Essential Travel Information to Selangor
Overview of Selangor
Selangor, the most developed state of Malaysia, is also the wealthiest state with a major share in the overall industry of the country. Although the industries replaced the forests long ago in some regions of Selangor, it still has several parks and forest reserves.
Selangor is full of travel attraction destinations including snow parks, theme parks, zoos, and beaches. You will also find many beautiful mountains perfect for you to have a top view. If you are into history and culture, you can visit several historical monuments such as mosques, temples, and museums.
What to Do in Selangor
You’ll find water rides and activities on land at Sunway Lagoon Theme Park. The manmade river will definitely keep the kids happy, while the surf beach is a favourite with the adults. There’s something for everyone here, including the lovely resort and luxurious spa.
Shah Alam i-City
If you want to do something other than shop at night, try this theme park. It’s known for its wonderful lights that are simply breathtaking at night, and it also features wax museums and a huge almost never-ending waterpark. The fake forest is bound to catch your eye as well.
Wet World Shah Alam
On a sunny day, there’s probably no better place to be than in the cool, calm water. You’ll find beautiful cascading waterfalls here, along with several attractions like Treasure Island and Bermuda Triangle that will keep you smiling the whole afternoon.
We all know that bored kids are really tough to deal with, so bring them to KidZania! You’ll find an array of cool things like escape rooms and wax museums, and even life-sized chess. The kids will also get to play the roles of doctors and pilots for the day. Super fun!
Zoo Negara Malaysia
As an open concept zoo with 90% of the animal exhibits in spacious enclosures, this zoo has a mini aviary, a mammal kingdom exhibit, and a truly eye-opening collection of reptiles. It even has 2 giant pandas on exhibit!
This water theme park and resort features 14 thrilling rides, including the wonder loop, the insane racer, and the famous water cannon. Get wet and wild for one exciting afternoon! There’s also a kid’s adventure pool for the little ones.
If you are going on a trip with your kids, then this is one of the must-go places to visit for children. The park is full of ostriches, turkeys, geese, guinea fowl, and other animals such as goats, monkeys, and rabbits where they move around freely. You can even buy frozen ostrich meat to take home!
Where to Go in Selangor
Formed out of 400 million year limestone, the caves are also a Hindu religious site dedicated to the Hindu Lord Murugan. The largest cave is accessed via a flight of 272 stairs besides a 42m golden statute of Lord Murugan at the entrance.
Be sure to catch the silver-leaf monkeys and their bright orange babies, or hike around the Melawati fort and count the cannons partially overgrown by bushes, or visit the Royal Mausoleum (Makam Diraja). A hidden gem with lots to see, make sure you take a firefly boat ride in the evening to cap a beautiful day out!
One of the best places to hike up for a sunrise, this grassy hill is a short 400m upward climb that will take around an hour, but leave you panting from exertion. Climb up the hill and marvel at the rolling hills surrounding Bukit Broga.
Jugra Hill (Bukit Jugra)
In the end of the 19th Century, Bukit Jugra was the royal capital of the state of Selangor. With its well-preserved buildings, get a glimpse of the grandeur of times past. Indulge in outdoor activities here such as paragliding and drift triking or hike around the reserved forest to see the Straits of Malacca.
Surrounded by lush green paddy fields, this is a great place to go to get away from it all. Visit the fishing village and eat their catch fresh when they return! Or make a wish at the Sekinchan wishing tree where thousands of red ribbons hang with the dreams of others before. Does the wishing tree work? Go and try it out for yourself!
Kuala Selangor Nature Park
Explore the brackish lake system which attracts all sorts of birds, the secondary forest where macaques and silver leaf monkeys can be found, or the mangrove forest where the mud teems with crabs and mud creepers. If you are lucky, you might even spot otters and leopards!
Shah Alam Botanical Garden
The Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam is a popular agrotourism spot, presenting the Malaysian agrarian lifestyle in a natural setting. With an animal park where you can see porcupines, the Air Kuning Dam where you can try out fly-fishing, paddy fields you can roam around, and even kayak down the lake, this is a place to relax and learn about the nature that surrounds us.
A great place to get your nature fix, the Forest Research Institute Malaysia has several trekking routes and campsites for you to fully immerse in the wild! If you’re not that adventurous, take a stroll down the Botanic Gardens and learn about botany, horticulture, and landscaping. Alternatively, watch up to 182 different species of birds fly by in a natural habitat.
Shah Alam Lake Gardens
The Taman Tasik Shah Alam serves as a green lung for the city. Rent a kayak or boat and paddle around the lake, while chirping birds drown out the sounds of the city. Don’t miss the floating seafood restaurant at the central lake to satisfy your craving for local food!
Klang Gates Quartz Ridge
Also known by locals as the Dragon Back Ridge, the Klang Gates Quartz ridge is the largest dike of pure quartz in the world. Enjoy looking at it from afar, or enjoy nature as you trek up to the top. Don’t forget to soak in and experience the views of the city from the top.
Bagan Lalang Coastal Beach
Possibly the best beach in Selangor, surround yourself with tiny crabs on the muddy flats at the Bagan Lalang Beach, situated along the Southwestern coastline of Malaysia. If you like, you can stay in a luxurious sea villa built on stilts, over the Straits of Malacca.
Carey Island / Mah Meri Cultural Village
Located on Pulau Carey island, the Mah Meri Cultural Village packs a whole day of activities for you to learn about their unique culture. From leaf origami to wood-carving, you can even try on Mah Meri traditional costumes to get a feel of how the indiginous people lived, and even participate in a traditional wedding ceremony!
Sungai Chiling (Chiling Waterfall)
Branded as Selangor’s most impressive waterfall, wade across the Chiling River 5 times before you see the series of 3 falls pour into the pool below. Stop for a picnic there to enjoy the view, and don’t forget to look out for the Raja Brooke Birdwing butterflies and other interesting flora and fauna.
Sepang International Circuit
Speed fanatics will want to stop by here to get on the racetrack. Learn how Formula 1 races are managed, and get your picture taken where race legends celebrate their victories! If you have a feel for all things vintage, visit the automobile museum and see collections of cars that date all the way back to 1904.
How to Get There
Travelling to Selangor is convenient as it is easily accessible from all major cities and all parts of the country.
There are three airports in the state. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the main gateway into Selangor and the country. The national carrier, Malaysia Airlines, operates from here. The budget carrier AirAsia operates from KLIA2, which is situated about 1.5km away from the Main Terminal Building. Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary, Firefly, operates from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.
The nation’s largest port, Port Klang, offers ultra- modern facilities. It is complemented by Northport and Westport, which offer sophisticated berthing facilities. The exclusive cruise terminal in Pulau Indah welcomes passengers arriving via the Star Cruises luxury liner. Passengers from Indonesia arrive at the Passenger Cruise Terminal (PCT), situated at South Point.
Visitors from Thailand and Singapore can make use of the Keretapi Tanah Melayu or KTM Railway services.
An excellent network of roads provides easy access to any destination within the state. Selangor is also linked to Singapore, Thailand and all parts of Peninsular Malaysia via a system of tolled highways.
How to Get Around in Selangor
Use the taxi or Grab service to get around. It is affordable and generally reliable. Do note that taxi drivers may sometimes refuse to use the meter. If that happens, book a Grab to get you where you need to go, or just wave another taxi down.
Where to Stay in Selangor
Because there are many things to do in all corners of Selangor, consider staying in resorts at the fringes where nature abouts, or in the city centre at KL if you want to explore urban areas. Alternatively, book a hotel room in KL as the base, and explore different parts of Selangor from there. Hotel options abound for all price ranges in the city, so look out for bargains from luxury options if you can!
What to Eat in Selangor
Selangor is considered a food heaven, for its wide array of cuisines and local food. Besides the international offers that you can find in the upmarket areas, try out some of the local gems including Roti Canai and all its variants like “Roti Michael Jackson” “Roti Hawaii”.
Also, don’t miss the spicy and mouthwatering variants of Assam Fish Head, Chili Crab, Laksa, and Char Kway Teow. The Apam Balik Cheese & Ham pancake is also delicious in every bite. Don’t forget to try a plate of Yong Tau Fu from Ampang, Chili Pan Mee, Bak Kut Teh, Nasi Lemak, Hokkien Mee, or simply a serving of curry rice served on a banana leaf!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Selangor
Selangor is one of the 13 States of Malaysia. It also contains the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya within its borders. It is also known by its honorific name in Arabic, Darul Ehsan, which means “abode of sincerity”.
What is Royal Selangor
Royal Selangor is the largest manufacturer and retailer of pewter in the world. Pewter is an alloy of tin and other metals. Royal Selangor makes pewter jewellery and ornaments that you can purchase.
What is Smart Selangor
Smart Selangor is an initiative spearheaded by the Government to have Selangor become a Smart State by 2025. This is accomplished by the integration of essential services such as the rail and bus transport system with mobile apps to facilitate convenient living. Even wet market purchases such as vegetables can be purchased and delivered to your doorstep from your computer or mobile.
Where is Selangor
Selangor is in the Central region of Peninsular Malaysia, along the west coast bordering the Indian Ocean.
Is Kuala Lumpur in Selangor
The city of Kuala Lumpur is a federal territory, which means that it is not governed as part of Selangor. However, it lies geographically within the state of Selangor. Kuala Lumpur used to be part of Selangor until 1974 when it gained its unique status.