Monday, May 10, 2010

Selangor

[ INTRODUCTION ]
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.

[ LOCATION MAP ]

[ 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:
1.Shah Alam
2.Klang
3.Petaling Jaya
4.Kuala Selangor
5.Kajang
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.

How to get there :
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 / Bukit Melawati, Kuala Selangor ♥

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.

♥ Kampung Kuantan Fireflies or "Kelip-kelip" ♥

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 ♥

Kota Darul Ehsan, one of the most distinguished landmark in Selangor was erected to commomerate the sacrifice of the Sultan of Selangor, who long ago, ceded Kuala Lumpur to the Federal Government.
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.

♥ Kuala Selangor Nature Park ♥
Kuala Selangor Nature Park , also known as Taman Alam, is a sanctuary for many different types of flora and fauna. Kuala Selangor Nature Park is situated at the mouth of Selangor River. The lake in the Kuala Selangor Nature Park is manmade, and is controlled via sluice gates.
The Kuala Selangor Nature Park is the home of mangroves(spans up to 800 acres!) and mudflats. Wildlife such as otters, leopard cat, silvered leaf monkey, mudskippers, king crabs and 156 species of birds can be spotted in the park. Nordman Greenshank, one of rarest birds around can be found here as well.
Chalets and kitchen facilities are available as we!! And food is not allowed to be eaten outside their chalet.
♥ The Mines Wonderland ♥
Built around a former mining-pool, the Mines Wonderland is an exciting theme-park with watersports, amusement rides, a winter-house with snow as well as restaurants and various other facilities. At night, glittering floats parade on the lake while a stunning laser and multimedia presentation entertains and mesmerises visitors. The Mines Wonderland is a popular attraction for visitors of all ages.
Ice Factory
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.

Musical Fountain
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.
Animal Kingdom
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.
Light Fantasy On Water
A lakeside promenade with giant animated aquatic animals decorated with numerous multi-colored lights floats proudly on the lake.
Coin Garden
Dragon Sculptures

♥ Morib Beach ♥

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.

♥ National Zoo ♥
The Zoo Negara or National Zoo is situated 13 km from the centre of Kuala Lumpur, standing like an oasis amidst a concrete jungle. It was officially opened to the public in 1963.
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.
It displays over 80 species of aquatic animals, both marine and freshwater, including invertebrates.
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.
For an opportunity to watch nocturnal animals, visit the zoo on Saturday nights.
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.
♥ Crab Island / Pulau Ketam ♥

North of Pulau Carey is the island of Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) with its picturesque coastal fishing villages built on stilts.
It is blessed with bountiful fishing grounds and is popular among the locals for its superb seafood restaurants.
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.
♥ Shah Alam Lake Garden ♥
Shah Alam may be a busy, urban city, there is still a place for people to relax, and that place would be the Shah Alam Lake Gardens.
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.
If you're hungry, you can always head out to the floating seafood restaurant, and for other recreations head out to Wet World water theme park in this area. Don't forget to stop by at Laman Budaya culture centre as well.
♥ Shah Alam Stadium ♥
Within the central component of the Shah Alam Sports Complex is the Shah Alam Stadium. Since the official lauch on July 16 1994, the stadium has successfully played host to many events that includes both international and local sports events, tournaments, concerts and more.
The entire stadium spans an area of 155,000 square meter, with a massive 6 level semi-enclosed space with a total amount of 69,372 seats and additional 11,000 standing.
The stadium is the homeground for the Selangor soccer team and the venue for most FAM-organised matches. The stadium played host to the World Youth Championship matches in 1997.

♥ State Mosque ♥
Surrounded by the beautiful Shah Alam Lake Gardens, The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque, one of Shah Alam's most famous figure, is one of the symbols highlighting supremacy of the Islam and Muslim sovereignity in Malaysia.
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.
The Sultan, representing the religious head in Selangor, followed the sunnah(tradition) practised by the Prophet Muhammad and initiated the construction of this historic building.
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.
♥ Sunway Lagoon ♥
At SUNWAY LAGOON, you will find a host of added facilities and amenities to enhance your enjoyment. Information counters are located in all three parks to help you make your way around. Swimming apparel, toiletries and other necessities are available at various retail shops. Special lockers are made available so you can have fun without the hassle or worry over the safekeeping of your belongings.
Scream and splash your way into the "Waters of Africa"
Scream and splash your way into the Waters of Africa, the theme park's newest attraction. Dare to take a journey into the African wilderness with new, out-of-this-world thrilling and exciting water rides in Malaysia's only African-themed Water Park.
Outlast and outplay your friends in the Congo Challenge, Malaysia's only headfirst six-lane racer water ride. If that's not enough, brave the heights and speed of the intense Cameroon Climb. The first-in-the world double tube water ride that steeply drops two riders at one time from as high as 15 metres, and shoots them up again to a height of eight metres. Another ride that promises an unforgettable experience will be the gigantic African Pythons. Spin around in loops before being propelled out of gigantic tubes!
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.
WILD WILD WEST
Go back to the old frontier of cowboys and Indians when one enters the Wild Wild West land. Discover authentically-styled facades and totem poles which further enhance the feel of a cowboy town. Find yourselves in the company of roaming Apache Indians and saloon dancing girls, as you stroll along the streets of the Wild Wild West.
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.
World of Adventure
At the World of Adventure, find endless excitement and thrills. The World's Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge, measuring 428m in length, offers a breathtaking view of the whole Lagoon from a dizzying height. These are among many exhilarating rides and attractions that will guarantee a true adventure experience.
A New Experience in Sunway Lagoon Theme Park - Voodoo Adventure River
The adventure begins 20th August 2005. Be enchanted by the state-of-the-art characters. Voodoo, or juju, as it is known in West Africa, originated a few hundreds year ago among Yoruba people who live in an area comprising modern-day Togo, Benin, and parts of Nigeria. Followers of voodoo honors the spirit of rivers, they believed that the spirits of the river can protect them. Be mesmerized on the journey through the dark and mystic waters of a motif common to fairy tales and angelic characters with their inspirational words. This is a journey not to be missed. It is a journey to be remembered, a journey to be cherished.

KALAHARI KIDS
Today, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park can boast once more. Effective of mid-January 2005, the all-new Kalahari Kids has been launched. Having always been a theme park capable of supplying the entertainment appropriate to every age group and stand of society, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park does still set height regulations on selected faucets of the park for safety purposes. Thus, it is usually the children of the lower primary school age and below who sit out whilst the bigger kids have all the fun.
That is what Kalahari Kids is all about. A place that is constructed to specifically give the younger kids something to really dominate and call their own. Fenced in and set apart from the rest of the park, it is a very safe establishment and the kids can have a really peaceful time playing whatever suits their fancy.
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.
PIRATE'S REVENGE
"Ahoy!, buckos. Hold on't your stomachs as you take a spin in Sunway Lagoon's all-new Pirate's Revenge, Malaysia's first and only 360° rotatin' pirate ship.""Scream your hearts and guts out as t' ship swin's aaft and forth, higher and higher, on t' high seas before findin' yourself suspended upside down 24 metres above sea level!"
"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."
"So get down smartly t' Sunway Lagoon today."
♥ Sunway Pyramid ♥
Sunway Pyramid is a distinctive retail landmark located in the heart of Petaling Jaya. Since its opening in July 1997, it is Malaysia's first themed shopping and entertainment mall. Its investment cost to date stands at RM 450 million with a gross built-up of 2.5 million sq ft.
The mall's most easily recognised design is the Egyptian-inspired Pyramid with an eye-catching lion standing guard at the entrance. The rest of the building is embellished in the monumental style, complete with hieroglyphics decorating facades, along with numerous Pharonic statuaries.
Sunway Pyramid provides a rich variegated merchandising mix, with international and popular local brands. Visitors are in for a unique shopping adventure, all thanks to more than 350 specialty outlets. Be spoilt for choice when you visit our specialty outlets where you will find variety in fashion, accessories, shoes, jewellery, timepieces, music, videos, gifts, souvenirs, leathers, books, pharmacies, electrical products and a one-stop IT center.
At Sunway Pyramid, your shopping journey takes you around the world, all at the convenience of under one roof. Begin your excursion with the marvels of Europe such as MNG from Spain, Suzuya from Japan, Esprit from Hong Kong, NAF NAF from France and The Body Shop, Miss Selfridge, Hamster London and Topshop from Britain. Next, stop over at the land of freedom, USA, where you will find Calvin Klein Jeans, Guess?, Timberland, Dockers, Levi's, Nike, Adidas and Hush Puppies. From the world's largest continent, Asia, the mall dwells with prestigious brands such as G2000, U2, and Giordano. No shopping experience is complete without visiting internationally renowned homegrown brands; Royal Selangor, British India, SEED, Padini Authentics and many more .
For some entertainment and fun, the mall houses the 48-lane Pyramid Mega Lanes, which is also the venue and host to many international world class tournaments such as the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the Malaysian International Open Bowling Championships as well as the CGU Asian Bowling Tours organized by ESPN. There is also Pyramid Ice, which is Malaysia's largest indoor ice-skating rink, and host to the prestigious Skate Asia 2000, World Ice Hockey 5's tournaments and Skate Malaysia 2004 and 2005. In addition, the mall also accommodates a 10-screen Tanjong Golden Village Cineplex, and also a world-class exhibition and convention center.
Once your shopping is complete, Sunway Pyramid is an amazing place to eat. From intimate cafes serving snacks and pastries to casual dining restaurants, you will find a feast of culinary delights, both authentically Malaysian and from all around the globe. Take your pick at Genki Sushi, Waffles World, Bread Story, Secret Recipe or Auntie Anne's Pretzels for some light healthy treats, For the really hungry, drop by Ichiban Ramen, Laksa Shack or Pizza Hut. As for the gourmet connoisseurs, you will find a feast fit for a king at The Manhattan Fish Market, O’Viet Restaurant, Mantra Restaurant & Bar and Dusit Thai Restaurant. If you are short of time, McDonalds, KFC, A&W, Kenny Rogers Roasters, and Long John Silver's are strategically located around the mall for your convenience.
Straddling along the entrance of Sunway Pyramid is Oasis Boulevard, the mall's al-fresco dining paradise. Oasis Boulevard flashes a whole global retail concept that features a new cosmopolitan look. Shoppers can relax amidst the swaying palm trees, shady giant canopies and enjoy the yearlong summer sun while savoring cultural delights. Choose from a wide variety of princely fresh seafood, international and local favourites freshly baked homemade cakes, premium ice creams and the best coffee in town. Among the outlets that occupy the boulevard are Monte’s Restaurant, Penang Street, Fish & Co., Q-bar, Actually Thai Nudle Bar, Magical Theatre Restaurant, Sunshine Café, Kim Gary, Halo Café, Zen Japanese Restaurant, Red Box Karaoke, Uncle Lim’s Cafe, Café Flam Restaurant, Viking Hotdog, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Starbucks Coffee and Haagen Dazs.
Sunway Pyramid strives to provide innovativeness and service par excellence to the world. The awards won and accreditations accomplished speak for itself. Sunway Pyramid won The Best Shopping Centre Award 2000 by the Malaysian Chapter of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) and The Most Supportive Shopping Outlet 2004 (Shopping Complex) by Tourism of Malaysia. Sunway Pyramid also recently being honoured The Best Landscape and The Cleanliest Toilet by Subang Jaya Municipal Council. Sunway Lagoon Resort is the proud winner of the prestigious FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Award 2002 in the leisure category.
However, this is only part of the story; Sunway Pyramid is in fact a showcase 'component' of an even larger and more ambitious enterprise - Sunway Lagoon Resort - a world-class tourist and resort destination. Highlights include the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park (home to the world's largest Surf Pool and world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge); the luxurious 5-star Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel; the tourist hotel, Pyramid Tower Hotel; the world-class Sunway Pyramid Exhibition and Convention Centre; the integrated health specialist, Sunway Medical Centre; the prestigious Sunway University College; and the first foreign Monash University, Sunway Campus in Malaysia.
♥ Tin Museum ♥
The museum outlines the early history of Klang to its present state, with display of ethnographic materials and photographs.It is housed in an 1856 warehouse which belonged to Raja Abdullah bin Raja Jaafar, a royalty who played an important role in the history of early Klang.Today, Gedung Raja Abdullah proudly shelters the Klang Tin Museum, a structure deserving the honour to recount the past history of the once coveted tin. A delightfully informative museum.
You can simply wander in and immerse into the realm of days long gone. The exhibition on tin mining is superb and truly educational. Spend some time there and learn about things you would never have guessed. You will find unexpected gems and trivia. For instance, the first Europeans to soil their hands in tin in Malaya were actually the French!! .

By Suet Teng , 5 Alpha
10/5/10
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