37 days in Malaysia & Philippines Itinerary

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Langkawi, Malaysia
— 3 nights
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George Town, Malaysia
— 3 nights
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 5 nights
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
— 1 night
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Melaka, Malaysia
— 3 nights
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El Nido, Philippines
— 2 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay, Philippines
— 5 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Lapu Lapu
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Lapu Lapu, Philippines
— 4 nights
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Puerto Princesa, Philippines
— 2 nights
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Coron, Philippines
— 5 nights
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Manila, Philippines
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Langkawi, Malaysia — 3 nights

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Langkawi is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, observe the fascinating underwater world at Underwater World Langkawi, and stroll through Cenang Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Langkawi travel app.

London, UK to Langkawi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 8 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Langkawi at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to George Town.
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Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

George Town, Malaysia — 3 nights

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Step out of George Town to go to Teluk Bahang and see Escape Theme Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Pinang Peranakan Mansion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kek Lok Si Temple, stop by Heritage House 25, and wander the streets of Chew Jetty.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the George Town trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Langkawi to George Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Langkawi to George Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in George Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Kuala Lumpur.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 5 nights

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kuala Lumpur is known for sightseeing, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Kuala Lumpur, walk around KLCC Park, and make a splash at Sunway Lagoon.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from George Town to Kuala Lumpur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Kuala Lumpur. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Johor Bahru.
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia — 1 night

Southern City

A trip to Johor Bahru allows visitors to travel back to the colonial era and discover places of worship reminding visitors of the country's rich history and multicultural character.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): cool off at Legoland Malaysia.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Johor Bahru attractions planner.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Johor Bahru sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Melaka.
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Melaka, Malaysia — 3 nights

Historical City

Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Melaka is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Huskitory, steep yourself in history at A Famosa Fort, explore the ancient world of St Paul's Church, and look for gifts at Ghee Hiang @ Jonker.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melaka trip builder tool.

Drive from Johor Bahru to Melaka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Melaka are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to El Nido.
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Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

El Nido, Philippines — 2 nights

Heaven on Earth

The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
On the 9th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nacpan Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Hidden Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon, then explore the activities along Big Lagoon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the El Nido trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melaka to El Nido takes 9.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Boracay.
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Boracay, Philippines — 5 nights

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Boracay is known for beaches, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at White Beach, don't miss a visit to Willy's Rock, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Boracay online travel planner.

Getting from El Nido to Boracay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Boracay can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lapu Lapu.
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Lapu Lapu, Philippines — 4 nights

Learn about the first encounters and a historical clash of civilizations by exploring the shrines and monuments dedicated to the Spanish explorer Fernando Magellan and Lapu Lapu, the city's eponymous hero who defeated him.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lapu Lapu: Cebu City (Magellan's Cross, Basilica del Santo Nino, &more). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Cebu Happy World Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Vicente Marine Sanctuary, and pause for some photo ops at Lapu Lapu Statue.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lapu Lapu holiday planning app.

Getting from Boracay to Lapu Lapu by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Boracay, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lapu Lapu, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly to Puerto Princesa.
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Puerto Princesa, Philippines — 2 nights

City in the Forest

A convenient place to stay when exploring the island, the city of Puerto Princesa sits on the coast in the center of the landmass.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the vivid underwater world at Tubbataha Reef, then look for gifts at Rurungan Sa Tubod Foundation, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Honda Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Babuyan River and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Thumbpeak.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Princesa road trip planner.

Getting from Lapu Lapu to Puerto Princesa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Puerto Princesa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly to Coron.
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Coron, Philippines — 5 nights

Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Coron is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coral Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Kalitang Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt Tapyas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Coron trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Princesa to Coron by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly to Manila.
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Manila, Philippines — 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Ayala Triangle Gardens, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Filipino Intramuros, then explore and take pictures at Fort Santiago, and finally stroll around Rizal Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Agustin Church and then stop by Intramuros.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manila sightseeing planner.

Fly from Coron to Manila in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Manila are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Malaysia travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Shopping Malls · Parks
An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.
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Philippines travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.
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