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Solo travel to Malaysia: Here are 5 useful tips

Solo travel to Malaysia: Here are 5 useful tips

Planning to drive down to Malaysia for solo travelling? Read our road trip travel guide and safety tips here.

13 Apr 2023
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Solo travel to Malaysia: Here are 5 useful tips

8-day road trip

Singapore to Malacca

Singapore to Malacca

Day 1 – Day 2: Our first stop is colourful and historical Malacca which is around a 3-hour drive
Photo Credit: @izabellaboo
Malacca to Kuala Lumpur

Malacca to Kuala Lumpur

Day 3 – Day 4: Bid Malacca farewell and make a 2-hour drive trip to the capital city of Malaysia.
Photo Credit: @adleyy
Kuala Lumpur to Pahang

Kuala Lumpur to Pahang

Day 5 – Day 7: Enjoy the cooling waterfalls in Pahang, a 3-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.
Photo Credit: @kovin_2196
Pahang to Singapore

Pahang to Singapore

Day 8: Indulge in a sumptuous picnic in Cameron Highlands, Pahang before a 7-hour drive back to Singapore.
Photo Credit: @farnasyhida


Planning a short getaway from your busy work life is a much-needed break for every Singaporean. One of the most popular and cost-saving choices would be to drive down to Malaysia for a holiday. But that's not all — here are other great tips to know before starting your solo trip:

According to a study by the University of Tampere in Finland, the ideal vacation length is eight days without growing bored or homesick1. During these 8 days of a well-deserved break to yourself, it is good to do your research on food and accommodation expenses, attraction sites and travel options. Winging it may land you in a financially sticky situation.

1 Travel + Leisure, 27 September 2017, Here's Exactly How Long Your Vacation Should Be, According to Science.https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/ideal-vacation-length

Pack important and, if possible, multifunctional items. For example, instead of bringing soap, shampoo, body wash, shaving cream and laundry detergent, why not buy a multipurpose soap that can do all of these? It’ll save you much luggage space.

While travelling alone for the first time can be exhilarating, it is highly advisable to not be disconnected completely. From work, yes, but not from your family, close friends and emergency services throughout your trip.


Travel safety tips are especially vital for solo travellers to know. Take note of the people around you and where your belongings are. Avoid isolated and overcrowded places. You might be the potential target of getting pick-pocketed, crowd surges and crushes, weather disasters and other unexpected events.

Speaking of unforeseen events, you may want to have your car insured before travelling down to Malaysia. Should a car accident occur in Malaysia, here’s what you should do:

● Exchange contact numbers with all parties involved.
● Take as many pictures of the accident and accident scene.
● Note down the road conditions (dry, wet, day, night, etc).
● Make an accident report within 24 hours of the accident's occurrence.
● Call the claims hotline for assistance.

In every travel, safety and peace of mind should always come first. Travel down to Malaysia with Great Eastern’s TravelSmart Premier Travel Insurance to protect you against unexpected events and Drive and Save Plus policy plan for 24/7 accident assistance, high coverage and medical expense reimbursement, additional premium savings for safe drivers and more for a well-planned solo trip.


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