Planning a quick road trip around peninsular Malaysia from Penang

One day I will write a blog about my ideal trip around Malaysia, taking in everything I like.  But for the moment I am planning a short trip with a friend who is only here a week. I don’t know the east coast south of Kuala Besut, so hope to learn something this time.

Day 1 – Friday afternoon – drive to Ipoh – and visit the caves.  Then check into hotel. Later find Ipoh duck for dinner. Penang to Ipoh 1′ 55″ driving time.

Ipoh Temple Caves

Ipoh Temple Caves

Day 2 – Saturday  – drive to Malacca and check into hotel in centre.  Ipoh to Malacca 3′ 45″.  Look around centre.  Rice balls is a local speciality.

centre of Malacca

centre of Malacca

Day 3 – Sunday – drive to east coast – Malacca to Mersing – 3′ 2″.  Look around area. Hotel at Mersing.

Day 4 – Monday – drive up east coast – three or four hours drive on both Monday and Tuesday.  Stay somewhere along the way.

an east coast beach

an east coast beach

Day 5 – Tuesday – continue up east coast to Bukit Keluang Beach Resort – http://www.bkbr.com.my/ Mersing to resort 6′ 8″.

big Buddha

big Buddha

Day 6 – Wednesday – 5′ 21″ – Bukit Keluang Beach Resort – home in Penang. Big Buddha near Kota Bharu. Stop for swim in river on the way.

swimming spot in river

swimming spot in river

And also stop at Penang Bird Park at Butterworth, which is open until 7PM. Ferry from Butterworth to George Town.

hornbill at Penang Bird Park

hornbill at Penang Bird Park

Notes:
-On no account should one drive at night, even on motorways – many vehicles have no rear lights and fatal rear crashes are thus common.

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