Travel to Malaysia: 3 Malaysia states to visit without flying

Expat lifeLifestyle
22 May 2023
7 mins read
Written by Team Instarem

Can Singaporean travel to Malaysia now?


If you’re looking for an amazing Malaysian adventure that doesn’t require a flight, you’ll want to check out these three states! We’ve also listed what to look out for within each Malaysian State.

Johor Bahru

The perfect place to start your Malaysian travel adventure. Just a short drive from Singapore, Johor Bahru is full of amazing food, shopping, and activities.

Best of all, Singaporeans can enjoy all these activities without breaking the bank.

So, whether you are looking for a day trip or a weekend getaway, be sure to check out what Johor Bahru has to offer. 

City Square Mall

For Singaporeans who are looking for a more exciting shopping experience, the City Square Mall in Johor Bahru is the perfect place to check out.

This gigantic mall has everything that a shopper could want – from high-end fashion brands to inexpensive local outlets.

Tired of shopping? City Square Mall also offers a wide range of dining and entertainment options including JB City Square cinema.

In short, it’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Singapore for a day or two.

Address: 106, 108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Johor Premium Outlet

A great place for some retail therapy. Brands like Nike, Jimmy Choo, Prade, Versace, and more are at a discounted price of up to 65%. You can also find some delicious food here to fuel your shopping spree!

Address: Jalan remium Outlets, Bandar Indahpura, 81000 Kulai, Johor, Malaysia

Legoland Malaysia

Located in the heart of Johor, this world-famous theme park is a must-visit for any lego fan. With over 40 rides, shows, and attractions, you’ll be sure to have a blast here.

And of course, no trip to Legoland would be complete without taking some time to explore the incredible lego buildings and sculptures spread throughout the park.

Ticket prices start from RM 189 for adults and RM 149 for children.
With so much to see and do, Legoland Malaysia is the perfect place to create lasting memories with the family.

Address: No. 32, Jalan Legoland, Medini, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor Darul Ta’zim Malaysia


Located on the east coast of Malaysia, Desaru offers a wide range of activities for visitors to enjoy.

One example is Desaru adventure water park – a great place for families and adrenaline junkies alike. With over 20 rides and attractions, there’s something for everyone at Desaru Adventure Water Park.

From the thrill of the slides to the relaxing lazy river, you’ll be sure to have a blast here. Need to pump up on calories? Check out the park’s many restaurants and cafes for some delicious food.

Ticket prices start from RM 150 onwards.

And of course, no trip to Desaru would be complete without spending some time at the beach. Whether you’re swimming, sunbathing, or enjoying the view, you’re sure to have a great time. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to Desaru today!

Address: No. 4 Jalan Danau, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia


A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malacca (or Melaka) is a must-visit for any history lover. This historic city is full of amazing museums, temples, and colonial buildings that are sure to take your breath away.
And of course, no trip to Malacca would be complete without trying some of the delicious local food. Be sure to try dishes like nasi lemak (coconut rice), satay (barbecued meat skewers), and cendol (a type of dessert). Here are some suggested places to get the best out of Malacca:

Jonker Street

Jonker Street is one of the busiest and most popular streets in Malacca. It is full of shops and stalls selling a wide variety of goods, from clothes and accessories to food and souvenirs.

Jonker Street is also home to many historical landmarks, such as the Jonker House and the Jonker Walk. If you’re looking for a place to shop, eat, and explore, Jonker Street is the perfect destination.

Be sure to watch out for the crowds!

Address: Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia


This resort claims to be the one-stop venue for business and pleasure.
Golf fanatics will be in heaven, as there are several golf courses located within the resort. Golf rates start from RM 30 onwards.

And for families, this resort includes top attractions such as Safari Wonderland, Water Theme Park and Freeport A’Famosa Outlet.

Address: Jalan Kemus, Simpang Empat, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia

Saint Paul Church

Located on top of a hill in Malacca, Saint Paul Church is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. This 17th-century church was built by the Portuguese and is named after its founder, St. Francis Xavier. The church offers stunning views of the city, and is a great place to learn about Malacca’s rich history.

Address: 1935, Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia


Pahang is one of the thirteen states of Malaysia, located on the east coast of the peninsula. It is the third-largest state in the country, after Sarawak and Sabah, and is divided into eleven districts. The state capital is Kuantan, and the largest city is Temerloh.

Pahang is home to some of Malaysia’s most popular tourist destinations, including Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, Fraser’s Hill, and Taman Negara. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities in Pahang, from hiking and rafting to golf and gambling.

Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find something to suit you in this beautiful corner of Malaysia.

Genting Highlands

For the Singaporean traveller looking to escape the heat and humidity of the city, Genting Highlands is the perfect destination.

Besides its refreshing climate, Genting is also home to a variety of attractions, including world-class casinos, theme parks, and golf courses.

As a bonus, Singaporeans can enjoy duty-free shopping at Genting’s many malls and outlets.

Whether you’re looking to take a break from the heat or hit the jackpot, Genting Highlands has something for everyone.

Address: Genting Highlands, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands

Not a fan of Genting Highlands? Looking for a slower pace of life up the mountains? Then Cameron Highlands is the place for you.
It is approximately 1,500 meters above sea level and is the country’s largest hill station. The climate is cool and wet, and the average temperature is 20 degrees Celsius. Cameron Highlands is home to many different types of tea, as well as strawberries, roses, and vegetables.

The area is also popular for its honeybee farms, Butterfly Farm, and Cactus Point. Visitors can take part in activities such as hiking, bird watching, and jungle trekking.

There are also many tourist attractions in Cameron Highlands, such as the BOH Tea Plantation, Sam Poh Temple, and Brinchang Night Market.

So, if you’re looking for a place to escape the heat and enjoy some fresh air, Cameron Highlands is the perfect destination.

Sungai Pandan waterfalls

Pahang is home to some of Malaysia’s most beautiful waterfalls, and Sungai Pandan falls squarely into that category. The falls are located in a dense jungle setting, and the cascading waters make for a truly stunning sight.

What’s more, the refreshing mist created by the falls is a welcome relief from the steamy Malaysian heat. If you’re looking to cool off and enjoy some spectacular scenery, Sungai Pandan waterfalls are definitely worth a visit.

Address: Air Terjun Sungai Pandan, 26250 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

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There you have it – three Malaysian states that are perfect for a quick getaway from Singapore. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and start planning your trip today!

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