Have you ever been on a road trip? Imagine you and your friends packed in an SUV Hilux or some big 4×4 car, lots of food in hand, a list of places you will go to, and loud music blasting from the car stereo. Road trips offer more than just the satisfaction of reaching a destination by car, but the experience while driving there is beyond enjoyable. Whether it is driving to see local attractions setting up a road trip abroad, the journey is definitely as exciting as the stop.
And would you believe that one of the best places to have a road trip is Malaysia? Yes, we all know that if there is a place where cultures from the East and West can be found mingling with each other, it would be in Malaysia. It has one of the most diverse societies in Asia, a high concentration of different customs and traditions respected and valued as part of its identity.
There are many ways to enjoy your stay in Malaysia, and one of which is an awesome road trip route that will give you a new way to appreciate the country. Not to mention, going on a road trip in Malaysia is like driving to different places all at once because of the variety of terrains it has. Here we list down places that should be part of your must-visit places on your road trip.
You have to start at one of the most popular cities in the world, right? The city centre of Kuala Lumpur offers more than just a view of the ingenious architecture of the Petronas Twin Towers, but also places like the shopping and entertainment district of Bukit Bintang, the temples at Batu Caves, and a hike up Bukit Tabur where you will be treated to panoramic views of the Kuala Lumpur.
Ipoh has earned lots of nicknames, some of which include The Hill City (because of the hill formations surrounding the city), The Town Built on Tin (because of the tin-mining industry that flourished here), and the City of Millionaires (because of the fortunes brought by the mining industry). Now, people visit Ipoh for awesome tasting food like the nasivanggey, ipohhor fun, naslemak, and aiskepal. It is also here where you can find the ruins of Kellie’s Castle, where influences from the India, specifically the Hindu religion, can be seen in the architecture.
For some altitude, spend a night at Cameron Highlands. Here you will see the breathtakingLataIskandar waterfalls on your way up. The breeze is chilly, it will make you want to just sit back, enjoy the view with a cup of hot chocolate.
If you are looking to take a break from city life, Bukit Tinggi offers just the scenery for you. This hill resort is where you will find the increasingly popular Colmar Tropicale. It is a French-themed little village that is inspired by Colmar in Alsace, France. The place is the perfect backdrop for all those photos you want to take, but it also gives you an almost authentic French countryside experience. You can also go to the rabbit farms and the Japanese botanical zen garden.
Kota Kinabalu can be likened to the quaint town of Hobart in Australia. Not in the setting, but in the way the old world charm has perfectly meshed with the modernity of the city. This is the place where art, culture, architecture, and food is in high concentration in Sabah, Malaysia. Art deco style buildings, paintings from artists, excellent food can be found at every corner. There are also nature-based activities like going on a hike at Mount Kinabalu, or if you prefer, you can get your gear and take a dive.
There is so much more of Malaysia that you just have to explore. But the places listed here will give make you experience everything that the country has to offer: the urban jungle, the diversity, the lush greenery, and the countryside. Pack up your bags and load up your cars, because this will be a road trip you will not forget.