Two Week Malaysia Itinerary

2 Weeks in Malaysia – The Best Malaysia Itinerary

2 weeks in Malaysia is a good amount of time to appreciate all this beautiful country has to offer. In this guide, I’ll be sharing a recommended two-week Malaysia Itinerary, including the best places to visit, where to eat, sleep, & party, as well as all of our top tips for visiting.

When it comes to the best South East Asia travel destinations, Malaysia is a country that rarely makes the hotlist. Sure, it might not be as wild as Thailand or as trendy as Bali, but after spending quite some time backpacking in Malaysia, I can confidently say that it is fiercely underrated.

The thing we love most about Malaysia is its diversity. It is a cultural melting pot, and the multi-ethnic influence of Malay, Indian, Chinese and European concocts a culture (and cuisine) unlike no other in the region.

There’s also an abundance of things to see and do. From pulsating urban cities and charming heritage towns to sweeping rainforests and pristine islands, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

This Malaysia itinerary combines a little bit of all these things. We cover the country’s West and East Coast, including Malaysian Borneo. It will allow you to experience the very best of Malaysia in two weeks.

So let’s get to it and plan your perfect two-week Malaysia itinerary.

If it’s your first time travelling or backpacking Malaysia, I recommend checking out our First timers guide to travelling Malaysia. It’s jam-packed with useful information that will help you prepare for a fantastic, and safe, trip of a lifetime.

Is Two Weeks in Malaysia Enough?

Malaysia is a massive country with plenty to see and do. It’s impossible to experience it all in two weeks, so I encourage you to plan your Malaysia itinerary wisely and prioritise what you want from your trip.

This might include deciding between the east coast or the west coast of Malaysia. While you can combine the two, it would mean doing quite a lot of travel which can eat into your valuable exploring time.

Personally, with just two weeks in Malaysia, I would choose one or the other and make the most of my time in that region. That way, you have an excuse to come back again as well!

In the next section, you’ll find a more detailed explanation of what you can expect from each region.

Beautiful Scenery Malaysia
Look forward to diverse and endless beauty with this Malaysia Itinerary.

East or West Coast Malaysia Itinerary

When planning your Malaysia itinerary, it’s important to understand there are 2 ‘sides’ to the country. 

First of all, you have Peninsular (West) Malaysia.  This region is more developed, boasting the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, along with other popular tourist destinations.  

You can look forward to a diverse and exciting itinerary in West Malaysia, from the bustling streets of Kuala Lumpur and Penang to the natural wonders of Langkawi and the Cameron Highlands.

Then you have East Malaysia. Sparsely developed in comparison, the East attracts your more adventurous travellers. Those looking to explore the jungles of Borneo, or experience World-Class diving on the East Coast Islands.  

Up until now, we have only explored the West of Malaysia.  Though we know enough about the East that not only makes us desperate to go, but allows us to share some travel inspiration with you.

So with this in mind, below you can find two separate 2-week Malaysia Itineraries.  The first is a West Malaysia Itinerary and the second is a Borneo & East Malaysia Itinerary.

The Best of Malaysia in 2 Weeks

We have a lot to cover in this Malaysia Itinerary, so if you’re short on time, here are some of the highlights you can enjoy over your 14 days in Malaysia.

  • Visit the mystical Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur
  • Encounter wild orangutans in the jungles of Borneo
  • Trek to find the rare Rafflesia Flower in the Cameron Highlands
  • Go on a street art hunt in Georgetown
  • Sample delicious traditional Malaysian food.
  • Visit some of the best beaches in Malaysia on Langkawi Island
  • Experience world-class diving in Borneo
  • Discover paradise islands on The Perhentians.
  • Hike Mount Kinabalu National Park

Tips & Advice for this Malaysia Itinerary

Before I show you how to spend a perfect two weeks in Malaysia, here are some of my top tips for visiting. 

Best Time to Visit Malaysia

Malaysia has two peak seasons – from December to the end of January and from June to mid-September.

However, You will want a clear idea of what you want to do when planning your Malaysia itinerary, as the weather patterns differ in West and East Malaysia. 

The best time to visit Peninsular (West) Malaysia is between November and August. September and October see the peak of monsoon season, and severe downpours consume the region.

If you’re planning a trip to the east coast, the best time is between March and September. Late November to mid-February brings the arrival of monsoon season on the east coast.

Other than that, stable tropical temperatures and high humidity are to be expected all year round. You should also prepare for the occasional downpour. 

Kuala Lumpur City Shot

Getting Around in Malaysia

After covering most of Peninsular Malaysia, we found the easiest way to travel from place to place was by tourist bus. 

It is by no means the quickest way; however, the buses are comfortable and you do get to see some pretty epic scenery along the way.  

It is worth noting that the road conditions are generally very good in the tourist regions of the West.  Although, once you start travelling East to Borneo, they become more treacherous. 

We recommend avoiding bus travel in these areas as there is a history of accidents on the roads.  

You can also travel via train or air to most regions, but prices are much more expensive and routes are limited.

*Tip – We recommend using 12go Asia to book your bus travel around Malaysia.

In our experience, the easiest way to explore big cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Penang is through the bus and rail networks.  As well as being reliable, they are also super cheap.

The metro system in Kuala Lumpur puts the London Underground to shame with comfortable, air-conditioned carriages and routes to the must-see spots across the city. 

There are even ladies-only carriages for female travellers who may feel uncomfortable in the mixed.

Grab Taxis operate in most cities and are a safer, cheaper alternative to a local taxi.  If you do take a local taxi, be sure they use the meter.  Or agree on the fare in advance to avoid being ripped off.

Staying Safe in Malaysia

Despite being a lesbian couple in a country that still has anti-gay laws, we can honestly say that we have always felt safe while travelling in Malaysia.

Of course, we do not publicly showcase our relationship; however, Malaysia is a modest country, and any form of PDA is frowned upon – even for straight couples.

Other than the odd pickpocketing incident, crimes against tourists are extremely rare. You can minimise the risk of this happening by keeping valuables secure and out of reach.

Of course, exercising precaution is always wise when travelling in unfamiliar territory. Be pragmatic with your choices, follow these steps for staying safe in Malaysia, and you’ll be just fine.

If you are an LGBTQ traveller visiting Malaysia, I recommend reading this Gay in Malaysia guide and these safety tips for LGBTQ+ travellers.

Batu Caves KL
Don’t miss Batu Caves when visiting Kuala Lumpur!

Travel Insurance

There are a lot of fun activities to do on this Malaysia itinerary; however, with adventure always comes risk. With this in mind, you will want to have adequate travel insurance that covers you for any tricky situations.

We always recommend World Nomads for travel insurance. They are affordable, offer a variety of packages and add-ons, and allow you to make amendments to your policy while travelling. 

Get an on-the-spot quote from World Nomads using the link below.

Internet in Malaysia

While taking a trip to Malaysia is the perfect time to unwind and disconnect, it’s also handy to have online access when you need it.

In our experience, most accommodations, cafes, and restaurants have free wifi available. However, we also like to access the internet when out exploring to access maps, find local restaurants, etc. 

We always travel with a GlocalMe portable wifi hotspot that allows us to access the internet pretty much anywhere in the world. We also buy a local sim card which are easy to pick up at airports or local malls.

Finally, we always use a VPN when we travel. Using a VPN is very important these days to make sure that all your data is safe and secure.

Also, it helps while travelling for safety reasons and unlocks geo-restricted content such as Netflix and helps avoid demographic price discrimination while looking for a flight or a hotel.

In my experience, Surfshark is the best VPN for travel.

2 Weeks in West Malaysia Itinerary

The following 2 week Malaysia itinerary starts and ends in the capital city Kuala Lumpur. It focuses on popular west coast destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Penang and Langkawi Island.

I’ve included some of my favourite things to do in each location, as well as recommended places to stay.

  • Days 1-3: Religious Sites, Nature Parks & Shopping in Kuala Lumpur
  • Day 4: Day Trip to the colourful city of Melaka
  • Days 5-6: Trekking, Culture, and Tea Plantations in Cameron Highlands
  • Days 7-9: Street Art, Street Food, and Colonial Buildings in Penang
  • Days 10-13: Beaches, Waterfalls, and Watersports in Langkawi
  • Day 14: Return to Kuala Lumpur

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Malaysia Itinerary KL

Kuala Lumpur: 3 Nights

Your Malaysian adventures will begin in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.  Nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts might be tempted to move out of the city right away.  But hold your horses, as you might find there is more to KL than meets the eye.

I’d be lying if I said that Kuala Lumpur doesn’t take some time to digest.  It can be a sensory overload to people like us who warm more towards natural landscapes.  However, after spending quite some time in KL over the past two years, it’s become one of our favourite cities in Asia. 

There are in fact, a ton of cool and unique things to do in Kuala Lumpur.  Whether you are into culture, shopping, architecture, nature, or food, you are sure to find something you love about the city. 

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Below is a list of some of my favourite things to do in Kuala Lumpur, but for a more comprehensive guide on how to plan your time see this 2 Day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary.

1.  Batu Caves

The Batu Caves should be a priority on your list of things to do in Kuala Lumpur.  The caves are a whopping 400 million years old and built amidst limestone cliffs are a sight to behold.

As well as a popular tourist attraction, the caves are a significant religious landmark, housing numerous Hindu temples and shrines. 

What’s more, following a recent upgrade incorporating a striking rainbow staircase, the caves are one of the most Instagrammed places in Kuala Lumpur.

2.  Mosques and Temples

As expected from such an ethnically diverse nation, mosques and temples are abundant in the capital city.

In addition to the Batu Caves, you should check out the Thean Hou Buddhist Temple and the grandeur Federal Territory Mosque.

Both are architectural gems, with the design of the Federal Territory mosque inspired by the Taj Mahal and Mecca.

Take the stress out of planning and cover the KL cultural highlights with an organised tour. Click the link below to read hundreds of positive reviews regarding the tour which includes the Batu Caves, Thean Hou Temple, and the National Mosque. At just $25 it’s insane value for money, but be sure to book in advance as it sells out fast!

Book Your Tour: Group Tour: Batu Caves & Cultural Exploration Tour

Kuala Lumpur Eco Park
3.  KL Eco Park

From sweeping jungle to concrete jungle, it’s hard to believe that Kuala Lumpur was once nothing but rainforest.

When you look at today’s skyline, you’ll only see towering skyscrapers and air pollution. But, in fact, some effort has been made to preserve the city’s’ routes.

The KL Eco Park is a 200m squared area of protected rainforest in the heart of the city. Home to various endangered plants, birds, and monkeys, it’s rare to encounter such raw nature in a modern metropolis. 

The park boasts several nature trails, including canopy walkways amid the treetops. With the glistening skyline in the background, it makes for awesome photo ops.

4. Enjoy the Food

One of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur is to enjoy the amalgamation of cuisine on offer. 

Food Halls in China Town. Banana Leaf specialities in Little India. Cheap but delicious Roti Canai. The list is truly endless.

One place I do highly recommend that you visit for an evening, though, is Jalan Alor Street. This area bursts into life at night, with countless food vendors serving a variety of culinary delights. 

Conveniently located in the Bukit Bintang area, it’s the ideal place to grab a beer and watch the bustling Kuala Lumpur world go by.

If you’re stuck on what to order, check out these 15 dishes you must try in Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur Mosque
The Federal Territory Mosque is one of the most beautiful in Malaysia.

Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

HostelMingle @ChinatownMingle is located in the heart of Chinatown – The chic decor is a big attraction here.

Budget Private Step Inn Guesthouse – A great choice for budget travellers, Step Inn Guesthouse offers modest but affordable accommodation in central KL.

Luxury  The Face Suites – Spacious and modern apartments with a fitness centre, bars, restaurants and jaw-dropping infinity pool.

For a full list of places to stay in Kuala Lumpur, you can check the latest prices here.

How to Spend 2 Weeks in Malaysia

Malacca: Day Trip

For the next stop on your Malaysia travels, I recommend taking a day trip to the UNESCO Heritage city of Malacca.

This charming historic city doesn’t find its way onto most Malaysia itineraries – which is a pity, as it has a lot to offer.  

Malacca has a rich colonial history. You’ll find the influence of Dutch, Portuguese and British throughout the city. It helps provide a fascinating glimpse into the history of Malaysia. 

If you’re looking to explore somewhere a little bit unique, you should, at the very least, consider a day trip to Malacca which is easy to do from Kuala Lumpur.

You can travel there yourself using the local bus network. Or to make things easier, you could take a tour like this one and have everything organised for you.

Top Things to do in Malacca

Below I’ve summarised some of the top things to do in Malacca, For a more comprehensive guide be sure to check out our Malacca itinerary.

Windmill Dutch Square

Windmill Dutch Square is probably the most iconic area of Malacca. It’s certainly one of the most photographed places in Malaysia and with its striking architecture, I can see why.

You’ll find many significant attractions surrounding the square, including Stadthuys. Historically, Stadthuys served as residence to Dutch governors. Today, it houses a collection of museums.

Then there’s the beautiful Christ Church. Its terracotta colonial architecture reminded me of the Franciscan Church in Ljubljana.

River Walk

One of the simpler things to do in Malacca, but also one of my favourites, is a gentle stroll along the river. 

The river is the focal point of the tourist centre. On both sides, you can enjoy the multitude of beauty that Malacca has to offer. 

Look out for the vibrant street art that adorns many of the buildings. You’ll also find popular landmarks such as the Clock Tower and Ghost Bridge.

I also suggest stopping at one of the riverside bars or cafes where you can watch the gentle pace of the city go by.

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Melaka Straits Mosque

Melaka Straits Mosque might be one of our favourite landmarks in all of Malaysia.

Built on a man-made island just off the coast of the Malacca Strait it is a truly awe-inspiring structure. When the tide comes in high, it appears to be floating on water.

The best time to see the mosque is at high tide, or during sunrise or sunset. 

Museums

Malacca is a city bursting with museums. Like I said earlier, this is the place to educate yourself on Malaysian history.

If you’re keen to learn more about the Peranakan culture that is unique to Malacca, check out the  Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum

Then there’s Stadthuys which houses the museum of history and ethnography. Inside you can find all kinds of significant artefacts that tell the history of the city.

Villa Sentosa is also popular as its one of the best preserved traditional homes in the city. The museum inside depicts the life of a wealthy family in the early 20th century.

Jonker Street Market
Jonker Street Night Market

If you can plan your trip to Malacca for the weekend, you’re in for a real treat. 

Jonker Street Night Market is one of the most entertaining things to do in the city. Set in the shopping capital, the street comes alive with a variety of stalls and heaps of entertainment.

Here is the best place to try delicious street food staples like satay celup, chicken rice balls, and nyonya laksa!

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Cameron Highlands: 2 Nights

Just a 4-5 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, the Cameron Highlands are a picturesque rural region in the West of Malaysia. 

Boasting verdant nature, scenic views, and a bunch of adventure opportunities, the highlands are a worthy contender for your 2 Week Malaysia Itinerary.

The highlands are named after the British explorer who discovered them.  To this end, the fact that they are famous for their sweeping tea plantations is quite ironic. 

In keeping with British culture, you can also enjoy strawberry picking and traditional cream teas.

Things to do in the Cameron Highlands

Here’s a list of some of the Cameron Highlands highlights. Or for further travel inspo, check out these 25 Things to do in the Cameron Highlands.

1.  Jungle Trekking

Located next to one of the world’s oldest rainforests, Jungle Treks and hiking in the Cameron Highlands is the number 1 activity.  

With tours starting from half a day up to 7 days plus, there are options to suit all interests and capabilities. 

On these tours, you get to experience some of the incredible scenery encompassing the highlands.  As well as learning about the region’s diversified flora and fauna.

Rafflesia Flower
The Rafflesia flower is the biggest in the world.
2.  Hunt for the Rafflesia Flower

The Rafflesia flower is known to be one of the largest flowers in the world, and Malaysia is one of the few countries where you can find it. 

Growing up to 3ft in diameter, the extraordinary specimen is also known as the corpse flower thanks to its pungent odour!

*Tip – Your best chance of sighting the Rafflesia flower is during the rainy season and with the assistance of an experienced guide.

3.  Orang Asli Villages

Orang Asli, meaning ‘original people’ in Malay, refers to the indigenous groups living in Malaysia. The Cameron Highlands is one of few places where you can visit traditional villages.  

While these tours provide a fascinating insight into indigenous culture, it is a grey area whether or not it’s entirely ethical to visit them. 

We would say it’s ok, so long as you remain respectful at all times. It also helps if you buy something from the locals – handmade souvenirs make lovely keepsakes and it’s a way of giving back.

Places to Stay in the Cameron Highlands

Hostel Hikers Sleep Port – Conveniently located for those looking to explore all of the local attractions. Provides tour bookings and a free buffet breakfast for guests.

Budget Private Fathers Guesthouse Resort – Offering modest but comfortable private rooms. Enjoy nearby hiking trails and villages.

For more places to stay in the Cameron Highlands, you can check the latest prices here.

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Penang/Georgetown: 3 Nights

If you are the slightest bit interested in Malaysian history, you should make Penang a priority on your two-week Malaysia itinerary. 

An island located along the west coast of Malaysia, the island once served as a major trading hub. However, it isn’t the beaches that attract visitors to come here.

Most tourists come to Penang to experience the capital of George Town. Famous for its heritage houses, street art, hipster cafes, and street food, UNESCO declared the city a world heritage site in 2008.  

Since then, Georgetown has flourished into a hub of creativity and culture. To ensure you hit all the best historical spots in town, you could consider the ‘Explore Georgetown Half Day City Tour‘.

Things to do in Penang

Here are some of our favourite things to do in Penang. Or for a more comprehensive guide, you can check out this Penang itinerary.

1.  George Town Street Art Hunt

The street art in Georgetown has become an iconic attraction among the backpacker crowd.   Created by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic in 2012, the unique works injected a new lease of life into the city. 

Hidden throughout a labyrinth of lanes and alleyways, searching for the famous murals makes for quite the fun treasure hunt. Or use this map and guide to locate the best ones.

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2.  Tour the Heritage Houses

The pre-war heritage homes found all around Georgetown serve as a true reflection of the city’s colonial history.

Oozing charm and authenticity, it almost feels like you have stepped back in time to another era. 

You can also visit more affluent properties such as the Pinang Peranakan Mansion – once home to a 19th-century Chinese tycoon.

3.  Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si or the ‘Temple of Happiness’, is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.  The complex serves as a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists throughout SE Asia.

In true Buddhist fashion, the intricate design of the temple is tremendously impressive.  And if you’re not ‘templed-out’, we recommend this day trip from Georgetown.  

Malay Food
The local food is sure to be a highlight of your Malaysia itinerary.
4.  Take a Penang Food Tour

A Penang food tour is an absolutely essential thing to do during your 2 weeks in Malaysia.  The food here is some of the best in the country, and you are sure to leave with a very satisfied tummy.

Furthermore, Georgetown is known to be the street food capital of the country, and you are never more than a few metres away from a hawker stand. 

There are so many delicious street foods you must try in Malaysia –  Satay, noodles, Lok Lok, Apom Balik…  Try it all I tell you! 

Places to Stay in Penang

Hostel The 80s Guesthouse – The 80s Guesthouse is one of the most popular hostels in Penang.  The chic industrial design is a crowd favourite.

Budget Private Rainbow House – Modest but super comfy rooms, Rainbow House is the perfect budget accommodation option in the heart of Georgetown.  

Mid-Range The Boutique Residence Hotel – Offering a touch of luxury in the heart of GeorgetownFacilities include an indoor swimming pool and a la carte restaurant.

For places to stay in Penang, you can check the latest prices here.

2 Week Malaysia Itinerary

Langkawi: 4-5 Nights

Your final stop on this 2 Week Malaysia Itinerary is Langkawi.  Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands located off the west coast.

Famous for their endless natural landscapes, the islands boast some of the best beaches in Malaysia. 

As a token of its beauty, Langkawi was declared a Unesco World Geo Park in 2007.  The interior of the main island is made up of lush rice paddies, majestic waterfalls, and sweeping rainforests.

All things considered, it is no surprise that  Langkawi is a popular choice among holiday goers and backpackers, alike.  The harmonious combination of relaxation and adventure appeals to all kinds of travellers.  

Things to do in Langkawi

Let’s look at the top things to do in Langkawi. Or for a more comprehensive guide, check out this Langkawi Itinerary.

1.  Beaches

Langkawi boasts some of the best beaches in Malaysia, so naturally, this is the number 1 thing to do here.

With many incredible beaches to choose from, it is worth renting a scooter for a day and discovering which one you like best.  

For all the action, Pantai Cenang is where it’s at.  Here you will find bars, restaurants, watersports, and shopping. 

Or for a quieter atmosphere, we can recommend Tanjang Rhu or Pantai Tengah. 

2.  Skytrex Adventure

One for the intrepid travellers, Sky Trex Adventure is an adrenaline-pumping assault course in the heart of the Langkawi Rainforest. 

With a choice of circuits depending on your capabilities, brave participants are faced with a number of challenging obstacles and zip lines.  Don’t look down!

3.  Waterfalls

There are a number of waterfalls to be found on Langkawi; though, Telaga Tujuh is arguably the most beautiful. 

The name, meaning ‘Seven Wells Waterfall’, refers to the seven connected natural pools. 

Adventurers can climb to the peak of the waterfall where magical views support a local legend that the area is home to fairies.

4.  Mangrove Tours

Mangrove Tours are a fiercely popular attraction in Langkawi which allow visitors up close and personal to some of the island’s most extraordinary nature.

As well as lush mangrove forests, you can expect to see plenty of wildlife.

You can either opt for a guided boat tour through the mangroves or if you are feeling more adventurous, why not try kayaking instead?

sunsets in langkawi

Places to Stay in Langkawi

Hostel Tubotel – Tubotel boasts sea views from their unique concept-style cube and tube-shaped accommodations.  

Budget Private Bohok Guesthouse – A cosy family-run establishment, Bohok Guesthouse offer great value for money in Pantai Cenang.

Mid-Range The Smith House – The Smith House is perfect for those seeking a little extra comfort.  Facilities include a rooftop swimming pool, an on-site restaurant and a bar.

For more places to stay in Langkawi, you can check the latest prices here.

Day 14 – Return to Kuala Lumpur

See ya Malaysia, it’s been a blast!

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2 Week East Malaysia Itinerary (Includes Borneo)

  • Days 1-2: Religious Sites, Nature Parks & Shopping in Kuala Lumpur
  • Days 3-8: Orangutans, Rainforests, & Diving in Malaysian Borneo
  • Days 9-14: Snorkelling, Beaches, & Relaxation on the Perhentian Islands.

Kuala Lumpur: 2 Nights

Your East Cost adventures will inevitably begin in Kuala Lumpur, so it’s worth taking some time to adapt here and check out the highlights of the city.

See our section on Kuala Lumpur above for more information, or check out our suggested 2 Day Kuala Lumpur itinerary.

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The Best of Malaysia in 2 Weeks – Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian Borneo: 6 Nights

Borneo, the world’s 3rd largest island, is divided among 3 countries – Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei.

 Boasting sweeping rainforest, world-class dive sites, towering mountain ranges, and some of our planet’s most unique wildlife, it is a location that screams adventure.  

While 73% of the island is dominated by Indonesian territory, Malaysian Borneo comprises of 2 states – Sawarak and Sabah. 

To experience all the attractions that Borneo has to offer, you will want to spend time in both states.    

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Spotting Orangutans are a highlight of this Malaysia Itinerary

Top Things to do in Malaysian Borneo

1.  Encounter Wild Orangutans

There are only two places in the world where you can encounter endangered orangutans.  The first is Borneo, and the other is Sumatra. 

Sadly, with deforestation for palm oil plantations proving catastrophic to the orangutan population, it is uncertain how much longer the species will survive. 

There are rehabilitation centres throughout Borneo working to protect the future of the species. While visiting one of these centres gives you the best chance of a sighting, you can also take your chances of seeing them in the wild. 

Trekking through the rainforest or a river cruise on the Kinabatangan River both come with a good chance of spotting wild orangutans.    

2.  Scuba Diving

Encompassed by some of the most pristine oceans in the region,  Sabah boasts some exceptional diving opportunities. 

Despite the high demand, only a limited number of dive permits are issued each day to help protect the fragile ecosystem.

Although diving here is expensive, the rare opportunity to encounter flourishing coral reefs, several species of sharks, turtles, and other tropical marine life, makes it worth the money.

mount kinabalu
3.  Climb Mount Kinabalu

At 4095m, Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak in Malaysia.  To endure this climb will require both mental and physical strength, not to mention money to spare. 

The cost of a permit alone is £85/$110, and you will need to hire a guide. You can apply for your Mount Kinabalu permit here.

An alternative to the strenuous climb is to spend the day at Kinabalu Park. Kinabalu Park boasts jungle trails, beautiful plants, and views of the prodigious mountain.

4.  Spot Wildlife on the Kinabatangan River

Considered a highlight when visiting Borneo, river cruises along the Kinabatangan River allow visitors the opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife.  

These include the endangered proboscis monkeys, orangutans, crocodiles, pythons, and elephants.

5.  Rainforest Trekking

The national parks in Sarawak provide unbeatable trekking opportunities, and with camping available in most places, makes for one hell of an adventure. 

Some parks require that you hire a guide, therefore be sure to do your research before you head out.

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Expect pristine beaches and azure waters on the Perhentian Islands.

Perhentian Islands: 6 Nights

I’ll start by saying that travel from Malaysian Borneo to the Perhentian Islands isn’t exactly the easiest affair. However, after a week of adventuring in Borneo, it’s worth the journey to enjoy some downtime on the paradise islands.

The easiest way to travel from Borneo to the Perhentian Islands is to take a connecting flight through Kuala Lumpur.

Located off the East Coast of Malaysia, the Perhentian Islands are famous for their pristine beaches, azure waters, and spectacular diving conditions.

The largest island, Perhentian Besar, is a quieter and less crowded island. While Perhentian Kecil is livelier and more popular with backpackers.

Other than diving and snorkelling, there isn’t much else to do on the islands other than to immerse yourself in the tranquillity such conditions provide – heaven!

Additions to this Malaysia Itinerary

If you are spending more than 2 weeks in Malaysia, we would recommend taking your time through the itinerary and spending longer in the places you like the most. 

Alternatively, there are some lesser-known islands to consider such as Redang Island, Tioman Island, and Pangkor Island. Or visit Taman Negara National Park – the oldest rainforest in the world.

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The colourful city of Malacca is a worthy addition to your Malaysia Itinerary

Budget for 2 Weeks in Malaysia

Travelling West Malaysia is suitable for all budgets and if you are sensible with your cash you can comfortably live on £20/25$ a day. 

Decent hostels can be found for as little as £5/7$ and often include breakfast, while budget private rooms are available for £10-20/15-25$.  

Food costs in Malaysia can also be very cheap.  Noodles or fried rice can be picked up at hawker stalls for as little as 5 MYR (£1/$1.20), while a good meal at a food court will set you back 10-15 MYR. 

If you want to dine at restaurants, expect to pay between 30-50MYR for a meal.

Entry prices for attractions will heavily depend on your interests.  Most of the mosques/temples, museums, and nature areas, are very cheap if not free to enter. 

But if you wanted to experience the view from the KL Tower, for example, it would set you back around £15/$20.

Alcohol in Malaysia can be almost prohibitively expensive for budget-conscious travellers.  It’s best to limit your consumption if you want to keep your daily spending down.  

If you are thinking of heading East to Borneo, you should consider that your daily spending will double if not triple, if you want to make the most of the attractions in the region.

Don’t forget, if it’s your first time travelling or backpacking Malaysia, check out our First timers guide to travelling Malaysia. It’s jam-packed with useful information regarding entry requirements, currency, safety, and all that jazz.

2 weeks in Malaysia itinerary

Enjoy your 2 Weeks in Malaysia!

Well, that concludes our recommendations for a 2 week Malaysia itinerary. I hope you’ve found it helpful and that you’re looking forward to your trip! 

We love hearing from you! If you have any questions or feel that we’ve missed anything, don’t hesitate to reach out. You can drop us a message or leave us a comment below.

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Stay adventurous and happy travels.

Charlotte & Natalie x

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