What is a Malaysia Road Trip?

The simplest definition of a Malaysia road trip is tourists visiting various places in Malaysia by road. In addition to using land, tourists may also use air or sea transportation to reach their final destination. Tourists must spend the night at each location before continuing activities the next day. The number of days required to complete each road trip in Malaysia from KL depends on the activities you want to do. Usually, tourists will spend 3 to 14 days in Malaysia.

Benefit Malaysia Road Trip

Malaysia is an amazing country to explore by road. From the ultra-modern city of Kuala Lumpur to the beach resorts of Perhentian Island, there is so much to see and do. The Malaysia road trip is the perfect way to experience everything this beautiful country offers. You’ll get to experience the hustle and bustle of KL and the stunning natural beauty of Malaysia’s jungle and beaches. And, of course, you’ll enjoy delicious Malaysian food along the way. So what are you waiting for? Start planning and hit the road for the Malaysia road trip of a lifetime.

Three Tips For A Great Road Trip in Malaysia

Did you know that by planning your holiday itinerary yourself, tourists can save 20% of the cost of their holiday? Yes, 20% is the service charge charged by the travel agency to draw up the itinerary of each tourist. Here I include three tips on planning your itinerary in Malaysia and other countries worldwide.
By using Google Maps and Google Sheets, tourists can draw up an itinerary faster and see an overview of places to visit in Malaysia.

List Down Things You want to Do

The first step before booking any flight ticket or Hotel is to gather a list of activities and places to visit in Malaysia. Tourists can refer to my article Place to Visit in Malaysia.

Arrange Your Travel Itinerary in Table

Using Google Sheets or a Microsoft spreadsheet, arrange your travel itinerary and activities in sequence. It would be best if you had hard and softcopy as a backup.

Book Your Hotel, Tour, and Transportation

Once you have all the itineraries, tourists can book the best Hotel to stay in and the best mode of transportation. Tourists might need to combine different types of transport.

Sample Malaysia Road Trip Planner

Malaysia is also a popular destination for road trips, as its extensive network of highways makes it easy to get around. Below is an example of preparing a road trip itinerary from Kuala Lumpur based on our experience as private tours guide in Malaysia.
Tourists can use the trip sample as a guide.

1Mon2 Jan Kuala LumpurArrive
Transfer to Traders Hotel
Rest / Swimming
Traders HotelKLIA 1
Taxi or Ehailing
2Tue3 Jan Kuala LumpurMorning – KL City Tour
Afternoon – Visit Batu Caves & Fireflies
Traders HotelSelf
We Go with Anuar
3Wed4 Jan Kuala Lumpur0730 – Malacca Day Trip
2000 – Dinner at Jalan Alor
2200 – Packing
Traders HotelWe Go with Anuar
Taxi or Ehailing
4Thu5 Jan Taman Negara0500am – Day Trip TMN Negara
Travel to Cameron Highlands
Overnight in Cameron Highlands
Cameron ResortWe Go with Anuar
5Fri6 Jan Cameron Highlands0800am – Cameron Highlands Tours
Travel to Penang
Overnight in Cameron Highlands
Cameron ResortWe Go with Anuar
6Sat7 JanPenangHotel check-out
0800 – Travel to Penang
Stop by at Orang Utan Sanctuary
Hotel Check-in
Hardrock PenangWe Go with Anuar
7Sun8 Jan Penang0800am – Penang TourHardrock PenangSelf
8Mon9 JanPenangGeorge Town
Hardrock PenangSelf
9Tue10 Jan Perhentian IslandTravel to Airport
0910 – fly to Kota Bharu
Kota Bharu to Kuala Besut
Coral View ResortTaxi/Grab
Air Asia
Hotel transport
10Tue11 JanPerhentian IslandDiving Class
Relax – Swimming
Coral View ResortSea Voice Divers
11Wed12 JanPerhentian IslandDiving Class
Relax – Reading
Coral View ResortSea Voice Divers
12Thu12 JanPerhentian IslandDiving Class
Coral View ResortSea Voice Divers
13Fri13 JanPerhentian IslandDiving Class
Coral View ResortSea Voice Divers
14Sat14 JanKuala Lumpur0800 Transfer to Kuala Besut
Travel to Kota Bharu Airport
1525 Fly to KLIA 2
Overnight in Kuala Lumpur
Majestic Hotel Ferry
Hotel transport
Air Asia
15Sun15 JanKuala LumpurMuseum & Shopping
Travel to KLIA 1
Majestic HotelSelf
Taxi or Grab
Malaysia Airlines
15 Days Malaysia Road Trip Sample itinerary

Peninsular Malaysia Road Trip

Currently, we offer a short road trip from Kuala Lumpur covering 2 – 3 days that tourists can book directly from our booking page. For a longer duration, we advise tourists to plan their own route and share it with us for review.

2 Days 1 Night Cameron Highlands

2 Days 1 Night Cameron Highlands tour is the most popular Malaysia road trip among local and foreign tourists. It allows tourists to make an additional stop at Batu Caves or Sam Poh Temple in Ipoh. Ideal for tourist planning to continue their journey to Penang or Pangkor Island. We also can arrange to drop you off at the KLIA Airport or Taman Negara after the tour. Best for tourists who enjoy the lush green of rainforest and tea plantation in relaxing mode.

Road trip in Malaysia
Cameron Valley Tea Plantation in Cameron Highlands

2 Days 1 Night Taman Negara Cameron Highlands

We combine the two most popular day trips, Cameron Highlands and Taman Negara, into one road trip to give the most jam-packed activity without affecting the tour experience. It is best for active travelers looking for a bit of adventure and nature tour. 2 Days 1 Night Taman Negara and Cameron Highlands are also suitable for couples or small groups planning to continue their journey to Georgetown, Penang.

Malaysia road trip
Tourist boating on the Tahan river in Taman Negara National park, Malaysia.

3 Days 2 Night Elephant Sanctuary – Taman Negara – Cameron Highlands

We combine the three best-selling tours for the nature and wildlife category into one single tour package. It allows tourists to visit all three of these places more effectively without going back and forth to Kuala Lumpur. Ideal for transit airlines passenger.

Malaysia elephants
Cleaning Adult Elephants in The Rivers


Planning your own Malaysia road trip itinerary is easy and can save you a lot of money. In addition, you’ll be free to choose your activities and hotels, which is excellent if you have specific places you want to visit or stay in a particular area for a while. If you’re still unsure whether planning your own road trip is right for you, leave me a comment below – I’d be happy to help!