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Selangor has been called the gateway to Malaysia, given its strategic location to all major travel routes. The major airports, which are the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Sepang and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang are located in Selangor. It is also blessed with the biggest port in Malaysia, Port Klang. There is an extensive network of highways and expressways in the state, making travelling all over Selangor a wonderful experience.

Selangor is the most developed state in Malaysia and is still rapidly progressing, especially with the Federal Governments mega projects namely the Multi-media Super Corridor, the new administrative centre Putra Jaya and the KLIA. Best of all, Selangor is also the most fascinating and scenic tourist destination in Malaysia, providing visitors with a delightful, never-ending discovery.

 


The state capital of Selangor is just 25 kilometres south-west of Kuala Lumpur, along the Federal Highway. A well-planned and modern city, Shah Alam is the state administrative centre and encompasses suburbs, industrial areas and an urban centre in a spacious and pleasant arrangement.

State Mosque
The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. Frequently referred to as the "Blue Mosque" its minarets are the tallest in the world at 142.3 meters. Its graceful blue dome is one of the largest of its kind. Decorative Islamic calligraphy enhances the dome and main prayer hall, while the overall architecture integrates ethnic Malay design elements.

Shah Alam Lake Gardens
Site of many annual events, the Shah Alam Lake that graces the city centre is surrounded by landscaped gardens. A culture centre called Laman Budaya, the Wet World Water Park and the Shah Alam Gallery are within this area. Picnic and children's playground areas dot the well-kept parkland.

Wet World Water Park
This theme park is Shah Alam's latest attraction and is an ideal place for a family outing. Offering a wide variety of exhilarating water games, it has gained popularity among toddlers and youngsters.

Shah Alam Gallery
Situated at the Shah Alam Lake Gardens, the Shah Alam Gallery exhibits a wide collection of art, local handicraft and fabrics for viewing and for sale.

Sultan Alam Shah Museum
This blue-roofed State Museum in traditional Selangor architecture houses some of the finest displays in the country, providing visitors with an eye-opening look at the history, culture and heritage of Selangor.

State Monument
Located adjacent to the State Secretariat Building is the serene and lovely State Monument with a sweeping arch, reflecting pools and gold inscriptions on grey granite. It is a favourite location for shutterbugs and tourist because of its picturesque setting.

Gombak Shah Alam Sport Complex
Awarded the 1996 Best Sport Facility in Asia Award, the Shah Alam Sport Complex features one of the largest and most dynamic sports and entertainment complex in South East Asia. State-of-the-art facilities and a professional management team ensure that all events held here will be successful. SASC comprises the 70,000 seats Shah Alam stadium, an adjacent warm-up track and training field, a 12,000 capacity air-conditioned indoor stadium, and an Olympic standard swimming and diving centre.

Malaysia Agriculture Park
The Malaysia Agriculture Park at Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam (Shah Alam) is a vast complex of landscaped floral gardens, agriculture plots, orchards, lakes and dense jungle. Various facilities for accommodation and camping are available, and scenic trails form an irresistible attraction throughout the area.


 

 

Sunway Lagoon
The Sunway Lagoon is a former tin mine that has been transformed into a major theme park not only in Selangor, but also Malaysia. It attracts crowds of visitors because of its comprehensive range of watersports, restaurants and recreational facilities. Adjacent to it is a huge shopping and leisure complex called the Sunway Piramid, which adds to the limitless range of activities available and the luxurious Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel.

Kota Darul Ehsan
Erected to mark the sacrifice by the Sultan of Selangor in ceding Kuala Lumpur to the Federal Government, this magnificent arch incorporates exquisite Moorish architecture with traditional Malay elements. Flanked by ancient Selangor cannons, Kota Darul Ehsan straddles the Federal Highways as it crosses the state border with Kuala Lumpur.

The Mines Wonderland
The Mines Wonderland is an exciting theme park with watersports, amusement rides, a snow-house as well as restaurant and various other facilities. At night, glittering floats parade on the lake while a stunning laser and aqua laser presentation entertains and mesmerises visitors. The Mines Wonderland, a popular attraction for the visitors of all ages, is a component of the Mines Resort City that includes a shopping complex, an exhibition centre, business centre and two magnificent hotels.

Safari Lagoon Water Theme Park
Fancy going shopping while your children busy themselves at a theme park all under the same roof? Well, it is possible at the Pandan Safari Lagoon Shopping Complex in Pandan Perdana. Safari Lagoon Water Theme Park, the first rooftop water theme park in the Klang Valley, covers an area 0.9 hectares on the seventh floor of the shopping complex. It is able to hold 3,000 people at any one time and is the place to have splashing fun at one's own leisure. To complement the park, animal sculptures and lush greenery give the park its “safari look”.


 

 

National Zoo
The National Zoo in Hulu Klang has a fascinating animal collection from all over the world, as well as an impressive aquarium and aviary. It is considered one of the most interesting zoos in South East Asia, with large grounds for picnic, enormous lake for `swan boating' and train rides around the zoo.

Templer's Park
Located just north of Kuala Lumpur, Templer's Park is a lush forest park with cascading waterfalls and rivers meandering through it. This park is also ideal for picnics and visitors could take the opportunity to dip in the cool, refreshing water.

Commonwealth Forest Park
Tourists that are on their way to the north, passing Rawang from Kuala Lumpur, should stop for a while at Commonwealth Forest Park. It is situated on the left side of the main road just after the Templer's Park and easy to locate. This park was launched in 1993 to commemorate The 14th Commonwealth Forest Meeting. This interesting park is shrouded by a forest, landscaped park, camping sites, chalet, water fountain, trekking paths and other facilities for the tourists to feel the natural beauty.

Kanching Recreational Forest
The Kanching Recreational Forest, located adjacent to the Templer's Park offers a cool and soothing environment for tourists. The more popular spots among picnickers are the second and third levels, where the waterfalls end up in spacious pools and bouldered streams.

Orang Asli Museum
Situated at Km 24, Jalan Gombak, visitors can have an insightful glimpse into the lifestyle and culture of Selangor's "Original People" or orang asli that is fast disappearing with development and modernisation. It has a vast collection of tribal heritage such as blowpipes, spears, porcelain and ancestral figurines.

Batu Caves
Located 15 km north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is the most popular tourist destination in Selangor. It consists of three big caves and the main temple cave, which features ornate Hindu shrines and has a ceiling looming over 100 metres overhead. To reach it one has to climb a steep flight of 272 steps, a feat performed by as many as 100,000 devotees during the annual Thaipusam festival.


 

 

Carey Island
Located just off the mainland, Carey Island is well-known for the orang asli community known as the Mah Meri. They have assimilated into life with jobs in the nearby plantations and farms. However, they have retained the unique culture and way of life. Apart from exhibitions of the traditional dances and music, Mah Meri are particularly known for their votive sculptures, fashioned from a kind of a swamp hardwood called "nyirih batu".

Morib Beach

Morib Beach is better known as a weekend seaside retreat, with wind whispering through the tall shady casuarina trees and lapping sea waves. It is an ideal place for visitors in search of peace and tranquillity. On weekends, food stalls sprout to cater for the visitors.

Historic Jugra

Once the seats of ancient kings, the placid town of Jugra has several fascinating historic buildings. The intriguing Istana Bandar (or Bandar Palace), built in 1905, features exquisite woodcarvings by the late Sultan Alauddin, reminiscent of the previous century. The Sultan Alauddin Mosque, 'next to Istana Bandar, was erected in 1932, but its classical Moorish architecture has given it timeless, mystical look. The Royal Mausoleum, the Jugra Lighthouse and the ruins of the legend shrouded Istana Jugra are also well worth a visit.


 

 


 
 

Bukit Malawati, Kuala Selangor
This landscaped hill offers a panoramic view of the Selangor coastline. Shaded by rain trees, it has several historical attractions such as the Altingburg Lighthouse, the Royal Mausoleum, and the ruined Kota (Fort) Malawati, the legendary 100 steps, a fable execution block, children's playground and a quaint rest house that offers wholesome meals for tired travellers.

Kuala Selangor Nature Park
The Kuala Selangor Nature Park covers more than 200 hectares of secondary shrubs, wetlands, inter-tidal mudflats and mangrove swamps. It is a world-renowned bird sanctuary, with about 160 species recorded here. It features hides, paths, watchtowers and boardwalks to enable visitors to view the variety of flora and fauna. Accommodation is available to those keen to experience the natural surrounding.

Kuala Selangor Fireflies
The quiet village of Kampung Kuantan is the site of the largest firefly colonies in the world. The nocturnal tours are extremely popular, with boats hired at the Kampung Kuantan jetty. The skilled local oarsmen make this experience a memorable and unforgettable one.

Meanwhile, the Firefly Park Resort in Bukit Belimbing is the latest resort built to offer visitors the opportunity to witness these fireflies, one of nature's wonders, and also experience a night's stay in chalets with an unforgettable surrounding.

 

 

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Sungai Congkak Recreational Forest
This lush recreational forest is a scenic 33 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur. It nestles beside orchards and tropical rainforests, with facilities available for camping, picnicking and swimming. Chalets are available for rent and hawkers ply a wide variety of food and drinks on weekends.

Sungai Gabai Waterfalls
On the same road to Sungai is the freshing site of Sungai Gabai Waterfalls. Several falls cascade down over 100 meters, culminating in a broad, photogenic plunge into a series of small pools suitable for swimming.

Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest
A great hideout for a weekend picnic, this recreation park is a big hit with the locals. The allure of Sungai Tekala as an enchanting tourist destination lies rooted in its lush, resplendent and unspoiled beauty radiating an awe-inspiring aura of peace and tranquility.

 

 


 

 

White Water Rafting
This water sport is fast gaining popularity among local and foreign visitors alike, due to the challenging waters of Sungai Selangor, near Pertak in the Hulu Selangor district. There are two types of water transportation - canoe, inflatable dinghy.

 


 

 

Sepang International Circuit
The Sepang International Circuit, introducing itself as the home of Malaysia's motorsports, is by far one of the best and has the largest facilities of its kind in the world. Built on a 260 hectare plot, the purpose built facilities are simply astounding, from the 5.54 km track to the supporting arenas for go-karts, four-wheel drives, motocross and rally cars. The circuit is the only race track in the world that provides double frontage grandstand area where 30,000 spectators will be able to watch the race there. A further 100,000 spectators will be able to experience the excitement from the natural stands. Sepang International Circuit is the host for the FIA Malaysia Formula One Championship, the FIM Malaysia World Motorcycle Grand Prix and various international and national competitions throughout the year.

Motor Racing
Enormous interest is generated every year with Selangor hosting several world and international class motor-racing championships. Man and machine are tested to the limit as these events scream into action. The racing track in Sepang organises the famous World Formula One series and FIM Malaysia World Motorcycle Grand Prix. Meanwhile, the Shah Alam Racing Circuit is famous for its "Saturday Nite" racing events.

Bagan Lalang Beach
Bagan Lalang Beach is poised to be a major tourist sport in Sepang given the fact that it is close to the country's new airport, KLIA. Experience the quiet and tranquil surrounding with friends and family members. This beach is well known for its 'ikan bakar' or barbecued fish. Restaurants that serve various fish and other seafood dishes are opened till late night to cater for the ever-increasing number of tourists.

Paya Indah Wetland
The spectacular Paya Indah Wetlands, Malaysia's Premier Tourism Park, offers an exciting wholesome outing for everyone. At Paya Indah Wetlands, you will embark on a journey through a myriad of fascinating landscapes and exciting discoveries. Each road leads to surprises and adventure. Each glimpse rewards you with an exciting revelation of nature's best-kept secrets. You will find yourself alone with nature where mystery lurks at every corner and shy creatures watch your every move! There is much to see and enjoy in Paya Indah. The Palm Garden is envisaged to be the world's largest collection of palm species. The lake's a thriving fishing paradise. And the birds are a welcome sight among thriving lotus flowers and towering "elephant grass". In Paya Indah, your day can be filled with exciting activities like jungle trekking, cycling and canoeing to tempt the thrill-seekers. Those who seek a more leisurely way to spend their time can opt for tram and horse-cart rides, or a stroll through the landscaped gardens in Paya Indah.

Banghuris Homestay
Get the pleasure of the original lifestyle and the hospitality from the citizens of Banghuris, Sepang. It is indeed a golden opportunity to enjoy the traditional lifestyle that seems to be deficient. Banghuris is the name that represents the villages that is Bukit Bangkung Village, Hulu Chuchuh Village and Hulu Teris Village. With more than 3,000 villagers, tourists will surely be fascinated with their lifestyle, culture and tradition. Banghuris also offers various activities related to agro-tourism. Tourists will be invited to visit the coconu
t, guava, star fruit and the palm oil orchards. Besides that, a visit to the orchid and hydroponics vegetables farms also awaits the tourist.

 

The Royal Gallery
The Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Royal Gallery in Klang, touted as a landmark heritage site, was first opened to the public on 18 November 2000. Inspired by His Majesty Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah himself, the opening of the gallery to the public marked the eventual fulfillment of his Majesty `s dream. The inception of this gallery began as a personal endeavour by the royal couple to share His Majesty's collection of priceless royal heirlooms, artifacts and gifts from his subjects and foreign dignitaries.

Kris Monument
Visitors travelling from Shah Alam to Klang will notice imposing silver coloured Keris Semenanjung on the left of the Federal Highway, just before the Bukit Raja Industrial area. This memorial was erected to commemorate the silver jubilee of the Sultan of Selangor's installation in 1985. The Keris is a wavy bladed Malay dagger which symbolises power, strength and unity.

Yacht Club
The Royal Selang
or Yacht Club (RSYC) is the oldest yacht club in Malaysia. The RSYC is the largest and most active club in Malaysia with 1000 members, a moored fleet of 90 - with 30 keelboats and 60 powerboats and about 130 boats on the club's hard standing. The activities in the club include keelboat racing, dinghy sailing for children, training programs, fishing competition and flotillas.

Pulau Ketam
Literally translated as "Crab Island", this fishing village attracts visitors with its unique feature houses built on long wooden stilts, suspended one meter above the sea levels. Its wooden-board streets are just five feet across and the traffic consists largely of pedestrians and bicycles. Boat tours, homestays, fishing trips and bird-watching outing are available, and the seafood here is the freshest possible!