Malaysia’s Best Drives: In a Week
Looking for somewhere interesting to drive this weekend? Getting in your car and going on a road trip can be one of the best ways of getting to see the marvellous variety of scenery and culture that Malaysia has to offer. But where are the best places to go? Here are a number of suggestions for short excursions to tempt your curiosity and wanderlust.
1.Seremban – Kuala Pilah
There are two options for this short drive into Malaysia’s interior. You can either take the dual carriageway bridge or take the historic Bukit Putus road. Options en route to the old mining town of Kuala Pilah include the Ulu Bendul Recreation Forest where it is possible to swim in the river or hike up Gunung Angsi. From here you can enjoy the countryside dotted with individual kampung houses.
2.Kuala Lumpur – Bukit Tinggi
The drive to Bukit Tinggi and Fraser’s Hill is ideal for a day trip from the capital. Bukit Tinggi is home to Colmar Tropicale, an area styled in as a 16th Century village in Alsace. Nearby is a fabulous Japanese garden, which is also worth a visit. From here drive onwards to the “Little England” vibe of Fraser’s Hill, or if you’re feeling more energetic, why not take advantage of one of the many hiking trails in the area such as the Bishop Trail, Jeriau Waterfall and Hemmant Trail?
Bukit Tinggi is a small town that has become notable for its themed design based on the small French village, Colmar Tropicale..
3.Kuala Lumpur – Cameron Highlands
The scenic road up to Malaysia’s largest colonial hill station is definitely a drive worth considering. For a taste of Little England leave the highway at Tapah, following the main road which road wends its way through the forest past the iconic Lakehouse before reaching Tanah Rata and Brinchang. If you fancy driving a bit higher, leave the main road at Habu and head off up to the Boh Tea Plantation.
4.Kuantan – Sungai Lembing
The drive from Kuantan takes you through a series of palm oil plantations until you reach Gua Charas, a limestone cave that houses a sleeping Buddha, as well being home to a colony of fruits bats. From here it is a short 20 minute drive to Sungai Lembing, which was once the site of the world’s biggest underground tin mine shaft. Other options nearby include a hike in the nearby Bukit Panorama, or a visit to the Rainbow Waterfalls.
Gua Charas is a temple cave that is found in a limestone hill (Bukit Charas). It is well worth a visit.
5.Changlun – Kuala Perlis
The route from the small town of Changlun to the seafood centre of Kuala Perlis takes you through rows of paddy fields and limestone hills. From Kuala Perlis there is the option to jump over to Langkawi.
6.Dungun – Kuala Terengganu
Another recommended road trip is the drive north along Terengganu’s coastal highway. Lined with coconut and casuarina trees, this route passes by a number of islands including the idyllic island of Pulau Kapas off Marang. On this route you’ll find no shortage of attractive beaches to visit.
The coastal highway of Terengganu is a non-stop voyage of idyllic beaches, where one could easily lose the afternoon in a world of relaxation. This beach in Kampung Mangkok is just one of a few examples.
7.Teluk Bahang – Balik
This classic drive on Penang Island starts in Teluk Bahang on the island’s north coast. Driving south, the road takes you past the Teluk Bahang dam before reaching a series of tight bends and hairpin loops. After passing durian platations and a buddhist temple, the road eventually opens out into a wide valley full of orchards and kampung houses. Before descending into Balik Pulau, there is an opportunity to stop at a viewing platform in order to get a spectacular view over towards the other side of Penang Island.