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Easy Short Trips in Malaysia That’ll Leave You Breathless (with map)

Last Updated on 28/10/2023 by Clotilde Passalacqua

Short trip in Malaysia

Short trips in Malaysia are what you need if you have always been fascinated by the beauty and diversity of Malaysia. With stunning beaches, lush rainforests, vibrant cities, and rich culture, Malaysia has something to offer for every type of traveller, but what if you don’t have much time to explore this amazing country? Fear not, because Malaysia has plenty of hidden gems that can be explored in just a few days. In this article, I will take you on a journey to discover the best getaway in Malaysia that will leave you breathless.

We were delighted to spend an amazing 2 weeks on a road trip from Singapore to Malaysia, but we also realised how easy it would be to explore the country even if you base yourself in Kuala Lumpur or in one of the nearby countries, as connections are usually quite good. Driving in Malaysia is also super relaxed and a cost-effective option for these short trips.

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Why take short trips in Malaysia?

Malaysia is a country that offers endless opportunities for exploration, but not everyone has the luxury of time to do so. The following short getaways in Malaysia are a great way to experience the best of the country in a short amount of time. They are perfect for those who have limited vacation days, a tight budget, or simply want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a few days.

A short vacation in Malaysia will allow you to recharge your batteries, explore new places, and create unforgettable memories without breaking the bank. Even if you are stopping for just a few days in Kuala Lumpur you will find many opportunities to explore other areas of this incredible and perhaps underrated country.

We have been travelling across the country with our 6 year old twins and we felt welcome everywhere and found every place we visited was really family-friendly. In the list below I will highlight places that could be better for couples or families.

I have roughly divided into four categories the type of short trip in Malaysia you can consider: culture and food, adventure and nature, beach, and relaxation. Of course, often the destination can offer you overlapping opportunities but it made sense to highlight the key features.

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Where to go in Malaysia for short trips: culture and food

Penang

Penang is a beautiful island located on the northwest coast of Malaysia. It is a popular tourist destination that attracts millions of visitors every year. Known for its delicious food, rich history and beautiful beaches, Penang is an amazing short getaway in Malaysia for family.

Start your journey by visiting the historic Georgetown. This bustling city is the capital of Penang and is filled with colonial buildings and beautiful street art. Take a walk through the city’s narrow alleys and discover hidden gems like the Clan Jetties or the Khoo Kongsi clan house. You can also visit the famous Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, also known as the Blue Mansion, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (We also had lunch there and it was delicious).

Next, explore Penang’s diverse and delicious food scene. Penang is known as the food capital of Malaysia and for good reason. You’ll find a wide variety of dishes from different cultures, including Malay, Chinese, and Indian. From the famous Penang laksa to char kway teow and nasi kandar, your taste buds will be in for a treat. Georgetown offers a great variety of restaurants, but you shouldn’t miss also exploring the many hawkers’ centres to taste the incredible street food offered.

Penang is probably the best weekend getaway in Malaysia under the culture and food category, however, it is also a good destination to spend some time on the beach.

Batu Ferringhi is the most popular beach on the island and is known for its clear waters and sandy beaches. You can also visit Monkey Beach, which is accessible only by boat, and so offers a more secluded and peaceful experience.

Finally, during your trip, you shouldn’t miss visiting Penang Hill. This is the highest point on the island and offers breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding areas. You can take a funicular train to the top of the hill and enjoy the panoramic views from the top.

How to get there

Penang is well-connected with the rest of Malaysia and also with Singapore.

There is an airport in the south of the island with amazing flights connections with the rest of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Joho Bahru, Langkawi, Kuantan, Kota Barhu, Kuala Terengganu) and many destinations in Asia even with low-cost carriers, like Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh and more.

If you prefer to travel by bus, you will also have easy connections with Ipho, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and down to Johor Barhu and Singapore. Check 12go website for all the buses available.

The train offers more or less the same options as the bus.

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Where to stay in Penang

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ANGSANA TELUK BAHANG Angsana RELAX
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TELUK BAHANG

(between Batu Ferringhi
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BAO SHENG DURIAN FARM Bao Sheng Durian Farm DISCONNECT
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These are some of the best options in Penang if you are looking for accommodation with a private pool.

Melaka

Melaka, also known as Malacca, is a city in Malaysia that is rich in culture and history. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its unique blend of Portuguese, Dutch, and British influences.

When visiting Melaka, there are several cultural landmarks that are a must-see for any traveller. One of the most popular cultural attractions in Melaka is the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum. The museum is located in a beautifully restored Peranakan house and showcases the unique culture and traditions of the Baba Nyonya people. Visitors can explore the various rooms of the house and learn about the history of the Baba Nyonya people through exhibits and artefacts.

Another cultural landmark in Melaka is the Stadthuys. This red Dutch colonial building was built in the mid-1600s and served as the residence of the Dutch governor. Today, the Stadthuys houses the Museum of History and Ethnography, which features exhibits on the history of Melaka and its various cultural influences.

For those interested in religious culture, the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is a must-visit attraction. This Chinese temple is the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia and is dedicated to the goddess of mercy, Kuan Yin. Visitors can admire the intricate architecture and beautiful artwork of the temple while learning about the history of Chinese culture in Melaka.

Finally, no trip to Melaka would be complete without a visit to Jonker Street. This bustling street is lined with shops, restaurants, and street vendors selling a wide variety of souvenirs and local delicacies. Visitors can sample traditional foods like Cendol and Nyonya kuih while taking in the vibrant culture and energy of the city.

HOT TIP: if a visit to the night market is a big priority for you, make sure you visit Melaka at the weekend as this is when Jonker Street is closed to traffic and you will have the best experience. We were there during the week and Jonker Street was missing the vibe you would expect!

In conclusion, Melaka is a city that is steeped in culture and history. Whether you’re interested in history, or religion, or just want to experience the vibrant energy of Jonker Street, Melaka has something to offer everyone.

BEST MELAKA TOUR FROM KUALA LUMPUR IF YOU ARE SHORT ON TIME

If you are really short on time you can consider this practical day trip from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka.

It is really convenient as they will pick you up from your central hotel in Kuala Lumpur and bring you back there.

GOOD TO KNOW: these tours are fully refundable up to 24h before they start

How to get to Melaka

Getting to Malacca is quite straightforward.

The nearest airport is the Kuala Lumpur International Airport located just under two hours away. There are also regular buses from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka which take around three hours. If you prefer you can also easily book a private transfer.

If you wish to visit Malacca while on holiday in Singapore, you will not be short of options, from regular buses to organised tours (like this one, really convenient for a small group)

Where to stay in Melaka

Melaka is a small city and so it is really convenient to pick a hotel close to the most tourist attractions. We stayed at the Rosa Malacca which was really nice, but a little too out of town in reality. We had a car so it wasn’t an issue for us, but next time I would pick the Baba House for its central location but also as a protected heritage building it seemed fascinating when we went to see it.

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ROSA MALACCABUDGET
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Kuala Lumpur

This bustling metropolis is the perfect destination for anyone looking to immerse themselves in a diverse and dynamic culture, while also indulging in some of the world’s most delicious cuisine. One of the most iconic landmarks in Kuala Lumpur is the Petronas Twin Towers, a stunning architectural masterpiece that dominates the skyline.

Beyond the skyscrapers, the city is home to a wealth of cultural attractions such as the Batu Caves, a series of limestone caves that are home to Hindu shrines and temples. The National Museum of Malaysia is also a must-visit destination for anyone interested in learning more about the country’s rich history and heritage.

However, the most exciting aspect of Kuala Lumpur is its food scene. The city is famous for its street food with countless vendors selling everything from steaming bowls of noodle soup to crispy fried chicken, nasi lemak and much more. For those looking for a more upscale dining experience, Kuala Lumpur also boasts a number of world-class restaurants serving everything from traditional Malay cuisine to international fusion dishes. Some of the most renowned chefs in the world have set up shop in the city, making it a hub of culinary innovation and experimentation.

HOT TIP: Absolutely do not miss an evening at the Jalan Jalor street food market. One of the best food spots in all of Malaysia

How to get to Kuala Lumpur

The city is well-connected to the rest of Malaysia and the world, with regular flights to other major cities in the country and beyond. The main airport is Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

The city is also served by a great train network along the west coast, with regular services to and from other major Malaysian cities such as Penang, Johor Bahru and Ipoh. To connect with the East coast the best option is to fly or to rent a car as buses, even if available, don’t offer a fully joined up service.

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is quite a big city, the best option is to stay in the Petronas Tower for convenience. If like us you rent a car then you can check more options. We stayed at the Aloft hotel, just beside the main train station and it was perfect. The common spaces are super modern with a really cool vibe. Rooms are simple but with clever design touches, and it also offers a wonderful rooftop swimming pool that we truly enjoyed at the end of the day.

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ALOFT KUALA LUMPUR SENTRAL FAMILIES
MODERN STYLE
CONNECTION
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CITIZENMBUDGET PRICE
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THE RUMA HOTEL AND RESIDENCESLUXURY
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Ipoh

Ipoh, the charming capital city of Perak, is an absolute gem for those seeking a short trip in Malaysia. Brimming with rich history, stunning architecture, and mouth-watering cuisine, this hidden treasure offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern-day convenience that will leave you thoroughly enchanted.

The moment you set foot in Ipoh, you’ll be greeted by its stunning colonial architecture, reminiscent of the city’s rich tin-mining history. The well-preserved heritage buildings are a sight to behold and provide a captivating backdrop for your short trip in Malaysia. Stroll through the quaint Old Town, where you’ll find a delightful mix of grand mansions, charming shophouses, and the iconic Ipoh Railway Station, fondly known as the “Taj Mahal of Ipoh.”

Ipoh’s vibrant art scene is another major draw that will captivate your senses. The city’s streets serve as a canvas for talented mural artists, transforming ordinary walls into extraordinary masterpieces. Make sure to visit the famous Mural Art’s Lane and Concubine Lane, where you can witness an eclectic mix of street art, local crafts, and enchanting cafes. It’s a true visual treat that adds a splash of colour to your short trip in Malaysia.

One of the highlights of your Ipoh escape will undoubtedly be its mouth-watering cuisine. Famous for its diverse culinary delights, Ipoh promises a gastronomical adventure that will tantalize your taste buds. From the iconic Ipoh white coffee and aromatic curry mee, to succulent bean sprout chicken and delicious dim sum, your palate is in for a real treat.

Nature lovers will be thrilled to explore the plethora of natural attractions that Ipoh has to offer. Nestled amidst lush greenery, the city boasts mesmerizing limestone caves, such as the awe-inspiring Gua Tempurung and Kek Lok Tong, perfect for a day of adventure and exploration. Don’t miss out on the rejuvenating hot springs at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, where you can unwind and soak in the therapeutic mineral-rich waters.

In addition to its rich history, captivating art, scrumptious food, and breathtaking natural attractions, Ipoh is also home to a warm and hospitable community making Ipoh an unmissable destination for a remarkable short trip in Malaysia.

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Where to go in Malaysia for short trips: beach life

Pulau Redang Island

Pulau Redang is a beautiful island off the east coast of Malaysia in the South China Sea, known for its pristine beaches, clear blue waters, and vibrant marine life.

One of the main attractions of Pulau Redang is its beaches. The island boasts several stunning beaches such as Pasir Panjang, Teluk Dalam, and Long Beach, all of which offer soft white sand and crystal-clear waters. You can lounge on the beach, soak up the sun, and take a dip in the sea. The beaches are also ideal for snorkelling and diving, allowing you to explore the vibrant marine life that the island is so well-known for.

Speaking of marine life, Pulau Redang is a haven for divers and snorkelers. The island is home to several coral reefs, which are teeming with a variety of colourful fish, turtles, and other sea creatures. Most hotels and resorts offer guided snorkelling or diving tours to explore the underwater world and get up close with the marine life.

If you want a break from the beach and marine activities, at Pulau Redang you can take a jungle trek to explore the island’s lush greenery and spot wildlife such as monkeys, birds, and lizards.

With its range of accommodation options, leisure activities, and natural beauty, the island is one of the best places to go on vacation with friends in Malaysia.

HOT TIP: The islands off the east coast of Malaysia (like Redang, Lang Tengah and the Perenthian island) are perfect to visit from May to October. When the rainy season starts around November most of the resorts will close down as boat connections become really difficult

How to get there

Reaching Pulau Redang is easy enough from across Malaysia as there is a small airport in Kuala Terengganu (Sultan Mahmud Airport), just 40 minutes by taxi from Merang Jetty where you can get a speedboat to the island. However direct flights are only available from Kuala Lumpur.

From Merang jetty there are a few boats every day, I recommend you book your ticket in advance through Direct ferries. They will wait for you and you will not risk missing your connection. You can even plan some island hopping between Pulau Redang and Lang Tengah as there are boat transfers between the two islands.

Where to stay in Pulau Redang

The island is home to several resorts and hotels, offering a range of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences. If you want a secluded escape and money is not a concern The Taaras Beach and spa resort is your best choice.

We stayed at the Laguna Beach resort which is the best resort on the island after the Taaras. The rooms are big and nicely furnished, all set in small buildings with lovely gardens, there is a massive swimming pool, bar and activities center.

The only downside is that most people are here on a 2/3 days 1/2 nights package and move in groups for each activity including lunch and dinner where there is a specific time to respect. This creates massive queues like to enter a canteen. We experienced this issue only for breakfast as again we took only the bed and breakfast option.

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TAARAS BEACHCHECK THE PRICE IN BOOKING
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Lang Tengah Island

Lang Tengah Island is a hidden gem located off the coast of Malaysia that offers a serene and relaxing atmosphere, perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The island is known for its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, and abundant marine life making it a popular destination for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.

The island is relatively small, which makes it easy to explore on foot, and there are plenty of secluded spots to relax and soak up the sun. When compared to Redang Island, Lang Tengah is less developed and less crowded, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a more peaceful and secluded vacation.

While Redang Island is known for its luxurious resorts and bustling nightlife, Lang Tengah offers a more laid-back and intimate experience. The beaches in Lang Tengah are less crowded and offer a more natural setting, with fewer beach bars and restaurants. (Here you can read more about Lang Tengah vs Redang)

One of the highlights of Lang Tengah Island is the vibrant marine life that can be found just off the edge of the beaches. The island is home to a variety of fish, sea turtles, and other marine creatures, making it a popular destination for snorkeling and diving. You can take a boat to one of the nearby coral reefs and explore the underwater world, or simply snorkel around the shallow waters near the beach.

We took part in a snorkelling tour, but even from the beach, we had amazing fish encounters, including swimming with baby sharks that were fixed guests around the pontoon.

In theory, in some periods of the year, you could also admire the bioluminescence phenomena along the coast (also known as blue tears), we were not so lucky, unfortunately. Lang Tengah Island is a must-visit destination perfect for another short getaway for couples in Malaysia.

How to get to Lang Tengah

To get to Lang Tengah you can follow the same steps as explained above to reach Redang island. Prebook your boat transfer from Merang Jetty or from Redang.

Where to stay in Lang Tangah

Unfortunately, the hospitality offer is not the best. With only three resorts available they don’t fear competition and the resort level is not at the standard you would expect for the price you pay. We stayed at the best option available the Summer Bay resort.

Langkawi island

Langkawi Island is a stunning archipelago located in the Andaman Sea, just off the northwestern coast of Malaysia. It is a popular tourist destination that boasts beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, lush green forests, and a plethora of exciting activities. If you’re looking for a perfect short trip destination in Malaysia, then Langkawi Island is a great option.

One of the most alluring aspects of Langkawi Island is its natural beauty. The island is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Malaysia. From the iconic Langkawi Sky Bridge that offers panoramic views of the surrounding islands to the tranquil Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, Langkawi Island has something for everyone. Tourists can indulge in various outdoor activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, jet skiing, and parasailing to explore the diverse marine life and lush green forests.

Apart from the natural beauty, Langkawi Island also has a rich cultural heritage. Tourists can visit the Mahsuri Tomb and learn about the legend of the beautiful princess who was unjustly accused of adultery. They can also explore the traditional Malay houses at the Langkawi Cultural Center and witness the intricate art of batik painting.

Langkawi Island is also a popular shopping destination. Tourists can visit the duty-free shopping centers and grab some amazing deals on a variety of goods.

Langkawi Island is a great Malaysia short getaway that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, adventure, shopping, and delicious food.

While the resorts on the island don’t close like those on the east coast of Malaysia, you will find better weather from October to May.

How to get to Langkawi?

From Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Penang you can fly directly to Langkawi.

However, it is really easy to get to Langkawi via boat transfer from Penang (roughly 3h), Kuala Kedah, and Kuala Perlis (roughly 1h 45 min), and from Koh Lipe in Thailand.

If you don’t want to fly from Kuala Lumpur then you also have the option of getting the train to Kuala Kedah and then jumping on the boat.

Getting to Langkawi Island is easy and can be done by taking a ferry from the mainland. The ferry ride takes around two to three hours and offers stunning views of the surrounding islands.

From Kuala Kedah, you also have the opportunity to bring your car with you if you are on a road trip in Malaysia.

Where to stay on Langkawi Island

Langkawi for me represents the perfect blend between uncontaminated nature and luxury. I have a soft spot for hotels and resorts that manage to integrate and almost disappear in the surrounding landscape. In Langkawi, you will find options for any budget. The Ambong rainforest retreat strikes the perfect balance of being unpretentious but luxurious at the same time.

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Where to go in Malaysia for short trips: relax and unwind

Mangala Resort & Spa near Kuantan

Taking a short trip in Malaysia could also be the opportunity to just relax and unwind. The east coast of Malaysia is a hidden gem that is often overlooked by tourists. This region of Malaysia boasts a laid-back and tranquil atmosphere that is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

There are lots of less-developed areas, which have managed to retain their natural beauty and charm. If you venture on this side of the country you will find several small fishing villages that offer a glimpse into the traditional way of life in Malaysia.

Mangala Resort & Spa is the best place to relax in Malaysia. It is a luxurious retreat raised from the ashes of an abandoned mining site, nestled amidst the lush greenery of Gambang, just a short drive from Kuantan. This resort boasts a breathtaking setting, with stunning views of the surrounding hills and a tranquil lake that adds to the serenity of the resort. The building of this charming place not only brought back beauty to a devastated area, but the constant effort has brought more than 100 species of birds back to nest in the area. They now work daily to preserve the ecosystem and lower the resort’s carbon footprint.

The resort offers a range of accommodation options, from spacious rooms to private villas, all of which are equipped with modern amenities and designed to provide the utmost comfort to guests.

One of the highlights of a stay at Mangala Resort & Spa is the opportunity to explore the area around the resort. The resort is located near some of the most stunning natural attractions in Malaysia, including the Berkelah Waterfall. This majestic waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery and is the perfect spot for a picnic or a refreshing swim. Another must-do activity when staying at Mangala Resort & Spa is the firefly tour. This enchanting tour takes guests on a nighttime boat ride along the Kuantan River, where they can see thousands of fireflies lighting up the night sky. It’s a truly magical experience that is not to be missed.

For those looking for a more relaxed experience, Mangala Resort & Spa offers a range of spa treatments, including massages and facials, to help guests unwind and rejuvenate. The resort also has an infinity pool that offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and lake, making it the perfect spot to relax and soak in the tranquil atmosphere. In conclusion, Mangala Resort & Spa offers a perfect getaway for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse themselves in nature’s beauty.

We only managed to spend a day here but it was a marvellous way to slow down the pace, I highly recommend this place as one of the best short getaways in Malaysia for couples.

How to get to the Mangala resort

Getting to Mangala Resort & Spa is easy. The resort is located just a short drive from Kuantan Airport (Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport), which offers regular flights from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Singapore.

If you drive, it will take around 3 hours from Kuala Lumpur and almost 4 hours from Melaka.

Tanjong Jara Resort

Tanjong Jara Resort is a luxurious retreat located on the East Coast of Malaysia, in the state of Terengganu. It offers guests an opportunity to indulge in the rich culture and heritage of Malaysia, with a range of activities that are both relaxing and adventurous.

The resort sits on a stunning stretch of beach and boasts lush tropical gardens, making it an ideal destination for those looking for a tranquil getaway. One of the standout features of the Tanjong Jara Resort is its commitment to promoting the local culture and traditions of Malaysia. Guests can take part in a variety of cultural activities, like cooking classes and sessions of kampong sucimurni lifestyle, to learn about the rich history and customs of Malaysia while also having fun.

For those looking for more adventurous activities, the resort offers plenty of options. Guests can explore the nearby Tenggol Island, which is renowned for its diving and snorkelling opportunities. The marine life here is diverse and colourful, making it a paradise for underwater enthusiasts.

If you prefer to stay on land, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in the surrounding area, like bicycle tours and eco river cruises. You can also explore the local villages and towns, which are known for their traditional crafts and markets. The resort has also a turtle hatchery and guests can get involved with releasing turtles into the sea.

Families with kids are well catered for as well as couples looking for a romantic getaway. We would have stayed longer if we could.

How to get there?

The Tanjong Jara Resort is easily accessible, with direct flights from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to the nearby Sultan Mahmud Airport (Kuala Terengganu). From there, it is one hour and half to the resort.

The drive from Kuala Lumpur usually takes around four hours.

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Where to go in Malaysia for short trips: adventure and nature

Taman Negara

Taman Negara is considered to be one of the oldest rainforests in the world. This stunning natural landscape is home to an incredible array of flora and fauna, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

The park is spread over a vast area and features a range of different ecosystems. You can explore the park by yourself on foot but there are also many guided tours available to help you navigate the terrain. There is also a canopy walk. The walkway is suspended 40 metres above the ground and stretches for 500 metres. Visitors can experience the thrill of walking through the treetops and enjoy the panoramic views of the park.

Another popular activity in Taman Negara is jungle trekking. The park offers a range of different trekking routes, from easy walks to challenging hikes that take several days to complete. For those who prefer to explore the park from the water, there are several options available.

River cruises are a popular choice, offering visitors the chance to see the park from a different perspective and spot wildlife that is harder to see from land. There are also options for white-water rafting and kayaking, both of which provide an exhilarating experience.

In addition to its natural beauty, Taman Negara is also home to several indigenous communities. These communities have lived in the area for centuries and offer visitors a glimpse into their traditional way of life. Visitors can learn about the different customs and traditions of these communities, as well as sample local cuisine and crafts.

Overall, Taman Negara is a destination that makes one of the best weekend getaways from Kuala Lumpur and should not be missed by anyone who loves nature and adventure. With its stunning natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, and range of activities, it is sure to be a highlight of any trip to Malaysia.

How to get to Taman Negara

Reaching Taman Negara is not difficult but it requires a bit of time. It is accessible by car and bus from Kuala Lumpur, there aren’t really other easy connections from other cities (unless you drive your car). The journey takes around 3 to 5 hours depending on the mode of transport chosen. If you drive then you want to reach Kuala Tahan where you will then board a boat for a short trip crossing the river to enter the park.

If you travel independently without a car you can get a bus to Jerantut and then a taxi or another bus to Kuala Tahan. A much easier option is a direct shuttle bus from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Tahan, or to Kuala Tembeling if you have time and want to take the final leg as a 3 hour boat journey.

If you decide to start from Melaka you can get the train directly to Jerantut.

BEST TAMAN NEGARA TOUR FROM KUALA LUMPUR IF YOU ARE SHORT ON TIME

Visiting Taman Negara could seem quite complicated. If you are really short on time you can consider this practical day trip from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara.

It is really convenient as they will pick you up from your central hotel in Kuala Lumpur and bring you back there.

GOOD TO KNOW: these tours are fully refundable up to 24h before they start

Where to stay in Taman Negara

Once there, if you want to stay overnight inside the park your only option is Mutiara Taman Negara, a nice but basic lodging solution. Across the river, you will have a few more options in Kuala Tahan.

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands is a beautiful hill station located in Malaysia that attracts nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts from all over the world. The region is known for its lush green tea plantations, cascading waterfalls, and scenic trekking trails that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

One of the most popular activities to do in Cameron Highlands is visiting the tea plantations. You can take a guided tour of the tea factories, learn about the manufacturing process, and even sample some of the finest teas in the world. The best time to visit the tea plantations is early in the morning when the mist covers the hills, creating a surreal atmosphere.

Another must-visit attraction in Cameron Highlands is the Mossy Forest, a mystical forest that is covered in moss and mist throughout the year. The forest is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including pitcher plants, orchids, and exotic birds. You can take a guided tour of the forest and learn about the unique ecosystem that exists here.

If you are an adventure enthusiast, then you can go trekking in Cameron Highlands. There are several trekking trails that offer varying levels of difficulty, from easy walks to challenging hikes. The most popular trekking trails are the Gunung Brinchang Trek, the Mossy Forest Trek, and the Sungai Palas Trek. Each of these treks offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes, and you can even spot some wildlife along the way.

Cameron Highlands is also home to several waterfalls that are worth visiting. The most popular waterfalls are the Parit Falls, the Robinson Falls, and the Lata Iskandar Falls. You can take a refreshing dip in the cool waters of these falls and enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings. In conclusion, Cameron Highlands is a paradise for nature and adventure lovers.

BEST CAMERON HIGHLANDS TOUR FROM KUALA LUMPUR

Cameron Highlands is a place to enjoy slowly. You want to have enough time to enjoy the beauty of nature at different times of the day. However if you prefer to give more time to other sights you can consider this well-organised tour from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands.

GOOD TO KNOW: these tours are fully refundable up to 24h before they start

How to get to Cameron Highlands

The best way to get there is by car or taxi from Kuala Lumpur or Ipoh. The journey by car or taxi from Kuala Lumpur last around 3 hours and a half. From Ipoh its a little faster taking you a couple of hours.

Alternatively, you can also take a bus from Kuala Lumpur or Ipoh, but you have to plan for at least a 5 hour journey.

A train can be used for a part of the journey, but you will still need a bus or taxi from Padang Besar or Ipoh, making it the least cost-effective option, but who doesn’t love a train journey?

Where to stay in the Cameron Highland

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CAMEROON HIGHLANDS RESORTCameron highlandsCLASSIC LUXURY
SERVICES
BY THE GOLF COURSECHECK THE PRICE IN BOOKING
TINY BOUTIQUE HABITATTINY BOUTIQUE HABITATBUDGET
SIMPLE BUT WITH CHARM
TANAH RATACHECK THE PRICE IN BOOKING


Short trips in Malaysia are a great way to experience the best of this amazing country in a short amount of time. Whether you’re an adventure-seeker, nature-lover, foodie, or culture vulture, Malaysia has plenty of hidden gems that will leave you wanting more! So, pack your bags, book your trip, and get ready to discover the beauty and diversity of Malaysia.

Clotilde is a resilient, resourceful and adventurous person that navigate the world of travelling with kids. She is a mum of 7 years old twins and she share practical tips, profound insights and genuine personal experience to empowers family to embrace travel with children as an enriching experience rather than a daunting challenge.

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