Now that interstate travel in Malaysia is back on, it's time to hit the road and rediscover the beauty of our country with a family road trip. After visiting your grandparents in your hometown, you might be wondering about other scenic road trips that you can explore near Kuala Lumpur.
From the scenic paddy fields in Sekinchan to delicious halal food in Ipoh, these amazing road trip destinations are less than two hours away from the capital city!
1. Kuala Lumpur - Seremban (50 mins)
Seremban is where you should go for a laid-back family trip. Besides taking the kids to see the waterfall at Hutan Lipur Jeram Toi, enjoy a stroll around Taman Tasik Seremban, and admire the beauty of Masjid Sri Sendayan, turn your family road trip into a foodie adventure by checking out the abundance of halal food in Seremban.
Remember to make a pit stop and enjoy cendol pulut from Haji Shariff Cendol, traditional Malay food at Restoran Selera Nogori, and yummy Chinese-Muslim dishes at City Park Oriental Seremban.
2. Kuala Lumpur - Janda Baik (55 mins)
Besides Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands, Janda Baik is another place to go for a family retreat outside of the capital city.
Just an hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, there are many amazing accommodations in Janda Batik that suit your budget. From the budget-friendly Danau Daun Chalet to the luxurious Embun Luxury Villas, book a stay and enjoy your home away from home.
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3. Kuala Lumpur - Bukit Tinggi (1 hour 1 min)
Perfect for a family getaway, make your way to Bukit Tinggi and visit the colourful Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills.
Situated amid the lush rainforest in Bentong, this French-inspired village is reminiscent of the 16th-century Colmar town in France and it's pretty fun to explore its surroundings. Your family can also spend the weekend at Colmar Tropicale, where there are many rooms and suites available for a small family.
4. Kuala Lumpur - Port Dickson (1 hour 17 mins)
Perfect for a quality weekend with the kids, Port Dickson is where you should go to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Besides relaxing by the beach and swimming in the waters, Port Dickson offers plenty of water sport activities such as banana boating and jet skiing. Better yet, this family-friendly beach getaway also has many beachfront resorts, so you can soak up the sun all day.
5. Kuala Lumpur - Sekinchan (1 hour 23 mins)
Once you've arrived at Sekinchan, there are many options for attractions you can choose from! Besides the 3D Art Gallery and Pantai Redang, you can also choose to visit a Paddy Processing factory and the fishing village of Sungai Burong.
Your family can spend a night at Sekinchan too! One of the places you can stay is Padi Box where you can wake up to a magnificent view of expansive green paddy fields against the beautiful blue sky. A treat to the eyes and for the heart, ride a bicycle around the area and take a few snapshots and selfies with the paddy fields.
6. Kuala Lumpur - Melaka (1 hour 50 mins)
Just imagine a day of exploring and introducing your kids to this historical city. You can check out the beautiful murals via the Melaka River Cruise, explore the submarines and fighter jets at the Melaka Submarine Museum or board the massive ship at the Maritime Museum of Melaka.
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Alternatively, hire a colourful trishaw near the Stadthuys Clock Tower and let them take you to the coolest sights that Melaka has to offer. Before the night ends, take a walk down Jonker Street for delicious snacks, take-me-home souvenirs and refreshing fruit juices
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7. Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh (2 hours 9 mins)
Aside from the places we have highlighted so far, Ipoh is the next best place for a family road trip. Brimming with lip-smacking halal food and cool accommodations, follow the locals and make your way to Ipoh where the best sights and sounds are located.
Here in Ipoh, it’s all about soaking up Malaysia’s old town charm that is unlike anywhere else. Your family can even enjoy the Cliff Racer slides and Jungle Wave Pool at the Sunway Lost World of Tambun. If you want to step out from Ipoh for a while, enjoy a boat ride and cycle around Gunung Lang Recreational Park or join a historical tour at Kellie’s Castle
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If you're looking for other places to visit near Kuala Lumpur after your balik kampung trip, we hope this article will inspire your next family getaway. From savouring hearty nasi kandar in Ipoh to enjoying a nature retreat in Janda Baik, remember to stay safe when you're travelling with your family!