Underrated Malaysian Road Trips for Families

14 May 2018

The June Holidays are coming right up and are you wondering where to head to with your family? Why not take your family on a road trip just across the causeway? 

This is where family cars come in handy. No one likes to sit in a cramp car for hours and constantly rub shoulders with their siblings (yes, even with them!). The Nissan X-Trail and the Skoda Kodiaq are spacious cars that offer your passengers a comfortable ride. You will also need sufficient boot space to store your entire family’s luggage.

Besides comfort, it is extremely important that your ride is safe too. Use cars that have front, side, or back airbags to keep you and your family safe (just to be extremely careful!). You don’t want to be topping up your petrol every now and then (even if petrol is cheaper in Malaysia!) so a fuel-efficient car is essential!

So now that your ride is all set and ready, here are the underrated Malaysia road trips that you should take this June holidays with your family!

1. Port Dickson

Just a 4-hour drive away, Port Dickson located at the west coast of Malaysia and is a great beach destination for families. Stay in one of the over-water beach resorts and wake up to the cooling sea breeze and clear waters.

A popular tourist attraction at Port Dickson is the Pantai Cahaya Negeri beach. Here, you can enjoy an amazing time building sandcastles on the beach while gazing at the view of the endless sea that stretches over the horizon. If you’re into more adventurous activities, head to the Saujana beach for jet skiing and banana boating. Some resorts also offer in-house activities like archery, sailing and kayaking. 

2. Klebang Beach

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Most are familiar with heading to Malacca, which itself is a great family destination, but have you been to Klebang Beach? Here, enjoy cooling coconut shakes and walk over to the sand dunes for a instagram-worthy picture with your family!

This place is not exactly a tourist attraction that is made intentionally; hence there aren’t any directional signboard. However, after you are close to the beach, look out for a signboard that says Dataran 1 Malaysia. Turn in and drive till the end of the road. Should you have a off-road driving vehicle, you can continue to drive in to save some time on your feet. Otherwise, do park somewhere and walk in otherwise you may get your car stuck in the sandy and muddy road. From there, it is about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the sand dunes.

Close to the sand dunes, there’s also the Muzium Submarine Klebang where you can see a real-life submarine! At night, after all that walking and exploring, you can head back to explore Malacca’s Jonker Street for its night life, or head to the Portuguese Settlement for authentic Portuguese food. 

3. Cameron Highlands

Though this is not unfamiliar to many, this is one of the destinations that is not as well-visited as its nearby Genting Highlands. This is a long drive from Singapore, but definitely worth the visit if you are driving to Kuala Lampur.

At Cameron Highland, enjoy the cool temperatures that make the location a great escape from the warm and humid Singapore. There are many tea and strawberry plantations there that you can allow your city-dweller children to learn how to pick strawberries and enjoy the beauty of nature.

4. Kota Tinggi

Nature lovers would definitely love this roadtrip to marvel at the Kota Tinggi Waterfalls. Remember to pack swimwear for you and your children as on hot days, you can swim in the dammed pools. There’s also a resort close to the waterfall should you want to enjoy more of it the next day. It is also located within lush greenery, which is a great escape from our concrete skyscrapers. Otherwise, there is also a glamping opportunity at Canopy Tribes in Kota Tinggi.

Visit the crocodile farm where large crawling creatures can be seen in their almost natural habitats. At night, don’t leave out visiting Sungai Lebam Wetlands to catch a glimpse of the magical fireflies.

5. Kluang

Kluang has a variety of activities for the young and the old. There’s the Organic Park Kluang that offers engaging and educational activities to learn, touch, smell, and feel the plants and animals within the park. Before leaving, head also to the restaurant to enjoy meals prepared with their organic produce.

The Kluang UK Farm is also a great way to experience farm life as children and adults get to pet, feed, and play with the goats and sheeps in the farm. There is also a mini petting zoo, ostrich farm, and a mushroom farm. 

Many love to visit street art in George Town, Penang but there are also several artistic mural paintings at the Bat Town in Kluang for you to have fun creating beautiful photographs for keepsakes! Perhaps even return when your children are older to re-create those shots!

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