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Singapore Malaysia Itinerary: 4-12 days Guide

by Steph

Have you always wanted to travel to Singapore and Malaysia but don’t know how to plan your trip? Well, I’ve created this perfect Singapore and Malaysia itinerary which you can easily modify to your liking. 

Singapore’s well-connected airport and awesome transportation system make it easy to get around while Malaysia’s diverse culture, history and buzzing cities serve as a great introduction to Southeast Asia. 

Since Singapore and Malaysia are located right next to each other, planning a trip to both countries doesn’t require a huge amount of money. 

Whether you have only 4 days or up to 12 days, this ultimate Singapore Malaysia itinerary will show you how to plan an awesome trip with all the best places to visit and how to get around while minimizing your costs. 

Street Art in Melaka: Singapore and Malaysia Itinerary
Street arts in Melaka

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Table of Contents

Day by day Singapore and Malaysia trip itinerary 

  • Day 1-3: Singapore 
  • Day 4: Melaka 
  • Day 5-6: Kuala Lumpur 
  • Day 7-8: Ipoh 
  • Day 9-10: Penang 
  • Day 11-12: Langkawi 

Day 1 – Singapore 

Modern architecture, unusual skyscrapers, avatar-like gardens, cheap and delicious food, efficient transportation system, the list goes on! While Singapore is slightly more expensive than Malaysia, it’s still worth visiting and I’ll show you a few tricks on how to save money! 

Jewel Changi Airport 

Start off with the one thing you can’t miss on your Singapore and Malaysia itinerary: The Jewel! If you’re landing in Terminal 1, you’ll find the Jewel and HSBC Rain Vortex as soon as you get out of Customs. It’s one of the tallest indoor waterfalls in the world and is totally free to visit! 

The Jewel is open 24/7 but the Rain Vortex is operational from 9 a.m to 11 p.m. There’s also a Light and Sound show every night at 7:30 p.m, 8:30 p.m, 9:30 p.m, 10:30 p.m and 11:30 p.m. 

Visiting Jewek at Changi airport is one of the top things to do during any Singapore Malaysia itinerary
The HSBC Rain Vortex at Changi Airport in Singapore

How to get from Changi Airport to the city center? 

MRT 

One of the cheapest ways to get to the city center is by using the MRT. To be more cost-effective, make sure to buy a Singapore Tourist Pass for 3 days which costs only S$20 (US$ 13.95) with an additional S$10 (US$ 6.95) refundable deposit. The pass is also available for 1 and 2 days.  

Just follow the signs saying to “Train to City”. You can get between each terminal for free by using the Skytrain until you reach the main MRT terminal where you can buy your ticket or tourist pass. 

Grab 

Cheaper than regular taxis, Grab is very affordable and a great way to get to the city if you’re short on time. The cost of a ride from the airport starts from S$ 15 (US$ 10.45) depending on the time. 

Airport shuttle/bus 

For S$ 9 (US$ 6.30), you can book a shuttle that will drop you off to most hotels in the Downtown area. The airport shuttle departs every 15 minutes. Find out more here.  


Kampong Glam and Haji Lane 

After you’re done at Changi Airport, it’s time to explore Kampong Glam which is also known as Singapore’s Arabic Quarter. This area is full of traditional shops selling souvenirs, clothes and more.  

As you walk around, you’ll notice the golden domes of the Masjid Sultan, one of the largest Mosques in Singapore.  The Mosque is open from Monday to Saturday and is free to visit outside of prayer times (check their official website here for more info).

Make sure to also explore Haji Lane which is famous for its trendy boutiques, cafés and colorful street arts.    

Colorful street in Haji Lane Singapore
Street arts on Haji Lane

Shopping at Bugis   

For those looking for cheap deals, head to Bugis Street Market. This market consists of affordable shops selling cute clothes and souvenirs. There’s also a section selling food and drinks if you want to have lunch. 

If instead, you’re looking for international brands, make your way to Bugis Junction and Bugis+ shopping malls.

Little India  

From Bugis, take the downtown line to Little India. Spend some time walking around the neighborhood to explore the street arts, colorful buildings and temples. The most famous building in Little India is without a doubt the Tan Teng Niah House which is a very popular Instagram spot. 

For food and shopping, head to Tekka Center which is packed with rows of shops selling Indian clothes and accessories.  

The Tekka Center also has a food court section serving all sorts of delicious Indian and Chinese dishes including roti prata, murtabak and chicken chop noodles.   

If you have enough time, it’s also worth checking out Mustafa Center which is open 24/7. 

the colorful Tan Teng Niah House in Little India in Singapore
The colorful Tan Teng Niah House

Where to stay in Singapore?

The Southbridge Hotel  

Located in the heart of Chinatown, just a few meters from the MRT station, The Southbridge Hotel is perfect for couples and solo travelers alike. 

While the rooms are quite small, the hotel is clean and modern and each room has a TV, coffee station, air-conditioning and a private bathroom.  

Prices start from US$ 70 for single rooms and US$ 98 for queen rooms. A delicious English breakfast is served every day for an additional fee. 

Check prices and availability for the Southbridge Hotel here.  

Atlantis Pod @ Chinatown  

Also located close to the Chinatown MRT, Atlantis Pod is perfect for those looking for a budget hotel. Great for solo travelers, each room has individual pods that look like a spaceship! You’ll get access to a shared bathroom, fridge, toaster and free Wi-Fi. 

Prices start from US$ 20 for a single pod, including free breakfast. There are two other Atlantis Pods in Little India and Bugis as well.   

Check prices and availability for Atlantis Pod @ Chinatown here.  


Day 2 – Singapore 

Wake up bright and early, on the 2nd day of your Singapore Malaysia itinerary to explore the Marina Bay area. Most of Singapore’s top attractions are located in this area, so you’ll most likely spend the whole day here.  

Merlion, Esplanade Walk and Helix Bridge  

Start off with the Merlion which is a half lion and half fish statue and also the country’s Mascot. Keep in mind that it’s a very popular attraction so an early start is advisable.  

Merlion Statue Marina bay Singapore
The Merlion

Helix Bridge and Marina Bay Sands

From the Merlion, turn left and head towards the DNA-shaped Helix Bridge. From there you’ll get a panoramic view of the esplanade, Art Science Museum and the Marina Bay Sands.    

If you want to get a bird’s eye view of the Singapore skyline, you can visit the observation deck (Skypark) at Marina Bay Sands which costs about US$ 14. 

Skypark opening hours: 9.30 a.m to 10 p.m (weekdays) and 9.30 a.m to 11 p.m (weekend). 

Girl looking at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore
Marina Bay Sands

Gardens by the Bay   

From the Marina Bay Sands, it should take about 10 minutes to walk to the Gardens by the Bay. Make sure you get to the Cloud Forest at exactly 9 a.m to get a chance to view the 35-meter waterfall without the crowds.  

Take the lift to the Lost World to see the waterfall from above and walk along the suspended walkway. 

Next head over to the Flower Dome which is another conservatory with a collection of flowers and plants from all over the world. 

Tickets for both the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome cost S$ 28 for adults and S$ 15 for children. But if you want to buy your tickets for much cheaper, I recommend booking on Klook. You’ll end up paying only S$ 23 (US$ 16) for adults and S$ 14 (US$ 9.75) for children. 

Cloud Forest and Flower Dome opening hours: 9 a.m to 9 p.m daily    

Book your discounted ticket to The Cloud Forest and Flower Dome here  

Massive indoor waterfall at the Cloud Forest
The indoor waterfall at the Cloud Forest

Next, you can just spend the rest of the day exploring the Supertree grove and the other free gardens. If you want to walk along the OCBC Skyway which is a suspended walkway that connects two of the Supertrees, tickets cost S$ 8 (US$ 5.60) for adults and S$ 5 (US$ 3.50) for children. 

Gardens by the Bay opening hours: 5 a.m to 2 a.m daily 

Book your discounted combo ticket to the Cloud Forest, Flower Dome and OCBC Skyway here! 

Supertree grove at Gardens by the Bay
View of the Supertrees and Marina Bay Sands

Spectra Light and Garden Rhapsody Show  

As it starts getting dark, watch the sunset on the esplanade before making your way to the Marina Bay Sands where you can watch the Spectra Light and Water Show. For 15 minutes straight you’ll be mesmerized by the laser lights projecting images over the water spray, it’s without a doubt one of the best things to do in Marina Bay!  

Spectra Light and Water show at Marina Bay
Spectra Light and Water show

Finally, go back to the Gardens by the Bay just in time for the Garden Rhapsody show to see the Supertrees illuminated by colorful lights. 

Showtimes:  

  • Spectra Light and Water show: 8 p.m and 9 p.m every night with additional shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m  
  • Garden Rhapsody show: 7:45 p.m and 8:45 p.m every night 
Garden Rhapsody at night in Singapore
Garden Rhapsody

Related post: What to do in Marina Bay Singapore

Day 3 – Singapore 

Sentosa Island  

Sentosa is an island resort particularly popular among families with kids. You can choose to visit the Universal Studios or just chill at either Siloso, Palawan or Tanjong beach.  

Keep in mind that food and drinks on the island are quite expensive, so it’s a good idea to bring your own picnic lunch. 

There are three ways to get to Sentosa Island: 

  • By foot: Take the boardwalk from Vivo City which is about a 15 minutes’ walk. Once you’re on the island, you can then use the Sentosa Express and a bus/tram (both free). 
  • Cable car: Tickets for the cable car from Mount Faber Station costs about US$ 18.20. (book your discounted ticket here).  
  • Monorail: You can also take the Sentosa Express from 7 a.m to 12 a.m. The station is found at Vivo City, Lobby L, Level 3 and tickets cost S$4 (US$ 2.80). 

You can then take Sentosa Express for free to get back to Singapore. 

Bridge on Palawan Beach
Palawan beach on Sentosa Island

Chinatown  

For the afternoon, check out Chinatown, a must-visit on any Singapore itinerary! Here are the best attractions in Chinatown:

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple: One of the most famous landmarks in Chinatown is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. The temple is free to visit and houses the Buddha’s tooth, several statues and artifacts. If you’re visiting on a Saturday, you can take a free guided tour. The temple is open from daily from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. 

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Chinatown Street Market: Explore Chinatown Street Market to shop for cheap souvenirs, electronics, clothes and food. You can find quite a few street arts around here as well. 

Sri Mariamman Temple: Make sure to also visit Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple which is open daily from 7 a.m to 12 p.m and from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. 

Thian Hock Temple: This is one of the oldest temples in Singapore dedicated to the Chinese Goddess of the Seas. While the inside of the temple is made up of intricate carvings, the back is painted with a beautiful mural that narrates the story of Hokkien immigrants.  

Street art on the back of Thian Hock Temple
Street art on the back of Thian Hock Temple

Other things to do in Singapore:

Clarke Quay: If you want to experience the nightlife in Singapore, Clarke Quay is the place to be! 

Japanese and Chinese Gardens and Lakeside Garden: While the gardens are found outside of Singapore’s main tourist hub, they are worth adding to your itinerary. Stroll around to see the different plants, statues of Chinese heroes and even a Pagoda built on the lake! The gardens are open every day from 6 a.m to 11 p.m (update: the Chinese and Japanese Gardens are currently undertaking renovations until 2021 but the Lakeside Garden is still open).    

Girl walking towards pagoda at the Japanese and Chinese Gardens in Singapore
Chinese and Japanese Gardens

Singapore Botanic Garden: The Singapore Botanic Garden houses many tropical plants as well as the National Orchid garden. Entrance is free except for the Orchid Garden which costs S$5 (US$ 3.50). The gardens are open daily from 5 a.m to 12 a.m. 

Old Hill Street Police Station (MICA Building): The Old Hill Street Police Station is easily recognizable by its colorful windows and is one of the most popular Instagrammable spots in Singapore!   

Peranakan houses on Joo Chiat Road: Wander around Joo Chiat Road for a dose of pastel colors and intricate architecture. Although Joo Chiat Road is a very popular photo spot, it doesn’t attract too many people since it’s a bit far from the city center.  

Colorful Peranakan houses on Joo Chiat Road
Peranakan houses on Joo Chiat Road

Orchard Road: It’s the perfect place to do some high-end shopping. If you’re on a budget, it’s still a cool place to wander around and do some window-shopping. 

Singapore Zoo and Night Safari: Especially great for kids who want to see over 300 species of birds and animals.  

Singapore Flyer: For a panoramic view of Singapore’s skyline. 

Singapore River Cruise: Take a leisurely ride along the Marina Bay for a different perspective of Singapore’s landmarks. 

Related post: How to spend 4 days in Singapore? 

Day 4 – Melaka 

It’s now time to move on to Malaysia! To save time, I recommend starting with Melaka (Malacca), a historic city famous for its red-brick colonial buildings, street arts and delicious food.  

One day should be enough to explore the city, if not, you can spend around 2 hours the next morning to explore any attractions that you missed. 

Rickshaw rides in Melaka
Rickshaw rides on the Dutch Square in Melaka

How to get from Singapore to Melaka? 

I recommend taking the bus early in the morning to have enough time to explore Melaka. There are several bus stations around Singapore and you can just look for the one closest to your hotel. The journey lasts for about 4-5 hours depending on traffic.

Check the price and schedule on 12go.asia or Easybook


Dutch Square 

The Dutch Square is where all the main attractions are located. Explore around to shop for souvenirs and make sure to take a picture with the “I love Melaka” sign! 

You can also take a ride on the colorful rickshaws around the Dutch Square. A ride costs about RM 40 (US$ 9.15) and will take you to all the nearby attractions. 

Christ Church 

The Christ Church is one of the oldest Protestant Churches in Malaysia. Built by the Dutch in the 1700s, it’s hard not to miss the imposing red building.  

Christ Church at the Red Square Melaka Day Trip
Christ Church

Stadthuys 

If you’re a history buff and want to learn more about Melaka, make sure to visit the Stadthuys. The entrance costs only RM 10 (US 2.30). 

St Paul’s Hill  

From the Stadthuys, take the stairs up to St Paul’s Hill and Church. The Church was built in honor of the Virgin Mary but unfortunately, it has been partially destroyed and only the statue of St Paul and a few ruins are left. St Paul’s Hill still offers a great lookout point over Melaka. 

Statue of St Paul at St Paul's Hill in Melaka
St Paul’s Church

A’Famosa Fort 

Next, take the other set of stairs located on the side of St Paul’s Church to get down to A’Famosa Fort. The Fort was built by the Portuguese in the 1500s and is an interesting place to visit to get a glimpse into the history of Melaka. 

Street Arts 

I highly recommend going on a hunt for street arts which can be found mainly along the river bank and all over town. 

Menara Taming Sari 

Head over to the Menara Taming Sari which is a revolving tower providing incredible 360-degree views over Melaka City. The tower is open from 10 a.m to 11 p.m and costs RM 23 (US$ 5.30) for adults and RM 13 (US$ 3) for children. 

Melaka Straits Mosque 

For the best sunset views, make sure to add the Melaka Straits Mosque to your Singapore and Malaysia trip itinerary. I recommend taking a Grab there for about RM 12 (US$ 2.75) since the Mosque is found about 10 minutes outside the town center. 

Sun setting behind the Melaka Straits Mosque
Melaka Straits Mosque

Other things to do in Melaka: 

Jonker Street: If you’re visiting Melaka during a weekend, make sure to explore Jonker Street Night Market to taste some of the best street food!  

Melaka River Cruise: Take a 45-minute ride along the river to see various landmarks and street arts. The boat ride costs RM 30 (US$ 6.85) for adults and RM 25 (US$ 5.70) for children and is operational from 9 a.m to 11.30 p.m. 

Maritime and Naval Museum: For RM 20 (US$ 4.60), pay a visit to the Maritime and Naval Museum. The museum is a replica of a Portuguese ship that sunk along the Strait of Melaka and has several exhibits showcasing the history of Melaka. 

Maritime and Naval Museum in Melaka
Maritime and Naval Museum

Daily Fix Café: While this isn’t technically an attraction, eating at the Daily Fix Café is a must! Get there right at opening time to secure a spot and indulge in the most delicious Pandan pancakes and coffee! 

Related post: 12 things to do in Melaka in 1 day


Where to stay in Melaka? 

Buffalo Soldier Home 

For a budget accommodation in the center of Melaka, I recommend Buffalo Soldier Home. You can choose between dorm or private rooms which include a free breakfast. 

Check prices and availability for Buffalo Soldier Home here. 

Hotel Arissa 

If you prefer to stay in a quiet neighborhood not too far from the main attractions, Hotel Arissa is perfect for you. They provide clean and comfy rooms with a large double bed and a private bathroom. 

Check prices and availability for Hotel Arissa here. 


Day 5 – Kuala Lumpur 

It’s finally time to explore the metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur! Not only is KL a melting pot of culture, but it’s home to the world’s tallest twin towers and super cheap shopping malls. And, if you’re a foodie, you’re in for a treat! 


How to get from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur? 

Take the bus from Melaka Sentral to Terminal Bersepadu Selatan in Kuala Lumpur followed by a Grab (about RM 21 or US$ 4.80) to the city center. The bus journey lasts for about 2-2.5 hours and prices start from US$ 3. Check the price and schedule on the Easybook website. 

Check the price and schedule on 12go.asia or Easybook


Petronas Twin Towers 

The Petronas Twin Towers are perhaps the most iconic building in all of Kuala Lumpur! Standing at a height of 452 meters, the views here are breathtaking, especially at night.  

Since it can be a bit pricey to visit, I recommend booking your tickets in advance on Klook to get a discount. 

Operating hours: 9 a.m and 9 p.m from Tuesdays to Sundays (closed on Fridays between 1 p.m and 2.30 p.m).  

Get your discounted tickets for Petronas Towers here! 

Petronas Twin Towers at night
Petronas Twin Towers

KLCC Park 

For another perspective of the Petronas Twin Towers, you can wander around the KLCC Park for free. Don’t miss out on the Lake symphony show to see the water fountain light up. 

 Lake symphony light and water show: 8 p.m, 9 p.m and 10 p.m every night 

Aquaria KLCC  

If you want to get close to the marine life, make sure to add Aquaria KLCC to your itinerary. The aquarium houses a collection of 5,000 land and sea creatures and you can even walk under a water tunnel with sharks or other fish swimming over your head! 

Opening hours: 10 a.m to 8 p.m daily 

Get your discounted tickets for Aquaria KLCC here! 

Shopping in Bukit Bintang 

Whether you want to shop in high-end or budget shopping malls, Bukit Bintang is where you should be headed! Some of my favorite budget shopping malls include Sungei Wang Plaza and Berjaya Times Square. 

Bukit Bintang KL
Bukit Bintang

Jalan Alor Night Market  

As it starts getting dark, make your way to Jalan Alor night market which is a single lane surrounded on both sides by hundreds of street food stalls. From Chinese to Malay, Thai and Indian Food, you’re bound to find something to feast on! 


Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur? 

Gold 3 Boutique Hotel 

I recommend staying in Bukit Bintang so that you’re within walking distance to most attractions. Gold 3 Boutique Hotel is the perfect budget option in Bukit Bintang and features modern and clean rooms with a private bathroom.  

Check prices and availability for Gold 3 Boutique Hotel here. 

Ansa Hotel Kuala Lumpur 

Another option is Ansa Hotel on the opposite side of Gold 3 Boutique Hotel. Since the hotel offers a view of the KL Tower and offers more spacious rooms, it’s slightly more expensive. 

Check prices and availability for Ansa Hotel Kuala Lumpur here 


Day 6 – Kuala Lumpur 

KL Forest Eco Park  

Start your morning by taking a walk at the KL Forest Eco Park. Located just a few minutes from Bukit Bintang, it’s the perfect place to recharge and connect with nature. 

There are several walking trails to choose from or you can even walk along the suspended canopy bridge which provides views over the rainforest and skyscrapers.  

The park is open every day from 7 a.m to 6 p.m and is free to visit. 

Girl walking on canopy bridge at the KL Forest Eco Park
Canopy bridge at the KL Forest Eco Park

KL Tower (Menara Tower)  

From the KL Forest Eco Park, walk to the KL Tower, also known as the Menara Tower. Towering at a height of 421 meters, KL Tower offers an incredible 360-degree view all over Kuala Lumpur. 

If you’re on a tight budget, I recommend visiting the KL Tower instead of the Petronas Twin Towers. Not only are the tickets cheaper, KL Tower offers better views since the Skydeck completely open. Make sure to book your tickets in advance for a discount! 

Opening hours: 9 a.m to 10 p.m daily. 

Book your discounted tickets for KL Tower here!  

Girl sitting in skybox at KL Tower
KL Tower

 Chinatown 

Next stop is Chinatown! This neighborhood is home to rows and rows of stalls selling fake designer goods, cheap souvenirs and delicious street food. A few places I recommend visiting are Petaling Street, Katsuri Walk and Central Market. 

One tip I have for you is to always haggle! A good starting point is about 40-50% of the original price quoted. 

Little India (Brickfields)  

Another must-visit on this Singapore Malaysia trip is Little India. Splashes of colors on the streets and buildings, Bollywood music playing in every shop, colorful flower garlands hanging on the side of the road and delicious but spicy food are a few of the things you can expect to see in Little India! 

Thean Hou Temple 

Situated just outside of Little India, Thean Hou Temple is one of the largest and most beautiful temples in Southeast Asia!  

Dedicated to Mazu, Goddess of the Sea, Thean Hou is an architectural masterpiece with hundreds of bright-red lanterns adorning the temple grounds. 

Since the temple sits on top of a hill, the upper deck provides a panoramic view of the city and you can even spot the KL Tower on a clear day! 

Entrance fee: Free 

Girl wandering around the Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur
Thean Hou Temple

Other things to do in Kuala Lumpur: 

Batu Caves: The climb over the 272 steps leads to a Hindu temple inside a cave and is one of the most popular Instagram spots in KL. Book your transfer to Batu Caves here. 

Masjid Jamek: This is one of the oldest Islamic Mosques in Kuala Lumpur. It’s free to visit from Saturdays to Thursdays, outside of prayer time.   

KL Bird Park: Home to more than 3,000 local and foreign birds, the KL bird park is a great attraction for kids and adults alike. Entrance costs RM 63 (US$ 14.45) for adults and RM 42 (US$ 9.60) for children. 

Related post: 2 days in Kuala Lumpur: Ultimate guide 

Day 7 – Ipoh 

Often overlooked in favor of Penang, Ipoh is a small underrated town mostly known for its colorful street arts, old buildings, cave temples and the famous Ipoh White Coffee.  

Mural Lane Ipoh Malaysia
Street arts on Mural’s Art Lane

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh? 

Take the bus (US$ 6) from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Ipoh Amanjaya bus station which is found about 20 minutes from Ipoh Old Town. From there, take a Grab (RM 15 or US$ 3.45) to your hotel. Normally, the journey should last about 4 hours unless there’s a lot of traffic. 

If you don’t want to get stuck in traffic, take the train instead. The journey lasts for about 3 hours and cost about RM 40 (US$ 9.10).  

Check the price and schedule on 12go.asia or Easybook


Go on a Street Art Hunt  

What I particularly love about the street arts in Ipoh is that they are interactive and there’s absolutely no one waiting in line to take a picture! 

You’ll find several pieces, especially in the Old Town. One of my favorites is the rickshaw art by Ernest Zacharevic which is a clever combination of a real rickshaw set against a painting of an old man collecting trash. 

You can find other street arts along Mural Art’s Lane and Concubine Lane. 

Rickshaw mural in Ipoh by Ernest Zacharevic
Rickshaw mural in Ipoh

Concubine Lane and Kong Heng Square 

Your street art hunt will most certainly lead you to Concubine Lane. During the week, this little side road is completely deserted but during the weekend, it can get quite busy. Shop owners will set their stalls out on the street to sell souvenirs, jewelry and delicious street food.  

Located just a few meters from Concubine Lane, Koh Heng Square is another shopping spot where you can buy souvenirs and clothes.  


Where to stay in Ipoh?  

Grayhaus Soho Ipoh  

Single and queen rooms with a private bathroom at Grayhaus Soho cost about US$ 12 and US$ 16 respectively. Coffee and toast are available anytime during the day and night and laundry will set you back RM 15 (US$ 3.45) per load.  

Check prices and availability for Grayhaus Soho Ipoh here


Day 8 – Ipoh 

Taste the famous Ipoh White Coffee 

For breakfast make your way to either Nam Heong White Coffee or Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong. Both claim to be the inventor of the famous drink made of roasted coffee beans and condensed milk.  

While you’re there, I recommend ordering some egg tarts and Dim Sums as well. 

Explore the Cave Temples  

Today, you’ll be spending the day visiting three beautiful temples. Most of the temples in Ipoh are built inside of limestone caves and some even provide stunning views IF you’re prepared to tackle over 400 stairs! 

Start off with Perak Cave Temple (Perak Tong), one of the most popular temples in Ipoh. The inside looks very intricate with painting on the cave walls and golden Buddha statues. If you have the energy, take the 450 steps which lead to a panoramic view of Ipoh! 

View from the top of Perak Temple in Ipoh is one of the best things to do during any Singapore Malaysia trip itinerary
The view from the top of Perak Cave Temple

Next up is Sam Poh Tong. Near the entrance, you’ll find a small pond with a pagoda in the middle. As you walk through the giant archway to get inside the temple, you’ll eventually reach a small tunnel leading to the back of the temple. Here, you’ll find another pagoda but unfortunately, you cannot go in. 

Kek Lok Tong is found in one of the most picturesque locations. The temple complex comprises of Buddha statues on the inside, while the outside features a beautiful lake garden surrounded by karst cliffs. 

Lake garden at Kek Lok Tong
Lake garden at Kek Lok Tong

Related post: Ipoh travel guide: 10 awesome things to do 

Day 9 – Penang 

The UNESCO World Heritage city of Georgetown in Penang is quite similar to Ipoh although somewhat more touristy. Just like Ipoh, Penang is famous for its old colonial buildings and street arts.  


How to get from Ipoh to Penang? 

If you take the Sri Maju bus (US$ 5) from Ipoh, you’ll be dropped off directly in Penang at the Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal. The journey will last for about 2.5 hours. From there, take a Grab to Georgetown for about US$ 4. 

Some buses stop in Butterworth and you’ll need to take a ferry to Georgetown. So, make sure that the drop off point is specifically at Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal. 

Check the price and schedule on 12go.asia or Easybook


Kek Lok Si Temple 

Featuring thousands of Buddha statues and colorful carvings, Kek Lok Si temple is situated on top of a hill outside of Georgetown and is a must-visit on any Singapore Malaysia trip itinerary.   

The temple is free to visit except for the Pagoda which requires a small entrance fee of RM 2 (US$ 0.45). 

Kek Lok Si is open every day from 8.30 a.m to 5.30 p.m. 

Kek Lok Si Temple Penang Malaysia
Kek Lok Si temple in Penang

Penang Hill 

Another fun activity to do during your Singapore Malaysia itinerary is taking the funicular to Penang Hill. You can also hike up to the top but the path is very steep and requires at least 2 to 3 hours. 

The funicular operates from 6.30 a.m to 11 p.m and the price of tickets starts from RM 30 (US$ 6.90) for adults and RM 15 (US$ 3.45) for children.  

Chulia Street Night Market 

Penang isn’t called the food capital of Malaysia for nothing! Head to Chulia Street at night to sample local Malaysian dishes like Nasi Kandar, Char Kway Teow, Lok Lok and more!    


Where to stay in Penang? 

Hotel Chennai by Wink 

Located in Little India, not too far from the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Hotel Chennai by Wink is a great choice if you prefer having your own private room and bathroom. The hotel is cheap and costs only about US$ 15 per night. 

Check prices and availability for Hotel Chennai here.

Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze) 

Although a bit on the pricier side, the Blue Mansion is perfect for those who want to get a taste of living in a traditional Peranakan home. Prices start from US$ 117, including breakfast. 

Check prices and availability for the Blue Mansion here.


Day 10 – Penang 

Go on another street art hunt

Since Georgetown is very touristy, you’ll need to wake up super early if you want to take pictures of the street arts without anyone else in the shot. Starting from 9/10 a.m, the streets will be packed with tourists. 

You can find lots of street arts right in the center of Georgetown, around Lebuh Armenia, Lebuh Ah Quee and Lebuh Canon while others can be found at the Hin Bus Depot.

Most of the street arts are marked on google maps, so it should be easy to find them. You can also check out this street art guide of Penang here.  

Street art in Penang
Street art in Penang

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (Blue Mansion) 

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is arguably one of the most famous attractions in Penang. Easily recognizable by its striking blue facade, the former home of the Chinese businessman, Cheong Fatt Tze has now been restored into a beautiful museum/hotel. 

You can take a guided tour during the week at 11 a.m, 2 p.m and 3.30 p.m or during the weekend at 11 a.m and 2 p.m. The tour costs only RM 16 (US$ 3.65) and lasts for 45 minutes. 

The Blue Mansion in Penang
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Pinang Peranakan Mansion 

Another museum worth visiting is the Pinang Peranakan Mansion. The museum is open every day from 9.30 a.m to 5 p.m and the entrance fee is RM 20 (US$ 4.60).    

Chew Jetty 

Finally, end the day by enjoying the sunset on Chew Jetty. The Chew Jetty was set up in the 19th century by Chinese immigrants who built their homes on wooden stilts. While people still live in these houses, it’s become a popular tourist attraction with shops selling mostly souvenirs. 

Other things to do in Penang:

  • Love Lane: Your typical backpacker’s scene, Lone Lane is lined with hipster cafes and bars and is particularly busy during the evening. 
  • Wat Chaiyamangalaran Thai Temple – A Thai Buddhist temple with colorful carvings and mosaics and a 33-meter reclining Buddha statue.  
Man walking towards a bar on Love Lane in Penang
Love Lane in Penang

Related post: Best Penang itinerary for first-time visitors

Day 11 – Langkawi 

Langkawi is the perfect beach destination for any type of traveler, whether you’re looking for adventure or just want to have some lazy days.  

Langkawi is made up of 99 islands with palm-fringed beaches, waterfalls, limestone cliffs, and even a spectacular Skybridge floating at 660 meters above sea level! 

Cenang beach in Langkawi
Cenang Beach in Langkawi

How to get to from Penang to Langkawi? 

There are only two ways to get from Penang to Langkawi. The first option is by taking the Ferry in Georgetown. Tickets cost US$ 19 and the journey lasts for about 2-2.5 hours. 

Alternatively, you can fly to Langkawi with Air Asia.  

Check the price and schedule on 12go.asia


Chill on the beach 

Langkawi has many beautiful beaches but the most popular one is Pantai Cenang. The beach is situated in the southwest of Langkawi and reminds me a lot of Ao Nang in Thailand, except that the beach is much nicer!  

If ever you’re tired of just lying on the beach, you can partake in some water sport activities such as jet skiing or parasailing. 

Other beaches on Langkawi include Pantai Tengah, Pantai Kok and Tanjun Rhu. 

Pantai Chenang sign on the beach in Langkawi
Pantai Chenang

Visit a night market 

If you’re craving for some budget-friendly local eats, make sure to visit at least one night market! The night markets not only sell food but you can find clothes as well.  

They are held every single night in different locations (find out more in this article). 


Where to stay in Langkawi? 

Chenang Inn 

Conveniently located less than 5 minutes from the beach, Chenang Inn is an awesome budget hotel with clean and spacious rooms with a private bathroom. 

Check prices and availability for Chenang Inn here 


Day 12- Langkawi 

Langkawi Skycab and Skybridge

For today, take a cable car (Skycab) to the Langkawi Skybridge, the world’s tallest suspension bridge! The bridge provides the most incredible views over the rainforest, waterfalls and even the Thai Islands! 

Since it’s one of the most popular attractions in Langkawi, I highly recommend you book your tickets online and make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before opening time.  

Book your ticket to the Langkawi Skycab and Skybridge here

Langkawi Skybridge on the mountains of Langkawi
Langkawi Skybridge

Seven Wells Waterfall  

About a 15 minutes’ walk from the Skybridge, you’ll come across the Seven Wells Waterfall. There’s a small pool at the bottom where you can swim in or you can take the stairs until you reach the top of the waterfall.  

The upper section has several pools and a small suspended bridge that provides views over the Langkawi Skycab. 

Seven Wells Waterfall
Seven Wells Waterfall

Related post: Complete guide to Seven Wells Waterfall

Other things to do in Langkawi: 

Related post: Ultimate 2-week Malaysia itinerary

Budget for your Singapore Malaysia Itinerary 

While Singapore is slightly more expensive than Malaysia, it’s still possible to visit on a budget. Plan to budget around US$ 70-100 per day for Singapore and US$ 50 per day for Malaysia. You can check out both my articles about Singapore and Malaysia for a detailed budget breakdown. 


I hope you got some ideas on how to plan your Singapore and Malaysia trip itinerary and let me know in the comments if you have other questions. If you want to extend your trip to include Thailand as well, I have the perfect 10-day itinerary for you which includes stops at some of the most beautiful Thai Islands!

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