I must confess that Asia has become a favourite destination for me. Easy to navigate, friendly and relatively inexpensive Asia is great for Solo Female Travel. Not too far from home in Australia and filled with a richness of culture Malaysia is first on my list for 2019. There are so many things to do in Malaysia that make it a great destination. I’ve had so much fun putting together an itinerary for my 10 day trip in January.
Day 1 Kuala Lumpur
I will arrive in Kuala Lumpur around 4pm local time. I’ve organised a driver to pick me up and take me to my downtown hotel. I’ll spend the evening checking out my surroundings, sampling the local food and seeing the Petronas Twin Towers. Given the humidity in Malaysia, I’m hoping to dunk myself in the hotel pool too.
Cost: Return flights $900, Travel Insurance $55, Airport Pick up $27, Accommodation $123.
Day 2 Kuala Lumpur to Penang
I’ve booked my journey to Penang on the Aeroline bus which leaves from the hotel where I’m staying giving me time for a leisurely breakfast (included) before I embark on my journey. The bus trip is about 5 hours long, so I’ve chosen a front window seat so I can check out the country side on the way.
Cost: Bus $20 including food, Accommodation Penang 4 nights $237.
Day 2 to 6 Penang
Penang is affectionately known as the Pearl of the Orient. In 2008 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
I haven’t strictly planned my time in Penang but here are some of the things I’d like to see and do while I’m there: Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si, Fort Cornwallis, Georgetown Street Art, Little Penang Street Markets, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Koo Kongsi, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Clan Jetties, Hawker Centres, Kuan Yin Temple, Sri Mariammam Temple and of course just get lost among the streets of Georgetown and sample the wonderful food and culture.
Day 7 – 9 Malacca
Malacca is known as the historical state of Malaysia. It’s history is moulded by British, Dutch and Portuguese influences. I’m excited to see the blend of cultures and historical buildings. There are plenty of things to do in Malacca.
I’m staying in Jonker Street near Geographer Café in Chinatown and can’t wait to explore some of these places: A’Formosa Fort, Christ Church, the Stadthuys and Saint Paul’s Church. I’m looking forward to a walk along the river and sampling some great food.
Cost: Accommodation $115 (2 nights), Flight from Penang to Malacca $63
Day 10 Kuala Lumpur
For my last day in Malaysia I’ve booked a tour to the Batu Caves and plan to spend the afternoon soaking in the sights of Kuala Lumpur before making my way to the airport for the journey home.
Costs: Accommodation $134, Batu Caves tour $11
My plane to Malaysia takes off on the 2nd of January 2019. Stay up to date with my Malaysian adventures.
Update: check out some of the things I got up to in my new post Top things to do in Penang Malaysia.
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I find it brilliant that you have budgeted out everything in advance. So many people don’t do that and end up surprising themselves by how much money they’ve spent or have left. Looks like a fun trip – enjoy!
Hoping to be in Singapore for a month.
Oh how exciting. I visited Malaysia so long ago, gosh I must have been all but 16 -17. I went with my parents and my bestie. We had so much fun. Malacca was my favorite place. We stayed there for a couple of days. I found everyone friendly and Im sure nothing has changed. I am looking forward to hearing/reading all about your trip.
Hi Julie, this is a wonderful list. Hoping to visit Malaysia but just for a few days. Thanks