12 Best Road Trips In Malaysia For Short Weekend Escape – 2020

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Are you exhausted and looking for a way to relax after a long week? What could be better than an amazing weekend trip for 2 days 1 night? You’ll be able to get enough rest and fun to boost your energy before the next week.

Here, we have 12 road trips planned out for you. Note that most of the trip starts from Kuala Lumpur but you can twist the plan however you want to suit your schedule.

From Kuala Lumpur

1. Kuala Lumpur – Bukit Tinggi – Fraser’s Hill (3 hours)

From Kuala Lumpur take a 1-hour car ride to Bukit Tinggi. For your first adventure in Bukit Tinggi, make your way to the most popular attraction – Colmar Tropicale French Village. It’s a hidden gem to get away from the busy city life and to feel like you’re strolling around a 16th century French village. If you’re up for adventure, make your way to the Colmar Adventure Park for some activities such as flying fox and paintball. You can also choose to stay the night here in their resort.

After strolling at the French village, you can also experience the Japanese village that is a few minutes hike away from Colmar Tropicale. There is a botanical garden and a rabbit park in the village. Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture by trying on a kimono and participate in a Japanese tea ceremony. After a great time at Bukit Tinggi, you can stay the night and recharge for the next day’s adventure.

Wake up early but with enough sleep to drive for another 2 hours up to Fraser’s Hill. You can take great photos of the English-styled bungalows and beautiful scenery. Try some activities at The Paddock such as archery and horse-riding. Take some time to explore the highland rainforests with a network of trails – Bishop Trail, Hemmant Trail, Pine Tree Trail and many more.

Note: Make sure to travel back before the sky gets dark to ensure your safety.

2. Kuala Lumpur – Kampar – Ipoh (2 hours 40 minutes)

Kampar is a small town in Perak known as the education city. Make a stop at Kampar before your journey to Ipoh for a quick bite. They have delicious food such as the famous Kampar Chee Cheong Fun.

After satisfying your tummy, you can make a quick stop to visit Kellie’s Castle located at Batu Gajah, Perak. It only takes around half an hour from Kampar. Kellie’s Castle was an unfinished castle which is now made to a tourist attraction. You can explore the craftmanship of a Moorish and Indo-Saracenic Revival style with exquisite tiles, bricks and marbles. Highlights of the castle will be the spooky wine cellar located underground and the rooftop where visitors can sit and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding area.

Next, you can make your way to Ipoh after a good stroll at Kellie’s Castle. Ipoh is popular with nature and cultural hot spots such as Qing Xin Ling and Gunung Lang. It’s also perfect for a weekend getaway with loads of activities, cafes to hangout and mouthwatering local cuisines.

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You should plan your stay in Ipoh to enjoy the hot springs in The Lost World of Tambun for a good night’s sleep. You can spend the next day food hunting and strolling around the Ipoh city to immerse in their laid-back and friendly culture. Remember to have a good dinner in Ipoh before making your way back!

3. Kuala Lumpur – Teluk Intan – Pangkor Island (4 hours)

Journey from Kuala Lumpur to the Lumut Jetty will take about 3 hours and the ferry to Pangkor Jetty will take 35-45 minutes. You can make a quick pit stop at Teluk Intan, a small town with rich history of ancient landmarks and friendly townspeople. Visit the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan, a Malaysian version of Leaning Tower of Pisa to get fun and creative photos!

After visiting the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan, it’ll be in time for lunch. There are a few must-try, so you decide what you want to eat – Abdullah Mastan Ghany for mee rebus, M. Ghulam Rasul for nasi kandar and Liew Kee for chee cheong fun.

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Once you’re done with your hearty meal, continue your journey to Pangkor Island. Don’t worry, you can park your car at the parking lot provided at Lumut Jetty for a small fee. You’ll have a great island escape at Pangkor Island with the relaxed atmosphere and amazing views. If you’re used to a fast and busy city life, going to Pangkor Island will slow you down for good.

Wondering what you can do in Pangkor Island? First and foremost, you must visit the beaches – choose to take a walk by the beach or if you’re up for some adventures, sign up for snorkeling, kayaking, jet skiing or parasailing. If you’re a foodie, visit the seafood restaurants that serve the freshest seafood. To enrich your experience with the nature, check out the jungle trails at Titi Ganung and Teluk Segadas Hill.

The nightlife in Pangkor Island is great too, explore the island for some good bars along the beaches. Book a resort online, have a good sleep and before you leave the island, explore more beaches and there, you have the best weekend trip.

4. Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Selangor – Sekinchan (1 hour 30 minutes)

Sekinchan has gained popularity in the recent years BUT why not spice up your weekend trip by making a short stop at Kuala Selangor. Kuala Selangor is a small historical town with a lot of attractions you can visit such as the Traditional Games Museum, Historical Museum, Melawati Fort and Melawati Hill where you can observe silver-tail monkeys.

A must-see attraction are the fireflies located at the mangrove swamps along the banks of Selangor River. Kampung Kuantan or Firefly Park Resort are the two places where you can book a tour for a night boat-ride to observe the twinkling fireflies. You can choose to stay the night at Kuala Selangor or Sekinchan depending on your schedule.

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Парк светлячков 🌌 ⠀ Экскурсия в парк светлячков Kuala Selangor Fireflies пожалуй самая популярная в Куала-Лумпуре. 🇲🇾 ⠀ Это и понятно — красота необыкновенная. В полной тишине плывёшь по реке на лодке, а вокруг тебя всё мерцает и пульсирует. ⠀ Тысячи светлячков ✨облюбовали прибрежный кустарник реки Селангор. Живут они колониями, что встречается нечасто, поэтому парк светлячков Куала Селангор (Kuala Selangor Fireflies ) — заповедник. ⠀ В Малайзии несколько больших колоний этих насекомых. Самые крупные живут в районе Kampung Kuantan в парке Селангор. ⠀ Как проходит экскурсия Поскольку светлячки — начинают свои световые игры после захода солнца, то ехать на реку днём нет особого смысла. Если только посмотреть на мангровый лес. Экскурсий в это время нет. Всё начинается вечером. Первая лодка отходит в 19:45, когда уже стемнело. Всё заканчивается в 23:00. Туристов приезжает очень много, но давки и толп нет. Все приехавшие группами культурно запускаются в специально отведённую длинную беседку, садятся и ожидают подхода своей лодки. ⠀ Небольшой инструктаж перед началом. Общий смысл: • не разговаривать друг с другом — светлячки пугаются шума и перестают мигать • выключить звук у телефонов • хватать насекомых нельзя, но руку или палец, чтобы светлячок сел на неё, подставлять можно • снимать можно, но смысла в этом нет, — суеты много, а фотографии не получаются • лучше всего, успокоиться и тихо наслаждаться завораживающим зрелищем • затем вы надеваете спасательные жилеты и загружаетесь в свою лодку ⠀ Лодки разные: есть на 4-5 человек, есть на 10-15, но это не важно, т.к. видно всё и все молчат. Иногда вскрикивают, потому что удержаться сложно. Но за соблюдением тишины следит водитель лодки. Чтобы сесть в лодку нужна «команда», если вас двое или один, найдите себе «попутчиков» из приехавших. ⠀ Лодка проходит сначала вдоль одного берега реки, затем сворачивает и идёт вдоль противоположного. Так что, где бы вы ни сидели, мимо вас светлячки не пролетят, будьте уверены. Иногда лодка заходит в маленькие заводи и световые волны окружают вас со вех сторон. Катание по реке светлячков длится приблизительно 30-40 минут, но в тишине без гаджетов этого достаточно. ⠀ #КуалаСелангор

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Many love the picturesque scenery in Sekinchan, bright green paddy fields that will look so great in photos. Besides that, if you’re a city person, you might want to visit the fishing village where you’ll be able to witness the lives of the fishermen.

Speaking about dreams, we all have dreams don’t we? You should make a wish at the Sekinchan wishing tree that has thousands of red ribbons with written wishes – one of the main attractions in Sekinchan.

If you’re looking to relive your childhood of flying kites at your kampung. You can visit the beach for some kite-flying where you can purchase a kite from the local vendors.

To end your trip on a good note, buy some local keropok before going back to KL.

5. Kuala Lumpur – Seremban – Port Dickson (1 hour 30 minutes)

It will take around 1 hour for you to reach Seremban. Visit the Seremban Cultural Complex to learn about Negeri Sembilan culture and heritage as well as the Minangkabau architecture. You can take stunning photos with the architecture of the complex.

Another main attraction in Seremban is their popular ostrich farm. You can interact with them and be amazed by their large ostrich eggs. It’s a great place for your kids to learn and take photos.

For lunch, you must try the Seremban Siew Pao, Curry Laksa, Beef Noodles, Gulai, Rendang and Sambal Gesek – staple condiment in Negeri Sembilan.

After lunch, continue your journey for about half an hour to Port Dickson. Remember to book amazing accommodation earlier where you can overlook the sea. Take some rest before visiting the Army Museum where you will get to learn Malaysia’s military history. Your photos will turn out super cool!

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If you have extra time, visit the Teluk Kemang Fish Center, a marine conservation and aquarium. A home for various marine life such as sea horses, clown fish and coral reefs. Bonus – the entrance fee is free!

Remember to keep track of the time to catch the sunset at Pantai Cahaya Negeri.

Wake up early the next day to enjoy the sea breeze at Blue Lagoon Beach. You’ll be able to spot some squirrels, monkeys and other animals while strolling the beach.

End your trip by visiting the Cape Rachado, a hilly cape that will lead you to the Cape Rachado Lighthouse. It’s a great spot for bird watching and you’ll be able to see a panoramic view of the bays and coastline.

6. Kuala Lumpur – Cameron Highlands (3 hours 10 minutes)

Are you tired of the heat in Malaysia? We got your back! Make your way to Cameron Highlands, Pahang to cool yourself down from the stress and your body heat, of course.

A must-not miss activity is to go strawberry picking. Choose from a few strawberry farms to go to.

Tour the Boh Tea Plantation, enjoy the lush greenery and learn how Boh Tea is grown and harvested. You can also choose to order of cup of tea at their tea shop while overlooking the beautiful green terraces of plantation.

If you’re a big fan of pretty flowers, plan your time to visit the rose garden and lavender garden where you can indulge in some unique dessert such as lavender ice cream. There’s plenty of activities and places to visit in Cameron Highland but you can also choose to just walk around your resort and relax with the perfect cool weather. 

7. Kuala Lumpur – Genting Highlands (1 hour)

If you like a fun rather than a slow and nature trip. Pack your bags and plan your journey to Genting Highlands! The indoor theme park – Skytropolis is super fun and some rides will get your adrenaline going.

Do you like shopping? Or do you like shopping with discounted prices? Genting Premium Outlets is the right place for you. They offer a variety of brands with generous amount of discount. You’ll shop till you drop!

Besides, you can choose to go for glamping – a glamourous camping at GLAMZ, Genting. You get to enjoy the nature’s breeze and chill while looking at the sky above you, just letting time pass by. If you have a higher budget, opt for a jacuzzi glamping, you will not regret spending the money for a great time.

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8. Kuala Lumpur – Johor Bahru (4 hours)

Are you thinking to yourself, whatttt? There are actually things to do at Johor Bahru? Well, truth is, there are plenty of them. Let’s start off with a kids-friendly activity especially for those who are planning a trip with your little ones. Visit a LEGO theme park at Legoland filled with fun games and rides for your child(ren). If Legoland is not your cup of tea, make your way to the Angry Birds Theme Park with daily performances as well as rides and arcades that are Angry Bird themed.

For another family-friendly night activity, book for a boat tour to watch fireflies at Kota Tinggi Firefly Park or Firefly Valley Leisure Park.

It’s shopping time!  Spare a few hours to pamper yourself at the Johor Premium Outlets. Shop for local and international brands at a cheaper price compared to normal outlets at shopping malls.

9. Kuala Lumpur – Malacca (2 hours)

Malacca is well-known as The Historic State with a unique history that attracts many tourists up to the present day. A must-visit is the A’Famosa Fort, even though only a small gate house of the fortress is the only remain now. Flocks of people still visit the fort as it is historical.

Take a ride in the Taming Sari Revolving Tower that is 110 meters high. You’ll be amazed with the mesmerizing view of Malacca as the tower ascends to the top and stops for 5 minutes for you to appreciate the view.

Next on the list is the Jonker Street, it’s a gathering of people all around the world with the same interest – to get amazing deals and mouthwatering food. Enjoy the lively night market on Saturday with unique street food and vintage pubs along the street. Walk around to find your favourite pub to settle down and have a great night!

You can walk around Stadthuys, one of the popular attractions in Malacca. There is a History & Ethnography Museum that you can visit. Try out the trishaw ride in Malacca to have a better look at the streets and a personal guide to tour you around Malacca.

There’s plenty of historical landmarks for you to explore. So, take your time and filter a few out for your weekend trip.

From Ipoh

10. Ipoh – Taiping – Penang (2 hours)

Start your journey from Ipoh to Taiping that will take 45 minutes to reach. Visit Taiping Lake Garden. Take a stroll around the garden and you’ll discover interesting things.

If you’re an animal lover, spare some time to visit the Taiping Zoo and you’ll have so much fun learning the different species of animals in the zoo.

Another popular attraction will be the Antong Coffee Mill where you get to learn and watch the production of the coffee. Besides, you get to try a variety of coffee and to buy some as souvenirs.

Penang Island is well-known for food and as a holiday destination for the locals – mainly because of the beaches. As Penang is always full of tourists, they made sure to have many great places for Insta-worthy photos for you to visit. Check out here on where to go during your time in Penang.

Food wise, make sure you try out the amazing food courts in Penang where it consists many hawker stalls at one place. Staple foods in Penang are Char Kuey Teow, Oyster Omelette, Cendol, Curry Mee, Penang Laksa, Rojak, Nasi Kandar and street food!

From Penang

11. Penang – Alor Setar – Kuala Perlis (2 hours 30 minutes)  

From Penang, drive to Alor Setar for about 2 hours. Visit the stunning Zahir Mosque, the architecture and intricate design of the building is beautiful.

Also, visit one of the most gorgeous clock tower – Big Clock Tower at Dataran Alor Setar to take some good photographs.

If you would like to experience the bird eye view of Alor Setar, explore the Alor Setar Tower. You can pay a fee to the observation deck or dine in their restaurants and visit the souvenir shop.

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If you’re a supper person, don’t worry Alor Setar has it all. Google what’s around you for some good supper spots.

The next day, drive to Kuala Perlis for a seafood feast. Remember to take some pit stop to enjoy the beautiful long stretch of paddy fields. You can also take some photos before continuing your journey. Visit the Al Hussain Mosque, a floating mosque with a beautiful landscape. You can also enjoy the view of the ocean from the mosque.

From Kota Bharu

12. Kota Bharu – Kuala Terengganu (2 hours 30 minutes)

Kuala Terengganu is the royal capital of Terengganu with many attractions for tourists to explore. Visit the majestic Crystal Mosque that features a grand structure that is made of steel, glass and crystal. You won’t be able to take your eyes of the stunning architecture.

To learn more of the historical part, explore Kota Lama Duyong, Islamic Civilisation Park and Terengganu State Museum.

End your day by visiting the Batu Buruk Beach, have an evening stroll or choose kite flying to have more fun. There are cafes, souvenir shops and street food vendors along the beach, no need to worry of getting bored or hungry.

The next morning, a must-go is the Central Market, also known as Pasar Payang. The market offers a variety of traditional handicrafts, definitely a place to go for local products and to experience the local culture of Kuala Terengganu.

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Remember to try out Terengganu’s specialties – nasi dagang, laksam, laksa Terengganu, pulut lepa, otak-otak, bubu lambut and keropok lekor.

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