My husband and I are planning a 3 week tour of Malaysia this July. We thought we would drive from KL and want to cover the max, suggestions?
We want to cover the whole peninsula and see the best places. We already have plans for KL , Malacca, Cameron Highlands, Negeri Selangan, Penang and Lankawi, and Kota Baru. Haven't researched the East coast much. Have interests in culture, nature, food and some snorkelling. Thanks
Pip, the east coast is much less 'touristy' but still has lots to offer. I helped some new born turtles into the water at a turtle farm many, many years back.
Here're some general tips on staying safe in malaysia:
As far as driving goes, the traffic isn't as bad as some other S.E. Asian nations but it can be pretty crazy at times, so take care.
Make sure you're properly licensed too, otherwise you might have trouble with a travel insurance claim. Malaysia will allow you to use your home license PLUS an International Driver's permit. You have to get that from your home country. Pretty simple and cheap, just contact one of the major motoring organisations.
Phil from the safety hub over 8 years ago
sounds like an amazing trip! You seem to have a great plan, the only downside to setting off from KL is that it is pretty much in the centre of everything (a necessary evil as you probably arrive at KLIA). The beauty is you can freely pick which way to start your route and circle from there.
Langkawi is a beaut, I am uncertain if you actually can take cars there, so make sure to check in advance. Never having driven to the Highlands I can definitely recommend the "Jungle Train" for some breathtaking scenery, not sure what the nature is like when driving. Since you mentioned your diverse interest and given your mobility, you may want to consider a day/night in Singapore to contrast Malaysia and it's former constituent. Culture and food is exceptional.
NB: as your plan comprises only the peninsula I won't go into details about Borneo. Should you require a plan B, it is very recommendable and cheap flights can be found at www.airasia.com over 8 years agoAnswered by David via WorldNomads.com
Hey Pip! I suggest staying at local's homes when you're in Malaysia! Malaysia is popular for it's homestays. it's cheaper than staying at hotels and your host can also teach you more about the malaysian culture or introduce you to other locals (maybe if you're lucky you'll get a homecooked malaysian meal :D )
Try sites like www.travelmob.com for Asia pacific destinations. I used that once and it was quite user friendly! You can also try other sites like 9flats.com.. Cheers! over 8 years ago