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FRESH TRAVEL PLANS: IT’S TIME TO SEE SELANGOR - It’s always a great time to make plans to travel. It’s no secret that discovering new places are a great way to experience a variety of cultures, traditions, and, you’ll return home feeling rejuvenated, wanting to plan your next getaway. Whether you’re after a two-week escape, or you want to enjoy an extended adventure, the fun part is deciding on where to head. Southeast Asia is always a popular destination with travelers and holidaymakers alike; Malaysia being one of its gems. With a rich mixture of history and cultural influences, not to mention the array of environments and terrains it houses; Malaysia boasts something for every visitor, no matter what they want from their getaway. Malaysia is so vast and full of things to see and do if you’re planning on making it your next destination; it’s worth narrowing down where you want to explore (on your first visit, anyway).
Selangor isn’t always first in mind when thinking of places to enjoy during your time in Malaysia; however, it’s a destination worth considering, for a variety of positive reasons. Firstly, you may not have heard of the state, but, you’ll definitely have heard of what it surrounds; the bustling, modern city of the country’s capital; Kuala Lumpur. You’ll likely to fly into this vibrant city, so why not stick around, and enjoy what it, and the rest of the exciting state, has to offer. The beauty of nature, historical character, and, the excitement of city life all combine in Selangor to ensure that anyone who arrives is in no rush to leave. Again, with so much to experience, it’s worth narrowing down your options and planning your escape in advance of your landing. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those who have decided on a state escape, and are planning to make the most of Selangor, Malaysia.
Part of greater Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya is a bustling city, where you’ll find plenty of attractions and things to do. It’s also the only city with a direct link to the capital, making it a popular destination with those who have already enjoyed what Kuala Lumpur has to offer but want to be able to access it with ease. Considered the most important and popular city in Selangor; Petaling Jaya is definitely one to pop on your list. For those wanting some fun, the Sunway Lagoon is a theme park for kids of all ages; head there first thing in the morning, make the most of the rides, waterpark, and games, before heading out for some food in the city center.
You’ll be able to make the most of the various districts; with plenty of shopping options, places to eat, and an array of destinations to unwind; the city offers-up whatever it is you’re after. You can book into one of the many hotels; there’ll be something to suit every budget. For longer stays, it could be worth checking out places like Maisson Ara Damansara so that you’ll have a serviced apartment to enjoy, and a great base to rest your head after busy days and nights. You can then head out for a variety of food; it really is foodie heaven, with all the influences you’d expect to find in a bustling part of Malaysia.
Book into an escape room at The Curve, or why not try out your climbing skills upon the climbing wall in the Camp 5 Climbing Gym. These are great things to keep you occupied, especially if your Selangor adventure is going to be longer than your average holiday. It’s always worth making plans, booking tables, and buying tickets so that each moment is a great one. There’s even scuba diving at Sealantis Dive Center; perfect for washing away the hustle and bustle you’ve been enjoying as you’re exploring the many streets of the planned town.
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Kuala Selangor is a hidden gem that’s popular with anyone who discovers it. It’s where nature, history, and charming character, combine to create a destination that’s idyllic to explore, so you’ll want to get hold of a map, and maybe a local, to help you find the best parts. It’s known for its historical ruins and temples, and more specifically, the residents of these; the monkeys. These cheeky inhabitants will keep you entertained for hours, and will certainly create plenty of great photo opportunities. The silver leaf monkeys frequent the roadside, buildings, and trees, and you’ll be able to purchase some food for them, from dedicated street vendors. They’re quite used to human visitors, and always welcome some fresh fruit to nibble on, when posing for your Instagram.
Close to the mouth of Selangor River, is the Tanjong Keramat Fort, these ruins are a must-see for history enthusiasts, and you’ll be able to learn about Sultan Ibrahim and stand where the structure once stood tall. For more ancient tales, and beautiful, aged structures, head to Makam Keramat Anak Dara, and make the most of the shire there. There are plenty of similar sites to enjoy and explore, so make sure you’re camera-ready and have shoes for walking and climbing. You’ll need all your stamina to fully appreciate what this exciting, historic town has to offer. Only an hours drive from Kuala Lumpur, you can plan to stay within Kuala Selangor, or head from the capital and return within the day; it depends on your style of adventuring.
For those that want more of a traditional city setting; Shah Alam boasts a plethora of shopping malls, places to eat and drink, and a variety of recreational areas. Well connected to the other cities and destinations in Selangor, you’ll have no problems trying to access Shah Alam, and visiting surrounding areas will be a breeze. The Blue Mosque is a must-see; as the state mosque of Selangor, it’s one of the most significant tourist attractions you’ll find on your adventure. It’s the country’s largest mosque, and with a beautiful blue and silver dome; it’s a must for those who want to fill the camera or phone with incredible travel photographs and imagery.
The Shah Alam Agricultural Park is a quick 20-minute journey from the center, and you’ll find a tropical rainforest there, and multiple attractions. Something a little different from the array of shopping malls you’ll have shopped within, the park provides you with a different pace and atmosphere. Whether ornamental and spice gardens are your thing, or you fancy a day or two of cycling around nature; you won’t be stuck for an outdoor fix once you arrive. You can then head back to one of the many restaurants in central Shah Alam, like Section 7, Bangkok House, or Kites Restaurant. Book your tables in time so that you don’t suffer any disappointment or hunger!
The former capital of Selangor, the royal town of Klang has plenty for visitors to enjoy. Whether you want to look at art within one of the galleries, check out some history in a museum, or can’t wait for a jaunt through the shopping mall; Klang will provide you with a great escape. You’ll even find an indoor roller coaster at Berjaya Times Square, ensuring the destination provides plenty of surprises.
Whatever it is that you choose to do on your Selangor adventure, make sure you plan ahead, and don’t just stick to the obvious and major attractions; although, these are well worth the effort too.