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Malaysia Road Trip Itinerary From Singapore

Road Trip Itinerary Across Western Malaysia and Singapore

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Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Singapore to Malacca- 240 kilometers (150 miles) 📍  27 Ringgit highway toll and border crossing

Malacca to Kuala Lumpur- 150 kilometers (95 miles) 📍20 Ringgit highway toll

Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands- 250 kilometers (155 miles) 📍

Cameron Highlands to Penang- 250 kilometers (155 miles) 📍16 Ringgit highway toll

Penang to Mersing- 720 kilometers (450 miles) 📍 50 Ringgit highway toll

Mersing to Singapore- 150 kilometers (95 miles) 📍7 Ringgit border crossing

1760 kilometers (1095 miles) in total

Tags: Travel guide, Long Trip, Malaysia, Singapore, Asia

The majority of Malaysia is often overlooked by tourists visiting South East Asia, as most international visitors just focus on Kuala Lumpur. In reality, there are lots of beautiful destinations scattered all over the country that are worth a visit. 

This travel guide focuses mainly on the Western part of Malaysia. Begin by exploring the fascinating city-state of Singapore, a modern country just below the southern tip of Malaysia. Then, cross the bridge to enter Malaysia and continue to Kuala Lumpur with a stop in the historic port town of Malacca. 

Later, drive up the steep mountain roads until you reach Cameron Highlands. Taste the delicious locally-grown tea and strawberries before continuing north to the island of Penang, where you can spend the evening sunbathing on a sandy beach. 

On your way back to Singapore, make a stop at Mersing and take the ferry to Tioman Island.

How long does it take to complete this road trip?

As the trip is over 1500 kilometers in total, Rentalmoose highly recommends making four overnight stops at the very least, plus an extra night in Singapore before beginning the trip and an optional night off the coast of Mersing if you decide to stop there. 

In order to truly explore each location, spend at least two nights in every city.

When is the best time to visit Malaysia?

As the region is close to the equator, the tropical weather is warm and humid all year round. The dry season (March to August) sees a lower amount of rainfall. However, tourists should expect rain and thunderstorms multiple times a week even during the dry season.

Why should I book a rental car for a Malaysian road trip?

Some of the attractions along this journey can’t be accessed by plane, and the freedom to change your route as you go can only be achieved with a car. What’s more, Malaysian highways are mostly modern and well-maintained, and the tolls are affordable.

Numerous rental companies offer car rentals out to Malaysia. Browse through available options via Rentalmoose.

For extra peace of mind during your road trip, Rentalmoose recommends adding excess coverage when booking your rental car. Once you’ve picked up the car, don’t forget to take photos of the car to qualify for a 50% discount from the excess coverage fee.

Plus- Malaysian Highway Toll System

You will need to pass through several paid highway segments along this trip. The pricing is reasonable, as all highway tolls, Penang bridge toll, and border crossings cost below 130 Ringgit (27.5 EUR) in total. 

Tolls can either be paid by cash or credit card, some booths accept prepaid Touch ‘N Go cards too. For tourists and short-term visitors, it is the most convenient to pay by cash or card directly at each booth.

Can tourists drive in Malaysia and Singapore? 

Absolutely! In Malaysia, tourists can use their domestic license as long as it’s in English (or if it was issued in one of ten ASEAN member countries) and it has a photograph. 

If your domestic license is not in English, an International Driving Permit is required. Click here to learn all you need to know about International Driving Permits.

The same rules apply for tourists in Singapore. Keep in mind that both nations have left-hand side traffic.

Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into your Malaysia road trip!

Singapore

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Welcome to Singapore, an intriguing, diverse country south of Malaysia. The country is known for being a major business hub in Asia, as well as its ultra-modern architecture and delicious cuisine. 

As public transportation in Singapore is very well-developed, Rentalmoose recommends picking up your rental car the day you set off to Malaysia.

What can you do in Singapore?

As Singapore is a very multicultural city, you can experience an authentic part of various Asian cultures around the city. 

Chinatown

For starters, head to Chinatown. The colorful streets are lined with all sorts of small shops and delicious restaurants. 

Admire the monumental Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, situated between colonial buildings and tall skyscrapers, or visit the local wet market opposite of the temple.

Hawker Centers

Singapore is essentially a paradise for foodies, as the country is the melting pot of Asian cultures. Budget-friendly, authentic eateries (hawker centers) can be found all across the island. No matter which hawker center you pick, you will end up eating delicious meals.

When in Chinatown, try the Liao Fan Hawker Chan, the world’s first Michelin-star hawker ever. 

Rentalmoose order tip: You can’t go wrong with chicken rice, a local specialty.

Gardens By The Bay

Get a break from the busy city at Gardens By The Bay, a sci-fi-like park by Marina Bay Sands. The majority of the park can be accessed for free, however visitors need to purchase tickets to come inside the two large glass domes. 

Don’t miss the magical light show at the Supertree Grove, which takes place every evening at 7:45 PM and 8:45 PM.

1-Altitude

When the night falls, enjoy the best panoramic view of the city from 1-Altitude. The trendy rooftop bar offers unbeatable views, delicious drinks, and an elegant vibe. 

Admission costs below SG$50 (32 euro) and includes 2 welcome drinks. 

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An aerial view of Suntec and Rochor seen from The Singapore Flyer.

Lau Pa Sat

Craving a delicious meal in the middle of the night? Head to Lau Pa Sat, one of the best hawkers open 24 hours a day. Right outside the building is the famous Satay Street. Every day from 7 PM onwards, tens of satay (freshly grilled meat/seafood skewers) stalls start serving food on the street. Rentalmoose’s favorite is the satay stall #7.

The Fullerton Hotel

Luxury-seekers will be happy to see the wide selection of prestigious hotels in Singapore. One thing’s for sure: you can’t go wrong with The Fullerton Hotel.

This elegant 5-star hotel sits at the heart of Marina Bay and has been a crucial part of the country’s history. Classy rooms and suites with amazing views of the city, exquisite restaurants, and luxurious amenities make The Fullerton one of the best picks in town.

YWCA Fort Canning

Breaking the bank is easy when traveling in Singapore. A moderately-priced, 3-star alternative near the heart of the city is YWCA Fort Canning. The hotel offers cozy air-conditioned rooms and suites, as well as an outdoor swimming pool for guests to cool down in after a scorching day.

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Singapore is absolute heaven for foodies! The photo was taken at Chuen Chuen in Bugis, one of my personal favorites in the country.

Next on your Malaysia road trip: Malacca, 2 hours 30 minutes 27 Ringgit highway toll (5.7 EUR)

Malacca

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Cross the causeway and enter Malaysia, a true gem situated on the western coast of Malaysia. The border can get crowded, so it is recommended to cross it early in the morning. The current border fees can be found here.

Then, hop on the AH2 until you reach the historical town of Malacca. The highway toll until Malacca costs 20.34 Ringgit (4.2 euros) as of March 2020.

What can you see in Malacca?

Malacca’s rich history is deeply reflected in the city’s attractions and sightseeing opportunities.

A’Famosa

The remains of A’Famosa highlight Melacca’s historical significance. The fortress, built in the 1500s by the Portuguese, was a part of Portugal’s network of ports linking the country with China. The ruins can be explored free of charge.

Christ Church

Next, stroll around the area until you reach Christ Church, a beautiful red-brick structure built by the Dutch in the mid-1700s. Admire the building’s well-preserved facade or head indoors for one of the regular services in either English or Chinese.

Jonker Street

Jonker Street, the city’s Chinatown, is located across the road from Christ Church. Visit the area during a weekend evening to experience the busy night market. Shop at some of the exotic stores or grab a bite from one of the appetizing stalls.

Nancy’s Kitchen

Once you get hungry, visit Nancy’s Kitchen. One of the best eateries in the city is located in the heart of vivid Jonker Street. The restaurant specializes in Peranakan cuisine, originally invented by early Chinese migrants who settled throughout Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Nancy’s Kitchen offers cooking classes, too.

What are the best hotels in Malacca?

The Majestic Malacca

Indulge yourself in the city’s historic vibe and stay at The Majestic Malacca, a refined 5-star hotel located in a riverside 1920s mansion. The hotel offers classy rooms and suites, along with a wide array of facilities and a convenient location near the heart of Malacca.

Eco Tree Hotel

Travelers on a tighter budget can still opt for luxury at the Eco Tree Hotel. The 3-star hotel features well-equipped rooms and suites as well as a modern rooftop sky deck where guests can enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool, order a snack at the bar or simply admire the panoramic views.

Next on your Malaysia road trip: Kuala Lumpur, 1 hour 30 minutes 20 Ringgit toll (4.2 EUR)

Kuala Lumpur

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Leave Malacca and hop back on the AH2 highway. Prepare around 20 Ringgit (4.2 euros) for the highway tolls. In around an hour, the city’s monumental skyscrapers should emerge on the horizon. Welcome to the vibrant capital of Malaysia! 

Petronas Towers

Head to downtown KL and visit the massive Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin structures. The 452 meter high towers are hard to miss and have become a symbol of modern Malaysia.

Visit the observation deck (Rentalmoose knows a better observation point in KL, keep on reading to find out!), go for a shopping spree at the Suria KLCC mall located on the lower levels, or relax in the park directly in front of the spectacular towers.

KL Tower

In order to get the best view of the city, visit the KL Tower. There is an open-roof sky deck atop the tower, over 300 meters above the ground! If the weather is bad, enjoy the panoramic view from the enclosed observation deck at the structure’s top floor.

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The view from the KL tower is rather overwhelming.

Batu Caves

Batu Caves can’t be missed when in Kuala Lumpur. The famous tourist attraction is located less than 20 minutes away from the city center. The world-famous flights of stairs, guarded by a massive Hindu God statue, lead up to the mysterious natural caves.

Admission costs below 20 Ringgit (4.2 EUR) per person.

The Row

Visit The Row for a trendy, modern dining experience. Various restaurants and cafes are lined in a row of renovated heritage houses minutes away from the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

Rentalmoose order tip: Don’t know which eatery to pick? Walk inside Limapulo: Baba Can Cook, and try their incredible Laksa, a local specialty.

Which hotel should you pick in Kuala Lumpur?

Grand Hyatt

Sophisticated travelers should consider checking into the Grand Hyatt, a prestigious 5-star hotel near the Petronas Towers. The hotel offers elegant rooms and suites with a panoramic view of the city, as well as countless facilities and top-notch service.

Bintang Warisan

Bintang Warisan is a cozy, colonial hotel in the Bukit Bintang district. The hotel is made up of over 100 neutral-tone rooms and offers exceptional service and a stylish colonial coffee house.

A car park is available for hotel guests.

Next on your Malaysia road trip: Cameron Highlands, 3 hours 30 minutes

Cameron Highlands

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Leave Kuala Lumpur and head north up into the highlands. The twisty roads will take you to Cameron Highlands, a picturesque region famous for its tea plantations and strawberry farms.

Developed during the British colonial period, Cameron Highlands used to be the getaway for Brits in Malaysia throughout the 20th century.

As the area is high above sea level, the climate is more moderate than in the rest of the country, with the temperature averaging in the low 20s centigrade.

 What is there to do in Cameron Highlands?

Tea Plantations

Begin by visiting one of the many tea plantations in the region. Afterall, tea is exactly what made this part of the country famous.

Head over to the Boh plantation, specifically the Sungei Palas Tea Garden. Taste the locally-grown Boh tea while enjoying panoramic views of the plantations. Guests can also opt for a factory tour or purchase tea from the gift shop.

Admission is free of charge.

Strawberry Farms

Once you’ve had enough of the local tea, proceed to Raju Hil Strawberry Farm, where you can taste fresh strawberries, try a slice of strawberry cake or drink freshly-squeezed strawberry juice. You can even go out on the farm and pluck your own fruit!

Golden Hills Night Market

On the evening of every weekend, the streets of Golden Hills host the busy Night Market. The stalls sell all kinds of products, from locally-picked crops and vegetables through to souvenirs and t-shirts. Delicious food is available too, of course!

The night market opens as early as 4 PM and lasts nearly till midnight. However, bad weather can affect the hours.

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Even if the weather is less than ideal, the plantations look stunning.

Where can you stay in Cameron Highlands?

The Lakehouse

Experience the colonial vibe at The Lakehouse, a beautiful 4-star hotel. The Tudor-style hotel-transformed country house offers colonial-style rooms and suites and amazing service. Unique amenities include complimentary jungle trekking activities and a scenic lake-view terrace.

Century Pines Resort

Century Pines Resort is a more affordable, yet high-standard alternative in Cameron Highlands. The 4-star hotel features classy rooms with balconies, elegant common areas, a spa and fitness centers and a wide array of activities.

Next on your Malaysia road trip: Penang, 3 hours 30 minutes 16 Ringgit toll (3.4 EUR)

Penang

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Drive down one last twisty mountain road and come back to lower ground. Jump back on the AH2 highway and head north until the Simpang Pulai toll booth.

Cross the monumental Penang bridge (7 Ringgit toll, around 1.5 euro) and enter Georgetown, the main city on this island.

China House Penang

Dive into the heart of Georgetown and head inside China House Penang, an authentic group of restaurants and cafes located in 3 renovated heritage buildings.

The 14 eateries all have one thing in common- every single one of them serves outright deliciousness. Enjoy a cup of Kopi (local coffee), a slice of cake or lunch.

Open daily between 9 AM to 1 AM.

Kek Lok Si Temple

Did you know that Penang is home to one of the largest Buddhist temples in all of South East Asia? Explore Kek Lok Si Temple, an absolute must-see in Penang.

The monumental temple complex is constructed in a mix of Asian styles, making it a colorful symbol of the region’s cultural diversity.

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Local food courts may not look very appealing, but I can assure you the food served there is incredible!

Tropical Spice Garden

Get a break from the busy city and stroll around the Tropical Spice Garden, a harmonious escape in the northern tip of the island. Enjoy a guided tour in the gardens, learn all about the local flora and fauna or take part in one of the regular cooking classes. 

What is the best beach in Penang?

Batu Ferringhi

Surely, every traveler will enjoy a beach day after hours on the road. Drive up to the north-western part of the island, until you reach Batu Ferringhi.

The little town is Penang’s best beach resort, with luxurious beachfront hotels and a beautiful beach. Cool down in the sea, sunbathe or enjoy a drink in one of the bars. Adventure junkies can rent a jet ski or go parasailing if they dare.

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Batu Ferringhi.

Picking the right hotel in Penang can be a challenge, depending on whether you’re looking to stay along the busy streets of Georgetown or at a peaceful beachfront resort.

Eastern and Oriental

If you’d prefer staying near the heart of Georgetown, book a night at the classy Eastern and Oriental. The 5-star 19th-century hotel offers elegant, well-equipped rooms and suites and luxurious facilities, such as a spa, an outdoor pool, and a gallery where guests can discover the region’s rich history.

Magazine Vista Hotel

 A cheaper alternative with an equally convenient location is the Magazine Vista Hotel. The chic 4-star hotel is located in a renovated historic building and features spacious suites at an affordable price.

The Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La

Looking for a beachfront resort on the island of Penang? Rentalmoose recommends checking in at The Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La. The 4-star resort offers chic rooms and suites, a wide selection of facilities for the whole family and of course, a sandy beach.

The hotel is located at Batu Ferringhi, the island’s best beach resort.

Next on your Malaysia road trip: Mersing, 7 hours 50 Ringgit toll (10.5 EUR)

Mersing

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Photography by David Russo.

On the long drive back to Singapore, Rentalmoose recommends making a slight detour and heading to Mersing. Prepare around 50 Ringgit (10.6 Euro) for the AH2 highway tolls. The town itself is not particularly exciting, but it serves as a great base for island hopping.

Island hopping from Mersing

Park your car at the Mersing Harbour (a fenced and guarded car park is available for around RM20 [4.2 EUR] per day) and take a ferry to one of the stunning islands in the region.

The most popular, Tioman Island, is an absolute paradise for snorkeling fans and divers. The island’s turquoise waters and secluded beaches make it one of the best escapes in the region.

Air Papan Beach

If you’re not planning to spend the night, or simply prefer to stay on the mainland, drive to Air Papan Beach. The sandy beach is favored by locals and is less touristy than the islands, yet equally beautiful. Go for a swim in the sea or enjoy the afternoon wandering around the white sand.

Next on your Malaysia road trip: Singapore, 2 hours 10 minutes 7 Ringgit border toll (1.4 EUR)

Drop-off

For maximum comfort, drop off your car directly before departing Singapore at Singapore Changi Airport. Rental companies that allow trips to Malaysia can be found via Rentalmoose.

Don’t forget to book your rental car via Rentalmoose for your next Malaysia road trip. On our platform, you can find the top rental companies at the best price, along with tens of curated travel guides around the globe. Get your car from Rentalmoose!

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The Ultimate Bali Itinerary By Car

Check out our curated Bali itinerary.

Click here for detailed directions

Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Denpasar to Medewi- 80 kilometers (50 miles)📍

Medewi to Pemuteran- 90 kilometers (56 miles)📍

Pemuteran to Lovina Beach- 50 kilometers (31 miles)📍

Lovina Beach to Mount Batur- 70 kilometers (43 miles)📍

Mount Batur to Candi Dasa- 50 kilometers (31 miles)📍

Candi Dasa to Ubud- 50 kilometers (31 miles)📍

Ubud to Denpasar- 20 kilometers (12 miles)📍

410 kilometers (255 miles) in total

Tags: Travel guide, Asia, Short Trip

This Bali itinerary by car will cover the following topics.

Bali is a destination on every traveler’s bucket list, and it’s not hard to see why. Some of the best reasons to visit Bali include:

  • beaches straight out of paradise
  • dramatic cliffside temples
  • diving spots around shipwrecks
  • monumental waterfalls 
  • sunrise hikes up active volcanoes

Bali has it all, and this travel guide takes you through the absolute best of what this unimaginable island has to offer.

This travel guide takes you on a road trip highlighting the best attractions and must-see points of interest in Bali.

Afterall, a self-guided tour around Bali is the best way to see the island, and our Bali itinerary is perfect to get you started!

Set off from Southern Bali and continue west along the coast. 

Learn to surf in Medewi and drive through a tree on your way to Pemuteran. Drop off your car at the harbor and see Deer Island, before spending the night in a secluded resort near Pemuteran.

Get up before sunrise to spot the dolphins at Lovina Beach, and relax at the natural hot springs on the shore of Lake Ubud. Trek up the active volcano before continuing through to the temples around Candidasa. 

After dusk falls, observe as hordes of bats fly out of the cave at Pura Goa Lawah. Then, drive over to Ubud, stopping to see a hidden waterfall and the famous rice terraces on the way. Indulge in local cuisine at the night market before heading back to Denpasar.

Planning- Before You Leave

Before jumping into the Bali itinerary, take a look at some essential information listed below.

How long does it take to complete this road trip?

Although the total distance isn’t high, be prepared that you will be traveling at below 50 kilometers per hour during most of the road trip. 

Rentalmoose recommends dedicating at least 3 days for this road trip with overnight stops in Pemuteran and Mount Batu, plus at least one extra night in Southern Bali before setting off. 

Spend at least a week in Bali to experience each spot thoroughly.

When to go to Bali?

Bali is an all-year destination due to its tropical climate. The best time to visit Bali is during the dry season between April and October. 

Keep in mind that decreased rainfall attracts many tourists. The perfect time to go to Bali is between April and June, as well as September, just outside of peak tourist season.

Why should I book a rental car in Bali?

Though a rental car is not necessary if you’re planning to stick to your resort, it’s definitely the best way of getting around if you want to explore more of the island. 

It is also very cheap to rent a vehicle in Bali. You can rent a car for as low as $20

For extra peace of mind during your road trip, Rentalmoose recommends adding excess coverage when booking your rental car. Once you’ve picked up the car, don’t forget to take photos of the car to qualify for a 50% discount from the excess coverage fee.

Parking around Bali is surprisingly simple. Your rental car can be left along the side of the road at most spots within the island. Some car parks at major tourist attractions, such as the Tanah Lot Temple, can charge a small fee (usually within 5000 Rupiah, 0.3 EUR) on top of the entry fee. Hotel car parks are complimentary.

Can tourists drive in Bali? 

Yes! Tourists who plan on driving in Bali need to obtain an International Driving Permit in their home country prior to leaving. 

Click here to learn more about IDP’s. Keep in mind that you must present your driving license alongside the IDP, the International Driving Permit cannot be used on its own.

Keep in mind that travelers visiting Bali need an IDP and license regardless of whether they’re renting a car or a motorcycle. The penalty, if you’re caught without an International Driving Permit, is 50  000 Rupiah, which is around 2.9 Euros (plus any other fine you might receive). 

If you’re caught driving without an appropriate license, the penalties can reach up to 2 million Rupiah (117 Euros).

The traffic in Bali is on the left side of the road.

Southern Bali

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The dramatic coastline at the Uluwatu Temple.

Our Bali itinerary begins the minute you arrive on the incredible island. For maximum convenience, Rentalmoose recommends picking up your rental car directly when you arrive at the Ngurah Rai International Airport. 

Browse through car rental companies that support airport pick-up via Rentalmoose. Once you’ve got your car, it’s time to begin exploring the island!

What can you do in the south of Bali?

Travelers visiting this part of the island can enjoy countless activities on the sandy beaches, party till the morning in numerous clubs and bars, or explore the busy city of Denpasar.

Southern Bali is the most popular part of the island among tourists. Beach resorts around Seminyak, Nusa Dua, and Kuta have become world-class luxury travel destinations. 

What are the best beaches in Bali? 

Every traveler visiting the Indonesian island has asked this question at least once. Bali is filled with lots of sandy beaches, and picking the best one depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for.

Seminyak Beach

If you want to spend a day in the bustling heart of Bali, go to Seminyak Beach. The five-kilometer sandy beach is anything but secluded; there are numerous bars, nightclubs, and eateries lined along the shore. 

Seminyak is also home to luxurious resorts and prestigious beach clubs if you’d rather spend your time there. Your rental car can be dropped off at the street parallel to the beach.

Nusa Dua Beach

Drive south until you reach Nusa Dua Beach. This sandy beach is a lot calmer than Seminyak or Kuta, the shore is dominated by upscale resorts, restaurants, and golf courses. Nusa Dua Beach and its calm waters are ideal for swimming, sunbathing and watersport activities.

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Nusa Dua Beach gets quite empty outside of the peak tourist season.

Thomas Beach

Finding a secluded beach is hard in Southern Bali, as most of the tourists stay in this part of the island. Head to Thomas Beach if you’re looking for the quietest beach around the south of Bali. This peaceful beach features calm, turquoise waters and pristine golden sand, perfect for sunbathing or simply enjoying the serenity.

Foodies will find themselves in absolute paradise, as Bali is filled with eateries ranging from cheap food courts serving authentic regional cuisine all the way to prestigious cliffside restaurants that offer an exclusive gourmet experience. 

There are so many spots to choose from that it’s hard to decide where to begin, similarly to picking beaches.

Sukun Restaurant

If you’re looking for the best Balinese fine-dining experience, head to the Sukun Restaurant. This upscale eatery, located in Kuta, serves the absolute best of local Indonesian cuisine in a beautiful setting, perfect for a romantic dinner date or a luxurious lunch. The restaurant also serves breakfast.

Open daily between 6 AM and 11 PM.

Alila Villas

Luxury travelers should consider checking in at the breathtaking Alila Villas in Uluwatu, right at the southern tip of the island. The spacious villas feature panoramic ocean views, large infinity pools, world-class service, and exceptional architecture and interior design.

Uma Karan

Bali is scattered with lots of budget-friendly resorts, charming family-run hotels, and hostels near the beach. Consider booking a room at the affordable, 3-star Uma Karan in Seminyak. 

Apart from spacious rooms, the property offers a beautiful garden and a 15-meter long swimming pool, as well as an unbeatable feeling of privacy and a convenient location just 10 minutes away from the bustling heart of Seminyak.

Next on your Bali itinerary: Medewi, 2 hours 10 minutes

Medewi

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Photography by Postcardtrip.

After a few days in the southern part of Bali, it’s time to escape the hordes of tourists and explore more authentic parts of the island. The first leg of our Bali itinerary is a 2-hour drive down to Medewi.

The coastal road overlooking the ocean is filled with fun twists and chicanes, follow it all the way until you reach Medewi.

What is there to do in Medewi?

Medewi is one of the best surfing spots in Bali, known for having the longest left-hand wave in Bali. Surfing here is an absolute blast, no matter whether you’re an experienced surfer or a total beginner with zero experience. 

Contact one of the local surf schools, such as Dikaloha, to begin your surfing journey and book a multi-day surf camp. You can also purchase a surfing lesson directly on the shore without any prior booking.

An hour-long lesson will cost you around US$20, surfboard rental is included.

Rambut Siwi Temple

Experience the local culture when you visit the Rambut Siwi Hindu Temple. This cliff-top temple, located just by the ocean, is an absolute must-see gem when in Medewi. 

Admire the exotic architecture with the turquoise ocean providing a spectacular backdrop. Remember to be respectful and dress appropriately when visiting places of worship.

Bunut Bolong

Head inland for around 20 minutes until you reach Bunut Bolong, a local tourist attraction. The large, sacred tree has a large opening in the middle and a road running through it, making it the perfect subject for photography.

 Post your photos of Bunut Bolong online using #Rentalmoose for a chance to win a Rentalmoose discount or even a rental car free of charge!

Next on your Bali itinerary: Pemuteran, 1 hour 50 minutes

Pemuteran

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Macaques at the Pulaki Temple. Keep your eyes open, as they can be spotted all over the island!

Continue west along the coast for another two hours until you reach Pemuteran, a charming fishing village in the northwest part of the island favored by divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. Its thrilling attractions make Pemuteran a must on any Bali itinerary.

What is Pemuteran known for?

Diving & Snorkeling

Pemuteran is one of the favorite diving and snorkeling spots around the whole island. The bay is covered by colorful coral reefs filled with marine life, diving or snorkeling here is a truly unforgettable experience.


Menjangan Island

Be sure to visit Menjangan Island (Deer Island in English), a pristine, uninhabited island full of wildlife. The island can only be accessed by boat, you can either go to the Labuhan Lalang harbor and take a boat tour from there or book one of the package tours prior to leaving.

Your rental car can be dropped off by the harbor. The pricing for a snorkeling boat tour is around $US 30.

Pulaki Temple

The area around Pemuteran is home to many Hindu temples, the most notable being the Pulaki Temple. Apart from the monumental architecture and panoramic ocean views, Pulaki Temple is famous for being home to lots of local monkeys. Stroll around while observing the playful animals. 

Don’t let go of your belongings, as cute as the monkeys are, they can get very curious about your backpack, camera or snacks. Once they get a hold of your things, it’s very hard to get them back.

Pemuteran Beach

After a long day, head to the Pemuteran Beach and relax along the splendid shore. Sunbathe on one of the sunbeds, go for a dip in the ocean or catch one of the snorkeling tours directly from the beach.

Warung Bali Re

For a delicious lunch or dinner, head to the local Warung Bali Re. This cozy family-run eatery serves a wide array of traditional Indonesian dishes, and is located just minutes from the ocean.

The restaurant is open daily between 8 AM and 9 PM.

Sun Suko Boutique Retreat

Luxury seekers can book a room at the Sun Suko Boutique Retreat. The prestigious 4-star hotel features elegant rooms, an outdoor pool, a pool table, and a colorful garden. The property is located near the beach and less than 3 kilometers away from the Pulaki Temple.

A private car park is available at no extra cost.

Kubuku Bali

There are plenty of budget-friendly guesthouses, boutique hotels and affordable stays around Pemuteran. One of the best cheap stays in Bali has got to be the Kubuku Bali.

The property offers well-equipped rooms, exceptional service, an outdoor pool, and a variety of fun activities. Not to mention the location just 200 meters away from the ocean, all without breaking the bank.

A free car park is available.

Next on your Bali itinerary: Lovina Beach, 1 hour

Lovina Beach

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Photography by Michelle Maria.

Continue east along the coastal road until you reach Lovina Beach, a city famous for sighting dolphins, diving, and its black sand beach.

Is Lovina worth visiting?

Lovina Beach may not be your typical postcard-like beach with golden sand. The fact that the sand is black, as well as the Lovina’s location, make the beach practically free from tourists (except peak season). 

Those who have been to Bali before might know how frustrating it can be to find a secluded beach, and Lovina Beach is one of them.

Dolphin watching

When in Lovina, an absolute must is taking a dolphin watching boat tour. These tours start before sunrise and take participants around the spots frequently visited by dolphins as well as other fascinating marine life, including whales.

Tickets start at as little as 100.000IHR (5 EUR) per person.

Aling Aling Waterfalls

Adrenaline junkies should most definitely drop by the Aling Aling Waterfalls, only around 20 minutes away from Lovina Beach.

After paying a small entry fee (below 1 EUR per person), travelers can admire four monumental waterfalls and trek through the vibrant jungle.

You can even jump from the top of the falls, though it is necessary to pay one of the local guides if you’re planning to jump or swim in the natural pools. 

Diving & Snorkeling

Lovina is another hotspot for divers and snorkeling fans, as the waters near the village are filled with fascinating diving sites, such as the Lovina Reef. Consider booking a diving tour or a snorkeling day trip with Permai Scuba Dive, an operator based in the heart of Lovina.

Lovina Beach

Cool down with a swim in the ocean at the local Lovina Beach. The black sand beach is one of the nicest in this part of Bali, and it is the starting point for dolphin-watching tours and snorkeling boat trips.

Rentalmoose order tip: Visit the nearby eateries and cafes where you can enjoy refreshing kopi (favorite local coffee).

Next on your Bali itinerary: Mount Batur, 1 hour 40 minutes

Mount Batur

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The monumental Mount Batur is an active volcano that last erupted in 2000, photographed from Sari Restaurant.

Leave Lovina Beach and turn south inland after following the coast for roughly half an hour. You will reach the striking Mount Batur a little over an hour and a half hours from departure.

What can you do at Mount Batur?

Mount Batur is an absolutely spectacular active volcano in the northeast of Bali, surrounded by dramatic scenery and a large lake. It is a total change of scenery compared with the island’s coast, contributing to Bali’s diverse landscape.

Sunrise Trek

There is a wide variety of tours you can take to explore the volcano further, such as a Jeep tour or a hiking tour. The most unforgettable tour, and the best way to see the volcano, has got to be the Sunrise Trek

The hike begins early in the morning, it takes around 2 hours to trek up in complete darkness until you reach the top. You can then observe the dramatic sunrise from the best spot on the island, recharge with a small breakfast and hike back down before noon.

Sari Mountain View Restaurant

Enjoy one of the best views of the volcano while indulging in delicious cuisine at the Sari Mountain View Restaurant. The eatery offers a wide selection of dishes at the buffet and unbeatable views of Mount Batur and the Batur lake.

Open daily between 9 AM and 7 PM.

Batur Hot Springs

Afterward, head over to the peaceful Batur Hot Springs by the Batur lake. A dip in the natural hot springs is the perfect way to relax after an exhausting day of trekking. 

Admire the scenery from the pools or enjoy a drink in the swim-up bar. The springs are open daily between 7 AM and 7 PM. Admission costs below 15 EUR per person.

Senetan Villas

You can spend the night at the luxurious Senetan Villas, just 20 minutes away from Mount Batur. The resort features beautiful, well-equipped villas with private pools, cozy bungalows, upscale dining and a wide array of activities such as complimentary bicycle hire.

If you chose to stay here, consider going to Ubud before heading off to Candi Dasa. A free car park is available.

Bintang House

Traveling on a tighter budget? Consider checking in at the Bintang House, a charming property right at the foot of Mount Batur. The guest house features cozy ensuite rooms, a shared kitchen, and a colorful garden.

A complimentary car park is available.

Next on your Bali itinerary: Candi Dasa, 1 hour 20 minutes

Candi Dasa

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Lempuyang Temple. Photograph from Wikimedia Commons.

Is Candi Dasa worth a visit?

The region is still largely undiscovered by tourists, compared to spots such as Kuta or the Uluwatu temple, though it is most certainly worth adding to your Bali itinerary. Some of the best attractions include the Pura Goa Lawah Temple, 

Pura Goa Lawah Temple

Make sure to visit the Pura Goa Lawah Temple, one of the most important Hindu temples on the entire island. The shrine dates back to the 11th century when it was first built around a bat-filled cave. 

If you are afraid of seeing thousands of bats flying quite literally everywhere, Pura Goa Lawah may not be the best pick for you. It’s best to visit the temple after sunset, when you can witness hordes of bats leaving the natural cave.

Admission costs around 15000 Indonesian Rupiah (0.9 EUR).

Lempuyang Temple

Another must-see just 40 minutes out of Candi Dasa is the picturesque Lempuyang Temple. Apart from being a place of worship, this Hindu temple is very popular among photographers. 

The temple’s monumental gates overlook the Mount Agung volcano. Wander around the temple, find the best shot and post it online using #Rentalmoose.

There is no entrance fee to visit the temple, but it’s recommended to leave a small donation around 20000IDR (1.2 EUR).

Diving- Amed Beach

If you have the extra time, you can detour east for around an hour one-way to Amed Beach, a colorful playground for divers. 

Book a dive with one of the local operators that will take you around the best sites. Alternatively, you can head to the beach itself where you will find numerous boats that will take you on a snorkeling tour or a wildlife-watching cruise instead.

Next on your Bali itinerary: Ubud, 1 hour 10 minutes 

Ubud

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Tegalalang Rice Terraces.

Head west towards Ubud, one of the most frequently-visited spots in Bali. The drive is a little over an hour, and seeing the famous rice paddies is a must on any Bali itinerary.

Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Before you get to Ubud itself, you can make a slight detour and watch the otherworldly Tukad Cepung Waterfall. Drop your rental car off at the car park and follow the stairs until you reach the cavern and its stunning waterfall. 

The hike, although absolutely worth it, can get exhausting for the elderly or tourists who are not in the best shape.

There is an entrance fee of 10000IDR (0.6 EUR). Open daily until 5 PM.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Another stop worth making around 10 kilometers from Ubud is the famous Tegalalang Rice Terrace. The picturesque hillside features breathtaking, green landscapes and, of course, rice paddies.

Adrenaline junkies can enjoy the views from the famous Bali swing, or zipline across the fields. Don’t forget to snap a photo of the popular rice paddies!

Goa Gajah

The Goa Gajah is a temple located inside of a natural cave, dating back all the way to the 9th century. It’s the perfect spot to brush up on some of the local history by observing the ancient cravings in the peaceful cave. The temple is very popular among tourists, it’s best to go either right after the opening time or directly before the closing.

The cave is open between 8 AM and 4:30 PM. Admission costs around 15000IHR per person (0.9 EUR).

Gianyar Night Market

Street food lovers and passionate shoppers should most definitely visit the Gianyar Night Market. The vibrant market is lined with vendors selling all sorts of delicacies, souvenirs, clothing, fresh fruit, and accessories.

The stalls open daily after 3 PM and most remain open until 10 PM.

Next on your Bali itinerary: Denpasar, 40 minutes

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