With international borders are still closed, now is actually the ideal time for a great Malaysian road trip.
Most of the popular destinations are reachable by car, thanks to our great network of highways; you also have the options to use the 'old' road or what we usually called as 'jalan dalam' or 'jalan kampung'.
Not to forget, we do have a very gorgeous coastal roads and rewarding detours (read: food hunting destination) and pitstops. The best part about it, you can do it on your own pace, without having to rush to catch any schedule or whatnot. Just remember your petrol is enough when entering rural area since you might need to drive for a while to find a station.
Let's take a look at the road trip that you can take in Malaysia considering your starting point is in Kuala Lumpur unless stated other location.
Kuala Lumpur - Sekinchan - Kuala Selangor
Well, you have two options, either straight to Sekinchan than have a stop in Kuala Selangor, or you have a stop at Kuala Selangor before heading to Sekinchan.
Sekinchan is beautiful but it is a small fishing village after all. One day in Sekinchan is plenty to see the main Sekinchan attractions especially the paddy field. You might want to consider visiting the paddy factory before heading to Kuala Selangor.
Kuala Lumpur - Penang
Listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2008, Penang, the Pearl of the Orient, is famous for its soft sandy beaches and undoubtedly, their food.
Just before you enter Penang, drive through Taiping, voted third-most sustainable city in the world. Stretch your legs with a hike up Bukit Larut, also known as Maxwell Hill.
Consider dropping by at the Butterworth Bird Park (also known as Penang Bird Park), Malaysia’s first and largest avian-focused park before continuing your journey to George Town.
Visit Cheong Fatt Zhe or the Blue Mansion that made the limelight in one of the Hollywood’s box office in 2018, Crazy Rich Asians or the Penang Avatar Secret Garden that located behind the Thai Pak Koong Temple.
Kuala Lumpur - Rawang - Ipoh
Start your journey by taking a dip at the Taman Eko Rimba Kanching Waterfalls where there are seven tiers to the waterfall, and each has a pond for swimming. Do be careful of the monkey because it might chase you if you hold or bring any kind of plastic bag and keep an eye for your belonging because they might take it too!
Before heading your way to Ipoh, take a detour to Selangor Fruit Valley where you and your family can experience being a farmer for the day and, of course, sample some of the delicious produce.
Wander around Concubine Lane to try various street food or shop for souvenir in this stretch of old shop lots that have been there since 1908 and afterwards, cross the street to get to Kong Heng Square.
Kuala Lumpur - Kuantan - Cherating
The journey from KL to Kuantan will take about 2.5 hours if you drive non-stop and the traffic is not so bad, but since we are on a road trip, we will take the first stop in Bentong, where the famous Musang King comes from.
After that, take a drive to Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre where you can witness the great work the sanctuary does in caring for young elephants that have been orphaned by poaching or logging.
It’ll take you less than an hour from Kuantan to reach the resort town of Cherating, where sun, sand and even a little surf await!
Kuala Lumpur - Port Dickson - Melacca
Before heading out to PD, drive to Carey Island which is located to the south of Port Klang and north of Banting town. The main attraction on Pulau Carey is the aboriginal community, the Mah Meri, one of 18 Orang Asli tribes living in Malaysia and famous for its unique wooden statues and masks carved from a rare red swamp hardwood called Nyireh Batu.
After that; maybe you want to stay overnight at one of the many beach resorts in Port Dickson before using the 'inside road' to get to Melaka and visit the Unesco World Heritage site of Old Melaka, the Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum or just head to Pantai Klebang to get their famous coconut shake and of course.
During the night, you can stroll at Jonker Walk or watch a world-class theatre performance at The Encore Melaka.