Travelling in Peninsular Malaysia is always more fun when you decide to drive instead of taking a flight, especially when planning a trip with friends or family. Not only is it cheaper than flying, but a road trip will also give you a chance to see and explore so much more.
So, where should you go on your next trip? The answer is simple: Ipoh and Georgetown! Both cities have everything you need - great food and attractions all along the same highway. And luckily for you, SOCAR has some partners that will give you some great deals in BOTH cities ?
We know that it's quite tricky to rent a car, especially choosing the right one that is suitable for family or road trip with your close friends. But don't worry, with SOCAR app, you have more than 36 car models to choose! You also have a flexibility on choosing the right car by renting it hourly, daily, weekly, or even monthly. With extensive coverage (more than 1,000+ zones including KL, Selangor and Penang), SOCAR will make your road trip easier and cheaper with their exclusive deals in Ipoh and Georgetown!
P.S. They also have a "Keyless Access" feature - a bluetooth key system to unlock cars straight from the SOCAR app! ;)
Must-visit road trip attractions in Ipoh and Georgetown
1. Canning Dim Sum, Ipoh
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In Ipoh, food is the adventure, and if you're thinking about indulging in something special, Canning Dim Sum is THE place to go! With over 50 types of delicious and halal dim sum, you will be spoilt for choice! But remember, it gets hectic, so you might need to wait in line.
Halal status: Halal-certified
Address: 1, Lebuh Cecil Rae, Taman Canning, 31400 Ipoh, Perak
Operating Hours: Thurs - Mon, 7.30 AM - 3.30 PM; Wed (Closed)
Contact: +6016 268 0535
2. New Hollywood
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This famous restaurant has everything Ipoh has to offer, all while being Muslim-Friendly*. Savour their Wantan Mee, Prawn Noodles, and Laksa! It's the best place to get authentic Chinese Ipoh cuisine.
Halal status: Only halal ingredients are used. Do note that the restaurant is not halal-certified
Address: 38, Lorong Cecil Rae, Taman Canning, 31400 Ipoh, Perak
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 7.00 am - 6.00pm
3. The Habitat Penang Hill
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Once you're done with your meals in Ipoh, it's time to head to Penang for something more scenic. And nothing is more beautiful than a rainforest with amazing views. This is where The Habitat Hill Penang Hill comes in. Home to one of Malaysia's oldest rainforests, this amazing attraction will leave you breathless as you soak in the sights! The best part is, if you flash your SOCAR app at the ticket counter, you get up to 20% off for up to 4 pax!
Address: The Habitat Penang Hill, Bukit Bendera, 11300 Penang, Malaysia
Contact: +6019 645 7741
4. Chong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion
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Once you're done with the rainforest, it will be time for a bit of rest. Penang Island is famous for its heritage sites, so why not stay in one as well? And the most popular place to stay will always be Chong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion. Built and designed with meticulous care in the late 19th Century, this heritage building was restored into a beautiful hotel that you cannot help but stay in. And with SOCAR you can get a complimentary tea for 2 when you book a room!
Address: 14, Leith Street 10200 Penang, Malaysia
Contact: +604 262 0006
We hope this list has been helpful for your next road trip! But if you feel like visiting some other fantastic attractions, SOCAR has partners all over Malaysia for your adventure needs. Check out these other offers from SOCAR so you can decide where you want to go next!