If you’ve been planning a massive trip to Singapore and Malaysia but aren’t sure where to begin, you’ve come to the right place! Planning a trip can be difficult, especially given how much there is to see and do in these two nations. I’ve created this post, based on my personal travel experience, to help you prepare for your Singapore and Malaysia trip.
By the way, this itinerary is ideal if you have big dreams but limited travelling time. With this itinerary, you’ll spend 10 days in total exploring and experiencing these two incredible countries. From Singapore’s sleek metropolis to Malaysia’s diverse landscapes, from beaches to mountains. One advantage of visiting these two Southeast Asian nations is that you can readily get a range of halal dishes! 😋 If you enjoy shopping for modest clothing, there are also some wonderful places to spend your money! 💸
So, start scrolling to prepare for an epic Singapore and Malaysia trip!
Singapore and Malaysia Trip: 10-Day Itinerary
Day 1 – Welcome to Singapore!
- Jewel Changi Airport
- Enjoy Singapore at night (e.g. Gardens by the Bay to watch the light show)
Welcome to the Lion City!
Once you arrive here, and if you have the energy, don’t rush to leave the airport. Changi Airport has been crowned as the ‘World’s Best Airport’, and it’s worth spending some time exploring. The title is not without a reason. Changi Airport is full of art installations and facilities that will refresh you in between the aeroplane journey. Out of all the things that you can enjoy here, you should visit the HSBC Rain Vortex, the world’s largest and tallest indoor waterfall that is located at Jewel Changi Airport, a nature-themed entertainment and retail complex that is linked to the airport’s passenger terminals.
Once you leave the airport, go to your hotel and have some free time to rest and catch up on sleep after your long journey before exploring the surrounding area.
Singapore is pretty safe for travellers, including Muslim women. You can enjoy the city’s night lights in some areas, such as Clarke Quay and Youth Olympic Park. You can also visit Gardens by the Bay to watch the mesmerising light show, available daily at 7:45 and 8:45 pm.
HTG Tip: Choose accommodation close to tourist attractions and public transportation hubs. Depending on your budget, these areas can be your choice: Orchard Road, Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam. You can consider staying around the Kampong Glam area for easier access to the mosque and halal food.
Day 2 – Singapore City Tour
- Gardens by the Bay
- Singapore Botanic Gardens
- Sightseeing bus tour
Today is the day to explore more of Singapore!
You can visit various places and participate in different activities depending on your interests. Gardens by the Bay is the most popular attraction. This place is amazingly mind-blowing. It’s home to the iconic Supertrees and two conservatories — Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. If you enjoy nature, you’re in the right place because Singapore is considered the greenest city in Asia. Visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a 158-year-old tropical garden that is the country’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Taking sightseeing bus tours is another way to get around. All you need to do is hop on the bus; the driver and audio guide will explain what you see along the way. You’ll be able to see key attractions like the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, the Merlion, Botanic Gardens, and Orchard Road, just to name a few.
Today’s zuhr and asr can be performed at Sultan Mosque, which is located in the Arab Quarter in Kampong Glam. After praying, you can do a quick tour of this magnificent mosque. You can also go shopping or café hopping in this area, which has a variety of modest fashion boutiques, eateries, and cafes.
Day 3 – To The Pristine of Langkawi Island
- Eagle Square
- Langkawi’s Cable Car and Sky Bridge
- Cenang Beach
Let’s now go from city escape to island living. This morning, you can check out of your hotel early to take a flight to Malaysia’s Langkawi Island.
HTG Tip: You can book AirAsia’s flight at 10:45 am from Changi Airport Singapore. The flight is around 1 hour and 25 minutes. So, by the time you arrive in Langkawi at 12:15 pm (there’s no time difference between Singapore and Malaysia, GMT+8), you still have plenty of time to explore the island before it gets dark.
Feel the island’s calm vibe wash over you as you arrive in Langkawi. Take a quick visit to Eagle Square, where you can snap a quick photo with Langkawi’s mascot, the eagle. After lunch, you can gaze at Langkawi’s famed Cable Car and Sky Bridge. The bridge, suspended over a green mountain, gives a 360-degree panorama of the island’s breathtaking view. I must say that the view from the top is amazing, and the Cable Car journey is thrilling!
You can finish your afternoon with a glimpse of Langkawi’s famous Cenang Beach. Enjoy the rest of your evening and the sunset.
HTG Tip: If you’re searching for a peaceful place to stay in Langkawi, choose Casa Del Mar, which is regarded as one of the nicest hotels on the island. They offer limited rooms and have direct access to Cenang Beach, providing easy access to the beach and waves.
Day 4 – Exploring the Island Life
- Mangrove tour on a boat (Kilim Geoforest Park)
- Island hopping trip (Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pulau Singa, and Pulau Beras Basah)
Time to venture out and explore more of Langkawi Island! This morning, you can choose from various exciting activities in nature. If your hotel offers activity arrangements, consider opting for the convenience they provide. On the other hand, if you prefer managing your own adventure, here are some activities you can enjoy in Langkawi.
The northeast shore of Langkawi is densely forested with mangroves and is vital to the island’s ecosystem. This area is part of Kilim Geoforest Park, a UNESCO Network Of Global Geoparks member. Accessible only by joining a mangrove tour on a boat, this excursion provides an excellent opportunity to learn about flora and creatures and how they interact in the ecosystem.
If you enjoy water sports, there is a mesmerising 4-hour Island Hopping trip that allows you to experience the delights of Langkawi on a shared boat with other tourists (unless you choose the private option, in which case you would have the boat all to yourself 😉). You’ll explore three tropical islands, each with its incredible narrative. Swim in the waves of Pulau Dayang Bunting, watch the mighty eagles swoop in the skies over Pulau Singa, then relax on the white sands of Pulau Beras Basah or go snorkelling.
Day 5 – To The Penang’s Charm We Go
- Ferry ride to the mainland
- Penang; George Town or Batu Feringghi
You can start your day a bit late today to give yourself extra time to enjoy your last morning in Langkawi before going to the charming city of Penang.
Today, you’ll try another mode of transportation, since you need to take a ferry from Langkawi to the main island. You can choose between the two jetties: Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis. Both ports have different ferry schedules, so you might want to check both to find the ferry that matches your schedule. The ferry trip from Langkawi to Kuala Kedah is 1 hour 45 minutes, while to Kuala Perlis is around 1 hour 15 minutes.
Upon arriving at the jetty, you can stop for lunch before continuing the drive to Penang, and then you go straight to the hotel. In Penang, you can choose between staying in George Town, the capital of Penang Island or in Batu Feringghi, if you want to extend your day to be by the beach.
George Town’s beautiful colonial alleys are a hub of culture, street art, and some of the best street food. You’ll see the Chinese houses and skyscrapers placed side by side, giving this city a unique atmosphere. Batu Ferringhi is most known for its sandy beaches. A variety of enjoyable activities are available along this coastline, including water sports and horseback riding. The area comes alive with a night bazaar when the sun goes down.
Day 6 – Explore More of Penang
- Penang Hill Funicular
- A walking tour of George Town (Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Kapitan Keling Mosque)
- Halal street food
Kick off the day with a unique ride on the Penang Hill Funicular, followed by the breathtaking views from Penang Hill itself. Capture the spectacular landscapes as you breathe in the fresh mountain air.
Then, put on your explorer’s hat and join a walking tour of George Town. You should see the town’s two magnificent historic mansions, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion (the Green Mansion) and the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (the Blue Mansion). Continue connecting the history of Islam in Malaysia by visiting the fascinating Kapitan Keling Mosque, built in the 19th century by Indian Muslim traders.
A visit to Penang would be incomplete without exploring the city’s street food culture. If you’re looking for a rice meal, consider Nasi Kandar, which combines steamed rice with a unique curry, side dishes, and gravies. Curries are available in various vegetable, seafood, and meat combinations. The curry is super rich, flavourful and might also be a bit spicy.
HTG Tip: Nasi Kandar is originally served in one plate. So you’ll have the rice, side dishes of your choice, and all drenched in the curry sauce. However, you can always tell the staff if you prefer to have everything separately. Moreover, you’ll see that most locals will eat using their right hand (worry not, sinks and liquid hand soap are available 😉). But if you’re comfortable using utensils, they are available for you to use.
Laksa Penang, commonly known as Asam Laksa, is a popular noodle dish. A spicy poached and flaked mackerel broth noodle dish topped with shredded veggies. Its rich flavour includes tangy, spicy, and sour notes. Cendol, an iced sweet delicacy with droplets of pandan-flavoured green rice flour jelly, coconut milk, and palm sugar syrup, is a great way to beat the heat. Excellent choice for a daytime dessert!
Day 7 – Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia!
- Road trip to Kuala Lumpur
- Bukit Bintang
- Petronas Twin Tower
Say farewell to Penang and make your way to Kuala Lumpur!
HTG Tip: Secure accommodation close to the tourist hotspots and public transportation hubs for seamless exploration. KL Sentral, Pasar Seni (Central Market), and Bukit Bintang are excellent area choices. With landmarks within walking distance, you’ll have more money to splurge on something else – perhaps some modest fashion finds? 😉
After the journey, give yourself some well-deserved downtime to recharge and catch up on sleep. Once you’re feeling refreshed, it’s time to dive into the vibrant atmosphere of Kuala Lumpur! In the evening, set off to explore the lively vibes of Bukit Bintang with its iconic crossing often likened to Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing. Check out the fancy Pavilion Mall for a shopping spree or just some air-conditioned bliss. Bukit Bintang area is a haven for foodies, offering diverse halal options. Don’t miss the chance to savour an authentic yet halal-certified version of Hainanese chicken rice at Nasi Ayam Hainan Chee Meng.
Make your way to the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers, known as KLCC, as the sun sets. Pavilion Mall has a direct connection, making it easy for you to get there. The twin towers light up the night sky, creating a perfect backdrop for your pictures. Head to KLCC Park, where a colourful dancing fountain show awaits.
HTG Tip: You can easily reach KLCC by walking through The Pavilion – KLCC Bridge. It’s a 1.17 km air-conditioned elevated walkway that connects Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and KLCC, which will take about 15 – 20 minutes. If you start walking from the Pavilion, the walk begins at the Connection area, where there are a lot of hip cafes. On the other hand, coming from KLCC, the walk starts from the Concourse Level of Suria KLCC Shopping Mall.
Day 8 – Exploring Kuala Lumpur
- Pasar Seni (Central Market)
- Federal Territory Mosque
- Masjid Jamek Mosque
- Islamic Arts Museum
After a hearty breakfast, let’s continue to explore the city of Kuala Lumpur! Head over to Pasar Seni (Central Market), a treasure trove of arts, crafts, and souvenirs, all infused with the essence of Malaysia’s culture. Unleash your inner artist at a Batik workshop – a chance to weave a piece of yourself into a Batik masterpiece. Batik, a traditional art form, involves creating intricate patterns on fabric using wax-resistant dyeing techniques. It’s a beautiful blend of creativity, patience, and vibrant colours, offering a truly immersive cultural experience.
When lunchtime comes, let’s crash a Malay wedding without an invitation! Experience the unique flavours of Nasi Kahwin Hari-Hari, offering a delightful array of Malay wedding dishes. Choose from options like ayam goreng (fried chicken), ayam masak merah (red chicken curry), or daging masak hitam (beef in black sauce). Each dish is a burst of flavour, truly finger-licking good! But if you fancy using a utensil, then go ahead. It will be just as delicious! 😉
Visit the majestic Federal Territory Mosque and Masjid Jamek Mosque to find inner calm amidst the architectural marvels. You can spend some time with the locals for zuhr and asr prayers. If you want to learn more about the mosques, they have in-house guides who will happily explain the history of the mosques. To conclude your exploration, pay a visit to the Islamic Arts Museum, which features unique displays of the Islamic world of the arts.
Day 9 – Visit The Pink Mosque
- Putra Mosque
This morning, we’ll explore the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, specifically the Putrajaya area, which is around 45 minutes distant. Malaysia’s capital may be Kuala Lumpur, but the federal administrative centre is Putrajaya.
Tourists come to Putrajaya mostly to see this stunning pink-tiled mosque. Putra Mosque is the Federal Territory’s primary mosque, which is located near the current Prime Minister’s office, Putra Square, and Putrajaya Lake. The Putra Mosque’s architecture is striking, with its pink dome, minarets, and interior designs. Thus, it is also known as the Pink Mosque. You can request a tour and explanation of the mosque from the in-house guides. When the time comes for prayer, you can certainly take your wudhu at the designated space and join the congregational prayer.
After this visit, you can return to Kuala Lumpur and spend the rest of the day to fit your preferences. Kuala Lumpur is the perfect city for you who fancy modest-clothing shopping. You can go to Tuanku Abdul Rahman Street, also known as ‘Jalan TAR’ by the locals. Numerous businesses in this area sell anything from Muslim attire to Baju Kurung (traditional Malaysian clothes that come in matching blouses and skirts), headscarves, and much more.
Day 10 – Farewell
And now comes the final day!
Take advantage of your last opportunity to purchase a souvenir for your family and friends. Beryl’s, Malaysia’s well-known chocolate brand, sells a variety of chocolates. Chocolate bars, nut-filled chocolate, cookies, and many other varieties are available. You can also get chocolate with a particular fruit flavour, such as durian, a fruit popular in Southeast Asia and known as ‘the king of fruit’. But my favourite is always Beryl’s Tiramisu series; it’s yummy! Beryl’s shop can be found in Pasar Seni (Sentral Market), KLCC, and the airport.
That’s the end of your exploration. I hope you have a great time during this Singapore and Malaysia trip!
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I look forward to the possibility of having you on our trip and eating all those delicious foods together, inshaAllah! 🤩
I’m Gia, Trip Manager of Halal Travel Guide. I’m an Indonesian living in Jakarta. Besides writing (mostly about travel-related topics), I’m also keen on travelling and cooking. My love language is food, and I’m a cat person. I hope you enjoy this article!