Road Trip Routes to Take When You’re In Malaysia

If you are planning to go on a road trip, you should consider going to Malaysia for it. There is always something for all kinds of travellers in Malaysia. If you are just looking for shopping destinations, you can always drive around the city centre and visit Bukit Bintang. If you want heritage sites, take a trip to Penang, Georgetown or Melaka. If you want a beach trip, drive towards Langkawi or Monkey beach.

More than these, a road trip in Malaysia feels like you have travelled far beyond the country because it takes you to different kinds of terrain. You can rent SUV and feel like you have been driving to different places all at once. Well, there have always been something unique about the road trip experience, so you might as well do it in a place where the uniqueness is taken up a notch.


In this article, we will talk about the best Malaysian road trips you can take for your travels.

Kuala Lumpur – Pahang

Of course, where better to start than the capital city itself. Explore the urban jungle of Kuala Lumpur and see engineering marvels like the Petronas Twin Towers and the Menara KL communications tower. Then make your way to Bukit Tinggi where you can visit Colmar Tropicale, a French-themed village that is filled with cafes and shops. From there, you can drive towards Fraser’s Hill at Pahang for some altitude. Here you can enjoy nature-based activities like horseback riding. Go to their trails and hike at the Hemmant Trail or the Bishop Trail

Kuala Lumpur – Phuket

If you do not want altitude, you can always go across countries with a Kuala Lumpur – Phuket trip. This drive will take you to the more rural parts of the country that you might not get to see often on a trip abroad. It will take you more or less 13 hours to cover the whole trip. But do not worry about what you can do in between, you can always stop in at AlorSetar for the night or enjoy laksa at Songkla as you make your way to Phuket.

Penang – Ipoh – Cameron Highlands

Breathtaking sceneries awaits when you take this route. In Penang, you will see how Malaysia was able to preserve the old-world glamour of Penang island and work its contemporary twist around it. You will see amazing street arts that show the lives of locals and get to visit cafes which offer delicious brunch.

Then you can drive towards Ipoh where you can taste some of the best local dishes like the nasilemak, nasivanggey, and Ipoh hor fun. While you are here, you should make a stop at Kellie’s Castle. It is the perfect backdrop for all of those photos.

Lastly, Cameron Highlands offers a trip to LataIskandar Waterfall. You can spend the night here and enjoy the beautiful views from the highlands and the cool breeze wafting through it.


If a beach trip is more to your liking, you can always make your way towards Desaru where amazing beaches can be found. You can make a day of it by preparing a picnic, as well. You can take the LebuhrayaSenai-desaru highway to take you over the Johor River.

Are you excited for your Malaysian road trips? Pick any of these routes and pack up your gear, it is going to be heck of a ride across the country.

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