Did you know Singaporeans topped the list of 26 million tourist arrivals to Malaysia, according to the Malaysian Immigration Department’s latest statistics recorded from Jan 1 to Nov 15, 2023?

If you are planning on a visit to Malaysia why not try a unforgettable road trip from the vibrant streets of Singapore to Malaysia? Sounds interesting? Drive lah your local car rental in Singapore is here to help you with this comprehensive guide for your ultimate road trip adventure. Are you ready? Lets go!

Planning Your Trip to Malaysia:

How much time does it take ? Distance between Singapore and KL, is approximately 350 kilometres & can be covered in around 4-5 hours by car, depending on traffic conditions, how many breaks you take in middle and border crossing times.

Three-Quarters Rule: Make sure your car's gas tank is three quarters full before leaving Malaysia if you're driving a Singapore-registered vehicle. If authorities find your fuel level too low at the Singapore-Malaysia land checkpoints, you could get fined up to S$500 by Singapore Customs, so, keep your tank filled to avoid any problems.

Visa rule: Singaporeans, can enter Malaysia for up to 30 days without a visa for tourism purpose. However, it's essential to check the latest visa requirements before your trip.

What about tolls ? Tolls are applicable on highways in both Singapore and Malaysia. Prepare sufficient cash in the local currency or use electronic payment methods such as Touch 'n Go or NETS FlashPay for quick and seamless toll payments.

Crossing the Border: The iconic Causeway connects you to Johor Bahru, but expect queues during peak hours, especially during long weekends. For a faster option, the Second Link you to Tanjung Kupang.

Decide on your ideal trip length: A quick weekend getaway (2 days), a relaxed exploration (5 days), or an immersive adventure (8 days).

When to go? Aim for dry months (March-May, September-November) to avoid getting caught in unexpected showers.

Important documents: Pack your passport, driving license, car insurance, and vehicle registration papers. Don't be the one scrambling at the border!

Ringgit Ready: Exchange your Singapore Dollars (SGD) for Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) beforehand. Consider a Touch 'n Go card for cashless payments and tolls - convenience is your friend!

Toll Time: Remember to factor in toll charges and Vehicle Entry Permits (VEPs) depending on your route and car type. Don't get caught off guard! 

Now the fun part - Malaysia Itinerary

Decide on your ideal trip length: a quick weekend getaway (1 Night), a relaxed exploration (5 days), or an immersive adventure (8 days).

One-Night Itinerary:

Start from Singapore early in the morning and head towards Johor Bahru, the gateway to Malaysia.

Explore attractions such as Legoland Malaysia, featuring exciting rides and themed zones, or Johor Bahru City Square for shopping and dining experiences.

Return to Singapore in the evening or have a staycation in one of the many hotels. Please remember if you are coming back on a weekends keep ample time for border crossings and traffic delays.

Five-Day Itinerary:

Day 1-2: Drive from Singapore to Malacca (Melaka), a UNESCO World Heritage city renowned for its colonial history, cultural landmarks, and culinary delights. Explore historical sites, museums, and savor Peranakan cuisine - like Nonya laksa, chicken rice balls, and cendol. Yum! Visit attractions such as A Famosa fortress, Jonker Street, and St. Paul's Hill.

Day 3-4: Continue your journey to Kuala Lumpur. Explore iconic landmarks such as the Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, Merdeka Square, and enjoy shopping and dining experiences at Bukit Bintang.

Day 5: Head back to Singapore, making stops at scenic spots along the way for photo opportunities, such as Genting Highlands or the picturesque town of Seremban.  

Eight-Day Itinerary:

Day 1-3: Explore Johor Bahru and its nearby attractions, including Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, Danga Bay, and the Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple.

Day 4-6: Journey to Penang, known as the "Pearl of the Orient," and indulge in its rich cultural heritage, delicious street food, and beautiful beaches. Explore Georgetown's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Fort Cornwallis, Khoo Kongsi clan house, and street art murals.

Day 7-8: Return to Singapore via Kuala Lumpur, making stops at attractions you may have missed on the outbound journey or exploring new places along the route.

Cameron Highlands: Escape the urban heat and enjoy scenic hikes, stunning tea plantations, and fresh strawberries. Think cool mountains, breathtaking views, and delicious desserts!

Taman Negara National Park: Get lost in the lush rainforest, trek through diverse ecosystems, and spot exotic wildlife. Think jungle adventures, wildlife encounters, and bragging rights!

Do not miss the opportunity to visit natural attractions such as the Cameron Highlands, known for its tea plantations and cool climate, or the Batu Caves, home to Hindu shrines and the annual Thaipusam festival.

Ipoh: Savor the city's unique white coffee and marvel at the stunning Kek Lok Tong cave temple complex. Think cultural exploration, caffeine fix, and breathtaking cave formations!

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Things to do beyond eating delicious food in Malaysia:

Shop till you drop: Treat yourself to retail therapy with luxury brands at discounted prices in KL. It's time to splurge!

Visit Desaru Coast: Escape to a world of beaches, water parks, and adventure activities. Think water slides, wave pools, and adrenaline rushes! 

Accommodation options cater to all budgets, from comfortable homestays to luxurious resorts. Choose your vibe:

Johor Bahru: City chic hotels, modern apartments. Think skyline views, rooftop pools, and urban convenience.

Malacca: Boutique hotels in charming heritage buildings, budget-friendly guesthouses. Think historical charm, hidden courtyards, and affordable stays.

Penang: Heritage hotels in Georgetown, beachside resorts in Batu Ferringhi. Think colonial architecture, seaside relaxation, and beachfront bliss.

Cameron Highlands: Charming colonial bungalows, rustic cabins amidst nature. Think cozy fireplaces, mountain views, and a relaxing escape.

Hit the Gas! Rent Your Perfect car:

For a smooth and stress-free journey, consider renting a car with Drive lah. We offer a diverse fleet of vehicles to suit your needs and budget, whether you seek a fuel-efficient hatchback for exploring cities or a spacious SUV for adventurous escapades. Our knowledgeable team will guide you towards the perfect vehicle, ensuring you hit the road feeling confident and prepared.

With this guide and Drive lah's support, your Singapore-Malaysia road trip will be an unforgettable adventure. So, pack your bags, crank up the music, and get ready to discover the wonders that await!

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As you embark on your Singapore to Malaysia road trip adventure, let Drive lah provide you with the perfect rental car to enhance your journey. With a wide selection of cars to choose from and convenient rental options, Drive lah ensures a seamless and enjoyable travel experience from start to finish. Get ready to create lasting memories as you explore the diverse landscapes, cultures, and flavours of our neighbour Malaysia on the road trip of a lifetime.