Selangor is the state which surrounds the Kuala Lumpur territory and is the richest in Malaysia. This isn’t just with the economy but also in beautiful natural surroundings and fantastic cultural attractions to visit. If you’re passing through Malaysia and have a layover in Kuala Lumpur, it’s definitely worth exploring Selangor.
Kuala Lumpur is an exciting hub in the centre of Southeast Asia, and many visitors stop for a layover here on the way to other nearby counties such as India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, and many more. Malaysia is a spectacular country in itself to visit as well, however, and the state of Selangor boasts a number of natural, historical, and cultural sights. Here are a few examples of what you can visit while exploring Selangor, Malaysia.
Shah Alam is the state capital whereas the royal capital is Klang. Both have a fantastic array of sights to see. One of the most popular attractions in Shah Alam is i-City. The most impressive features include an indoor snowpark and a spectacular outdoor digital lights display. You can find out more from the official website. i-City is just one example of how upmarket Selangor has become. The main cities in Selangor are also up and coming in the real estate market, and many people are interested in a cyberjaya house for rent or other towns well connected to Kuala Lumpur.
The Batu Caves are one of the most famous sights to see in Malaysia. They’re a series of caves and temples situated in a limestone hill in Gombak, Selangor. The caves are home to several Hindu shrines which are also a place of pilgrimage particularly during the Thaipusam festival. Visitors undertake a strenuous 272 step climb to the top of the caves. At the bottom, you can find a museum and art gallery with artefacts and statues and see the impressive Lord Murugan 42.7m gold-painted statue.
Klang Gates Quartz Ridge
Selangor is also rich in nature reserves and has plenty of areas for hiking and outdoor activities. Klan Gates Quartz Ridge is protected by WWF Malaysia and offers mountain hikes with fantastic views of Kuala Lumpur. The Klan Gates Quartz Ridge is the longest quartz formation in the world and stretches over 14km. It’s also home to some rare species of animals.
Forest Research Institute of Malaysia
The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia, or FRIM, a huge nature reserve that also offers tours explaining its important conservation work. Its main attraction has got to be the canopy walkway suspension bridge, also a must-see if you’re visiting Selangor. The bridge is not for the faint-hearted but it gives a bird’s eye view of the rainforest below.
Bukit Broga, also known as Broga Hill is one of Selangor’s boldest mountain trails and is ideal for hikers. It’s only 400m but can be steep in parts, so be careful, however, the terrain is not too dangerous. You’ll get lovely views from the top, so it’s well worth a bit of a climb. There’s even a coconut stall at the end of the descent so you can get a refreshing drink afterwards.
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Sunway Lagoon is a theme park with it all, a water park, amusement park, wildlife park, extreme park, and a scream park. What is an extreme park or a scream park you ask? The Sunway Lagoon extreme park is built for adrenaline junkies including attractions such as bungee jumping, go-karting, and paintballing. Be very afraid as you enter the scream park with its terrifying action-scare extravaganza. Actors and special effects recreate scenes from various movies and there are special events for Halloween.
If you’d prefer something a little more relaxing, then you’re in luck as there are also hot springs in Selangor. There are a number of natural springs with therapeutic benefits that are heated from underground. The Hulu Tamu hot springs, for example, also give visitors the chance to pass through traditional Selangor villages as well as rubber and oil palm plantations, and local orchards.
Kanching Falls is another beautiful natural body of water. You’re able to swim amidst the rainforest in the pools of the stunning waterfalls. There’s also plenty of surrounding jungle for those who would like to do a bit of trekking. If not, you could simply take a picnic for the afternoon and relax.
The historic town of Kuala Selangor is a hidden gem that’s probably most famous for monkeys and fireflies. There are, in fact, plenty of cool and interesting attractions in Kuala Selangor for visitors to see. These include the ruins of the Tanjong Keramat Fort, the Makam Keramat Anak Dara shrine, and the town’s most famous landmark, the Kuala Selangor Lighthouse.
The town is known for being home to some furry residents, the silver leaf monkeys. Their babies are actually a golden orange colour and they’re not shy of humans at all, so keep your snacks safe. After dark, you can also take a boat out from one of the firefly resorts to spot these amazing glowing insect illuminations. This is one of the few regions in the world where fireflies gather in such large numbers.
Bukit Jugra is another historic town surrounded by nature. Many visitors climb Jugra hill to see spectacular views of Langat River and Carey Island, or even to go paragliding off the top. In the old town, there are also plenty of museums displaying artefacts from its fascinating history. Its stately buildings, bridges, and monuments give it an old-world charm.
Jugra also has several hiking trails and you can try your hand at paragliding off the base of the lighthouse. It’s also a popular stopover to sample the traditional food “beggar’s chicken” which is an ancient Chinese dish of whole baked chicken wrapped in lotus leaves. There’s truly something for everyone and likewise in the rest of Selangor. It’s definitely worth more than a layover if you have time.