Malaysia itinerary 6 days — What to do & How to spend 6 days in Malaysia?

During my recent journey to Southeast Asia, I had the pleasure to spend six days in Malaysia (Malaysia itinerary 6 days). Have the opportunity to tour Kuala Lumpur’s capital, Penang’s famed island, and Melaka, Malaysia’s oldest city (Malacca). In this blog, I’d want to share my Malaysia travel schedule for six days, as well as some of the experiences I had during the trip. I hope this information is useful in planning your trip to Malaysia! Now, let’s look at how to spend 6 days in Malaysia on a budget!

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Downtown of Kuala Lumpur

 

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One of the most famous paintings in Georgetown, Penang

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country with a federal constitutional monarchy that consists of 13 states and three federal territories. Malaysia is separated geographically into two parts: the peninsula and another part of Borneo Island. Malaysia is a culturally and ethnically diverse country with Islam as its official religion.

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Street food in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

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The traditional Nasi Lemak dish, the national dish of Malaysia.

How to get to Malaysia?

Travelers will fly to the capital of Kuala Lumpur or Penang, which is the simplest, easiest, and sometimes cheapest method to get to Malaysia. However, there is another option, which is to go by road from Singapore. This route is intended for individuals who wish to travel to Singapore and subsequently to Malaysia. And this is also how I used to do things.

Getting from Singapore to Malaysia

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Singapore MRT

If you are driving from Singapore to Malaysia, use the MRT to Woodland MRT station first (NS9 station on the map, the red line). Get off at this station, travel downstairs to the basement, and then to the bus stop immediately there. Find the bus number 950 or ask the employees here; they will gladly assist you. To leave Singapore, you board this bus to Woodland Checkpoint.

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Woodlands MRT Station

 

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MRT Singapore map

After completing the entrance formalities, you proceed on the bus to the bridge between Singapore and Malaysia, where you will arrive at the Malaysian entry border. The bus will drop you off at the Johor Bahru Checkpoint border crossing, where you will walk into Malaysia and complete the entrance formalities.

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Heavy traffic on the Causeway linking Singapore and Malaysia

 

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Inside Woodlands Checkpoint

After completing the Malaysian entry requirements in the main hall, walk to the left side and down a short flight of stairs. Keep in mind not to follow the crowds to the JB Sentral shopping mall. After descending the steps, there is a small bus station where you may board a bus to Johor Bahru’s Larkin Sentral Terminal. A ticket costs around 1.8RM per person.

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Bus from Singapore to Johor Bahru, Malaysia

After arriving at the Larkin Sentral Terminal, you buy intercity bus tickets to Kuala Lumpur, Penang or Melaka depending on the itinerary. Usually, I see people will going to Kuala Lumpur first. However, our group went to Penang first, then went from Penang -> Kuala Lumpur -> Melaka -> Kuala Lumpur.

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Larkin Sentral Terminal, Johor Bahru.

The most convenient way to get to Malaysia is to rent a private car, the car will pick up at the hotel.

Getting around Malaysia

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LRT Rapid Train, Kuala Lumpur

In Malaysia, our party primarily traveled by rail to remote locations and by foot to nearby locations. Only in Penang am I riding through Georgetown’s old town to see and photograph several spots with murals on the walls.

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Kelana Jaya route

After catching the bus from Johor Bahru to Penang for two days of exploration, I proceeded on to Kuala Lumpur. If you wish to visit Penang, I have prepared an essay on my travel experiences there; if you want to go, take a look here! Buses from Penang to Kuala Lumpur’s KL Sentral station take roughly 5-6 hours.

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KL Sentral Station

After arrive Kuala Lumpur from Penang, it is also around 9am and 10pm, we catch the MRT to Bukit Bintang station near the our hotel. Then walk to the hotel only 500m – 600m away.

Where to stay?

The hotel in Penang we stayed is Chulia Heritage Hotel. Room rates are around 170 RM for double rooms and 250 RM for triple rooms, excluding breakfast.

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Chulia Heritage Hotel

The Alor Boutique Hotel is where we stayed in Kuala Lumpur. This location is quite easy to identify and is only a few hundred meters from from the Bukit Bintang railway station, making transit very accessible. The hotel is also near the start of Jalan Alor, which is a busy and popular food strip at night. The hotel’s activity may be seen from a high vantage point.

The hotel in Melaka that we stayed at is Ola Lavanderia Cafe, with room rates of 72RM. This hotel model is dorm type, the bed is also quite spacious, clean, comfortable, and quiet.

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Ola Lavanderia Cafe

6 days in Malaysia: Day 1 — Singapore – Penang

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Johor Bahru at night.

The first day, I drove from Singapore to Johor Bahru, then to Penang. I still have time in the morning to see Singapore before heading to Johor Bahru. I leave Singapore about 10am to 11am and arrive in Penang around 1am to 2am the next day. I spent nearly a whole day moving.

Malaysia itinerary 6 days: Day 2 — Penang

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Penang city at night

This day was spent touring some of George Town’s and Penang Hill’s tourist attractions. I chose to ride a bike because the attractions are all near to one other. It’s also fantastic that the hotel provides complimentary bikes, which means I won’t have to pay a bike rental cost. However, the bikes at the hotel are not very nice; some are broken, there are a lot of flat tires, and there is no pump accessible. So, if you hire a bike in Penang, make sure you inspect it first. You may utilize LinkBike’s excellent bike rental service.

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Georgetown, Penang

 

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Georgetown street
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Old houses of Georgetown

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Here are a few places to visit in Penang that I have visited, mainly in the old town of George Town. These places are quite close to each other so you can rent a bike or walk.

Chocolate and Coffee Museum

In my perspective, this is a business that sells and displays chocolate and candy. Perhaps they will contact the museum in order to increase its value. Inside, I notice them presenting visuals that replicate the process of creating chocolate, as well as selling cakes, chocolate sweets, and other chocolate-related things.

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The 10-step process of making chocolate is beautifully painted on the wall.

 

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Drawings chart of annual chocolate consumption per capita of countries.

Address: 22, Leith St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Hours: 9AM–6PM

Camera Museum and the mosque

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Camera museum

After visiting this Chocolate Museum for a while, I cycled through the nearby Camera Museum (Address: 71 (1st Floor, Lebuh Armenian, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia / Hours: 10AM–6PM). Then I rode my bike to the famous Kapitan Keling Mosque (Address: 14, Jalan Buckingham, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia / Hours: 11:30AM–1PM, 2–4PM, 5–6:30PM; Friday: 2:30–4PM, 5–6:30PM), not far from here.

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Inside museum

 

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Exterior view of Kapitan Keling Mosque

 

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Inside

Clock Tower and Fort Cornwallis

After taking a picture and resting here for a while, we cycled to the beach embankment to play. Also go to the Clock Tower and Fort Cornwallis nearby.

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A section of the coastal embankment, I don’t remember which one. This part is near Fort Fort Cornwallis

I went to the clock tower to visit, taking photos for a while and then visit Fort Cornwallis nearby.

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Clock Tower, next to it is a rather large roundabout
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The Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower (Jubilee Clock Tower)

Fort Cornwallis is Malaysia’s oldest and biggest stronghold. It was constructed in the early 1800s, when Malaysia was still a British colony. Francis Light is in charge of overseeing this project. The fortification was built to guard a vital trade route against pirates and the French. Because it has never been assaulted, the fort is still in good condition.

Fort Cornwallis

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This fort is not very large, walking around about 30 minutes is the end.

Address: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Hours: 9AM–10PM

Penang Street Art

After concluding the tour to Cornwallis Fort, I cycled about looking for Street Art sites to photograph. If you have a lot of time or spend time walking through the little streets of Georgetown’s old town, you may see numerous similar drawings. Below are some photos of the walls that I was able to shoot.

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Everyone wants to pose with pictures.
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And it’s quite funny.

 

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The paintings look like real.

 

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These two sisters are equally famous.

Penang Hill

After wandering about until midday, we returned to the hotel to send the bike and then had lunch on Lebuh Chulia street. Then take a break before catching a Grab to Penang Hill for a tour.

The station at the foot of Penang Hill, where you may purchase an admission ticket. There are railroad lines ascending the slope in the distance.

The station at the foot of Penang Hill, where you may purchase an admission ticket. There are railroad lines ascending the slope in the distance. When the train is slowly making its way up the slope. Because I am situated near the beginning of the machine, I can plainly see its tracks.

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Penang Hill | malaysia itinerary 6 days
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