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  • 9 Best Road Trips From KL: From KL To Gopeng, Ipoh, Kuantan, Bukit Tinggi, And More!

    Eunis Ong
    Eunis Ong
    Last updated 22 Mar 2024
    Blogheader - Best Road Trips From KL

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    Who's up for a road trip?

    bukit tinggi 法国村 气候
    Photo Credits: @syazlinzainal (Instagram)
    Gather your buddies or family and get ready to embark on a road trip! If you're looking for a short break away from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur city, check out our list of best road trips from KL where you'll get to explore the beauty of Malaysia through good food, natural sceneries, and rich culture.

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    Best road trips from KL

    1. Kuala Lumpur - Gopeng - Ipoh

    gopeng glamping park staycation malaysia
    Photo Credits: @gopengglampingpark
    Gopeng Glamping Park Malaysia Staycation
    Photo Credits: @engshen
    Drive duration: 2 hours KL - Gopeng + 30 minutes to Ipoh
    This route's perfect for travellers looking for a laid-back road trip with lots of fresh air and good food. Gopeng is a tranquil town in Perak surrounded by beautiful limestone cliffs, rivers, caves, and rainforests, known for its tin mining activities back in the olden days. If you're feeling adventurous, consider spending a night in a tent at the charming Gopeng Glamping Park where you'll get to sleep beneath a starry sky and spend the next morning on a white water rafting adventure and exploring some historical pre-war buildings that dot the Gopeng old town.
    Ipoh Kong Heng Square
    Photo Credits: @gina.phillips
    Mee Kari Kak Yah Halal Ipoh Food
    Photo Credits: @fidzhamzah
    After a night in Gopeng, a leisure 30-minute drive will bring you to Ipoh for some good old tau fu fah, Ipoh white coffee, and chicken rice. Make sure you plan a soak in the hot springs at the Lost World Of Tambun to rejuvenate after a long day!
    Add these spots and activities onto your itinerary:

    2. Kuala Lumpur - Seremban - Melaka

    Pantai Klebang Melaka
    Photo Credits: @serene.cy
    Drive duration: 1 hour KL - Seremban + 1.5 hours to Melaka
    Melaka is undoubtedly one of the most popular road trip destinations from KL. Instead of driving straight to Melaka, stop by Seremban for lunch! Although Seremban isn't famed for its tourist attractions, it has the rustic charm of a small provincial town and is fun and easy to explore. Pop by Restaurant Yi Poh for some yummy lou shu fun (this spot is often packed with locals and foodies from all over Malaysia!) and walk across the street to get some siew paos from the popular Siew Pau Master.
    Melaka Dutch Square
    Photo Credits: @chaewonxz
    Continue driving 1.5 hours on to Melaka, Malaysia's beautiful historical city that is rich with history, culture, colonial buildings, and yummy cuisine. Check out our 2D1N Melaka guide, inclusive of tips on where to find the best gula melaka latte and authentic Nyonya cuisine!

    3. Kuala Lumpur - Genting Highlands - Bukit Tinggi

    Genting Highlands Awana Skyway Cable Car
    Photo Credits: @friesmcd
    Genting Highlands
    Photo Credits: @antungyau
    Drive duration: 50 minutes KL - Genting + 40 minutes to Bukit Tinggi
    For those who are itching for a short getaway but are reluctant to travel too far, this route's perfect for you! Pack your jacket and drive 50 minutes uphill to Genting Highlands for some chilly breeze. If you're up for a full day of fun, you can get the Genting Highlands Klook Pass which allows you to visit not just Genting SkyWorlds, but also the Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park and Ripley's Adventure, all with extra savings!
    bukit tinggi 法国村 气候
    Photo Credits: @syazlinzainal (Instagram)
    After spending some time at Genting, drive 40 minutes to Bukit Tinggi, another high altitude gem not too far from KL! Bukit Tinggi is home to the Colmar Tropicale French Village as well as a Japanese Village with a beautiful botanic garden and rabbit park.
    Add these spots and activities onto your itinerary:

    5. Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Selangor - Sekinchan

    天空之镜 sasaran 海滩 kuala selangor
    Photo Credits: @rachel_lirachel
    Drive duration: 1 hour KL - Kuala Selangor + 30 minutes to Sekinchan
    This route is great for a road trip with family and is a perfect opportunity to expose your little ones to the beauty of the outskirts of Malaysia. Drive an hour from KL to Kuala Selangor, a district in the northwestern part of Selangor best known for its fireflies, nature park, and fishing villages. Pop by the Sasaran Sky Mirror, dubbed the "Salar de Uyuni of Malaysia" due to its appearance that looks like the beautiful Bolivia salt flats.
    Sekinchan Paddy Fields
    Photo Credits: @doriskis
    sekinchan paddy field
    Photo Credits: @dalileea
    Next, continue on to Sekinchan where you'll catch sight of field after field of beautiful rice paddies! Visit the Paddy Processing Gallery to learn about how the rice is grown and produced in the region, and feast on some local seafood caught fresh from the local fishing village.
    Add these spots and activities onto your itinerary:
    • Sasaran Sky Mirror
    • Bukit Melawati (great for monkey watching and sunsets!)
    • Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park
    • Kuala Selangor Nature Park
    • Sekinchan Paddy Fields
    • Pantai Redang Sekinchan
    • Sekinchan Paddy Gallery
    Book a full-day tour to Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor and Sekinchan on Klook - package includes roundtrip transfers from Kuala Lumpur, an English-speaking guide, lunch, and admission tickets to attractions! Find out more here.

    6. Kuala Lumpur - Johor Bahru - Desaru Coast

    Johor Hiap Joo Bakery Banana Cake
    Photo Credits: @tyeatsalot
    Johor Desaru Beach
    Photo Credits: @mtchrisss
    Drive duration: 3.5 hours KL - Johor Bahru + 1 hour to Desaru Coast
    Plan a road trip down south to Johor, a state with a vibrant local food scene, laid-back cafes, great theme parks, and lots of fun things to do. If you're travelling with family, make sure you allocate enough time for a fun-filled day at Legoland Malaysia or Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark!
    Add these spots and activities onto your itinerary:
    Check out our full 3D2N Johor Bahru itinerary:

    7. Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh - Penang

    Ipoh Kong Heng Square
    Photo Credits: @winnieeeeesia
    New Hollywood Ipoh Halal Food
    Photo Credits: @nazsyash
    Drive duration: 2 hours KL - Ipoh + 2 hours to Penang
    This route's for the foodies! Drive up north to food heaven for some good old char kuey teow, oyster omelette, and asam laksa in Penang after a stopover in Ipoh for some dim sum and Ipoh white coffee.
    While in Penang, take a 10-minute ferry ride to Pulau Jerejak, a colourful gem dotted with beautiful photo spots including a rainbow pier and a romantic swing by the beach! Watch the sun set and take tons of pretty shots against a collection of colourful houses in every colour you can imagine.
    Pulau Jerejak Penang Island
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    Escape Theme Park Penang
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    Add these spots and activities onto your itinerary:
    Check out our Penang travel guides:

    8. Kuala Lumpur - Temerloh - Kuantan

    Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre
    Deerland Park Temerloh
    Photo Credits: @deerlandpark_malaysia
    Drive duration: 1 hour & 45 minutes KL - Temerloh + 1.5 hours to Kuantan
    For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, head to Temerloh for a unique experience of authentic kampung life. Temerloh is a small town in central Pahang known as the home of patin fish! The locals cook up lots of special dishes that bring out the best taste of the fish (our favourites are definitely patin tempoyak and patin penyet!), so be sure to stop by one of the many patin stalls and restaurants in town! Besides yummy patin, Temerloh is also home to some beautiful forest reserves, a deer park, and the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre.
    Pantai Cherating Kuantan
    Photo Credits: @syrxf__
    Sungai Pandan Waterfall Kuantan
    Photo Credits: @hafizi__salam
    After exploring the charm of Temerloh, continue on to Kuantan with a short 1.5 hours drive! Kuantan offers great hiking spots, beaches, and historical sites waiting to be explored. Whether you're looking to relax in the ocean breeze or go waterfall-chasing, you're bound to find something for you in Kuantan.
    Add these spots and activities onto your itinerary:
    • Hike up Bukit Panorama
    • Have a refreshing dip at the Sungai Pandan Waterfall
    • Attempt surfing at Cherating Beach
    • Explore the Sungai Lembing Mines
    • Create a batik masterpiece at the Natural Batik Village
    • Have some amazing ikan bakar at Ana Ikan Bakar Petai

    9. Kuala Lumpur - Royal Belum State Park

    Belum Rainforest Resort
    Photo Credits: @caijin
    Drive duration: 4.5 hours KL - Royal Belum
    For those looking for a nature escape, consider heading to the Royal Belum State Park for an adventure of a lifetime. The Royal Belum State Park is one of the oldest rainforests in the world, dating back over 130 million years. Get ready to uncover the mysteries of the jungle and be surrounded by the calmness and serenity of nature.

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