Overland journey from Singapore to Malaysia

Catch a glimpse of Malaysia’s mesmerising heritage and remarkable landscapes with an overland journey from Singapore to Malaysia.  Wander through Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant streets, explore historic Melaka. Take in the lush scenery of the Cameron Highlands, delve into Penang’s diverse culture before exploring the cultural richness of the East Coast.

Best time to visit: Nov to April on the West Coast and April to Oct on the East Coast. On balance, April will be the best month for this tour.

Touring Style - a private tour with your own driver who also acts as your guide.

Prices are seasonal, include hotels, breakfast, professional touring and transfers. Starts from:

GBP 2390 per person sharing a twin room, Standard Class Hotels

Excluding flights.

  • Visit Malacca’s heritage sites Explore Malacca’s Portuguese fort, Dutch Square and Baba Nyonya museum for a glimpse into the town’s fascinating past.
  • Drive to the Cameron Highlands Make a stop at Iskandar Waterfall and in an Orang Asli village before reaching the tea plantations of the highlands.
Overland journey from Singapore to Malaysia at a glance
  • Day 1: Singapore to Melaka
  • Day 2: Melaka to Kuala Lumpur
  • Day 3: Kuala Lumpur
  • Day 4: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands
  • Day 5: Cameron Highlands to Penang
  • Day 6: Penang
  • Day 7: Penang to Kota Bahru
  • Day 8: Kelantan to Terengganu
  • Day 9: Kuala Terengganu to Cherating
  • Day 10: Cherating departure
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Day 1: Singapore to Melaka

Pick up from your hotel for the transfer across the Causeway from Singapore into Malaysia and continue to Melaka,  With a legacy dating back at least 600 years, from the Malay Sultanates to Portuguese, Dutch and English occupations, this is a town with a rich and varied historical heritage.

Visit Porta de Santiago, the last-standing ruins of the old Portuguese fort, A Famosa, which was destroyed by the British in 1512. Check out the ruins of St. Paul’s Church before heading to Dutch Square.  Sights will include visits to Stadthuys, Christ Church, Clock Tower and the Queen Victoria Fountain. before heading to the Baba Nyonya Museum to learn about the Peranakan culture.

Take a stroll on Jonker Street which has become famous for its collection of antique stores selling strange and wonderful artefacts of a bygone era. End your day tour with a riverboat cruise up the Melaka River. 

Distance and journey times: 242 km, 3 hrs

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Day 2: Melaka to Kuala Lumpur

From Melaka, head on to the young vibrant metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur. Affectionately known as ‘KL’ to locals, Kuala Lumpur is by far the largest city in Malaysia. with a colourful spectrum of Malaysian architecture, history, cultural heritage, crafts and lifestyle. Visit Thean Hou Temple, the National Monument & Cenotaph. Stop by the Gate of the King’s Palace, Merdeka Square & Royal Selangor Club in the background. Highlights include visits to the Petronas Towers, the Moorish-style Railway Building and National Mosque.

Overnight in Kuala Lumpur

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Day 3: Kuala Lumpur

Free and easy in Kuala Lumpur.

Overnight in Kuala Lumpur.

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Day 4: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands

Head on to the small town of Tapah at the base of the mountain range where Cameron Highlands is situated. Here you’ll find a few families whose livelihood depended on weaving bamboo baskets used for vegetable packing. Make a short stop at the Lata Iskandar cascades and the Orang Asli huts along the winding drive up to Cameron Highlands. The plateau is marked by the rolling hill slopes of tea bushes. You may catch some labourers picking tea leaves along the way. A visit to a tea factory will give you a good idea of how tea is processed. Other places of interest include Rose Valley and the local market.

Distance and journey times: 206 km, 3 to 4 Hrs

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Day 5: Cameron Highlands to Penang

Descend the highlands for the city of Ipoh. Stop at Sam Poh Tong, a Chinese temple enclosed in a limestone cave. It opens to a courtyard surrounded by limestone walls. Here, we find tortoises thriving in the ‘longevity pond’. In Kuala Kangsar, a brief stop at the gilded domed Ubudiah Mosque and Iskandariah Palace. The first rubber tree is also found here. Cross Penang Bridge to Penang Island.

Distance and journey times: 247 km, 4 to 5 hrs

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Day 6: Penang

Georgetown is proud of its colonial buildings. Fort Cornwallis and the Esplanade are only two of the many nooks and corners that still bear old Victorian and Edwardian names. The Khoo Kongsi Clan House was one of the venues used for the film Anna & the King. The house features elaborately engraved masonry and woodcarvings. Kek Lok Si is where the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas is located.

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Day 7: Penang to Kota Bahru

Leave the Island City and head towards the East Coast. The drive takes you through Malay houses, rice fields, and deep mountain forests. Stop over at the massive man-made Lake Temenggor at Banding for lunch. Kelantan, where Kota Bahru is located, is the last frontier of old Malay culture.

Distance and journey times: 343 km, 5 to 6 hrs

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Day 8: Kelantan to Terengganu

See the rich and delightful blend of Malaysia made items in Kota Bahru. Visit the central market with its endless stalls mostly owned by women. See activities ranging from the weaving of Songket cloth then to silverware mastery to kite making. Travel along the east coast southwards to Kuala Terengganu.

Distance and journey times: 161 km, 3 to 4 hrs

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Day 9: Kuala Terengganu to Cherating

Terengganu, home to brightly painted fishermen boats, is also the home of many snacks which Malaysians enjoy. Crackers, made of fish kneaded in sago and sticky rice cooked in bamboo, are among the many delicacies found in this state. At Cherating, monkeys pluck coconuts for farmers while some ladies weave Pandanus leaves into mats.

Distance and journey times: 183 km, 2 to 3 hrs

Day 10: Cherating to Kuantan Airport

Transfer to Kuantan airport for your departure flight.


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