Welcome to Selangor! A state with a tagline that goes “Selangor Has More”. Unfortunately, just like some other states in Malaysia, we are unable to explain how Selangor was named after. But yet, there are myths behind about a warrior who was on the way to go north who was disturbed by an animal named “langau” while resting on a river bank. He was defeated and due to this animal, the place was named after it “Se-langau” which were then replaced to Selangor.
Upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, one may not realise that the location is actually in Sepang, Selangor despite of the name ‘Kuala Lumpur’. In our opinion, Selangor is quite humble in its appearance despite contributing the largest economy GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for Malaysia.
Three most religious places that anyone could visit in Selangor would be Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple for Buddhist’s, Batu Caves for Hindu’s and the Blue Mosque for Muslim’s. Structures and designs of the holy places are designed in a stunning architectures and beauties. Of course the numbers of worshippers and visitors will hike during the holy festive seasons during Chinese New Year and Muslim Hari Raya but Batu Caves attracts the most up to 1.5 million of devotees and visitors every year during the Thaipusam celebrations despite its 272 steps to reach the top.
For nature and birdwatching lovers, visiting FRIM for a short hike is quite enjoyable. It would take forever to cover the 600 hectares of land for a short visit but escaping the bustling city for a 2 hours hike on the canopy walk would be really awesome especially tourists coming from Europe, North America, Middle East and also Australia. But we do require you to be fit before hiking.
There are some stunning and chilling waterfalls for those who prefers swimming rather than hiking but it is filled with locals most of the times and it has very limited pool space making it look overcrowded during weekends. For photographers, it would be best to come on weekdays to places such as Kanching Waterfalls, Serendah Falls or maybe Gabai Falls. Do ensure to engage a nature guide to avoid missing your ways to the waterfalls though.
During the evening, our best suggestions to do in Selangor would be a quick stop at Bukit Malawati to feed the tame monkeys, you will be amazed how tame they are and continue to enjoy the glittering fireflies in Kuala Selangor. Enjoy the boat ride along the riverbanks of Kampung Kuantan to see the magnificent lights of these tiny creatures.
If you still do not have enough of Selangor, consider to have unlimited fun with your whole family at the famous water and themepark in Selangor, the Sunway Lagoon. Attractions includes the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon, Amusement, Water and even Scream Park which you might want to avoid for weak hearted people. Those who love high adrenaline rush could try out the white water rafting in Kuala Kubu Bharu or probably ATV ride in Kemensah Heights. It is exciting, thrilling and adventurous.
Or maybe, visit the Crab Island and eat fresh seafood cooked in local cuisine meals. That would be super yummilicious! Check out the crabs, fish and even oysters as they are all fresh and delicious. Best thing to do in Asia is to definitely try the fresh seafood if you have the chance 🙂
When would be the best time to visit Selangor? A good time to avoid would probably be between November to February as these are considered to be the wettest month for Selangor.