Fly and Self Drive Holidays from Singapore to Malaysia

This 18-day Malaysia self-drive holiday takes you on a journey through the colonial architecture in the UNESCO city of Malacca to the bustling capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Stop for a cup of tea at the BOH tea plantation in Cameron Highlands, before driving to Penang to wander around the bustling UNESCO city of George Town. Cross to the East Coast and take a slow lazy drive through rural Malay kampongs and witness magical sunsets.

Best time to visit:  Nov to April on the West Coast and April to Oct on the East Coast. On balance, April will be the best month for this self-drive.

 

Fly and Self Drive Holidays from Singapore to Malaysia at a glance
  • Day 1: Flight to Singapore
  • Day 2: Singapore Arrival
  • Day 3 and 4: Days at leisure
  • Day 5: Singapore to Melaka
  • Day 6: Melaka - Kuala Lumpur
  • Day 7: Full day sightseeing
  • Day 8: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands
  • Day 9: Cameron Highlands
  • Day 10: Cameron Highlands to Penang
  • Day 11: At leisure in Penang
  • Day 12: Penang to Kota Bahru
  • Day 13-15: Kota Bahru to Kuala Terengganu
  • Day 16-17: Dungun to Cherating or Kuantan
  • Day 18: Departure
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Day 1: Flight to Singapore

Depart London with your choice of airline to Singapore.

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Day 2: Singapore Arrival

On arrival, take a taxi to your hotel. Stay 3 nights.

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Day 5: Singapore to Melaka

Take a local taxi to the Ban San Street Taxi terminal. Taxis here cost SGD 40 flat fee to cross the border via the Causeway into Malaysia. The taxi will wait while you complete your immigration formalities at the border. After immigration, they will transfer you to the Kota Raya Taxi Terminal in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Make your way to the Europcar office.

Take delivery of your self-drive car and commence your Malaysia Self Drive Holiday. In Johore Bahru, we suggest a visit to the Sultan Abu Bakar Museum which is said to be one of the most beautiful in Malaysia with its colonial-influenced architecture. Another interesting place is Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Glass Temple, the first glass temple in Johor Bahru. 95 percent of the temple’s walls, ceiling, domes, and pillars were adorned with more than one million pieces of colourful glasses imported from Thailand, Japan, and Belgium. Overnight in Melaka.

Distance and journey times: 240 km, 3 hrs

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Day 6: Melaka - Kuala Lumpur

Explore this historic town before driving north to Kuala Lumpur for 2 nights. 

Distance and journey times: 148 km, 2 to 3 hrs

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Day 8: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands

Drive to Cameron Highlands via the North-South Highway. Cameron Highlands, which is 1542 meters above sea level, is famous for its world renowned tea and sprawling tea plantations. Take the Tapah exit and leave the Highway. It’s a long, gradual and often scenic climb from Tapah to the Highlands with plenty of corners on the way. Visit Lata Iskandar Waterfall about 25 km from Tapah on the way to the Highlands. Cameron Highlands consists of three towns, namely Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Brinchang in that order when you are on your way up. Stay 2 nights.

Distance and journey times: 206 km, 3 to 4 hrs

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Day 9: Cameron Highlands

A full day to explore the plantations and Jungle Tracks. Suggested visits at Cameron Highlands are the vegetable and strawberry farms, the Butterfly Garden, the local market, the tea plantations and the tea factory. The easiest estate to visit is BOH's Sungai Palas Estate, north of Brinchang off the road to Gunung Brinchang. Free tours are conducted regularly, except on Monday when the estate is closed.

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Day 10: Cameron Highlands to Penang

Head north via Ipoh and Butterworth over the bridge to Penang for 2 nights. This will be a long day's drive. We would also suggest stopping in Ipoh for a few days at The Banjaran Hot Springs Resort.

Distance and journey times: 247 km, 4 to 5 hrs

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Day 11: At leisure in Penang

Explore Georgetown, a compact city easily explored on foot or by trishaw. Suggested visits in Georgetown are Fort Cornwallis, built by the British East India Company in 1808, the Khoo Kongsi Clan House, a magnificent building with intricate carvings worked by master craftsman from China, the Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kek Lok Si), Penang Hill, Kapitan Keling Masjid, the Wat Chayamangkalaram with its 33 metres long reclining Buddha statue, the Dharmmikarama Burmese Temple and the Penang's Millionaires Row with many beautiful colonial mansions.

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Day 12: Penang to Kota Bahru

Drive east across Malaysia to Kota Bahru. Drive up in a north-easterly direction to Gerik using the East-West Highway. The Highway cuts through the main mountain range and offers breath-taking views of the tropical rain forest.

Temengor Lake, located some 35 km north - east of the town of Gerik, is your stopover point here. This huge lake was formed by the damming of the upper reaches of the Sungai Perak, and now is one of the largest bodies of water in the country. It is at the centre of the most undeveloped region of the peninsula, surrounded by dense jungle, and home to the Orang Asli tribes of the Kintak and Jahai. Pulau Banding is a small island in the middle of the lake.

Continue your drive to Kota Bharu, the bastion of traditional Malay culture. There is much to see and do in this bustling town where you can experience age-old customs and traditions maintained in gracious beauty and charm. Arrive Kota Bahru for overnight.

Go to the “Pasar Malam” or night market where a varied spread of Malay food is laid out for you to savour and taste.

Distance and journey times: 343 km, 5 to 6 hrs

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Day 13-15: Kota Bahru to Kuala Terengganu

Morning exploration of Kota Bharu. Suggested visits include the central market, which is one of the most colourful and active in Malaysia. You can see fresh products on sale on the ground floor and stalls on the first floor above selling spices, basket ware and other goods. Kota Bharu is also a centre of Malay crafts. Visit the Batik, Songket, Silverware, woodcarving and kite-making workshops. There are several workshops on the way to the Pantai Cahaya Bulan Beach (Beach of Passionate love) 10 km north of the town centre. A short drive south to Dungun for 3 nights experience at Tanjong Jara Beach Resort.

Distance and journey times: 161 km, 3 to 4 hrs

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Day 16-17: Dungun to Cherating or Kuantan

Commence your drive to Cherating. On the way to Cherating, suggested visits: Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque which has been nicknamed “The Floating Mosque”. The mosque combines elements of both Moorish and modern architecture. The mosque is located in Teluk Ibai, just 4km away from Kuala Terengganu town centre. Stay 2 nights.

Distance and journey times: 183 km, 2 to 3 hrs

Day 18: Departure

Transfer to Kuantan Airport for departure.

Highlights

Cameron Highlands: Tea Plantations and Butterfly farms

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia's largest highland resort comprises lovely little villages, butterfly, strawberry, honey bee farms and sprawling tea plantations. Stay in a Tudor-styled colonial hotel, visit the BOH Tea estate, go on gentle treks and bird watching trips.

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Ipoh: Chinese temples and colonial castle

Ipoh is an ideal stopover between Cameron Highlands and Penang for those on a self drive Malaysia holiday.

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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a rich mix of traditional and modern, east and west. The built environment reflects this. A glittering 21st Century skyscape is a backdrop to mosque and temple, shop house and grand colonial building. These influences, Malay, Chinese, Indian, are also revealed in the wonderfully diverse cuisine of Kuala Lumpur.

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Kuantan: culture, traditions and beach

Kuantan has a laid-back lifestyle that is rich in cultures and traditions. At the Pandanus Weaving Centre, learn the art of weaving Pandanus leaves into various souvenirs. Visit the Batik Workshop and witness how the exquisite batik is made.

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Melaka: rich cultural heritage

A cosmopolitan blend of British, Dutch, Portuguese and Peranakan culture, the city of Malacca, or Melaka, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Penang cultural heritage and sun-kissed beaches

Penang 's sights and sounds reflect the colourful heritage of her many races. The fascinating culture is complemented by golden beaches and tranquil seas.

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Terengganu:gateway to the Perhentian Islands

Terengganu’s best-known attractions – the pleasant beaches that line most of the coastline, and glorious islands including the Perhentians, Pulau Redang, Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Kapas

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Accommodation

Cameron Highlands, Deluxe Class
Cameron Highlands Resort

Located facing the Cameron Highlands Golf Course, against a backdrop of rolling, tea plantation covered hills, this boutique property rich in colonial tradition is the premier resort of the highlands

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Cameron Highlands, Deluxe Class
The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands

Located thirty minutes by road from Tanah Rata, the Lakehouse Cameron Highlands is a wonderfully restored boutique property in the mock-Tudor style, sheltered by a hill, with views across a tranquil lake

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Cherating, Superior Class
The Legend Cherating Beach Resort

The Legend Cherating Beach Resort is tucked away along a beautiful coastline and offers spacious and comfortable rooms and suites that overlook a picturesque view of the garden, swimming pool and the South China Sea.

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Ipoh, Deluxe Class
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

Located 15 minutes by road from Ipoh, this luxury all-villa resort is set enchantingly within the rainforest among a landscape of caves, waterfalls, and natural hot springs.

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Kuala Lumpur, Deluxe Hotel
Mandarin Oriental

In the home of the Malaysian Grand Prix, the Mandarin Oriental takes pole position

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Kuala Lumpur, Superior Class
Renaissance Hotel

Combining high standards with excellent value the Renaissance Hotel is centrally located, a short walk from the stunning and iconic Petronas Twin Towers

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Kuala Lumpur, Superior Class
The Majestic Hotel

This wonderfully restored heritage property is a meeting of the neo-Classical and art deco influences of late-colonial Kuala Lumpur, at the very heart of the city’s celebrated ‘Golden Triangle’

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Kota Bahru, Superior Class
The Grand Renai Hotel

Set in a grand, high-rise building, this superior class hotel is 2 km from Sarawak State Stadium and 3 km from Istana Jahar, a former royal residence.

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Melaka, Deluxe Class
The Majestic Malacca

Located on the Malacca River a short walk from Chinatown, like Malacca itself The Majestic Malacca, originally a private mansion dating to the 1920’s is a wonderfully rich mix of old and new, Nyonya and Colonial

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Melaka, Deluxe Class
Casa Del Rio Melaka Hotel

Located on a bank of the Melaka River overlooking the Straits of Malacca, the Casa del Rio Melaka is a two minute walk from China Town’s Jonker Street

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Penang, Deluxe Class
Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Located on Georgetown’s historic waterfront, the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, or E&O represents a wonderful blend of 21st Century comfort and colonial era charm

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Penang, Heritage Hotel
The Blue Mansion

Located in the historic heart of Georgetown, the UNESCO listed Blue Mansion was the luxurious home of wealthy 19th Century trader Cheong Fatt Tze, his eight wives and large extended family

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Penang, Heritage Class
Hotel Penaga

Tucked away in the historic centre of Georgetown, the Hotel Penaga was created as recently as 2008 from traditional Penang shophouses fallen into disrepair

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Penang, Deluxe Class
Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort

Located on Penang’s excellent northern beach, Batu Ferringhi, the Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort is popular with families and couples

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Tanjong Jara Resort, Deluxe Heritage Class
Tanjong Jara Resort

Located on Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast, Tanjong Jara Resort looks out over the turquoise waters of the South China Sea

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