Cameron Highlands
Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Winding road, Cameron Highlands
Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang
Kota Bharu
Beach in Penang

Malaysia Classic

7 day Self Drive - from £449

With flights from £1089

A leisurely self drive tour around the best of Malaysia, taking in the scenic Cameron Highlands, the holiday island of Penang and the fabulous beaches of the country’s East Coast.


  • Cameron Highlands
  • Island of Penang
  • East Coast resorts
  • Malay towns and villages
  • Stunning rainforest scenery
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - The Cameron Highlands

Pick up your air conditioned car this morning and head north from Kuala Lumpur. As you leave the city you may like to visit the famous Batu Caves, home to some magnificent Hindu temples. The scenery becomes more mountainous as you drive towards the tranquil Cameron Highlands, a region famed for its lush green tea plantations. The cooler climate here makes it a perfect place for your first overnight stay.

Hotel: Strawberry Park, Cameron Highlands or similar

Day 2 - Penang

Before you leave the Cameron Highlands, don’t miss a tour of one of the many tea plantations where you will learn about the production process behind your morning cuppa. Afterwards head to Penang perhaps making a stop at Sam Poh Tong, a Chinese temple enclosed in a limestone cave. There are plenty of other places of interest along the way before you cross the famous Penang Bridge, gateway to the Island where you will stay for two nights.

Hotel: Bayview Beach resort, Penang or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Penang

Enjoy a day at leisure at your resort of Batu Ferringi beach. Relax by the pool or use your car to explore the Island. You may like to visit historic Georgetown with its well-preserved colonial buildings and colourful markets or drive to Fort Cornwallis and the Botanical Gardens, or simply spend a day on the beach soaking up the sun.

Hotel: Bayview Beach Resort, Penang or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Kota Bharu

Say farewell to Penang as you take the East-West highway to the coastal town of Kota Bharu. The scenery is varied and spectacular as you travel through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Take time to stop in some of the towns and villages to get a feel of the Malay way of life. In the afternoon arrive to your overnight stay in Kota Bahru on the East coast of the Malaysia Peninsula.

Hotel: Grand Renai Kota Bahru or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Kuala Terengganu

In the morning, take a stroll to Kota Bharu’s famous floating market, full of delicate and ornate handicrafts for which the region is renowned. Afterwards, continue your journey south towards the beautiful sandy beaches of Kuala Terengganu for a further overnight stay beside the Gulf of Thailand.

Hotel: Sutra Beach Resort, Kuala Terengganu or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Kuantan

You may like to visit the town of Kuala Terengganu before you leave or take a boat ride through mangrove forests, with a visit to the turtle breeding station (if in season). Continue down the East coast to Kuantan, Malaysia’s third biggest city. You’ll find good shopping here, as well as great beaches and spectacular waterfalls nearby.

Hotel: Swiss Garden, Kuantan or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Kuala Lumpur

After breakfast head westwards on the final leg of the journey. On arrival in Kuala Lumpur you can return your car to the airport before catching your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

7 day Self Drive - from £449

With flights from £1089

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All prices are per person and based on 2 sharing a double or twin room. Prices are subject to seasonal changes.

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Self Drive Touring

Relaxed and enjoyable self drive touring. Book the itinerary as shown as or ask your Asia travel consultant to add extra days in the places you choose.

Your Self Drive includes:

  • 6 nights pre-booked hotel and resort accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Air conditioned car with Collision Damage Waiver and unlimited kilometers
  • Well planned route, maps and driving information

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