Road Trip From East Coast to West Coast Malaysia
Everyone is rather cautious now of international travel due to the COVID-19 so why not travel locally instead? We have so many beautiful seasides, cool mountains, beautiful scenery, wonderful food all at our own backyard easily accessible within hours. All you need to do is to hop in your car and go out there and have fun. We did just that not too long ago, our little family of four. It was a very educational tour for our kids. I don’t recommend this during peak season but we literally hopped into our car and drove without making any bookings and ended up with a wonderful, adventurous holiday.
Here is our trail. We drove 1200 km covering Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan and Cherating in Pahang, Kemaman, Dungun and Kuala Terengganu in Terengganu, Kota Bahru, Kelantan, Ipoh and Bidor in Perak and back to Kuala Lumpur again. We did so over 4 days and 3 nights. What a marvelous ride!
It took us 5 hours to travel from KL to Kuantan, Cherating, Kemaman and Dungun stopping at the beautiful Tanjung Jara, Terengganu. We loved the Kampung style rooms there. It was so quiet and peaceful away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The highlight was turtle watching. It is a really fun activity to do with the kids. We were woken up at midnight to travel by van to the location, a 30 minute ride. When we got there, the vans had to turn all the lights off. We walked and stood in the dark waiting patiently for the turtles to turn up. It was all very exciting for the kids and us too.
The next day we drove to Kuala Terengganu for lunch. We were greeted with more turtles, this time they were in beautiful murals and turtle art which we found at “Lorong Penyu” or Turtle Alley.
Next stop. Kelantan to spend the night. We pointed out the different greenery, types of trees, state flags to the kids and they were thrilled to see places they had only read about in their school textbooks. We visited the museums and Wakaf Che Yeh, a massive night market for nasi pulut ayam, pulut mangga and the famous keropok lekor. So much to see, do and eat.
Hotel Perdana where we stayed in looked as grand as the palaces in the museums we visited.
The next morning we were on the road again, this time we had to cut across the Titiwangsa Mountains or Banjaran Titiwangsa on our way from Kota Bharu Kelantan to Ipoh, Perak. We made a toilet stop at Hentian Puncak Banjaran Titiwangsa which was cool with lovely flora and fauna and a good view of the Titiwangsa mountains. We pointed out the rubber trees to the children along the route.
Finally, we arrived at Ipoh. We stayed at Weil Hotel and found out that Weil was Liew spelled backwards. Liew is the founder of Pagoda Peanuts. There’s a lot to do at Ipoh but we only had an evening and the next morning. In the evening, we visited the night markets for delicious hawker fare and stopped by Ipoh Railway Station square at night. It was so vibrant and full of activity and pretty too. The next morning we went to Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang and several temples in caves which Ipoh is famed for. To sum it up, the scenery and food were amazing.
Finally, we made a lunch stop at Bidor, famous among road travellers, before heading back to Kuala Lumpur. The kids enjoyed this trip a lot and gave their dad a thank you card for taking us on this road trip. A wonderful trip recommended for families with school going children.