Cycling Malaysia

How many cups are in this field?Malaysia is our favourite country in Southeast Asia.

Its fabulous mix of cultures – Malay, Chinese and Indian – gives the country an incredible diversity that we haven’t experienced elsewhere, from food to religious practices and everything in between.

The people are very friendly and so many speak English that we’ve felt more able to make a connection with the locals than we did in Thailand, Laos or Cambodia.

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Cycle This…
Gerik to Cameron Highlands: a jungle ride over hills and past waterfalls. You might see an elephant!

Some cyclists complain about heavy traffic on the West coast of Malaysia and it’s certainly hairy by times, especially around Kuala Lumpur.

We wouldn’t recommend cycling into the capital but you can easily travel around the islands of Langkawi and Penang, over to the tea-growing plantations of the Cameron Highlands and down to Malacca without seeing much traffic at all.

The East coast of Malaysia is reputed to have fantastic beach-side cycling but not during the monsoon season, which starts around November.


  1. Becky
    17th November 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    We can testify that cycling up the East coast of the Malaysia peninsula is a wonderful experience. The towns are generally small, the people are really friendly, and the food is great. If you go, stop by and say hi to Yew Kong from Couchsurfing – he sometimes hosts groups of cyclists too.

  2. Meng
    9th January 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    Beside teh tarik and kopi O , there is this dumpling in steam cabinet called Kaya Pau, remember?

    21st June 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    Truly yes.Did cycling with Elya of US origin Russia 1-5 Mac 2010 Kota Bharu to Kuantan.The route is smooth, nice people,good view of seaside along the way ,less traffic and people are so friendly. For cyclist a must vist to Penarik Inn beside the seaside.You will delighted to to be rendered good hospitality with Encik Bahar.It is one way stop for all types of cyclist touring ,road & etc.A wonderful experience.

  4. Azizan Zolkipli
    1st March 2011 at 3:31 am #

    Feel free to view my cycling journey in several part of Malaysia. You might be not understand as it was written in Malay language but at least it have a pictures on it. i will happy to answer any question from the visitors. cheers !!

  5. Grace Johnson
    6th August 2012 at 9:30 am #

    We cycled down the East coast of Malaysia in 2012 and the whole time we felt like we were cycling on a highway. There was a shoulder although it wasn´t that wide and there was a regular stream of trucks passing us. We consulted Google earth to look for quiet back roads but there were almost none as compared to Thailand which has a large network of secondary roads that you can find via Google earth.

  6. Minra
    4th February 2015 at 8:14 am #

    There is a special motorbike/cycle path into Kuala Lumpur. You have to go to klang, it’s were highway 2 meets highway 4.

    • John Zwinck
      14th September 2015 at 10:03 am #

      Minra, that’s right–I rode the motorcycle lane which runs beside Route 2 from near Klang to Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur. For those who may have a hard time finding it, the GPS coordinates of the western (Klang) end of this motorcyle lane are 3°03’20.6″N 101°27’59.0″E. The entire route is about 29 km, and weaves a bit, sometimes right next to the expressway but sometimes a hundred metres away.

  7. pat
    19th November 2015 at 6:15 am #

    Any thoughts on where I can rent a decent touring bike in Singapore, KL, or Penang? Looking to do a 2-week tour around Malaysia at Xmas. Thanks!

  8. Maria
    5th June 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    Hi all, I am planning a bike tour in Asia but im newbie to this so Im trying to find info and maybe a tour partner?

    • Emil
      1st August 2016 at 11:55 pm #

      Hi, I’m interested in going from langkawi up north to to Thailand sometime in autumn this year. Complete newbie though so lots of planning required.

    • Lorna
      29th September 2016 at 11:35 am #

      Hey Maria.. Did you find someone to cycle tour with? We are in Cambodia from the 20th October and travelling through Cambodia Thailand and maylasia .

    • Azman bin hon
      22nd October 2016 at 2:07 pm #

      Hello Maria, I ‘ am Azman Hon. age 54, a singaporean guy. Weight 55kg and physically fit. Married man. I intend to plan touring bicyle around malaysia. I had read your article that you need a partner friend. My planning is maybe next year, anytime, hopefully. Thank you.

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