Rich in art, culture and history, Selangor boasts of modern architecture alongside traditional Malay buildings, creating a visually delightful blend of cityscapes. The people are similarly a unique blend of cultures adding to the diversity of the state. Selangor is currently the richest, most industrialized and most urbanized of all the Malaysian states as reflected in its rapid development. Nevertheless Selangor still retains its natural beauty, historical influences and wide cultural diversity which make it a unique destination for visitors.
Selangor has been called the gateway of Malaysia. It is also the industrial hub of Malaysia; the country’s largest industrial site is located in Shah Alam, the states capital, just 25 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur. It is the most populous state in the country with a total population of 2.7 million inhabitants. Despite being industry-based, the state is blessed with natural forests, waterfalls, hills, and lakes to complement its many man-made attractions.
Located on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia and covering 8,000 square kilometers, Selangor is bounded on the north by Perak, on the east by Pahang and Negeri Sembilan, and on the west by the Straits of Malacca.
Selangor’s climate is characterized by a warm, sunny days, and cool nights all year round and occasional rain in the evenings. Temperature ranges from 23 to 33 degrees celcius. Humidity usually exceeds 80%. Annual rainfall is 2,670 mm. Although rain falls throughout the year, December to February are said to be the wettest months.
Zoo Negara (National Zoo) – is located in Hulu Klang, Selangor. Zoo Negara Malaysia is managed by the Malaysian Zoological Society, a non-governmental organization established to create the first local zoo for Malaysians. Zoo Negara is now 44 years old and has matured into a well-known zoo all around the world. It houses a total of over 5137 animals from 459 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
Travelling to Selangor is really easy and convenient as it has he most modern and comprehensive transport infrastructure of any state in Malaysia.
The nation’s largest port is Port Klang, with ultramodern Westport complementing the sophisticated berthing facilities in the area. Nearby is the Star Cruise terminal, which was built exclusively for the convenience of tourists arriving on cruise ships. Smaller single-facility jetties serve visitors from Dumai, Indonesia and the outlying local islands while private marinas welcome foreign guests who wish to berth their yachts in comfort and convenience.
The Kuala Lumpur International Airport at Sepang is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the world, and is sometimes viewed as an attraction in itself with the forest-style landscaping, numerous eateries and the world’s tallest control tower. The Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang caters mainly for domestic flights, as well as for flights to nearby regional destinations. Buses and taxicabs as well as self-drive rental car companies serve both airports.
Visitors can come in from Thailand or Singapore by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) services, while the convenient KTM commuter trains provide regular services to numerous towns within Selangor. The state can also be accessed from Kuala Lumpur by the Star and Putra Light Rail Transit services.
An excellent network of good roads takes the intrepid traveller to any destination within the state. Selangor is also linked to Singapore, Thailand and the rest of the peninsula by a system of new tolled highways that have all amenities a traveller could need including rest areas, restaurants, souvenir shops and even suraus where Muslims can perform their prayers. These roads include the PLUS North-South Highway, the LDP Puchong-Damansara Highway, The KESAS Shah Alam Expressway, the Karak Highway linking the East Coast, The New Klang Valley Expressway and the SPRINT Expressway into Kuala Lumpur, the Selayang-Kepong Highway, the BESRAYA Salak South Highway and the pioneer project of them all, the venerable Federal Highway.
ATTRACTIONS IN SELANGOR
Shah Alam, Selangor’s new capital, is a showpiece city and its careful planning is evident everywhere. It is dominated by the enormous minarets and gleaming blue dome of the State Mosque, Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah. The enormous aluminum dome is reputed to be among the largest in the Islamic world. Located halfway between Kuala Lumpur and Port Klang, the city is just 15 minutes from Subang Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Batu Caves is the most popular and visited cave in Malaysia. It is located about 13km away from Kuala Lumpur. These limestone caves is the site of the annual Thaipusam festival (Hindu festival), which attracts thousands of devotees and spectators. There are several caves within the Batu Caves complex and within is decorated with Hindu shrines. Outside the cave is the statue of Lord Murugan which stands at 42.7meters high. The statue cost 2.5million to built and took about 15 sculptors and many workers to complete. It is believed to be the second tallest Hindu God statue in the World. To reach the caves, you have to climb a steep flight of 272 steps.
2,000 meters above sea level, Genting Highlands, a magnificent city on the hilltop, is but a mere 50km from Kuala Lumpur. It offers a cool respite from the hustle and bustle of the city capital. Crisp invigorating mountain air complemented by majestic scenery spreads out before your eyes. Lush green tropical rainforest shrouded in a veil of perpetual mist makes it hard to believe that you are just minutes away from the sweltering equatorial heat and the ever dusty city. Here, consistent temperatures between 16 and 23 degrees provide natural air conditioning.
Genting Highlands Resort offers the bountiful harvest of nature together with a staggering potpourri of international standard facilities. Besides the cool air and scenic surroundings, this hilltop city also houses the country’s one and only casino. However, one should not underestimate its value as this casino has been featured in many films produced by Hong Kong, Taiwan, and even Hollywood. Besides the casino, this hilltop resort also has a theme park of its own and an entertainment center.
Sunway Lagoon is a former tin-mine that has been transformed into a major amusement park. Sunway Lagoon is a unique land of play and leisure that spans over 88 acres, giving it the capability to host events of any size. Visitors can stay at the 1,234 rooms at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa; or shop at the grand Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, all within the Sunway Integrated Resort City (SIRC).
Inside, is a magical kingdom of pure fun and excitement. Sunway Lagoon is divided into a world of five (5) themed parks : Water Park, Amusement Park, Wildlife Park, Extreme Park. This multi-park destination also boasts the World’s Largest Man-Made Sandy Surf Beach, the World’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge, Malaysia’s First Interactive Zoo, Asia’s Longest Flying Fox Trail and also Lynton V Harris’ Scream Park, a live interactive ‘scare’ attraction.
Sunway Lagoon won ‘Asia’s Best Attraction’, awarded by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) from 2007-2010. Sunway Lagoon is also the winner of the inaugural ‘Asia’s Best Waterpark 2010’ by IAAPA.
Snow in Malaysia? Yes, it’s possible. Take the kids to Snowalk at i-City for something completely different.
This is a technology park located on the outskirts of Shah Alam. At night the place comes alive with an amazing forest of man-made trees brightly illuminated with millions of colourful LED lights.
They call this the City of Digital Lights. For children it is a fairytale wonderland and even for middle aged guys like me the effect is very impressive.
Next to the forest of lights is Snowalk which is an indoor snow park where visitors can escape from the tropical heat for a while and experience 5 degree temperatures. For some Malaysians who have never seen snow before it is a novel experience. If you are from Canada or Russia you will be less impressed but it is still worth a visit.
Inside Snowalk you will find igloos, ice houses, slides, a mini-bobsled run, snowmen, ice penguins, a bar made of ice (no drinks served), various ice sculptures and plenty more LED lights. Warm jackets are provided (included in the entrance price). Trousers and boots can be rented at additional cost.
Back outside in the warm air there are other attractions at i-City. These include a reptile house, Laser Warzone (a laser tag game), amusement arcade/indoor funfair games,souvenir shops, food stalls, shops, a full size cinema screen (showing some Van Diesel film during our visit) and a range of restaurants.
There was a giant Christmas tree and a few reindeer made from LED lights and some Chinese New Year lanterns hung across the street all year round. It would definitely be best to visit this place at Christmas to soak up the seasonal atmosphere.
There is no entrance fee to see the City of Digital Lights.
For Snowalk, we paid RM25 per adult and RM20 per child. This fee includes rental of a jacket.
The attractions open at 7pm.
Closing time varies – 11pm Mon – Thu
- 1am weekends and public holidays
Sepang International Circuit
Also known as the Sepang F1 Circuit, this purpose built complex is located at Sepang, close to Kuala Lumpur international Airport and about 85km from KL city centre.
It hosts various events including Formula 1 (usually held in April), MotoGP, the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race, Malaysian Super Series, Sepang 1000km Endurance Race and Sepang Drag Battle.
Grandstands at the track side can accommodate 130,000 spectators. Even when no event is being staged, there are still fun things to do here. It has the best Go Kart circuit in Malaysia, designed by F1 track designer Hermann Tilke. The track, which is made of the same surface as the F1 circuit, is 1.2km long, 10m wide and has 11 demanding bends.
The go kart track is open daily from 10am to 6pm (night racing is planned in future). A 10 minute free and easy karting experience in a 200cc kart is enough to complete 7 or 8 laps and costs RM40.
It is better to book in advance to avoid a wasted journey. Groups of 10 people or more can enjoy race conditions lasting 45 – 60 minutes at a cost of RM150 per person.
The minimum age for go karting is 13 years old. Riders are required to wear shoes (not flip flops/sandals) and long trousers.
Sepang F1 Circuit also houses the National Automobile Museum. This is a modest sized museum displaying a number of vintage cars such as MG, Alvis, Aston Martin, E-type Jaguar and showcases some Malaysian manufactured brands including the retro-styled Bufori.
Admission to the museum is free.
Kota Darul Ehsan Arch
Kota Darul Ehsan Arch is a huge marble arch which stands over the highway into Petaling Jaya. It was erected to mark the handing over of KL to the Federal Government and Construction started in 1974 bust was only opened in 1981.
This magnificent arch features a blend of Malay design elements with traditional Moorish architectural style. Kota Darul Ehsan was built to commemorate the ceding of Kuala Lumpur to the Malaysian government by the Sultan of Selangor. The massive arch is flanked by ancient Selangor cannons and spans the highways at the point they cross from the Selangor state border into Kuala Lumpur.
Zoo Negara (National Zoo)
Zoo Negara (National Zoo) is located in Hulu Klang, Selangor. Zoo Negara Malaysia is managed by the Malaysian Zoological Society, a non-governmental organization established to create the first local zoo for Malaysians. Zoo Negara is now 44 years old and has matured into a well-known zoo all around the world. It houses a total of over 5137 animals from 459 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
The Mines Wonderland
The Mines Wonderland is located at Sungei Besi, the Mines is a modern recreational park, a place for a family holiday.Built on the site of what was once the world’s largest opencast tin-mining lake. Its attractions are both natural and man-made. The theme-park offers water sports, rides, an ice-skating rink and restaurants. The park is flanked by a golf course, two hotels and a shopping center. The most famous of these is the Musical Fountain, which emits enormous multicolored sprawls of water carefully coordinated to harmonize with accompanying music.
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