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Malaysia Driving Guide

Malaysia is a relatively small tropical country in Southeast Asia that’s divided by the South China Sea.  The majority of the country is on the Malay Peninsula, while the remainder is on Borneo Island and getting between the two is largely restricted to air travel.  Both are exotic locales and offer affordable goods, such as electronics being a popular choice, and a varied cuisine that is indicative of this nation’s multicultural profile.  But for a tourist destination, it’s the fantastic weather and incredible landscapes that put Malaysia high on the “to see” list.  Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL, is a modern city packed with entertainment and places of interest, but it’s in the countryside where one can truly understand the natural beauty and a Malaysian car rental is a convenient way of getting around.

Port Dickson

Malaysia is often depicted as a tropical paradise with palm trees, azure waters, white sand and cottages on stilts suspended over the sea.  Port Dickson in the southern part of the country, 60 km (37 miles) from KL, is an excellent choice where to see this depiction in reality, and waking up here in your Malaysian accommodation is paradise found.  Known simply as PD to locals, relaxation is the biggest show in town, but there’s also an animal farm with ostriches and a 3D art gallery that begs for selfies.

The Blue Lagoon, 16 km (10 miles), is paradisiacal with calm, crystal clear water and free admission.  A longer drive to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in the village of Lanchang, 190 km (118 miles), is perhaps your best chance to come face to face with an elephant on the Malay Peninsula.


This city on the Malay Peninsula does not have the same level of skyscrapers and modern buildings as KL, but has more of an influence from the country’s past and is truly representative of Malaysia’s multicultural population with a heavier influence of Chinese. However, like KL, there is excellent shopping and walking around the city, or taking a trishaw, are the best ways to experience it and enjoy the hundreds of Chinese shop-houses.  Street art adorns the walls of many buildings and gives areas a fun vibe.  Two religious buildings worth visiting include the Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple that has a very colourful exterior incorporating embedded diamonds, and the Buddhist Kek Lok Si Temple that is Malaysia’s biggest.

Batu Ferringhi, 17 km (11 miles), is a perfect escape from cities and crowds with its gorgeous beach, and the nearby butterfly and tropical fruit farm is a great way to spend part of the day.


On Borneo Island, this city is located between the sea and a rain forest so it’s not surprising it has the pseudonym, The Nature City.  With wildlife on the doorstep, Sandakan is a good base to visit the many parks and conservation areas, as well as being able to relax by playing golf at an 18-hole (Par 72) green.

The Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, 37 km (23 miles), is located in a mangrove forest and is an opportunity to see this species not found elsewhere in the world. Orangutans can be viewed in their natural habitat at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, 23 km (14 miles), particularly when the primates are fed their meals by staff at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Whichever side of the South China Sea you are on in Malaysia, your Cheaperthanhotels accommodation and your Cheaperthancars rental car will help you have a memorable vacation by saving you money so that you can do more when you get there.

The Cheaperthancars Team


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