15 Weekend Getaways From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Michelle Jamie
Michelle Jamie
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The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, offers a rich heritage, beautiful architecture, colorful culture, and a thriving food scene. One of the most famous attractions here and an iconic monument is the Petronas Twin Towers, which is 451m (1480 ft) in height and features Islamic Motifs. It is a skyscraper that is clad in glass and steel and it has a sky bridge and an observation deck, which will give you an amazing view of the city. Aside from this stunning tower, Kuala Lumpur boasts weekend getaway destinations that you will surely love; from coastal towns to hillside villages, rice paddies, and grand palaces. In case you’re still not done with you’re itinerary, make sure to read our list of weekend getaways from Kuala Lumpur, and have the best holiday yet.

1. Pahang (from USD 43)

Tioman Island Beach
Source: Photo by user David Russo used under CC BY 2.0

A large state in Peninsular Malaysia, Pahang features wondrous mountains, beautiful rainforests, and pristine sandy beaches. One of its most-sought-after attractions is the Tioman Island, a white sand beach which has an abundance of coral reefs. If you’re tired of the beaches, then you have to go to Cameron Highlands, which offers resorts, tea plantations, and farms. You should also see the village of Fraser’s Hill which is like an English Hamlet, which will make you feel like you’ve been transported in a different place.

Pahang is 253.5 km (157.52 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur and it will take you almost three hours of travel time to get there.


Rock Mountain

Address: Lot PT6900(A), Kampung Sungai Ruan Pahang
Price: from 43 USD

First aid kit available Parking Fire extinguishers Express check-in/check-out Garden Free parking Air conditioning Non-smoking rooms

2. Kuantan (from USD 36)

Located in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Kuantan is one of beautiful towns that’s rich with traditions, culture, and history. At the heart of the city, you’ll find the modern Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque, which features five domes that are beautifully adorned with blue geometric patterns and has four towering minarets. Another must-visit attraction is the seafront Taman Teruntum park, wherein you’ll find a landscape garden and a mini zoo.

Kuantan is 237.1 km (147.33 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur and it will take you almost four hours of travel time to get there.


AC Hotel by Marriott Kuantan

Address: Jalan Teluk Sisek
Price: from 36 USD

Dry cleaning Daily housekeeping Free WiFi Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed WiFi Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Restaurant

3. Negeri Sembilan (from USD 115)

Seri Menanti palace
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Located on the Malay Peninsula in the southwest coast, Negeri Sembilan is a great summer destination for its sandy beaches, beautiful nature parks, and stunning palaces. One of the attractions you shouldn’t miss here is the Cape Rachado, which is an expansive nature reserve that has a lighthouse that will give you a spectacular view of the sea and its surroundings. Other points of interest include Port Dickson with its seaside resorts, the Wan Loong Chinese Temple, and the Kota Lukut hilltop fort.

Negeri Sembilan is 64.3 km (39.95 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur and it will take you less than an hour of travel time to get there. Make this destination your KL weekend getaway.


The Dusun

Address: 3437 Kampung Kolam Air Mukim Pantai
Price: from 115 USD

Daily housekeeping Hiking Free parking Non-smoking rooms Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Physical distancing rules followed Laundry Massage

4. Penang (from USD 78)

Second Penang Bridge
Source: Photo by user Jan used under CC BY-SA 2.0

In need of a short break from Kuala Lumpur? If you’re a history buff, there’s no better place to be in Malaysia than in Penang. With its kaleidoscope of culture, you’ll surely have lots of fun times discovering and learning new things. You’ll find in the center of Penang, its capital, George Town, which is a mixture of old Asia and influences of Europe, which is very evident in its architecture, arts, food, and local scene. In case you want to explore more, visit the fishing villages, the palm-fringed beaches, jungles, and farms that grow durian and nutmeg trees.

Penang is 355.2 km (220.71 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur and it will take you almost four hours of travel time to get there.


Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach
Price: from 78 USD

Free parking Laundry Meeting/banquet facilities Currency exchange Fax/photocopying Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Tour desk Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed

5. Gopeng (from USD 42)

Gua Tempurung
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Calvin Teo used under CC BY-SA 2.5

Gopeng is a town in Kampar District in Malaysia that has once been the center of the mining industry in the country. As time pass by this little town has evolved into an eco-tourism destination that is rich in heritage, culture, and food scene. One activity that you shouldn’t miss while you’re here is the white water at Kampar River. Here, you’ll be undertaking wild rapids and floats down the river’s clear waters amidst a rich rainforest. As for the caving part, you’ll be exploring the Gua Tempurung and see the beautiful labyrinth of stalagmites and stalactites. Also, at the end of the stalagmite is a river that has wondrous pebbles that will make for a good souvenir.

Gopeng is 182.3 km (113.28 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur and it will take you almost two hours of travel time to get there.


Gopeng TownHouse

Address: 84 Jalan Tasik
Price: from 42 USD

Non-smoking rooms Air conditioning Hiking Fire extinguishers Non-smoking throughout Pets allowed

6. Bentong (from USD 1152)

Bentong
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user LokHK99 used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Bentong is popular for its ginger and being a foodie haven. It has a thriving food scene and a great source of fresh produce that draws locals and tourist alike. If you’re working for a food industry or are just an enthusiast, you’ll love joining factory tours, including the Soy sauce factory, where you’ll learn the process of fermenting soybeans to make condiments. Another is the Tofu Puff Factory which has been in the owner’s family for 100 years now. Here, you’ll learn how beans are transformed into tofu puffs.

Bentong is 68.3 km (42.44 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur and it will take you more or less one hour of travel time to get there. This destination is truly worthy of a short trip away from KL.


Red House the Garden Stay in Bukit Tinggi by PLAY

Address: 2, Lot Banglo Bukit Tinggi Resort
Price: from 1152 USD

Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Golf course (within 3 km) Private parking Private check-in/check-out Garden Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies Bridal suite Bingo

7. Sekinchan (from USD 48)

Sekinchan Paddy Field
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Auyong83 used under CC BY-SA 4.0

A beachside village that features numerous rice paddies because of its fertile soil, Sekinchan is one beautiful area that offers lots of natural wonders, including being home to migratory birds like herons. As the center of the rice industry in Malaysia, you’ll also find, here, the Paddy Processing Factory that has a museum that exhibits collections about the local rice industry. Another attraction is the Nan Tian Temple, which is an elaborate shrine that sits in the town’s many rice fields.

Sekinchan is 94.9 km (58.97 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur and it will take you one and a half hour of travel time to get there.


The One Boutique Hotel

Address: Lot 220, Tingkat G, Jalan Bernam, Pekan Sekinchan
Price: from 48 USD

Physical distancing rules followed Free WiFi Soundproof rooms Ironing service Smoke alarms Free parking Fire extinguishers CCTV in common areas

8. Kulai (from USD 26)

Mount Pulai Recreational Forest
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Chongkian used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Located in the state of Johor, Malaysia - Kulai is the capital of the District by the same name. The primary source of income here is agriculture, especially in the oil palm and rubber fields surrounding the town. One of the attractions you must visit while in the area is Mount Pulai, which has a marvelous waterfall and two recreational forests that you will surely enjoy. Apart from nature, Kulai also boasts shopping outlets, like the Johor Premium Outlets, which was the first ever luxury premium brand outlet in Southeast Asia.

Kulai is 302.1 km (187.72 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur and it will take you more than three hours of travel time to get there.


Castello Hotel

Address: No.93 & 94, Jalan Kenanga 29/7, Indahpura
Price: from 26 USD

Barber/beauty shop Cashless payment available WiFi available in all areas Express check-in/check-out Vending machine (drinks) Physical distancing in dining areas WiFi Mini-market on site

9. Ipoh (from USD 149)

Ipoh
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user [Unknown] used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Ipoh received its city status in 1988. It wasn’t a frequented spot back then, but the city has since proved that it’s a worthy destination due to the ornate British colonial architecture featured in numerous structures. Ipoh has made its name in the culinary industry, having one of the best-tasting cuisines, and is now regarded as one of the cleanest cities in the country.

Ipoh is 180 km (111 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur, and it will take you two hours of travel time to get there.


The Haven All Suite Resort, Ipoh

Address: Lot 41396, Persiaran Perpaduan, The Haven Lakeside Residences
Price: from 149 USD

WiFi available in all areas Table tennis Outdoor pool (all year) Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning Fax/photocopying Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Non-smoking rooms Garden

10. Johor Bahru (from USD 49)

Johor Bahru sunset
Source: Photo by Flickr user cattan2011 used under CC BY 2.0

Located along the Straits of Johor is the lively town of Johor Bahru. The Grand Palace building houses the Royal Abu Bakar Museum, which is one of the top cultural attractions in town. Figure Museum, Sultan Ibrahim Building, and Johor Art Gallery are only a few of the many significant landmarks that you’ll get to enjoy once you visit.

Johor Bahru is 331.2 km (105 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur, and it will take you more than three hours of travel time to get there.


Amari Johor Bahru

Address: 82C Jalan Trus, Johor Bahru City Center, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 80000
Price: from 49 USD

11. Kuala Selangor (from USD 32)

kuala selangor village
Source: Photo by Flickr user paula le dieu used under CC BY 2.0

Steer away from the busy nature of Kuala Lumpur and find retreat in the peaceful town of Kuala Selangor. This quiet and modest paradise is home to historical attractions that you may miss if you’re not looking hard enough. Such attractions are Bukit Belanda (Dutch Hill), War Memorial, Royal Mausoleum, and Melawati Fort. It is also believed that the Poisoned Well at Kuala Selangor was used to drown traitors during wartime.

Kuala Selangor is 66 km (41 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur, and it will take you just about an hour of travel time to get there.


Vi Boutique Hotel

Address: 1 Jalan Sri Penambang 1, Taman Seri Penambang
Price: from 32 USD

Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Outdoor pool Contactless check-in/check-out Swimming pool Room service On-site parking Air conditioning WiFi

12. Raub (from USD 25)

Fraser's Hill Clock Tower
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user RoB used under CC BY-SA 3.0

One of the oldest towns in the state of Pahang is the sleepy town of Raub, which used to be a gold mining settlement. Bukit Fraser (or Fraser’s Hill) is one of the most popular highlands in the country. Going to Raub will get you closer to other landmarks such as Bukit Telaga Waterfalls, known for its turbulent rapids, and Jeram Besu Rapids, which is one of the best kayaking and rafting sports in Malaysia.

Raub is 103.5 km (64 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur, and it will take you about an hour and a half of travel time to get there.


HOTEL RAUB AGRO

8.3 User Rating

Address: Pusat Perniagaan Sempalit, Raub City, Raub, Malaysia, 27600
Price: from 25 USD

13. Taman Negara (from USD 69)

Taman-Negara
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Vladimir Yu. Arkh... used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Nestled in Peninsular Malaysia is the national park of Taman Negara, which houses the world’s oldest tropical rainforests, which is over 130 million years old. If you’re particularly looking for a nature trip as your weekend getaway from Kuala Lumpur, Taman Negara is the way to go. Strolling along the canopy walkways, hiking under the lush rainforests, camping, and witnessing the rich wildlife are only a few of the many outdoor activities you can do at the national park.

Taman Negara is 239 km (148.5 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur, and it will take you 3.5 hours of travel time to get there.


Mutiara Taman Negara Resort

Address: Kuala Tahan
Price: from 69 USD

Laundry Family rooms Fax/photocopying Air conditioning Gift shop Restaurant Hiking Fishing

14. Melaka (from USD 19)

The capital of the coastal state of Malacca, Melaka, whose catchphrase says, ‘Don’t mess with Melaka’, features ancient architecture and glorious history, which will lure tourists. At its heart, you’ll find the famous Jonker Street, which is known for being a colorful hub of antique shops and night markets. Another must-visit is its ancient religious sites, including the 17th-century Chinese Cheng Hoon Teng temple that features beautiful ornate decor and many prayer halls; and the Kampung Kling Mosque with its Javanese influences.

Melaka is 145.1 km (90.16 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur and it will take you about two hours of travel time to get there.


Bayou Lagoon Park Resort

Address: Amari Villa, Jalan Wakaf Utama
Price: from 19 USD

Free WiFi Family rooms Lift 24-hour front desk Restaurant Physical distancing rules followed Mini-market on site 24-hour security

15. Terengganu (from USD 146)

Kenyir Lake
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user RoB used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Well-known for intricate local fabrics like Kain Songket and Kain Batik, Terengganu is located in the eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia and has mostly a Malay population and they share the same culture and traditions. Many tourists go here to do island hopping, snorkeling, scuba diving, and other water activities. Another attraction is Tasik Kenyir, which is a reservoir lake in Ulu Terengganu that will provide you spectacular panoramas.

Terengganu is 449.9 km (279.55 mi) away from Kuala Lumpur and it will take you more than four and a half hours of travel time to get there.


Terrapuri Heritage Village, Penarik

Address: Kampung Mangkuk, Penarik, Setiu
Price: from 146 USD

BBQ facilities First aid kit available Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Library Luggage storage Parking Garden Air conditioning

Hello Kuala Lumpur

View on Petronas Towers
Source: Photo by user [Unknown] used under CC BY-SA 3.0

You’ll never regret visiting this beautiful city in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur has lots to offer, starting from its iconic Petronas Tower up to hidden villages, coastal towns with its pristine beaches, food factories, and more. Once you’ve visited all the best places and accomplished the best things to do alone or with a group, check out the best day trips and tours too.

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Michelle is a book-loving travel-junkie who tries to write for a living. Her goal is to explore the world, get to know as many people as she can, and inspire others to do the same, for she believes...Read more

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