Home to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the country's main entry point, and Port Klang, the largest port in Malaysia.There is an extensive network of highways and expressways (toll) in the state, making all parts of Selangor easily accessible.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital, and Putrajaya, the federal administrative capital, lie within the bounds of the state, further enhancing the touristic appeal of Selangor.
The magnificent Kota Darul Ehsan Arch along the Federal Highway welcomes visitors driving into the state. This Moorish-styled arch is the state's most distinguishing landmark, erected to mark the ceding of Kuala Lumpur to the Federal Government in 1974.
Selangor dazzles with a fascinating variety of attractions. Its flourishing urban centres, such as Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Sunway and the royal town of Klang abound with modern facilities, from excellent healthcare institutions, international colleges to huge shopping malls and recreational centres.
Shah Alam, Selangor's capital, has the distinction of being a well-planned township which harmonizes nature with modernity. Here, residential areas and commercial centres are set amidst lush landscapes and a sprawling lake.
Away from the urban centres, refreshing scenes of rural villages and serene coastlines begin to unfurl. This exciting state is also the venue of world-class sporting events such as the Formula One Grand Prix and F1 Powerboat World Championship.
History-lovers will be enchanted by Selangor's colourful past, rich with the glorious days of its tin mining industry and the splendour of its royal household.
Showcasing a wealth of attractions such as diverse cultures, unique places of interest, historical landmarks and sumptuous culinary delights, Selangor is indeed a never-ending discovery.
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[ GETTING THERE ]
BY BUS :
Selangor is accessible internationally through Port Klang and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport. The North-South Highway provides convenient access to Selangor from Thailand, Singapore and all parts of the peninsula. Buses are also a practical way of getting about within Selangor, with bus stations at all main towns, including:
Kuala Kubu BaruTaxis and buses from Kuala Lumpur can also be boarded at the Puduraya and Klang bus-stations there.
[ SELANGOR ATTRACTIONS ]
♥ Agricultural Park (Taman Pertanian Bukit Cahaya) ♥
Malaysian Agricultural Park , the only agro-forestry park around, is located in Shah Alam and the rain forest spans up to 1290 hectre. The park is unique because
People come here to either explore, or for recreation. One of the many reasons to why the park is visited by many is because of the many activities that is in store for the visitors. Services provided are live demonstrations, cultural exhibits, accomodation, permanent displays and descriptions, and activities for educational purposes.Families and friends come her to relax, or to enjoy a picnic.
Own Transport : From Kuala Lumpur or Klang, take the exit on the Federal Highway to Shah Alam town and follow the road signs to the park.
Melawati Hill is located in the coastal town of Kuala Selangor, a 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur. In the late 18th Century, the second Sultan of Selangor had a fortress constructed on Melawati Hill to protect the state from intruders.The hill provided a vantage point to monitor ships in the Straits of Malacca. Even with a strategic hold, the Melawati Fort yielded to the Dutch cannons.
It was again destroyed during the Selangor Civil War, when warring factions fought for tin-rich lands. All that remains of the fort now are its cannons, its original foundation stones and fabled execution block. The landscaped hill offers a panoramic view of the Selangor coastline.
Visitors will be delighted to watch the free-roaming Silverleaf Monkeys in the area. The adults are dark-haired with a tinge of silver, while the young ones are a bright orange. Gentle and adorable, they graciously wait for bread or fruits from visitors, unlike the mischievous Long Tail Macaques.
Other attractions here are a lighthouse, a royal mausoleum and a quaint rest house.
♥ Batu Caves ♥
Located in a limestone outcropping 15 km north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Selangor.This famous destination draws people from all over the world during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. It consists of three big caves, including the main temple-cave which features ornate Hindu shrines.
Scaling the 272 steps leading up to the temple is one of the highlights of a visit to Batu Caves. Nearby is the Ramayana Cave where evocative scenes of Indian epic myths are artistically painted along its walls. This massive limestone hill is also a popular spot for rock climbing.
♥ Keris Monument ♥
A silver coloured Keris monument stands tall along Federal Highway towards Port Klang, welcoming those just entering Klang town.
The monument was erected to commemorate the silver jubilee of the Sultan of Selangors installation during the Jubli Perak celebration in 1985.
Located just around the corner of the Klang municiple council, this specially designed memorial depicts the Keris Semenanjung which symbolises power, unity and strength, and as a symbol of power of the Malay royal embassy.
The firefly colonies of Kampung Kuantan and Kampung Bukit Belimbing are amongst the most popular tourist attractions in Selangor.You will be amazed at the spectacular light displays from these unique insects - millions of them - which lived on the berembang trees that grow along Kuala Selangor's riverbanks.
Boats can be hired at the Kampung Kuantan jetty for these nocturnal tours. The skilled local oarsmen make this experience a memorable and unforgettable one.The Firefly Park Resort in Kampung Bukit Belimbing offers visitors an opportunity to view the enchanting display as well as enjoy a night's stay at the available chalets.
♥ Kota Darul Ehsan ♥
The beauty of Kota Darul Ehsan lasts even after the sun sets, as bright lights shine and illuminates the royal gold colours and leaves a beautiful effect on the landmark.
With a temperature of between -10°C to -15°C, this 10,000 sq ft Snow House is the first winter wonderland in Malaysia. Filled with interesting learning facts and fun excitement, this is certainly an amazing experience.
The open-air Musical Fountain theater can accommodate 4,000 spectators at any one time. Incorporating light, musical and water, the “water dance” is a spectacular sight.
There are various kinds of animals scattered around in the park. They are shown in different forms, either lives ones or as statue, some of which are lit. The White Kingdom within the Animal Kingdom houses some of the rare albino species such as the tigers, peacocks and parrots.
If the popular west coast beach resorts are a bit too crowded for you, you might find Morib, located at the southern end of the Selangor state, more appealing.Approximately 1 1/2 hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur, it is the perfect place for some quiet, peaceful relaxation.
Surrounded by whispering casuarinas and swaying palms, you can comb the beaches of Morib during low tide, searching for seashells or watch small crabs scuttle away and disappear into the sand. You can even spread out a mat and settle down to a picnic lunch beside a shady casuarina grove.
For history lovers Morib is also home to a wealth of historical sites. There are the ruins of old government buildings and the royal graves at Jugra, including an abandoned palace from the 1800's. Allied Forces also landed on this stretch of beach in September 1945, marking the end of the Japanese Army's occupation of Malaya.
Those who wish to spend the night can seek accommodation at nearby Hotel Sri Morib.
Getting There :
Morib is accessible from Kuala Lumpur by the Federal Highway or the North Klang Valley Expressway via Klang. From Klang, proceed to Banting before reaching Morib.
To reach Morib by bus, you should board a Kuala Lumpur-Banting bus from the Klang Bus Station in Kuala Lumpur. From Banting, take another bus or taxi plying the Morib route.
The zoo features about 400 species of Malaysian and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds. Of these, most are fish and bird and about a hundred are mammals and reptiles. Its aquarium "Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquarium" is a very popular attraction.
Numerous paths wind between wooded groves and tree-lined enclaves where the animal enclosures are located. Among the more exotic exhibits are the Sumatran tiger, orang-utans, and gibbons. All are extremely rare outside of this part of the world.
To get there, take a taxi or go by the Putra Line subway. Tickets cost RM10. Please note that all shows are subject to cancellation without prior notice.
A training session will be held if a show is cancelled.
North of Pulau Carey is the island of Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) with its picturesque coastal fishing villages built on stilts.
Pulau Ketam is a great place to savour a variety of seafood specialties, in particular the curry crab. Fishing and bird-watching tours are available.Home stays in a 'kelong house', two or three kilometres offshore, are also available.
With a manmade lake in the Shah Alam Lake Gardens, surrounded by vast, landscaped gardens, it is the perfect place to hold events such as the International Boat Show and the Selangor Orchid Exhibition.
♥ State Mosque ♥
It is also the largest mosque in Malaysia and one of the largest in South East Asia. It was completed in 1988 and officially opened on the 11th of March of the same year.With its large blue and white dome, it is actually one of the biggest dome in the world.
After Shah Alam was declared the capital state of Selangor ( Kuala Lumpur became the Federal Territory of Selangor instead) in 1974, the idea to build a mosque to represent Shah Alam sparked. The Sultan wanted the mosque to have a traditional identity. The location has to be right as well, as it needs to be at a quiet and serence place.
At Jeffrey's Bay, surf the waves at raging heights of up to eight feet, in the world's largest man-made surf wave pool, with a spectacular backdrop of Asia's first man-made erupting Volcano! Then, take a journey along the majestic Elephant Walk, where life-sized elephant sculptures guard a magnificent lake.
After a day of hardcore fun and excitement, step into the happening Zulu Walk. Don't be surprised to find a fire-eater around the corner or African tribal dancers welcoming you.A wild African adventure awaits for those who dare! You have to see it to believe it.
Get wet on the exhilarating Niagara Falls Flume Ride or be swirled around the raging waters of the Grand Canyon River Rapids. For the fearless, feel the world going upside down as you experience the 360-degree swings of the Tomahawk.
Not forgetting fun rides for the whole family like the Buffalo Bill Coaster, Apache Pots, Butch Cassidy's Trail and many more. So, take a walk on the wild side and you never know what you may encounter.
Designed to resemble a humble African village in the middle of nowhere, a number of creative techniques have been employed by the experts to ensure that there are enough things in this little playpen to keep the kids busy for hours to come. A selection of water guns and tip buckets line the posts along with some slides. A very large tip bucket at the top of the architecture showers torrents of water down on laughing children like a mini waterfall, whilst a mother hippopotamus and her baby wade in the knee-high pool to accompany them. A lone Masai warrior stands intimidating by the entrance as if to safeguard the children whilst they have fun.
"It's an adventure t' remember, and t' first 100 brave souls t' survive t' ride will walk away with a certificate t' prove it."
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By Suet Teng , 5 Alpha