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Selangor

Introduction  |  History  |  | City and Town  |  Place Of Interest | Shopping Paradise Sport and Recreation  |  Getting There & Around   |  Selangor Tours

 

Introduction

Selangor is Malaysia's most developed state. Located on the west-coast of Peninsular Malaysia, its nine districts cover 48,262.76 sq. miles. The state-of-the-art Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) located at Sepang in Selangor is the principal gateway to Malaysia. The state's appeal lies in its wide range of attractions: natural, man-made, historical and cultural. Most of these attractions are within close proximity to Kuala Lumpur and can be covered within a few days.

Selangor is hailed as the gateway to Malaysia, given its strategic location to all major routes. It is home to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the country’s main entry point and Port Klang, the Largest port in Malaysia. There is an extensive network of highways and expressways in the state, making all parts of Selangor easily accessible. 

The Location of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city and Putrajaya, the federal administrative centre within the bounds of the state further enhance the touristic appeal of Selangor. The magnificent Kota Darul Ehsan Arch along the Federal Highway welcomes visitors driving into the state. This Moorish styled arch (featured on the front cover), is the state’s most distinguished landmark, erected to mark the ceding of Kuala Lumpur to the Federal Government in 1974.

Selangor dazzles with a fascinating variety of attractions. Its flourishing urban centres, such as Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Sunway and the royal town of Klang abound with the modern facilities, from excellent healthcare institutions, international colleges to huge shopping malls and recreation centres.

Shah Alam, Selangor’s capital, has the distinction of being a well-planned township which harmonises nature with modernity. Here, residential areas and commercial centres area are set amidst lush landscapes and sprawling lake. Away from the urban centres, refreshing scenes of rural villages and serene coastlines begin to unfurl.

The people of Selangor are a fascinating diversity of Malays, Chinese, Indians and various other ethnic groups. While they live in harmony, each community has preserved its distinct culture and time-honoured traditions. Consequently, Selangor is a destination of colourful festivals as well as historical attractions.

This exciting destination is also the venue of world – class sporting events such as Petrona F1 Grand Prix and Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

History-lovers will be enchanted by Selangor’s colourful past. Recapture the glorious days its tin mining industry and splendour of its royal household. Showcasing a wealth of attractions such as diverse cultures, unique places of interest, historical landmarks and sumptuous culinary delights, Selangor is indeed a never-ending discovery.

History

Selangor's history dates to the 16th century, when rich tin deposits were found in the region. The area's natural wealth, along with its relative freedom from the presence of the Dutch, attracted miners, immigrants and colonizers. One especially important group of settlers was the Bugis, a Malay people from Macassar (now Ujung Padang) in Celebes. Bugis emigration from this great port city followed the steady encroachment of the Dutch over territory previously dominated by Portuguese traders, with whom the Bugis had allied themselves. Renowned for their capabilities as sea traders and warriors, the Bugis soon rose to prominence in Selangor. By 1700 they dominated the state both politically and economically and had established the present Sultanate of Selangor.

Over the course of the eighteenth century, Selangor extended its sphere of influence to become a regional political power. As the western colonial presence increased over the following century, in-fighting between the Bugis, Chinese and Malay nobility forced Selangor to accept the presence of a British Resident in 1874. Unsurprisingly, this foothold in the prosperous state's administration proved out to be rather obstinate. In 1896, the British included Selangor in the Federated Malay States, at about the same time that rubber cultivation began in Malaysia. In 1948 the state joined the Federation of Malaya.

In 1957 the Federation became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations. In 1974, the country's capital city of Kuala Lumpur and some of the surrounding areas were ceded to the Federal Government for the establishment of Wilayah Persekutuan, a Federal Territory.

Today Selangor is Malaysia's richest and most developed state. It is home to the largest port in the country, Port Klang, and to many of the country's largest industrial operations, found particularly in the Klang Valley. Its highly diversified economy ranges from agriculture, industry, and commerce to tourism. While industry is rapidly expanding, the mainstays of the state's economy remain rubber, palm-oil, and tin mining. Port Klang, already the largest port in the country, is experiencing vigorous development. Tourism is also beginning to have a major impact on the economy. Selangor completely surrounds the Federal Territory of Wilayah Persekutuan, and there are many close economic and social ties between them.

The Biggest Cities & Town

Shah Alam

This is the capital of Selangor state, but has the feel of a well-off suburb, with its bungalows, tree-lined boulevards and beautifully manicured roundabouts.

But what this well-designed capital is really famous for are two things: Shah Alam is Malaysia's centre for industry, from small to hi-tech. These are, however, carefully tucked away in wooded industrial estates on the outskirts of town.

But for tourists, the highlight of a visit to Shah Alam is almost certainly the magnificent Blue Mosque, visible from miles around.

It features the tallest minarets in the entire Islamic world as well as one of its largest domes! Its worship hall is bigger than London's St. Paul's Cathedral and can accommodate 16,000 worshippers.

 

Klang

At the western end of the Federal Highway, running out of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, lies the coastal town of Klang. Today, this bustling entry port is best known for its colourful and very much intact Little India and Chinatown communities, as well as some of the best (and cheapest!) seafood around.

However, this busy port town on the Straits of Malacca hides a dark and violent past. Klang became a centre of rivalry amongst the tin mining gangs during the Selangor Civil War of the 1870s. Whoever controlled Klang, controlled the Klang River - the only route the lucrative tin could be exported to the rest of the world. Visitors can reach Klang for an easy day trip from Kuala Lumpur by taking the cheap and fast KTM Komuter train.

 

Kuala Selangor

About 45 km north of Klang is the pretty, peaceful town of Kuala Selangor on the scenic Selangor River. This was the 18th century base of the state's Bugis rulers whose mausoleums are now a tourist attraction.

The fort on the hill that dominates this country town was built by the Dutch in a futile attempt to control the tin trade, and it still stands at Bukit Melawati, complete with cannons that point out to sea. Today, however, they are merely iron sentinels overlooking the Kuala Selangor Nature Park (a must for birds lover).

There are several interesting Chinese fishing villages not far from town where salted fish and fish balls are prepared. Further along the river at Kampung Kuantan, many thousands of fireflies resting on the bushy branches of overhanging trees, light up the night in an otherworldly, pulsating glow. Visitors can have a closer look by taking a guided boat for a nighttime cruise.

 

Petaling Jaya

Better known as 'PJ', this twin town to Kuala Lumpur used to be nothing more than a residential suburb to the capital. Today, PJ is a city in its own right with a population rivaling KL's, with great shopping, parks, literally thousands of restaurants all stitched together by a good network of highways. Some of the twin cities' best nightlife is in PJ as are some of the biggest malls in the country

 

Place Of Interest

Mines Wonderland

Built on what used to be the world’s largest open cast tin mine, this park guarantees a delightful concoction of fun and adventure some of the popular attractions here are the Snow House, the first-ever winter wonderland in Malaysia, and the Majestic Unity Fountain, a tribute to Malaysian women. The park’s musical fountain, the first in the country and the best in Southeast Asia, offers a spectacular combination of captivating water movements and lighting effects. The Mines Shopping Fair is located only a stone’s throw away.

Getting there :
About 45 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur on the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Highway. Exit at The Mines Wonderland Resort City. Visitors can also take the KTM Komuter train to Serdang station, cross the highway via the overhead bridge and then walk about 15 minutes to the theme park. 

 

Sunway Lagoon Resort
With a theme park, hotel and pyramid-shaped shopping mall within its vicinity, this is a popular one-stop destination for many visitors.

Getting there :
Buses are available at the Jalan Silang terminal. If driving, take the Bandar Sunway exit on the Federal Highway . About 45 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur on the Federal Highway. Sunway Lagoon is also accessible via the Damansara-Puchong Expressway, New Pantai Expressway and KESAS Highway. Visitors can also take the KTM Komuter train to Subang Jaya Station or the Putra-LRT to Kelana Jaya station and continue by taxi to Subang Jaya Station or the Putra-LRT Kelana Jaya station and continue by taxi to the Sunway Pyramid stop. Public bus services Cityliner bus No.51 and Metrobus No 10 & 11 depart from Klang Bus Station in Kuala Lumpur and stop at Sunway Pyramid mall.

 

Wet  World Shah Alam
Beat The Heat ! When the sun is up and there's only so much fun you can have in the swimming pool, it's a very good idea to head for the Wet World Shah Alam. Facing the scenic Shah Alam Lake, the Wet World Shah Alam is conveniently located in the Klang Valley, which helps to make it one of the most popular recreational spots in Selangor.

The bright colours of the water park - red, pink and yellow - scream fun and excitement. The most talked-about ride is the exhilarating Monsoon Buster, one of the longest uphill water coaster rides in Asia! You'll find yourself propelled forward on your floatable for some 200 metres by water jets. Pure exhilaration! Try it once, and you will be back for more. Young children accompanied by an adult can also ride the Monsoon Buster.

For team games, more than 10 people can slide down the open Giant Slide. It's that wide! More speedy challenges await at the Tunnel Water Coaster, a closed ride, and the Big Splash, a half-closed and half-open slide. Waiting for you at Neptune's Challenge are 10 floatables and you have to walk across the water on these floats. Lose your balance and you'll get a dunking, but that's the fun of the game. Get ready to get very wet !

Kids have their own play area, where the attractions include the Seashell Kiddy Slide and the red and yellow Submarine Slide. Some of them will be happy just splashing about in the pool, or paddling in the Lazy River. You can play until closing time, and really get your money's worth at the water park.

Getting there :
About 45 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur on the Federal Highway. Exit at Bunga Lawang Roundabout, Shah Alam, and drive towards Persiaran Dato Menteri, Section 2. The water park is near the Sirim Building and opposite the Shah Alam Lake.

 

Homestays
Experience traditional Malay lifestyle in the state’s rustic and serene villages. Homestays offer the unique opportunity of living amongst the friendly villagers, while enjoying their unhurried lifestyle and colourful culture. These closely-knit communities undertake many interesting tasks collectively. Join them as they celebrate a kenduri or feast, or participate in a traditional wedding ceremony.

Banghuris Homestay
This place is allow visitors to experience the village lifestyle and culture of traditional Malay people. There are three kampungs (villages)here, namely Kampung Bukit Bangkong, Kampung Hulu Chuchuh and Kampung Hulu Teris. The villagers in these villages are warm , friendly and hospitable. Visitors can learn the culture and tradition of a Malay wedding, traditional Malay dances and be amazed by their martial arts. Visitors can also pamper themselves to a traditional herbal massage. Among other interesting activities you can indulge in are rubber tapping, cooking some Malay dishes, going for an evening walk at the fruit orchards and oil palm estates and taking a sampan ride to a the river. Banghuris is jus a 50 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur and 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)

 

ISLAND AND BEACH

Carey Island
Carey Island is famous for two things - great seafood and the indigenous Mah Meri (pronounced Mak Miri) people who have a reputation for some of the world's finest wooden masks. Located just off the mainland, they have assimilated into modern life, with jobs in the nearby plantations and farms, but they retain their unique culture and way of life. Apart from exhibitions of their traditional dances and music, the Mah Meri are also known for their evocative sculptures, fashioned from a kind of swamp hardwood known as "Nyireh Batu".

Getting There :

By Road
Drive from Kuala Lumpur to Teluk Panglima Garang on the Kelang-Banting road. From Teluk Panglima Garang, a narrow road takes you past rustic Malay villages to Pulau Carey. A bridge links the mainland to the island. The entire drive takes approximately 11/2 hours.

Pulau Ketam
North of Pulau Carey is the island of Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) with its picturesque coastal fishing villages built on stilts.It is blessed with bountiful fishing grounds and is popular among the locals for its superb seafood restaurants. Pulau Ketam is a great place to savour a variety of seafood specialties, in particular the curry crab. Fishing and bird-watching tours are available. Home stays in a 'kelong house', two or three kilometers offshore, are also available.

Getting There :
There are many taxis and buses plying the Kuala Lumpur-Port Klang route. Alternatively, one can also take the KTM commuter train to Port Klang from the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. At the Port Klang jetty, board a ferry to Pulau Ketam. The journey takes about an hour.

Pulau Indah
Near Pulau Ketam is Pulau Indah (Beautiful Island in Malay), an island where visitors can experience life in a traditional Malay village. This is the best place to enjoy the rustic and laidback charms of kampung (village) life, set amidst lush greenery and the Straits of Malacca. Pulau Indah is also the location of Klang's new West Port and cruise terminal. There is no tourist accommodation available but visitors will surely find plenty to do to make the trip worth it.

Getting There :
Take any Port Klang bound bus or taxi from the Klang Bus Station in Kuala Lumpur. From Port Klang, take another bus to the island. The journey takes about one hour.

Pulau Angsa
Located off the coast of Kuala Selangor, approximately 67 km from Kuala Lumpur, lies Pulau Angsa, a lush green island that owes much of its history to the Bugis who were among its earliest settlers. Rich in legends and landmarks, you will find the locals only too willing to regale you with tales about Pulau Angsa's colourful past.

Getting There :
Regular bus and taxi services ply the Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Selangor route. While there is no regular ferry service from Kuala Selangor to Pulau Angsa, there are friendly fishermen who will ferry you across for a nominal sum.

Bagan Lalang
Located at 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Bagan Lalang is ideal for activities such as horseback riding, beach volleyball and jogging. Bagan Lalang is also the place to enjoy spectacular sunsets. At nightfall, the surrounding area turns into a hive of activity with open-air eateries offering mouth-watering seafood delights such as ikan bakar, or grilled fish.

Morib Island
If the popular west coast beach resorts are a bit too crowded for you, you might find Morib, located at the southern end of the Selangor state, more appealing. Approximately 1 1/2 hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur, it is the perfect place for some quiet, peaceful relaxation. Surrounded by whispering casuarinas and swaying palms, you can comb the beaches of Morib during low tide, searching for seashells or watch small crabs scuttle away and disappear into the sand. You can even spread out a mat and settle down to a picnic lunch beside a shady casuarina grove.

For history lovers Morib is also home to a wealth of historical sites. There are the ruins of old government buildings and the royal graves at Jugra, including an abandoned palace from the 1800's. Allied Forces also landed on this stretch of beach in September 1945, marking the end of the Japanese Army's occupation of Malaya. Those who wish to spend the night can seek accommodation at nearby Hotel Sri Morib.

Getting There :
Morib is accessible from Kuala Lumpur by the Federal Highway or the North Klang Valley Expressway via Klang. From Klang, proceed to Banting before reaching Morib. To reach Morib by bus, you should board a Kuala Lumpur-Banting bus from the Klang Bus Station in Kuala Lumpur. From Banting, take another bus or taxi plying the Morib route.

 

NATURE

Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM)

FRIM offers a back-to-nature experience and the remains of an old Orang Asli settlement. The waterfall and river cutting through this forest reserve adds serenity to this luxurious landscape.

There are four jungle tracks: Keruing Trail, Rover Track, Engkabang Trail and Salleh Trail, all of which will take visitors through some spectacular secondary jungle. The Canopy Walk, which is located 30m above the ground, offers the perfect vantage point from which to observe birds and tropical canopy flora. Those interested in experiencing the canopy walk should make prior arrangement because the number of people allowed on the canopy walk per day, is limited to 250 people. At FRIM, camping is available for those wanting to experience a night in the wilderness but prior permission is required.

Getting There: 

By Road :
Frim is situated along the Selayang-Kepong Highway 16km northwest of Kuala Lumpur.

By Train :
There are two ways to get to FRIM by public transportation. First, you may take the KTM Commuter bound for Rawang from the KL railway station and exit at Kepong. You can easily get a taxi to FRIM at the KTM train station in Kepong.

By Bus :
The other option is taking a bus from the Central Market bus stop, directly heading to FRIM.

Kampung Kuantan/ Kampung Bukit Belimbing (Fireflies)

The incandescent glow of thousands of fireflies attract visitors to this mangrove swamp. Visitors can feast their eyes on the spectacular light displays from these unique insects, which live on the berembang trees the grow along Kuala Slengor riverbanks. It is truly a sight to behold.

Getting there :
Located 3.72 miles from Kuala Selangor, you can either drive there or sign up with a tour operator.

Serendah International Orchid

The Serendah International Orchid park, 40 minutes from Shah Alam, provides visitors the opportunity to observe a fascinating variety of these exotic plants. Avid gardeners and nature enthusiasts will be enthralled by the more than 100 species of the multi-coloured blooms found here.

Sepang Agrotechnology Park
Situated less than an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, this park offers an insight into farming and gardening using modern technology. This 100-hectare ground produces a vast variety of tropical vegetables and flowers. Visitors are welcomed to purchase the freshly harvested vegetables, or watch how the crops are cultivated.

National Zoo
The National Zoo is located in Hulu Klang, about 13 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur. The Zoo houses over 4,000 mammals, retiles, birds and fish within its 25-hectare grounds. Visitors can spend a whole day observing its many inhabitants or enjoy entertaining performances by the orang utans and sea lions. The horse, camel and elephant rides promise a fun-filled experience for children and adults alike. The spacious picnic and adults alike. The spacious picnic grounds and boating lake are excellent for family recreation. Other facilities include restaurants and mini-train rides. For an opportunity to watch nocturnal animals, visit the zoo on Saturday nights.

Kanching Recreational Forest
A mere 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur, lies the Kanchning Recreational Forest, an invigorating getaway amidst nature. Situated in the Kanching Forest Reserve, the area is a haven for various species of birds and monkeys. The Kanching Waterfalls presents a dramatic backdrop to the jungle setting. Hike up to the top of its seven tiers for a superb view of the surroundings. Located Nearby at Templer Park, a popular picnic spot with waterfalls and cool streams. A short drive away is the beautifully landscaped Commonwealth Forest Park. Nestled within a dense jungle, the area offers chalets, trekking paths, a fountain and a camping site.

Jungle Trekking
With rainforests more than 150 millions years old covering large parts of Malaysia, one of the best ways to explore the length and breadth of this country is through jungle trekking. The mountains and hills, the countless terrain and the national parks and forest reserves, make the nation a haven for jungle trekkers.

Jungle trekking can be classified according to the obstacles and terrain a person needs to maneuver and the density of the forest. These classifications are: flat terrain, undulating to semi-cultivated terrain, cultivated terrain and primary and secondary forests.

Jungle trekking offers a rewarding and accomplishing experience. Each trekker can discover the marvels of nature's diverse ecosystem and, if he or she is lucky, may cross paths with the various exotic inhabitants of Malaysia's jungles. These creatures include endangered species, like the Sumatran rhinoceros, Malayan tiger, tapirs and elephants. Various insects and plant species are also found widely in Malaysia's rich ecology. For those new to jungle trekking, the Forest Reserve Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, and The Malaysia Agriculture Park at Taman Bukit Cahaya in Shah Alam, Selangor .

Gabai waterfalls
Gabai is a "real" waterfall with water gushing down steep cascades. This is the welcoming cascade of 30 meters in height, preceded by a similar one immediately on top.

Getting There :
Take the Ulu Langat Road, there are 2 small hamlets, Bt14 and Bt18 { "Bt" the local short form for milestone}. After the 2nd village; take the right turning into a road going towards Semenyih or Kampong Sungei Lui.

The road now passes through authentic rural road with pleasant view of Malay cottages with orchards on both sides. Don’t get so distracted by the scenery! Look out for the sign on your left after seeing a milestone that marks 39, a huge signboard should prompt you the way to the falls. This is the signboard having similar designs as the type that can be seen along Cheras Road, they are on both sides of the junction.

Kuala Selangor Nature Park
Covering 330 ha of mangrove swamps and home to various wildlife such as otters, silver-leaf monkeys, birds, crabs of different hues and mudskippers, visitors can also choose to stay in chalets and hotels overnight and check out the visitors’ centre for information and souvenirs.

Shah Alam Lake Garden
This is the venue for the Shah Alam International Boat Show and Selangor Orchid Exhibition. This man-made lake and its lovely landscaped gardens certainly beautify the town. It is a pleasant place for an evening walk or jog as children run about in typical abandon.

Commonwealth Forest Park
This park was launched in 1993 to honour the 14th Commonwealth Forest Meeting. It features a lush jungle with refreshing landscaped gardens, camping grounds, chalet, fountains, jogging tracks, hiking trails and other facilities for visitors. The park provides the ideal escape from the city’s hustle and bustle to serene nature.

 

SELANGOR HERITAGE AND CULTURE

Bandar Palace

The stately Bandar Palace is located in the historical town of Jugra, near the southern coast of Selangor. In the past, when Jugra was the seat of ancient kings, Bandar Palace was the venue to entertain prominent dignitaries and foreign emissaries. Built in the early 20th century and inspired by the fifth Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Alauddin Shah, the palace boasts exquisite woodcarvings that enhance its magnificent marble structure.

This remarkable edifice has 15 huge rooms and a lush garden, a great contrast to its humble surroundings. Nearby is the historical Sultan Alauddin Mosque, boasting graceful domes with interesting display of Islamic architecture.

Royal Mausoleum

Situated atop one of the several hills in Jugra, the Royal Mausoleum of Sultan Abdul Samad is a combination of various architectural styles including Western Classical and Indo-Muslim. Built in 1898, this mausoleum commands a scenic view of the surrounding countryside. Here, the fourth Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Abdul Samad and other members of the past royal family were laid to rest.

Sultan Alam Shah Museum

Situated in the heart of Shah Alam, the Sultan Alam Shah Museum is a commanding blue-roofed building that showcases some of the finest exhibitions in the country. Entering the museum, visitors will be enveloped by the grandeur of Selangor's bygone era. Some of its treasured artefacts are the royal regalia of the affluent Selangor Sultanate as well as the relics of the British era.

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque

This is the biggest mosque in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Its prayer hall can accommodate up to 7,000 people. Popularly referred to as Malaysia's "Blue Mosque" because of its shiny blue dome and four minarets, it also has special channels that collect rainwater for ablutions.

Decorative Islamic calligraphy dominates the edges surrounding the dome and main prayer hall, while the interior architecture exhibits ethnic Malay design elements. Sunlight filtering through the blue stained glass of the mosque renders a bluish ambience to its interior, evoking a sense of peace and serenity.

The Blue Mosque overlooks the Garden of Islamic Arts, a beautifully landscaped park inspired by the Quranic Garden of Paradise. Covering 14 hectares, this spiritual sanctuary houses nine galleries that exhibit a rich array of Islamic arts such as calligraphy, sculptures, paintings and architecture. Occasionally, traditional Islamic performances are held here.

Getting there :
From KL, take the Federal Highway towards Shah Alam/ Klang and exit at Shah Alam town. Buses also leave from the Klang bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur .

By Train and Taxi :
Get the frequent Komuter train from KL to Shah Alam station. From there, get a taxi for the short ride to the Blue Mosque, locally known as Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah.

Melawati Hill

Melawati Hill is located in the coastal town of Kuala Selangor, a 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur. In the late 18th Century, the second Sultan of Selangor had a fortress constructed on Melawati Hill to protect the state from intruders.

The hill provided a vantage point to monitor ships in the Straits of Malacca. Even with a strategic hold, the Melawati Fort yielded to the Dutch cannons. It was again destroyed during the Selangor Civil War, when warring factions fought for tin-rich lands. All that remains of the fort now are its cannons, its original foundation stones and fabled execution block. The landscaped hill offers a panoramic view of the Selangor coastline.

Visitors will be delighted to watch the free-roaming Silverleaf Monkeys in the area. The adults are dark-haired with a tinge of silver, while the young ones are a bright orange. Gentle and adorable, they graciously wait for bread or fruits from visitors, unlike the mischievous Long Tail Macaques. Other attractions here are a lighthouse, a royal mausoleum and a quaint rest house.

Little India

For those in search of unique buys, head to Klang to browse through its bustling 'Little India'. Here, amidst the pre-war shop houses, visitors will find a vibrant community that has preserved its distinct way of life. Discover a profusion of authentically Indian items such as colourful saris, an assortment of sweetmeats, aromatic spices, exotic fragrances and dazzling adornments.

Batu Caves
This Hindu temple complex is set in a cavern on a limestone hill. Accessible only by climbing its 272 steps, the temple and Art Gallery are covered with colorful murals. During the Thaipusam* festival each year, pilgrims flock here for thanksgiving, with some carrying needle-laden ‘kavadis' on their body as an act of penance and devotion. (The Thaipusam festival is held in the January or February each year)

Getting there :
8.07 miles north of Kuala Lumpur near Selayang. Buses and taxis are available; you may also take the Putra LRT and then a shuttle bus.

Orang Asli Museum

Located at Kilometre 24 of Jalan Gombak, this museum showcases artifacts such as hunting tools, animal traps, household items and craft related to the Orang Asli  Orang Asli are the aborigines of Peninsular Malaysia. This is the best place to learn more about their lifestyle, traditions and culture.

Darul Ehsan Tourist Centre

A convenient stop for tourist as it is a hub that provides information on Selangor. I houses user-friendly touch screen kiosks, which assist tourists in finding details on places of interest and upcoming events. Lovely handicrafts are also sold here.

Shopper Paradise

Selangor Shopping Complex

One Utama

One Utama is located in Bandar Utama, an affluent suburb in Selangor. Boasting over two million sq.ft. of floor space, it is one of the most successful shopping malls in the state. It is popular for its excellent mix of tenants, including leading international chains. Shoppers can also enjoy a visit to its entertainment centre, cineplexes and food court.

The Mines Shopping Fair

Visitors can make a grand entrance to this shopping mall by sailing down a canal on a water taxi. With over 250 retail outlets, there is an array of merchandise to choose from. Other attractions include cineplexes, a bowling alley, food court, an ice-skating rink and an indoor theme park. The Mines Shopping Fair is located within the Mines Resort City, which surrounds a man-made lake. It is a 20-minute drive away from Kuala Lumpur.

Sunway Pyramid

The mall's striking Egyptian Pyramid-themed design with an imposing Sphinx guarding the entrance, is a unique landmark in the area. Located in the heart of the Sunway Township, its 300 retail outlets offer shoppers a wide choice of merchandise. For a little excitement, try ice-skating at Pyramid Ice, the largest indoor rink in the country. Neighboring attractions are the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park and the luxurious Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel.

Getting there :

Buses and taxis are available from KL town center. You may also take the KTM commuter and get off at the Subang Jaya station; from there take a taxi to the mall.

Subang Parade

Strategically located in the populous Subang Jaya township, this mall is easily accessible by public transport and is only a 10-minute drive from Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam. Although established in the late 80s, it is still one of the most frequented malls in Selangor. Subang Parade has over 170 retail outlets and offers a wide range of goods and services.

Mid Valley Megamall - Selangor

One of the longest malls in South East Asia, the Mid Valley Megamall is located just before the city and has a wide range of outlets. Shoes, textiles, make up bars, sporting goods, watches and pens, feng shui outlets and even a large pet store, you can find almost all you need here.

Getting there :
The nearest LRT stop is the Bangsar station. Shuttle buses leave for the mall from here. Taxis and buses are available from the town center too.  

Ikea and Ikano Power Centre

IKEA applies its unique design philosophy and functionality to all its creations. It also has a café that offers lovely Swedish delicacies under its roof. Adjacent to IKEA is the newly opened Ikano Power Centre, which houses numerous anchor tenants and restaurants with generous floor spaces for added shopping convenience.

Sport & Recreation

Club

This is the oldest yacht club in Malaysia, situated close to Kuala Lumpur, the nation's capital. One of the most welcoming yacht clubs in the region for cruising yachters, the club grants temporary membership up to a maximum of three months annually. It is also the host club for the prestigious Raja Muda International Regatta, a world-class event. This club offers a range of enjoyable activities such as keelboat races and social flotillas.

Selangor Jockey Club

Located at Sungai Besi, just South of Kuala Lumpur in the state of Selangor is the modern, fully equipped SJC Racecourse. This has a grass track and features exciting horse race meetings throughout the year. Betting is all-electronic (no bookies) with electronic totalisator. When not in use as a racecourse, many equestrian events are conducted at this major venue including national dressage an show jumping events.

The Original SJC Racecourse wad the site of the now-famous Petronas Twin Towers and moved to its new location at Sungai Besi in 90’s

Sport and Leisure

Selangor is a land for golf enthusiasts as it has more than 30 golf courses. The premier ones include Saujana Golf & Country Resort, home of the European Tour event, The Malaysian Open for many years.

Other execellent golf courses include Templer Park, KGNS Subang, Glenmarie and a host of others. Apart from its fine golf courses, these clubs also offer tennis courts, squash courts and swimming pools for the fitness-minded traveler. For adventure seekers, Sungai Selangor is the place to go for white water rafting.

 

Sepang International Circuit

In step with the global rise in interest in motor sports, Malaysia now has a challenging Formula 1 circuit just outside the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang.

The Sepang F1 Circuit has a double-frontage grand stand for 30,000 spectators and natural stands that are able to accommodate 100,000 spectators. Since it first played host to Formula 1 in 1999, the Sepang Circuit has become one of the most popular circuits among the F1 drivers.

The course, covering an impressive 5.542km circuit, features 15 turns and 8 straights. The Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix brings the world's best drivers together on this circuit.

Getting There :

By Bus or Taxi
You can catch the Airport Coach bus service that departs from Jalan Duta Bus Station to KLIA. From KLIA, you can get a transfer to Sepang International Circuit via Taxi or Sepang Omni-bus. Alternatively, get the bus from Sentral Station to the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) near KLIA. This service can drop you right in front of Sepang.

By Rail
From Kuala Lumpur's Sentral Station, take a Komuter Train to Nilai or the ERL (Express Rail Link) to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). From Nilai and KLIA, you can catch a taxi or the Sepang Omnibus to take you to this circuit, 10 minutes from KLIA.

By Road
From Kuala Lumpur (KL), take the North-South Highway towards the KLIA Interchange. It takes roughly 45 minutes to get to the circuit from KL. Once you pay the toll, take the first left exit from the highway. A mosque will be on your left. You will then reach a round-about, through which you go straight. Then take the first left exit after the first traffic lights (about 8km). From there on, you will find ample signs to take you to the circuit.

Getting There & Around

The national carrier Malaysia Airlines has a global network that spans six continents and a national network that covers more than 36 local destinations. The budget airline Air Asia covers selected destinations in the region and around the country. The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is located in Sepang, Selangor. Travelling domestically to Selangor is convenient as it is easily accessible from all major cities and all parts of the country by air, road and rail.

By Sea

The nation's largest port is in Port Klang, Selangor, with the ultra-modern Westport complementing the sophisticated berthing facilities in the area. Nearby is the Star Cruises terminal, which was built exclusively for the convenience of tourists arriving on cruise ships. Smaller single-facility jetties serve visitors from Dumai, Indonesia and the outlying local islands, while private marinas welcome foreign guests who wish to berth their yachts in comfort and convenience.

By Rail

Visitors entering the country from Thailand and Singapore can make use of the KTM Malaysian Railway System. The KTM Komuter services many outlying districts and nearby towns such as Kajang, Port Klang, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and Rawang. It is also linked to other rail transit services at the KL Sentral Station, a modern transportation hub in the city centre. Selangor is accessible from Kuala Lumpur by the STAR and Putra Light Rail Transit (LRT) services.

By Road

An excellent network of roads provides easy access to any destination within the state. Selangor is also linked to Singapore, Thailand and the rest of the peninsula by a system of tolled highways equipped with amenities such as rest areas, restaurants, souvenir shops and suraus (prayer rooms for Muslim).

Getting Around

Travelling around Selangor is affordable and convenient. There are many ways one can choose to move around while enjoying the interesting sights in the state. Public buses, taxis and rail services such as the LRT and KTM Komuter offer hassle-free accessibility to well-known landmarks in Selangor. Alternatively, hire a car for a self-drive adventure around town.

 

Selangor Tours

A Day in Rainforest

KL Cultural & Heritage

Others

Elephant Sanctuary

KL Cultural Night Tour

Selangor Day Tours

Fireflies & Kuala Selangor

Kuala Lumpur Garden & Parks

Hotel Reservation

Genting Highlands

National Zoo & Pewter

Rent A Car

Historical Malacca (Melaka)

Pulau Ketam Rural Adventure

Coach Rental

Kuala Lumpur City Tour

Putrajaya & Agricultural Park

Malaysia Hidden Treasure®

KL Countryside & Batu Caves

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

 

 

Templer's Park

 

 

 

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