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
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
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
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
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
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.
7 day Self Drive - from £449
With flights from £1089