Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur: Fun Escapes to Ipoh, Melaka, and Beyond!

Sandra Shinto

March 14, 2024

4 min read

Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is a bustling city that never sleeps. It’s a modern city that blends traditional culture with stunning landmarks and gigantic skyscrapers. Sometimes it’s good to take a break from daily bustling and explore the surrounding beauty of the land. That is how the day trips come in. There are several exciting and enjoyable full-day trips from Kuala Lumpur. From the hidden gem of Ipoh to the stunning limestone caves of the historical city of Melaka, with its vibrant culinary dining and street food, the things to do in  Malaysia are endless. So get ready, pack your bags, and venture into an exciting journey with Thrillark beyond Kuala Lumpur.



Exploring the Charm of Ipoh, Malaysia

Ipoh is the hidden gem of Malaysia, filled with breathtaking destinations often overlooked by visitors worldwide. Adenoids with exotic parks like the Old World of Tambun, the majestic Kellie’s Castle, and the delectable cuisine make them one of the most peaceful and adventurous getaways for all travel enthusiasts. Given its street art, vibrant markets, and amiable locals, it is not surprising that the area was named one of the Best Places in Asia in 2016!

Discover the Malaysia-hunted Scottish Kellie’s Castle

This unique and fascinating attraction located in Malaysia has some weird and mysterious stories to tell you. Built by a Scottish planter, William Kellie Smith, in the 20th century, he lost his fortune and left this unfinished Scottish mansion made for his wife. The castle is a blend of architectural styles, including Moorish, Roman, and Gothic, making it a cutting-edge, timeless piece. Visitors can explore the castle, its rooms, and the underground tunnels that lead them into a huntress of their barren past. Kellie’s Castle remains a haunting reminder of ambition and loss, lost to time amidst the lush landscapes of Malaysia.


  • Location :  Batu Gajah, Kinta District, Perak, Malaysia.
  • Opening Hour: every day from 9:30 AM to 5:15 PM.


Explore the stunning Limestone Gua Tempurung

Discover the underwater marvel of Gua Tempurung. “Tempurung” means coconut shell in Malay, as the cave is said to resemble coconut shells from the inside. Situated in Gopeng, Prerak State, this is the longest natural limestone cave in Peninsula Malaysia. Enter a world beneath massive, 3,000-year-old stalactites spanning a length of some 4.5 km that covers stalactites, stalagmites, and smooth, marble-like limestone walls. Investigate its five enormous domes, each with a unique marble composition, limestone, water level, and temperature—Trek into the mile-long underwater river found on the hill. Locals have known about the cave for a very long time since during the “Emergency” period, which lasted from 1948 to 1960, communist rebels sought refuge here and left behind graffiti that is still visible on the cave walls today.


  • Location :  25 kilometers south of Ipoh, close to Gopeng, in the state of Perak, Malaysia.
  • Opening Hours : The cave is open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Kek Lok Tong: Serene Cave Temple

Kek Lok Tong is a cave temple located in the Gunung Rapat limestone hills, nested between serene lakes at the base of Gunung Rapat. Despite its presence in remote areas, its aesthetic presence and ambience drew millions of visitors, making it a vibrant tourist attraction in Malaysia. Magnificent gardens and majestic caves will definitely please visitors. It has always been a centre of worship, with the exception of a brief period when it was engaged in ore mining.


  • Location: Persiaran Sepakat 3, Taman Endah Jaya, 31350 Ipoh, Perak.
  • Opening Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (daily).
  • Visitors can enter for free

Embark on a historical journey through a Melaka (Malacca)

Tucked away from Malaysia, Melaka City invites visitors to embrace history unlike any other. Recognized as a World Heritage Site. The Ausperioes Land teaches us how meticulously we preserve the richness of their historical past. Located approximately 125 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur, the living testaments of the Melaka stees will immerse you in centuries-old tales that serve as a testament to the city’s colourful past.

Jonker Street: Dive into the vibrant culture, street food, and antique shops

One of the most liked and recommended sights in Malaysia. Known, also known as Jonker Walk or Jalan Hang Jebat, serves as a centrepiece in Melaka’s (Malacca) Chinatown. Formerly known for its antique collections of locally made crafts, over the years Jonker Street has drastically grown into a bustling market. While perusing local handicrafts, apparel, jewellery, and other goods, tourists discover Melaka’s quaint pre-war street houses and relish the customs of the Baba Nyonya ethnicity.


  • Location: Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka.
  • Opening Hours: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

St. Paul’s Hill: Uncover the remnants of Melaka’s colonial past.

St. Paul’s Hill is a significant site in Melaka, steeped in colonial history. The hill, adorned with the remnants of a church, tells a tale of Portuguese and Dutch influence, imbued with a palpable sense of heritage and faded grandeur. Vendors dot the entrance, offering trinkets to visitors, while within the ruins lie tombstones dating back to the 16th century. Despite its historical weight, the church remains well-preserved under the care of Melaka city authorities. Ascending the hill, though initially daunting, is a manageable 15-minute walk from Red Square. The architecture, reflecting Portuguese influences, is striking, with the interiors boasting natural light and weathered walls adorned with vertical tombstones. Dedicated to St. Paul, the church features a prominent white statue in his honor.


  • Location: Jalan Kota, 75000 Melaka, Melaka State1.
  • Opening Hours : The site is open for visitors during regular hours

Scenic boat ride along the historical Melaka River Cruise

Experience the rich history and culture of Melaka with the renowned Melaka River Cruise. Glide along the scenic Melaka River and marvel at the traditional Malay architecture, centuries of churches, and vibrating modern cityscapes. What sets the Melaka River apart is the affordable price and the option of choosing a day or night cruise. All these qualities make the Malea River a favourite attraction of tourists travelling to Maleka. Whether it’s a family outing, a romantic date, or a solo exploration, the Melaka River Cruise caters to all. With breathtaking views and a relaxing ambience, the Melaka River Cruise promises memories that will last a lifetime.


  • Location: No.3, Jalan KSB – Impression 8, Impression City @Kota SyahBandar, 75200, Melaka, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours: The cruise operates daily from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • The cruise journey takes approximately 35 minutes.

Escape Kuala Lumpur's Bustle

The day trips from Kuala Lumpur offer a delightful escape from the regular city chaos and commotion presenting the travellers a diverse range of experience to enjoy. Traversing into the haunted rooms  of Kellie Castle, exploring the stunning limestone of Gua Tempurung to venturing into the historical beauty of Melaka, all these spots are worth making most of your holiday in Malaysia. So pack your bags and get ready to make some enduring memories beyond the confines of Kuala Lumpur. 

Essential Information and Guidelines

  • Dress appropriately for the weather and activities.
  • Wear suitable footwear for activities like cave exploration.
  • Honor to the cultural and traditional norms of the region
  • Carry water and stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to protect yourself from getting tanned.
  • Be aware of the history of the place before visiting.
  • Dispose waste responsibly. 
  • Prioritize safety and follow the rules and guidelines of each destination.

FAQs on Trips from Kuala Lumpur and Fun Escapes to Ipoh and Melaka

Why do tourists visit Melaka?

Historical significance: Malacca has a rich history as a trading port and was ruled by various empires such as the Portuguese, Dutch, and British. Visitors can explore historical landmarks such as A Famosa Fort, St. Paul’s Church, and the Dutch Square.


What is special in Melaka?

Hence, here are several tourist attractions you should not miss during the trip in Melaka:

  • A Famosa. A Famosa was a Portuguese fortress built in Melaka. 
  • St. Paul’s Church. 
  • Jonker Street. 


What is special in Gua Tempurung?

The cave is divided into five unique domes that boast different stalactites and stalagmites, water levels, marbles, limestone content and temperatures


Why is Kellie’s castle famous?

Kellie’s Castle is now a popular local tourist attraction. It was used as a setting in the 1999 film Anna and the King and 2001 film Skyline Cruisers.


Why is Melaka so famous ? 

Malacca is noted for its unique history and it is one of the major tourist destinations in Malaysia. With a highly strategic state position for international trade routes, Malacca was once a well-known international trade centre in the East.

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