Malaysia Tourism Hunt: Road Trip – Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya and Port Dickson


Waking up to a fine morning, I got ready for what lies ahead – a road trip from Kuala Lumpur to Port Dickson. It’s gonna be along drive but I’m excited about the pitstops and the activities prepared for us. I joined the other Malaysia Tourism Hunter at Dondang Sayang Coffeehouse at Corus Hotel lobby for breakfast.

The Dondang Sayang Coffeehouse at the Corus Hotel lobby served buffet breakfast.

The Dondang Sayang Coffeehouse at the Corus Hotel lobby served buffet breakfast.

Aboard the tourist coach, we headed to Malaysia Tourism Information Centre for the flag off, where at least 20 Proton cars were lined up. After a short program and some photo ops, we’re all ready! No less than the Honourable Minister of Tourism and Culture Dato’ Seri Nazri ABdul Aziz sent off all of the Malaysia Tourism Hunt participants in the most festive and perkiest flag off event all with party poppers and confetti! Everyone was excited!

Just about getting ready for the flag-off. This is our assigned car, a black Proton. #TeamPhilippines7

Just about getting ready for the flag-off. This is our assigned car, a black Proton. #TeamPhilippines07

We drove off from the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur through the remarkably wide four-lane interstate roads going to our first destination – Putrajaya. The temperature outside was already creeping up. Thanks to the excellent cooling system of the Proton car we’re driving because we never felt uneasy and uncomfortable. Each toll plaza along the national road was electronically designed – one tap up card is you all need. Very convenient to use.

Toll Plaza in Malaysia requires a tap up card. Makes driving more convenient.

Toll Plaza in Malaysia requires a tap up card. Makes driving more convenient.

Driving along Malaysia's interstate roads.

Driving along Malaysia’s four-lane interstate roads.

Got this awesome view of the Seri Wawasan Bridge while approaching Dataran Putra.

Got this awesome view of the Seri Wawasan Bridge while approaching Dataran Putra.

It was almost midday when we arrived in Datran Putra after almost an hour of driving, which is located in the heart of Putrajaya. Getting off our car, we gathered around for the instruction of our first activity – a Photo Hunt. We got our activity sheet and went around Dataran Putra (except the nearby mosque) to work on, looking for the possible matches, and crossing out the ones we’ve found. We even had to go down the lower sub-level for this activity. We found at least one match there. We only had one hour to finish that activity, right under the sun. It was a challenge but it was fun, too!

First activity: Photo Hunt in Dataran Putra

First activity: Photo Hunt in Dataran Putra

Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government of Malaysia. Despite of the absence of malls and other recreational establishments, Putrajaya should be on your itinerary when visiting Malaysia. Here, you can find the Perdana Putra, which houses the executive office of the Prime Minister, the Palace of Justice (Persiaran Perdana), Perbadan Putrajaya Complex, the Grand Mosque, and the Seri Wawasan Bridge. In Dataran Putra, there are some novelty shops and coffee shops at the lower sub-level. It is also located along a body of water. It’s perfect for taking those awesome photos!

The Perdana Putra, which houses the executive office of the Prime Minister

The Perdana Putra, which houses the executive office of the Prime Minister.

The Grand Mosque in Dataran Putra.

The Grand Mosque in Dataran Putra.

The Perbadan Putrajaya Complex in Putrajaya.

The Perbadan Putrajaya Complex in Putrajaya.

I can't think of an awesome way to have my photo taken in front of the Palace of Justice. It turned out like this one.

I can’t think of an awesome way to have my photo taken in front of the Palace of Justice. It turned out like this one.

Putrajaya offers magnificently designed buildings occupied by government offices. This one is the Palace of Justice. It's located opposite the Perbadan Putrajaya Complex.

Putrajaya offers magnificently designed buildings occupied by government offices. This one is the Palace of Justice. It’s located opposite the Perbadan Putrajaya Complex.

Then, we got back on the road heading off to Port Dickson. It was indeed a hot day. So, we drove by the RnR Seremban for a quick stop over. This is similar to the pit stops located along NLEX or SLEX. There are several fastfoods available which serve local dishes, KFC, fruit shake stands, a waiting shed, and restrooms.

After taking our lunch at KFC, I found myself standing in queue in front of Cool Blog fruit shake stand. Cool Blog has a wide variant of fruit shake flavours that you can choose from. And I must tell you, it’s totally thirst-quenching!

Grab your favourite fruit shake at Cool Blog when you stop by RnR Seremban. We drove by this place on our way to Port Dickson.

Grab your favourite fruit shake at Cool Blog when you stop by RnR Seremban. We drove by this place on our way to Port Dickson.

The wide roads soon narrowed down to two-lane busy streets. Some retail establishments came into view. Whilst the place still keeps up with the time, it brought in a different feeling, way different when you are Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. There’s a bit of laid back and rustic feel to the environment. So, if you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a day or two, drive down to Port Dickson.

Though it’s a long drive from Kuala Lumpur, there’s so much to discover and experience in Port Dickson. Believe me!

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Drive around when you visit Malaysia. For car rental enquiries, please contact the Malaysia Tourism Information Centre (MaTIC).

Disclaimer: This tour was sponsored by the Malaysian government through the Malaysia Tourism Hunt program.
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