosing a two-and-a-half-hour night flight back to the Kuala Lumpur capital.
If you return to Kuala Lumpur and your flight home from Malaysia takes a while longer to depart, you can walk around the area or visit markets or shopping centers to buy local items, souvenirs as gifts for relatives.
Malaysia with its unique architectural works, diverse cuisine and beautiful natural landscape has gradually become an ideal place for travel enthusiasts. If you have time and want to fully explore this Muslim country, don’t miss the two-week itinerary to explore this country that we have just suggested.
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, to from Kuala Lumpur you can refer to
- Private Airport Transfers (KLIA/KLIA2) for Kuala Lumpur
- Shared Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Transfers for Kuala Lumpur
- Premium Private Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Transfers
- Private Transfer between Genting Highlands and Kuala Lumpur Airport (KLIA/KLIA2)
- Shared Bus Transfers between Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 and KL Sentral by AeroBus
- Kuala Lumpur Half Day City Tour
- KL Pass in Kuala Lumpur
- Kuala Lumpur City Full Day Tour
- Kuala Lumpur Suburbs and Batu Caves
- Kuala Lumpur Food Experience
- KL Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass (24/48 Hours)
- Genting Highlands Day Trip
- KL TravelPass (Metro Card) in Kuala Lumpur
- Genting Highlands and Batu Caves Day Tour
- KLIA Ekspres Airport Train Tickets (QR Code Direct Entry)
- Colmar Bukit Tinggi and Japanese Village Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur
- Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant in KL Tower
- Genting Highlands Day Trip
- Kuala Lumpur City Tour with 21 Attractions and KL Tower Ticket
- Museum of Illusions Ticket in Kuala Lumpur
- Historical Malacca Tour with Lunch from Kuala Lumpur
- KL Tower Ticket in Kuala Lumpur
- [SALE] 4G Prepaid SIM Card (MY Airports Pick Up) for Malaysia
- 4G WiFi (MY Airport Pick Up) for Malaysia
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