a VirtualTourist member from Croydon
I am planing a trip to Malaysia for March 2010, just my husband and I. We have 3 nights and 3 days in Selangor before flying to Sarawak for 2 weeks, then another 2 nights in KL before heading home.
I was thinking of using the first 3 days of our holiday to see things outside of KL such as Klang, Kuala Selangor and the Batu Caves.
By reading this forum and other sites people seem to use public transport to get around but I am thinking it might save a lot of travel time by driving myself and finding accommodation on-route so we are not heading back into KL all the time just to travel out again?
Can we hire a car at LCCT and drop off again there?
How easy is it self drive if we stay away from the KL traffic? What are the other cities and towns like to drive in?
Any feedback will be much appreciated :)
Car rental in KL is not cheap (To avg Malaysian) except langkawi. Try the info inside LLCT website:
Yes it's very convenient if you have your own car. and driving in KL is not a problem for those used to British road system. To avoid the jam, stay away from peak hour traafic (7:30am-9:30am & from 5pm-7:30pm) otherwise it's not so bad unless accident in front.
If you have a nokia/ Garmin GPS, you can download and install the free GPS maps from
malfreemaps.com/viewtopic.ph... (Very up to date infact updated every Monday. but outskirt of Borneo is still no good)
or from here (Not so up to date but very detail Borneo maps):
Yes, if you have GPS it is much more easier to find the place that you wanted to go. If it is not public holiday period, you can easily get the accomodation wihout early booking. You can drive to Malacca it is about 2 hours drive from KL, it is quite a interesting place to go or you want to drive up to Cameron Highlands, it is about 3 - 4 hours drive from KL.
I am not sure what you plan to see in Klang. For Batu Caves, I think the most you will spend about 2 hours there. Genting Highlands,Pahang is about 1 - 2 hours drive from Batu Caves.
Klang is good for those seafood lovers..Otherwise nothing interesting there. There are others better suburban areas in Klang Valley (Metro KL) such as Sunway (Sunway lagoon & Sunway pyramid)& Damansara area (One Utama/ The Curve/IKEA)..
Malacca is a right choice too. very close to LCCT infact..Only 1 hr drive away from LCCT or 2hr from KL.
We went to Malacca from Singapore last year and absolutely loved it.
I love sea ports and sea food, so that is why I'd included Klang but we will visit Kuala Selangor so maybe don't really need to visit Klang? Wanting to see the fireflies and enjoy seafood by the river there
We may go to the Cameron Highlands rather than Genting as don't need to see a casino..unless there are better things to see there than Cameron?
Definitely seeing the Batu Caves on the way back to KL
Thank you for the road map links
We will be in Sarawak for two weeks but wanting to see some sights in Negeri Selangor before we go
I haven't priced car rental yet, but wondering if it is worth the cost for the convenience and time saving benefits
I would say that it would be worth it. Car rentals at the big firms (Avis, Hertz, etc) will have similar prices to all their other locations. I would stick to big name rental firms in SE Asia to be sure of proper insurance coverage.
Driving in Malaysia is easy. It is more similar to North America than to Europe. Roads are generally wider and straighter than in Europe and there is usually no problem finding free parking near where you need to be, or at least clearly marked paid parking lots. Roads are signposted at least more clearly than they are in the UK (which isn't saying much), so it's not that hard to navigate around with a good map.
It's even possible to drive to Taman Negara (the national park) without needing to take the boat there. (People say that is part of the charm, but it does add 3 hours each way that could be better spent at the park. You can hire a little private boat and driver in the park for 2 hours to get the river fix.) I forget exactly how far from KL it is, but maybe 2 or 3 hours' drive. I have a travel page about it.
Thanks for the tips :)
I think the driving will be OK, I found North American roads very much like driving here in Australia except on the opposite side of the road which surprisingly enough was an easy transition
Certainly when we went to Melaka last year I noticed they have very good roads in Malaysia and well signed
Really tossing up what to do still as the main part of our trip is going to be exploring Sarawak for 2 weeks, so not wanting to venture away from KL too far in the 3 days we have there. I've learnt from experience that you can miss the essence of a place by doing too much too quickly
Found this fantastic food blog with 'Crab Island' on it, so definitely wanting to do this and it is a cheap and easy trip using the KTM to Port Klang and then 30 minute ferry ride to Pulau Ketam
It looks a really interesting community and not too touristy which is something I like to avoid. Looking forward to hiring bikes to get around on the small island and feasting on seafood!
Batu Caves is a must do and again we can easily get to it from KL. Not sure about the fireflies, I think we will see how the weather is as they are not meant to be as spectacular if the moon is too bright or it is raining, possibly on the way home from Sarawak if we don't do it at the beginning or our trip? A lot of our time in Sarawak will be spent in national parks and rain forests so not really looking for this on the mainland this trip
We are leaning towards using public transport now and it is a great way to mingle into the life of a city