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A Selangor Day Out

by Karin Chan 22 Feb 2016
A Selangor Day Out

With all the long weekends on the Malaysian calendar, many are already booking flights and looking up hotels to make the most of these mini-holidays by travelling. However, you don’t have to go far from the city to have an adventure; we’ve picked out our favourite places in surrounding Selangor for short day trips jam-packed with fun.

Best part is: you can still come home to your bed after!

Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)

Just a stone’s throw away from the city centre, this green lung is a certified National Heritage and a favourite haunt of nature-loving city dwellers. Jog along the popular Rover Track (and see if you can spot any hornbills!) to reach the 150m Canopy Walkway, where you can traverse the treetops from 30m above ground. Besides this main attraction, you can also go jogging, camping, bird watching, mountain biking, visiting traditional wooden houses, exploring botanic gardens, visiting research galleries and watching trees flowering in season.

Take note: The Canopy Walkway will be closed from 30 June 2017 for three to five years for refurbishment and extension, so now's a good time to visit!

Travel time from KL: 30 mins


Batu Caves

Besides being one of the most important Hindu shrines in Malaysia with a 140ft golden statue of Lord Muruga, Batu Caves is also a popular tourist attraction because of its beautiful limestone formations, accessible through a relatively easy 272-step ascent. To the left of the main cave is the Dark Cave, where a guide will point out cave flora and fauna in an instructional 40-minute tour. Avoid having food, water or plastic bags on hand as monkeys can get aggressive.

Travel time from KL: 30 mins


Skytrex Adventure

Live the high life the natural way by tackling high-rope challenge circuits at Shah Alam’s Skytrex Adventure Park, which brings eco-friendly fun to new heights - literally. An initiation course will determine the best difficulty level out of three for you to attempt with platform heights ranging from five to 22m and an average completion time of two to three hours. Try net walking, zip lining and tree climbing while surrounded by breathtaking greenery - with your kids in tow, if you like!

Travel time from KL: 50 mins



Don’t let the serene atmosphere of the nation’s administrative capital fool you – there’s more to see and do than meets the eye. Take in the sights via a 45-minute lake cruise or hot air balloon ride over stunning landmarks like the Putra Mosque and the Millennium Monument; go extreme with rock climbing, mountain biking and more at the Putrajaya Challenge Park; and get close to nature by visiting one of the many parks here such as the Wetlands Park, where flamingos and herons are found aplenty.

Travel time from KL: 50 mins


‘Sepang’ is synonymous with ‘International Circuit’, where you can watch anything from flashy superbikes to sleek Formula One speedsters roaring down the twisting track in international races. When races aren’t on, you can drive go-karts, take a tour of the circuit or even play a round of paintball. Otherwise, head to the Sepang Gold Coast to enjoy some sun and sea or shop to your heart’s content with great discounts on premium brands at the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang.

Travel time from KL: 1 hour


Tadom Base

If you like pushing your limits, Tadom Base in Banting will put you to the test with the ‘toughest obstacles in Malaysia’. You can conquer various levels of obstacle courses in the Green Zone; work with ropes in zip lines, hiking and rock climbing in the Red Zone; take to the water in the Blue Zone with Zorb balls and rafting; and get down and dirty with ATV rides and mountain biking in the Brown Zone. Packages range from single to three-day itineraries and can be relaxing, extreme or a mix of both.

Travel time from KL: 1 hour 10 mins


Jugra Hill

The climb to the peak of the 140m-tall Jugra Hill in Banting is steep even in a car, much less on foot; but the panoramic view of surrounding Bandar Jugra and the glittering Langat River from the top is worth it. Plus, this is a popular paragliding spot and the Malaysia Paragliding Flight Park offers novice solo flying classes, tandem flights with a qualified instructor and paragliding tours, allowing you to soar to the heavens for an unparalleled bird’s eye view of the town. Don’t forget to run!

Travel time from KL: 1 hour 10 mins


Kuala Selangor

Glowing fireflies at Kampung Kuantan and Kampung Bukit Belimbing aren’t the only things worth seeing at this historical riverside town, once Selangor’s royal capital. Bukit Melawati plays host to intriguing artifacts like a defensive fort, lighthouse, beheading stone and a museum that gives a rundown of the state’s history. You can feed the monkeys there, or head further afield to Pasir Penambang to watch an eagle feeding session at the mouth of the Selangor River.

Travel time from KL: 1 hour 15 mins



Fresh, just-caught seafood and sweeping vistas of green (March to May, September to November) or golden (May to June, November to December) paddy fields are this little fishing village’s claims to fame. Visit a paddy processing gallery to learn about Pearl Rice production, then stop by Pantai Redang to make wishes on the red-draped wishing tree and watch the sunset from the tree house. Don’t forget to taste the local seafood, mangoes and handmade biscuits too.

Travel time from KL: 1 hour 30 mins


Chiling Waterfalls

Touted as one of the most impressive waterfalls in Selangor, the Chiling Waterfalls are an easy to moderate hour’s trek from the Kuala Kubu Bharu-Fraser’s Hill road. Getting there is an adventure in itself with six crossings to traverse, some of which involve wading through the river itself – but the pristine pool and three levels of thundering falls at the end are worth it. You can purchase fish food for RM2 to feed the kelah fish, and the area is suitable for bathing, picnicking and camping.

Travel time from KL: 1 hour 30 mins

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