Malaysia is a country in the South East Asian region that sits between Thailand in the north and Singapore in the south. When people say “Malaysia”, the first things that come to mind are the Petronas Twin Towers and island destinations like Langkawi and Kota Kinabalu. In order to truly enjoy Malaysia, you don’t just parachute to the place in tourist buses following the lead of your tour guide.
If you really want to experience Malaysia, you should rent a car and drive around. If you’re wondering about the state of the car rental industry in the country, you should know that it’s rather robust. In fact, the US national car rental chains Hertz and Avis have a presence there.
With Avis, you can rent a chauffeured car and you can enjoy Double Enrich miles, a tie-in with Malaysia Airlines’ points program. Avis cars come equipped with GPS navigation. But renting from the big boys isn’t the only way that you can rent a car in Malaysia.
If you read the travel forums for travel tips to Malaysia, not a few will recommend that you rent a car. The good thing about car rentals in Malaysia is that most of them have their own websites. So, when you’re ready to organize your trip, search for “Malaysia car rentals” on Google or any other search engine.
There are many smaller companies that are known to provide excellent services for renting cars. Some of the top car rentals in Penang are Big Thumb Enterprises and much more.
In order to get the best prices, make sure to compare the prices of at least three companies.
How much does it cost to rent a car in Malaysia?
That really depends on the kind of car you’re renting, whether it’s a regular sedan or a luxury car. We checked out some websites and found that the rates range from anywhere from $50 to $60, at least in Penang. It could more expensive in the capital and it might just be that the quoted rates on the websites are pricier than if you were to land in Malaysia and go to the offices of a car rental directly.
In any case, the experiences of former travelers should serve as your guide.
Malaysia is composed of over 800 islands and CNN once made a list of the top 10 places (that is NOT Kuala Lumpur) you must go to when you’re in Malaysia. Aside from Penang, there’s also Langkawi, Tioman Island and Perhentian Islands.
Except for the Perhentian Islands which is really a backpackers heaven, the islands mentioned above are tourist destinations. Langkawi is most notable for being a luxury destination. It’s the one island in Malaysia that was turned especially into an island resort by Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamed.
Being the tourist destinations that they are, you can totally expect to find a place to rent a car in Penang. As we said before, there are really only two ways to rent a car in Malaysia; either you book from the website or you rent when you arrive. However, you decide to do it, make sure to move on to the next on if you feel the car rental you’re negotiating with is too expensive.