Are you planning a road trip from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur?
The drive itself will take over 4 hours, but if you really want to have an experience you’ll never forget, plan a few stops in between.
There are a number of major attractions you can visit on the way to KL.
For most places we’ve uncovered, you can easily spend a day exploring, so try to organise overnight stays for your journey.
Here are the 15 places to visit for your drive from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.
1. Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is an iconic landmark in Singapore.
This 5 star luxury hotel is a once in a lifetime experience and we recommend staying here for the night before you start your road trip to KL.
While you’re here, relax in their famous rooftop infinity pool where you’ll get incredible views of Singapore skyline and Gardens by the Bay (particularly at night).
Nearby is the ArtScience Museum where you can see featured exhibits, technology and futuristic art.
Stock up at Marina Bay Sands shopping centre when you’re ready to depart for Kuala Lumpur.
- Location: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
2. Jurong Bird Park
As you make your way out of Singapore, you’ll come by Jurong Bird Park.
You’ll find all types of exotic birds both local and international in 12 different zones.
If you do plan on stopping here, don’t miss the two shows, Kings of the Skies and High Flyers Show.
Make sure you have your cameras ready, as you see eagles flying above the crowd showing off their hunting skills.
Or if you just want to check out all the different birds, jump on the tram ride to get a quick overview of the whole park.
One of the unique highlights is the Waterfall Aviary, where you can see the world’s tallest man made waterfall standing at 35 metres high.
For families with young kids, this is the perfect stop to learn more about the importance of birds and wildlife.
- Location: 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
- Opening Hours: Daily 8:30am to 6pm
3. Legoland Malaysia
This is another great stop for families with young kids.
Legoland Malaysia is the first major attraction to visit once you drive out of Singapore.
You can escape the heat at their waterpark, enjoy all the children-friendly rides, or watch shows and see fantasies come to life.
The rollercoasters (Dragon’s Apprentice and The Dragon) are generally more popular so expect long queues.
For the adults, you’ll have a better appreciation of all the incredible landmarks built with 30 million lego bricks in Miniland.
We also recommend staying a night in the Legoland hotel after a long day of fun with your family.
- Location: No 7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar Medini, 79250 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
- Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 10am to 6pm ; Fri-Sun 10am to 7pm
4. Gunung Pulai Rainforest
Nature lovers will love exploring Gunung Pulai Rainforest.
To get here, you’ll need to stop by Kampung Sri Gunung Pulai where there’s main road leading to the entrance of the forest.
A hike to the top of the hill will take approximately 1.5-2 hours.
Although it won’t feel like a couple of hours as you pass by towering trees, unique plant life, the occasional waterfall and possibly wild gibbons.
If you’re after a unique experience, stay overnight at a nearby Rainforest Tree House.
- Location: Gunung Pulai, Taman Gunung Pulai, 81000 Kulai, Johor, Malaysia
5. Explore Batu Pahat
Batu Pahat is a town near the Malaysian coast, mostly populated by Chinese.
You’ll see reflections of Chinese influence through various statues as you explore the town.
During hot and humid seasons, visit Wet World Batu Pahat Village Resort where you can enjoy the different water slides and cool off in their giant wave pool.
A couple of shopping malls are also in town if you need to stock up on supplies for your road trip to Kuala Lumpur.
Trying local cuisines in Batu Pahat is also a must if you love authentic Malaysian food.
- Location: Batu Pahat District, Johor, Malaysia
6. Tanjung Emas Recreational Park, Muar
This is the ideal spot for a quick toilet break after a long drive from Singapore.
Tanjung Emas Recreational Park is a relaxing area where you’ll see locals jogging, strolling, or fishing along the river.
A number of local dining options are also located here with authentic mee bandung and asam pedas.
If you have more time, take a cruise down Muar River and enjoy the scenic surroundings.
Expect large crowds though if you hapeen to pass by on the weekends.
- Location: Taman Sri Tanjung, 84000 Muar, Johor, Malaysia
- Opening Hours: Daily 9:30am to 11:30pm
7. Taming Sari Tower
When you arrive in Melaka, Taming Sari Tower is the best place to visit if you want a complete view of this Malaysian city.
With the observatory at 80 meters in the sky, you’ll be able to see landmarks including the Melaka Straits Mosque, Samudera Museum and Independence Memorial Building.
The ride itself is approximately 7 minutes, so make sure you have your camera ready to snap a few photos of Melaka.
For international visitors, tickets are RM 23 for adults, and RM 15 for children under 12 years old.
- Location: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
- Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 11pm
8. Zoo Melaka
Close to the Taming Sari Tower, you’ll find Zoo Melaka.
This is the second larget zoo in Malaysia covering 54 acres.
Continual development programs run by new owners have helped visitors of all ages learn more about wildlife conservation.
Perfect for families, Zoo Melaka showcases animals from around the world, including lions, elephants, monkeys and various birds.
Daily talks, shows and feeding times are organised to further educate visitors about wildlife.
- Location: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Hang Tuah Jaya, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka, Malaysia
- Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 9am to 6pm ; Fri-Sat 9am to 6pm and 8pm to 11pm
9. A’Famosa Water Theme Park
You’re a bit over half way for your trip from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur so a visit to A’Famosa Water Theme Park might be a well deserved break.
And lets face it…it’s always hot in Malaysia!
Put aside a day of driving and spend some time relaxing in their Lazy River or enjoy some of the thrill rides to test your nerves.
Within the same complex, you’ll also find Safari Wonderland.
Another theme park protecting our favourite animals.
For the adults who want to relax in a different way, there’s a golf course nearby with 27 holes.
On top of this, you can shop at A’Famosa Outlet, dine at various restaurants and watch live shows.
With so many attractions to experience besides the water park, A’Famosa is an ideal place to stay overnight.
- Location: Jalan Kemus / Sempang Ampat, Simpang Ampat, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia
- Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 7pm
10. Gunung Datuk Recreational Forest
You’ll certainly get to experience nature at Gunung Datuk Recreational Forest, but the main highlight is the trek to Gunung Datuk itself.
The hike to the top of this mountain will take approximately 2 hours and is a constant uphill battle.
So if you do plan on taking this journey, make sure you bring plenty of water.
At one point, you’ll have to climb a ladder up large boulders.
Despite these obstacles, the walk through the rainforest and to the peak of Gunung Datuk is definitely worth it.
The hike back, of course, is much quick since it’s mostly downhill.
This is another gem for those who love nature.
- Location: 71350 Kota, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
11. Bangi Wonderland Theme Park & Resort
Yes, it’s another waterpark!
You’ll never get enough of these fun themeparks in the sweltering heat of Malaysia.
Located just 50 minutes drive outside of Kuala Lumpur, Bangi Wonderland is another world class waterpark with all the thrill rides.
They have 14 rides spread out on 12 acres of land.
Over 500,000 people visit every year, so expect a crowd you do plan a stop here.
We strongly recommend renting a cabana so you have your own space to relax after a few hours of splashing in their pools.
- Location: No. 2, Persiaran Bangi Avenue, Bangi Avenue, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
- Opening Hours: Mon & Wed-Fri 11am to 6pm ; Sat-Sun 10am to 6pm
12. Putrajaya Wetlands Park
Putrajaya Wetlands Park is a unique freshwater ecosystem covering over 138 hectares.
It is a recognised UNESCO site where many researchers observe the environment’s evolution.
Locals come here to relax and admire the scenery.
For the best views of birds flying around, there’s an 18 meter lookout tower.
Over 100 different species of birds have already been recorded here including Pelicans and Swans.
There are paths to go jogging, cycling and surprisingly, locals even fish here.
- Location: 62000 Putrajaya, Malaysia
- Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 9am to 5pm
13. Farm In The City
Farm in the City is one of the most interactive animal attractions on this road trip.
The complex is designed to reflect what a true Malaysian village looks like with farm animals.
For kids, they will love the pony rides, animal feedings, parrot interactions and watching koi jump out of the water.
Like many wildlife theme parks in Malaysia, there is a strong focus on animal conservation and educating visitors.
Farm in the City is another great stop point before you reach the main city Kuala Lumpur.
- Location: Lot 40187-40188, Jalan Prima Tropika Barat 1, Pusat Bandar Putra Permai, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia
- Opening Hours: Thu-Fri 10am to 6pm ; Sat-Wed 9:30am to 6pm
14. Petronas Twin Towers
For all tourists to KL, the Petronas Twin Towers is a must visit.
You’ll almost instantly recognise this iconic landmark standing at 452 meters high as you drive into the city.
Using glass and steel, Islamic patterns were crafted as part of the design.
If you want views of Kuala Lumpur from the Sky Bridge, you’ll need to book your guided tour online (otherwise you will be refused entry).
Sessions are organised for set number of visitors per day to avoid overcrowding.
At the base of Petronas Twin Towers, is Suria KLCC, a huge shopping more where you eat, drink, and shop til you drop.
- Location: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
15. Genting Highlands
Your final destination is Genting Highlands, a luxury entertainment resort where you’ll have everything you need to relax at the end of your road trip.
Genting Highlands is located just 1 hour outside Kuala Lumpur with dozens of onsite attractions to explore.
These include Skytropolis Funland – an indoor themepark, Snow World, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and other cultural museums.
With a huge shopping center onsite, dining options and other attractions nearby, there are plenty of reasons to book a few nights stay in Genting Highlands.
You can choose from a number of luxury hotels to complete the experience of your trip from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.
- Location: Genting Highlands, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
- Distance: 419 km (260.35 mi) from Marina Bay Sands
- Duration: 5 hours 23 minutes by car if you don’t visit any places
As you can see, there are some incredible places to visit on a road trip from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.
Instead of a straight 4 hours drive, you may want to plan at least a week to fully appreciate some of the attractions mentioned.
You can also rent a car from Kuala Lumpur and drive back to Singapore, and of course, visiting more of the amazing attractions recommended by us.