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Malaysia Self Drive Vacations

  • Kuala Lumpur City Centre
  • Tea Plantation Cameron Highland

Malaysia offers an excellent opportunity for fascinating, picturesque overland travel. This preplanned itinerary includes stops in a rainforest, a hill station and 2 beach resorts. Then there is the interesting history and the unusual architecture to be viewed en route.

Malaysia Self-Frive Road Trip Itinerary Idea

Start your self-drive tour of Malaysia with an overnight in its capital, Kuala Lumpur. From here, your self-drive car will be delivered to you at your hotel after which you set off for Taman Negara, a 4-hour drive away. During your journey, you will drive through the Malaysian countryside viewing tea plantations and colourful villages. On arrival, you will spend 2 nights at a lodge in the 130 million-year-old Taman Negara rainforest. That evening brings a Night Jungle Walk through the tropical rainforest.

The next day is free to choose from a number of activities such as a jungle trek, a boat cruise or a visit to a native settlement to learn about the local nomadic tribes’ lifestyles.

The following morning, drive to the Cameron Highlands where you will be spending the next 2 nights. The Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations and is the same size as Singapore in area. It is popular due to its cooler climate and its lush surroundings.

On your full day here, you can simply relax or explore on your own or you can take one of the optional tours which include a visit to a tea plantation, a strawberry farm, or a fruit and vegetable market.

Next up is a drive to Penang Island reached via a connecting bridge. En route, consider stopping at the Bukit Orangutan Islands where these animals roam freely. Other interesting suggestions for stops are at a native settlement, the huge Lata Iskander Waterfall, Kellie’s Castle (sometimes also called Kellie's Folly), an unfinished, ruined mansion built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith, or the Istana Kenangan Palace, built in 1926.

On arrival at Penang Island, stay 3 nights at the attractive beach resort of Batu Ferringhi on the north coast. You have the opportunity to drive to the south of the island to Georgetown, the capital city of Penang which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has many colonial buildings, 19th-century churches, temples, mosques and Fort Cornwallis, the largest fort in Malaysia. Consider taking a trishaw ride, a fun way to get around the city. Other options during your stay are the Batu Ferringhi Night Market and a visit to Penang Hill via the Swiss funicular railway. You will get to travel through hill farms and lush tropical jungles and the panoramic view of the Island and mainland at the top is amazing.

At the end of your stay in Batu Ferringhi, you will leave your car and take the ferry to Langkawi for a 3-night stay. Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, 30 kilometres/18 miles off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The interior of the main island where you will stay in a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. The coastline is fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees.

The island is recognized for its excellent scuba diving. You can both relax on the beach or head into the interior to explore the gorgeous mountainous countryside.

Your self-drive tour comes to a close after your stay in Langkawi.

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