Selangor Tourist Attraction
A holiday in Selangor promises non-stop fun, entertainment and adventure. This is one of the most prosperous and developed states in the country. Selangor is also known as the gateway to Malaysia’ because the main entry points are situated within the state.
Its flourishing urban centres such as Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Sunway and Klang abound with modern facilities, from excellent healthcare institutions, international colleges to huge shopping malls and recreational centres.
Experience the broad spectrum of attractions – marvel at the glow of fireflies, watch intriguing festivals, have a terrific time at the theme parks, go on a shopping spree or enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Kota Darul Ehsan Arch
One of the most distinguished landmarks in the state, Kota Darul Ehsan Arch marks the boundary between Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. It stands along the Federal Highway, welcoming visitors who are driving into the state. The Moorish-style arch was erected to mark the ceding of Kuala Lumpur to the Federal Government in 1974.
~ Before it was declared as a Federal Territory, Kuala Lumpur was part of Selangor. The construction of the arch was commissioned by the late Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, to mark this occasion.
One of the state’s best-kept secrets, the fireflies colonies at Kampung Kuantan and Kampung Bukit Belimbing are a rare natural phenomena. These tiny insects live on berembang (Sonneratia caseolaris) trees that grow in the brackish waters. Enjoy a boat ride along the river to watch this enchanting display. Accommodation Prior arrangements can be made through tour operators.
~ Kuala Selangor is one of the few places in the world where visitors can watch the synchronized flashing of the fireflies.
Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
This is the home of the world-renowned Royal Selangor pewter. It features interesting exhibits and interactive displays that will give an insight into the world of pewter.
- Go on a guided factory tour to see the various stages of pewter processing
- Join the School of Hard Knocks or The Foundry workshop to create your own souvenir.
- Take a photograph of the world’s biggest pewter tankard, cited in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1987
- Purchase pewter ware and beautiful silver jeweler
- Stand next to the two-storey high replica of the Petronas Twin Towers, made of 7.062 pewter tankards
~ Try creating your own pewter products. Join the School of Hard Knocks to make your own pewter dish or The Foundry to create pewter accessories.
Opening hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm daily
FRIM (Forest Research Institute of Malaysia)
Step into a natural enclave filled with Malaysia’s tropical flora and fauna. This 486ha reserve is ideal for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts FRIM is about 16km from Kuala Lumpur. Guides are required of jungle trekking and group entrance to Canopy Walkway (10 pax and above)
- Visit the herb gardens to view some 15,00 species of plants
- Enjoy the view from the 30m high canopy walkway
- Explore the nature trails and see the butterflies and birds
- Enjoy scenic view of shady trees, ponds and landscaped gardens
- Learn more about trees at the arboretums
Opening hours: 7.00am – 7.00pm
Bukit Melawati (Melawati Hill)
This ancient fort was constructed in the late 18th century during the reign of the second Sultan of Selangor. It later yielded to the Dutch cannons. The site is preserved with the original foundation stones, cannons as well as a fabled execution block. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the coastline from the hill.
What remains of the fortress today are some cannons, foundation stones, Poisoned Well and colonial houses. Other attractions at Malawati Hill include a light house, a royal mausoleum, a viewing tower, a museum, 200-year-old angsana trees and the monkeys.
This light house has 2 levels where the lower level consists of a twirl stell stairs from bottom to the top. The top level consists of a big rounded flat bulb which is lighted up from 7:00pm to 6:00am the next day. Visitors are not allowed to go into this light house except prior arrangements are made with the authorities.
Silver leaf Monkeys
Silver leaf Monkeys are also known as silvered langurs. There are quite a number of leaf monkey specie in tropical zones around the world and Bukit Melawati (Melawati Hill) is home for this particular species scientifically known as Trachypithecus cristatus of sub-family Cercopithecidae.
These leaf monkeys are docile and adorable creatures, and should not be mistaken with the fearless long-tailed macaques which often seen raiding opened dust bins and scampering kitchen for leftover food. Leaf monkeys, as the name would suggest, are arboreal or tree-dwelling. They feed on young leaves, tree shoots and wild fruits.
Kuala Selangor Historical Museum
The museum brings the historiography on the Kuala Selangor Selangor administrative center as well in sight of the earliest onset of Selangor sultanate institution founded by Raja Lumu (Sultan Salahuddin) in 1766. Exhibits the concept of ‘user friendly’ provides seven sections describe in chronological history of the Kuala Selangor District. Interactive exhibition techniques to use information kiosks, dioramas and audio-visual will help visitors understand the exhibits more easily and effectively.
Located in a limestone outcrop, Batu Caves is a unique and fascinating cave temple Batu Caves consists of three big caves, with the main cave housing ornate Hindu shrines. This destination draws a huge international crowd during Thaipusam, an annual festival which pays homage to Lord Muruga. A recent addition here is the 140-feet statue of Lord Muruga, which is visible from miles away. Batu Caves is about 13km north of Kuala Lumpur. It is easily accessible by the KTM Komuter train service. Alternatively, visitors can arrange a trip with their tour operators.
~ One of the highlights of a visit here is climbing the 272 steps leading up to the temple. Put your stamina to the test!
Zoo Negara (National Zoo)
Sprawled over 110 acres of land, Zoo Negara houses over 500 animal species. Explore the ‘Seven Wonders’ of the zoo which consist of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fishes, insects and flora. 90% of the animals are kept in spacious areas with landscaping that resembles their natural habitat. Spend the day observing tigers, lions, orang utans and many more Childen and adults alike will enjoy the animal shows and tram rides. Zoo Negara Malaysia is recognized as the largest zoo in the Malaysia Book of Records. It has also received 10 other recognitions in the field of wildlife breeding.
Opening hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm daily
Kuala Selangor Nature Park
This is a delightful place for nature enthusiasts. The secondary forest, brackish waters, mangrove area and mud flats are home to a wide range of plants and animals. Walk along the trails or go up the watch tower to spot monkeys, macaques or otters.
The park, as part of the Selangor River estuary, is home to a number of large bird species such as Milky Storks and herons as well as primates, namely silver leaf monkeys and macaques. The area was a breeding ground of an endangered Milky Stork species before the program was suspended. An abandoned aviary still stands in the middle of the park.
Opening hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm daily
Mah Meri Cultural Village
The Mah Meri is an indigenous community native to Carey Island. They are synonymous with their sculptured masks which are made as a tribute to their ancestors. These masks are handcrafted out of a rare, reddish swamp hardwood called Nyireh Batu. Every piece has a story behind it and is related to their ancestral legend. Carey Island is located along Selangor’s coastline, about 20 minutes drive from Klang. Carey Island is famed for its fresh seafood.
~ Authentic Mah Meri crafts which are purchased at the Cultural Village or National Museum bear the UNESCO Seal of Excellence and come with a certificate.
Hailed as’Asia’s best attrraction’, Sunway Lagoon offers five different theme parks in one location. Visitors of all ages can have an exciting time at the scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park or Wildlife Park and enjoy over 80 rides and attractions. Sunway Lagoon is situated just 15 minutes from Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: 10.00am – 6.00pm daily
I-City , City Of Digital Lights
Reputed to be the first light space tourist destination in Malaysia, I-City is a glittering theme park showcasing state-of-the-art LED technology. The area resembles a four – seasons park complete with beautiful lanterns and sculptures, Among the attractions here are the Snow Walk, a snow park that is spread over 50,000 feet with a temperature below 5o Celsius Visitors can try their hand at the snow games or walk around to experience the environment at the Artic. Another fun-filled attraction for the whole family is the theme park, which offers rides such as Pirate Ship, Super Swing, Space Walk and more. Other attractions include an amusement arcade, restaurants and souvenir shops.
~ The Trick Art Museum in i-City has been recognized by the Malaysia Book of Records as the first-of-its-kind in the country.
Sepang International Circuit
Dubbed ‘the Home of Motorsports’, this state-of-the-art circuit is the venue of the annual Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix. Other action-packed events here include the Malaysian Motorcyle Grand Prix and Japan GT. Sepang International Circuit is situated near to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
~ Sepang International Circuit is the only circuit in the world to have a double-frontage grandstand. It is also reputed to have one of the world’s most challenging tracks.