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10 Weekend Getaways From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Updated 2020

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Michelle Jamie
Michelle Jamie

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. Penang (from USD 73)

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 73 USD

Business centre Babysitting/child services WiFi Breakfast in the room Dry cleaning Gift shop Valet parking Room service

2. Melaka (from USD 26)

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 26 USD

Lockers Meeting/banquet facilities Kid meals Golf course (within 3 km) Concierge service 24-hour front desk Restaurant Gift shop

3. Bentong (from USD 885)

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.

Red House the Garden Stay in Bukit Tinggi by PLAY

Address: 2, Lot Banglo Bukit Tinggi Resort
Price: from 885 USD

4. Sekinchan (from USD 20)

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 20 USD

Smoke alarms Fax/photocopying CCTV outside property Internet services Family rooms Designated smoking area Facilities for disabled guests Private parking

5. Negeri Sembilan (from USD 124)

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.

The Dusun

Address: 3437 Kampung Kolam Air Mukim Pantai
Price: from 124 USD

Non-smoking rooms Cooking class Children's playground Swimming pool Internet services Parking CCTV in common areas BBQ facilities

6. Terengganu (from USD 156)

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.

7. Kulai (from USD 33)

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 33 USD

Free parking WiFi available in all areas Contactless check-in/check-out Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Designated smoking area Shops (on site) Security alarm CCTV in common areas

8. Kuantan (from USD 40)

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 40 USD

Luggage storage Pool/beach towels Business centre Non-smoking rooms Dry cleaning Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus CCTV outside property 24-hour front desk

9. Pahang (from USD 47)

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 47 USD

Hiking Fire extinguishers Express check-in/check-out Garden Non-smoking rooms Free WiFi CCTV in common areas 24-hour security

10. Gopeng (from USD 38)

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 38 USD

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

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. Don’t forget to check out our list of weekend getaways from Kuala Lumpur before you travel.

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