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Malaysia Itinerary 3-Weeks: Secret Tips From A Local!

Have a long break and you want something different from your usual vacation trip? Good news for you! In this post, you will be provided with an awesome Malaysia itinerary 3-weeks trip to indulge in the beauty of cultures, heritages, and fantastic tourist destinations in this country!

This traveling Malaysia itinerary will take you to a lot of different incredible places, ranging from the bustling modern city of Kuala Lumpur to beautiful scenic views of Danum Valley.

(This Malaysia itinerary 3-weeks also gives you enough time to slow down along the way too!) 

WWB guest poster Amalia, a local who has traveled to several sweet spots in Malaysia, will guide you through the Malaysia itinerary 3-weeks. I will also share some travel tips so you don’t miss out on the best places to visit!

What’re you waiting for? Keep reading to find out more! 

Note: Both the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) and American Dollar (USD) have been rounded-up for easier calculation. 

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Malaysia 3-Weeks Itinerary Overview

Day 1-4: Kuala Lumpur 

Day 5-8: Selangor

Day 9-11: Perak 

Day 12-14: Kedah

Day 15-16: Penang

Day 17-20: Sabah

Day 21: From Kota Kinabalu back to Kuala Lumpur 

Malaysia itinerary 3-weeks

Day 1 to 4: Kuala Lumpur 

(Day 1) Kuala Lumpur Tower, Kuala Lumpur Forest Eco Park, Kuala Lumpur Tower Mini Zoo, Petronas Twin Tower, Symphony Lake

Start your day by visiting the iconic city of Kuala Lumpur. ‘Kuala’, by its definition, is confluence while ‘Lumpur’ means muddy. In many respects, Kuala Lumpur is known to be heaven for those who love food, cultural sites, and even shopping too!

If you are here for tourist attractions, head over to Kuala Lumpur Tower to see the amazing sights of the city for RM110 (25 USD)

If you get around the Kuala Lumpur Tower, It is a bonus for you as you get the chance to visit tourist spots such as Kuala Lumpur Forest Eco Park for RM40 (9 USD) and Kuala Lumpur Tower Mini Zoo for RM48 (11 USD).

During the evening, you can go to the renowned Petronas Twin Tower and revel at the base of this must-see attraction in Kuala Lumpur. There are also other activities you can enjoy, from dining in, sipping cocktails, or just enjoying the breathtaking view of the city for RM100 (23 USD).

At night, I would suggest you leisurely walk around the Esplanade (Lake Symphony) just admire the beautiful light and sound show or take nice pictures to keep as memories.

(Day 2) Petaling Street Market, Central Market, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Sin Sze Si Ya, Dataran Merdeka

On your second day, take a trip to Petaling Street Market and Central Market for a nice market experience. You get to explore and buy lots of souvenirs, handicrafts, or Malaysian Batiks that might catch your attention! 

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Once you are done with the market, head over to Sri Maha Mariamman Temple and Guan Di Temple to soak up yourself in the Hindu and Chinese cultures by admiring the intricate designs of the temples.

For the nighttime, visit famous historical landmarks in the history of Malaysia, Dataran Merdeka. It is located at Jalan Raja, just in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Music Museum, and Royal Selangor Club.

(Day 3) National Mosque of Malaysia, Islamic Art Museum, Saloma Bridge Link, Bukit Bintang area 

After your trip to the Chinese and Hindu Temples on the previous day, take your time to explore the striking National Mosque which is surrounded by lush greenery. This mosque is considered an important symbol of the country – unity and multicultural harmony of Malaysia.

If you are a museum enthusiast, add a stop to Islamic Art Museum which is the place to discover art and artifacts from across the globe.

The museum consists of 12 gallery spaces, with level one containing the Quran and manuscripts, whereas level two is devoted to textiles, jewelry, and coins.

After spending time in the museum, you can head back to your accommodation if you want some rest.

However, if you still have the energy to continue your journey, you can spend your evening time at Saloma Link Bridge.

The Saloma Link Bridge, located between Lorong Raja Musa 3 and Jalan Saloma has been open to the public since 2020. Inspired by ‘Sireh Junjung’ or betel leaf arrangement, you can walk under the covered section and take Instagrammable pictures here!

(Day 4) Perdana Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Kuala Lumpur Butterfly, Park, Bukit Bintang area

On your last day, stroll through Perdana Botanical Garden in the morning for entertaining activities and sightseeing opportunities.

You can do almost everything here -from jogging, cycling, or even picnicking.

The garden serves as the green lung of the city and the ambiance of being a tropical rainforest to the people who come for a visit. So, just relax, and enjoy your moment while admiring the beauty of the garden.

For more fun activities and to get yourself closer to nature, try to head over to Kuala Lumpur Bird Park which is the sanctuary for 200 different bird species, and the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park. Here, you get the chance to enjoy the view of  5,000 butterflies in one place. 

Once you are done with the activities, spend some time in the Bukit Bintang area which is famously known as the hub of Kuala Lumpur.

You will be overwhelmed with the best shopping and entertainment experiences as well as being home to many hawker-style eateries, bars, and clubs. 

With this 4-day itinerary, you will get the best and fullest experience of Kuala Lumpur and the memories that you won’t ever forget!

Malaysia itinerary 3-weeks

Day 5 to 8: Selangor

(Day 5) Sekinchan Paddy Field, Sekinchan Sky Mirror, Nan Tian Temple

The next part of the journey will take you to Sekinchan, the small fishing village in Selangor which is 100 kilometers away from the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. Here, you will get to visit the lush rice paddy fields as well as witness the amazing mirror-like reflection of the sky.

To make things convenient, you can try to look into this full-day tour package and the plus point is that they are available for the hotel to pick up, as long as your hotel is located in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

However, if you decide to stay in Kuala Selangor, you can turn this trip into an overnight stay for the firefly tour too! 

(Check out this page to see available hotels and places to stay in Kuala Selangor.)

(Day 6) Kuala Selangor Fireflies Park

For this day specifically,  your trip will not start until 3.30 pm according to the Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour, where you will begin your journey with a visit to Kota Melawati and then to the banks of Kampung Kuantan.

(That means that you can stay at your accommodation for the time being or wander around and explore the town nearby.)

As you get into your boat ride to Kampung Kuantan, you will get to see thousands of fireflies do their mating dance around the berembang trees. Take this chance to watch the luminous glow of these fascinating creatures and decorate the night like fairies.

(Day 7) Sunway Lagoon (Full Day), Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall

For your seventh day of this itinerary in Malaysia, wake up for an early morning trip back to Kuala Lumpur by bus, or if you already rented a car, straight away to Malaysia’s premier theme park – Sunway Lagoon.

For the full-day experience, you will need to spend RM259 (58 USD), inclusive of the admission ticket + Quack Xpress (Express Lane). By purchasing this ticket, you will get to play tons of exciting games in 6 Adventure Zones and all-day access to 90 rides and other attractions.

Also, if you are hungry after the games and rides, head over to the Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall which is open from 10.00 am until 10.00 pm. You get to choose any kind of dishes you want – from Japanese Sushi King to Malaysian cuisine at the A’decade.

(Day 8) Kepong Botanical Garden, Batu Caves, 99 Wonderland Park

On the last day of the Selangor trip, you can make a stop at Kepong Botanical Garden in the morning. This garden is home to a variety of flora and fauna and you can take a brisk walk to enjoy the scenery before heading to the prominent heritage site Batu Caves.

Of course, the highlight of this Selangor trip will be the visit to Batu Caves, the most significant Hindu shrine that encloses a series of limestone caves and cave temples.

Known for its riotous rainbow of stairs and home to the biggest Lord Murugan statue, Batu Caves is a must-go tourist destination.

 If you want to experience and witness the significant side of the holy festival of Thaipusam, consider planning your trip to Batu Caves in early February!

Before wrapping up this journey, you may also want to explore 99 Wonderland Park for your evening activity. This 25-acre unique recreational park allows you to interact with wildlife such as patting deer and feeding ostriches!

Plus, you can take nice photos in front of their water fountain performance as well as LED lights at night. Talk about having all fun activities together within 1 day! 

Malaysia itinerary 3-weeks

Day 9 to 10: Perak

(Day 9) Kek Lok Tong, Sam Poh Tong Temple, Concubine Lane, Mirror Lake

On your ninth day in Malaysia, you can proceed by traveling to Perak, the fourth largest of Malaysia’s thirteen states. Note that you don’t need to move around in Ipoh by car as it is a small town with some tourist destinations worth visiting.

You can visit Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Sam Poh Tong Temple for your first stop. Both temples serve as the place of worship for Buddhists but you still can take pictures around the caves and places nearby. (Remember, these temples are religious sites so you might want to be respectful and careful too!)

After you have explored both temples, go ahead and explore the local food stalls and Ipoh souvenirs in Concubine Lane. You can also find street art such as murals that depict the Ipoh lifestyles and culture along this lane too. 

You should also try to visit Mirror Lake for its calm, pristine clear water that reflects the luscious trees and magnificent mountains surrounding the lake.

(Day 10) Ipoh War Memorial, Kellie’s Castle 

For a quick visit, you can head to the Ipoh War Memorial which is located close to the railway station in the central city of Ipoh. This place is held to commemorate the soldiers who had sacrificed their lives during WW1 and now becomes a tourist spot. 

The highlight of your Perak trip (aside from the caves visiting) will be Kellie’s Castle, a place that you must visit when you are in Ipoh which only costs RM5 (2 USD) per entrance. This huge unfinished mansion was originally built by a Scottish man for his wife but the building was never completed due to his sudden passing. (What a tragic story…)

Still, if you want to take some Instagrammable photos, this will be the best place for it.  As for your Perak trip, you can either end it here and take your time to other attractions such as HOGA, Gaharu Tea Valley at Gopeng, or Tempurung Cave, Kampar. However, to ensure you are not rushing on this itinerary, I suggest keeping your journey here short, and riding a car or taking a flight to Langkawi island. 

Stay tuned to find out more!

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Day 11 to 13: Kedah

(Day 11-12) Klook Pass Langkawi (refer below)

For your Langkawi trip, you can either drive the car to the islands or keep it at the Kuala Perlis Port. However, if you are traveling by flight, you can directly take a domestic flight from Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh to Langkawi International Airport with a fare below RM200 (45 USD)

Well… As a tourist, who doesn’t love to save money for tourist destinations right?

No worry, I got your back! Klook is now offering a package of 2,3 or 4 attractive passes where you can save up to 55% with this deal. For this pass, you will get general entry to these tourist spots:

  • Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi
  •  Langkawi Adventure & Xtreme Park
  • Langkawi Skycab Cable Car
  • Splash Out Langkawi
  • Langkawi Underwater World
  • Langkawi Wildlife Park
  • SKYTREX Adventure
  • Private Island Adventure at Paradise 101 Langkawi
  • Water Activities At Cenang Beach Langkawi
  • Langkawi Island Hopping Shared Speedboat Tour 

So, my suggestion is to just take 2 days off to have fun in any of these attractions and enjoy yourself to the fullest!

(Day 13)  Dayang Bunting island

If Terengganu is known for its Perhentian Islands, then Langkawi is famous for its beautiful mesmerizing Dayang Bunting island.

To get to the island, you can go to the terminal which is located at Pantai Tengah, and reach Dayang Bunting island by boat. There will be a jetty available for you to drop off at the entrance. 

If you love water activities, it is suggested that you take a tour around the Langkawi Archipelago on a 4-hour jet ski. This deal also includes the experience of taking a dip in the Dayang Bunting Lake which is known as the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden. 

You could just spend your whole day exploring this island as well as its beautiful, calm lake. 

(If you want to find out more in-depth about the Langkawi trip, check out WWB writer Athirah’s post here for her Langkawi diving ultimate guide.) 

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Day 14 to 16: Penang

(Day 14) Fort Cornwallis, Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Clan Jetties Of Penang (all in Georgetown)

Now, for your next destination, you will be visiting the second best place to visit in Malaysia (*drum rolls*), which is… 


If you refer to the posts below, you will know there are so many incredible things to see and do in Penang. Check these articles out for more details!

Alright, so on your first day, head over to George town –  the capital city of Penang and you can immediately get to visit all these 4 tourist attractions within a few kilometers. 

Fort Cornwallis will be your first destination and it is an English Fortress that was built in the 18th century. The history behind this fortress is that Captain Francis Light, the founder of the British colony of Penang built the fort to protect the island from being ambushed by the pirate attacks.

Currently, the fortress is open to the public and the price for the entrance of Fort Cornwallis is RM20 (4 USD)

After that, you can head over to Pinang Peranakan Mansion for RM20 (4 USD), Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi for RM10 (3 USD) and end your day trip at the Clan Jetties Of Penang.

(Day 15-16) Klook Pass Penang (refer below)

Again, you can save so much money when you travel using the packages available by the travel and leisure e-commerce platforms. With this pass, you will get general entry to the famous hot spots of Penang, including: 

  • Entopia Penang
  • The Habitat Penang Hill 
  • The TOP Komtar
  • ESCAPE Theme Park at Penang
  • Penang Bird Park
  • Tech Dome Penang 
  • Boutique Aquarium at The TOP
  • The Gravityz Obstacle Rope Course in Penang
  • Wild Immersion Virtual Reality Experience at Penang Hill

So if you are planning a trip to Penang, don’t wait too long and make a purchase promptly of this once-in-a-lifetime deal!

(To find out when is the suitable time to have a trip to Penang, you can check out WWB writer Zizi’s post here!)

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Day 17 to 20: Sabah

(Day 17-19) Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sutera Harbour Marina & Country Club

Before you end your whole Malaysia 3-weeks itinerary, I highly recommend your visit to Sabah so you can get the best of East and West Malaysia’s experience. As for East Malaysia, Sabah is known to be Malaysian Borneo and is home to the cheeky mammal – Orangutan.

The only way for you to get from Penang to Sabah is by flight. The time for this trip will take about 2 hours and 50 minutes and the cheapest fare is around RM196 (44 USD).

So, now you might be wondering… What is great about Sabah and why should I visit this state?

Trust me, Sabah is full of amazing places to visit, from jungle trekking to cave exploration, it is home to incredible biodiversity and blessed with lush green rainforests and aquatic splendor. 

When you arrive here in Kota Kinabalu, you can start your journey by staying in the Danum Valley for 2 nights at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge.    

The lodge is nestled along the Danum River, with the water flowing through Sabah’s largest protected lowland rainforest. Danum Valley is the home to the immense biodiversity of 200 species of plants and 320 species of birds, this means you get the chance to immerse yourself in the richest forest in Sabah.

Although the stay at the lodge may seem a tad expensive, the experience of surrounding beautiful nature exclusively in Danum Valley will be worth every single penny. 

(Day 19-20) Desa Dairy Farm, Kinabalu National Park  

In case you want something similar to Cameron Highlands, I got a better place for you!

Known as ‘New Zealand of Sabah’, Desa Dairy Farm offers you breathtaking scenery that makes you feel as if you are traveling overseas. The farm has been developed in an Agro-tourism business and is an ideal place to visit for all ages of tourists.

On this farm, you can enjoy a range of activities, from feeding goats and calves to collecting milk, as well as witnessing how milk is being processed from A to Z.

Also, on the same trip, you will get the chance to experience the peaceful and beautiful scenery at the Kinabalu National Park

The site has been identified to be part of UNESCO world heritage since 2000 and is known for its rich biodiversity. 

So, when you get here, do enjoy your best time in this park with the amazing, scenic view of nature!

Malaysia itinerary 3-weeks

Day 21: From Kota Kinabalu back to Kuala Lumpur

On your last day, you can pack all your stuff and get ready to go back to Kota Kinabalu International Airport and fly back to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. 

This domestic flight will be roughly around RM300-500 (67-111 USD), depending on which airline services you book with. 

With that, you are done with your 3 weeks itinerary in Malaysia!

Where Is Malaysia And Why Is It A Great Place For Travel?

Now you had gone through the itinerary, let’s get to know a little deeper about this country and why it is a great place for your vacation trip.

Malaysia is a country that is divided into two main noncontiguous regions: Peninsular Malaysia (known as West Malaysia) and East Malaysia, which is the Malaysian Borneo. 

It is nestled between three well-known countries by people around the world – Thailand to the north and Singapore to the south. Whereas Indonesia is just right beside Malaysia with 1439 kilometers (894 miles) away by air travel.

(This means that if you are seeking a vast variety of options with destinations that are rich in culture and history, Southeast Asia is undeniably the best place to go!)

Known for its tropical weather which is predominantly hot and humid across the year, Malaysia is an ideal place to visit for those who want to enjoy and relax on some of the most beautiful, crystal clear water beaches and hike through the lush green jungles which are available all year long. 

What Kind Of Itinerary Is This?

This Malaysia itinerary 3-weeks is more of a slow and steady getaway around Malaysia while getting the chance to immerse yourself in a fantastic cultural mixture and the beautiful natural scenery in this country.

(If you want something like a backpacking Malaysia itinerary, you may also refer to this guide for your reference too.)

You will kick off your journey with several (around 3-5) tourist destinations where the locations are not far apart from each other. As you can see in the itinerary, I group the places into one single category to make things easier for you!

Is Malaysia A Safe Country? (Safety, Religious Practices, And LGBTQ+ Travelers)? 

Generally, Malaysia is a safe country for tourists to visit. Nevertheless, although it is crawling with visitors around the world, there are risky areas that you need to avoid. 

The most common petty crimes that you might encounter as a traveler are pickpocketing and scamming. Pickpockets usually operate by causing a distraction or when the tourists are not aware of their belongings.

It usually happens in crowded places such as night markets, LRTs, and other public areas.

Whereas scamming often occurs when travelers are approached by scam artists with invitations to buy their products or ‘offer’ to take photos but later demand some money. There are many other tricks under their belt so just avoid engaging with them at all costs.

As for the common practices, since it is multicultural and predominantly Malay Muslim, be sure not to wear revealing clothes. You must also respect the local customs, traditions, and culture and behave appropriately in public places, particularly at religious sites.

Another important note for LGBTQ+ travelers, Malaysia’s laws criminalize same-sex sexual activities and homosexuality is illegal in this country. Therefore, avoid indulging in PDA in any public place at all times.

Important And Useful Tips For Traveling In Malaysia.

As for your safety, here are a few tips that you can take note of to avoid loss of belonging or getting ripped off:

1. Be prepared and take the action to minimize the risk of loss of belongings. Don’t keep all your valuable items in one place and divide your money in a safer compartment of your bag so you have spare cash.

(For those backpacking Malaysia, you can check this bag out too!) 

Malaysia itinerary 3-weeks

2. If you need to travel by car, avoid taxi drivers who refuse to use the meter and only take registered taxis, especially at airports. You may also use e-hailing applications such as Grab as an alternative. 

4. Always stay vigilant. On your first week itinerary, you will be visiting famous markets in Kuala Lumpur such as Petaling Street and Central Market. Although these markets are a must-do for tourists, pickpockets are common in these areas. Beware of them and always stay alert.

5. Unlike in Thailand, weed, and drugs are strictly prohibited in Malaysia and it is a serious offense under the law. Make sure your luggage and bags are free from these substances before traveling. 

6. Learn a few local words such as ‘Terima Kasih’ (Thank you) and ‘Tumpang Tanya’ (Excuse Me). When you can blend in with the people, they will appreciate your efforts, and most of the time, they are willing to offer you some help when needed. 

7. There is no tipping in Malaysia. However, in some places, the service charge and sales tax are already included in your bill. If someone provides you with great service, ask them first if they are willing to accept it.

8. Although this is not written in most blog posts, tap water in Malaysia is not for drinking. You will need to boil the water first or buy mineral water at any nearest shops.

These are a few tips and reminders for you to ensure you have a safe and smooth journey throughout your 3 weeks trip! 

Sim Card In Malaysia

When you first reach Malaysia, it is highly recommended for you to purchase a SIM card to stay connected. Nonetheless, it is not a must and you can just rely on your home country’s telecommunication service.

(Please read ‘Additional Information’ for more details about the respective SIM cards.)

Fundamentally, having a SIM card makes things so much more convenient as it connects you to the internet 24/7 and you can easily use apps such as Moovit (a public transit guide) and GPS to search for specific locations. 

How To Get Around In Malaysia

Traveling around Malaysia is not difficult if you’re okay with public transport. 

For a transfer from KLIA/KLIA 2 to KL Sentral (Malaysia’s largest integrated transportation hub:

1. Ride KL Express for RM50 (11 USD).

2. Bus ride for RM11-20 (3-5 USD).

3. Using taxi/e-hailing services for RM52-72 (12-16 USD) excluding tolls.

To travel around cities:

1. Use MYRapid pass – For this trip, it is better to choose the MyCity 3-Days pass which only costs RM25 (6 USD). The pass is available at all LRT, MRT, Monorail, and BRT stations AND this is only applicable in Kuala Lumpur.

2. Using taxis/e-hailing services (fare according to the distance traveled). 

To travel interstate within Malaysia:

You can move around from one state to another by flight, train, bus, and car (except for East Malaysia, where you need to book a flight ticket). However, if you are on a budget, traveling by bus is the way to go.

If you prefer flexibility in your schedule and want to explore more secluded hidden gems, you can opt for a rental car

Many websites offer such services and you can refer to one of them here

(Remember, Malaysia follows the British system – All car drivers use the left side of the road and they have right-hand drive vehicles.)

However, for certain instances, traveling by domestic flight can also be a good choice as you don’t have to worry about where to park your car. Therefore, the choice is in your hand to decide.

Best Time To Travel In Malaysia

There are a lot of suggestions telling you to travel either December – February or May – September. Honestly, there is no right and wrong time for you to travel to this country due to its constant weather.

But if you want to avoid the monsoon season, especially on the east coast, it is best not to travel to this part during November – February as the rain is much heavier there and beach resorts are mostly closed.

However, if you want to get an unforgettable experience out of this Malaysia travel itinerary, March-August is the best time to visit and enjoy the mesmerizing flora and fauna in all of its glory.

Malaysia itinerary 3-weeksGeneral FAQ (Visa, Covid-19, Accommodation etc)

 Do I Need A Visa To Get Into Malaysia?

Most nationalities are qualified to enter visa-free. You do not need a visa if you are coming for business or tourism for 90 days or less. 

Even if you are coming from a country that requires a visa for a visit, you can easily apply via eVisa

How About The Covid-19 Travel Restrictions? Do I Need To Get Vaccinated?

As of 1st August 2022, Malaysia has now reopened to tourism, which means you can now enter this country regardless of vaccination status. However, if you are suspected of Covid-19, you will be taken for further health treatment before you are allowed to travel. 

Is Face Mask Still Compulsory? 

No, since the Ministry of Health announcement on 7th September 2022, the use of face masks is now no longer mandatory.

What Kind Of Clothes Should I Pack?

Based on this itinerary, I would say you will need to pack different types of clothing depending on the location. 

  • Taking into account the climate, it is suggested you carry your basic denim, loose cotton type of clothes, cargo pants, and trousers.
  •  You can also pack some swimwear, polo shirts or shorts for your time at the beaches. 
  • As for the Sabah trip, bring extra clothes that will protect you from the coldness of the weather. (Check out this nice sweatshirt here!)
  • Also, when you are visiting religious sites, avoid revealing clothes and cover yourself (Just wrap your scarf loosely and you should be fine.)

Some of the most important items you can look into aside from clothes (specifically for women):

Are There Any Legit Websites For Me To Find For Accommodation?

Yes! You can either try Tripadvisor and also Viator.


As you can see, this itinerary covers most of the unique travel destinations that allow you to be adventurous but at the same time, you can still enjoy the tranquility and peacefulness of nature.

Malaysia is truly a country full of beautiful cultures and heritages, exciting theme parks as well as splendid views of beaches and rainforests

Thus, I truly hope this ultimate guide helps for your Malaysia itinerary 3-weeks so that you are going back to your home country with warm, fulfilling, and unforgettable memories of Malaysia!

After all, Malaysia Malaysia, Truly Asia! 

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