The best spots for an exciting road trip around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor
With all that’s going on, it may be time to shelve our overseas vacation for the time being (bummer!) But who says you must cancel your travel plans completely? It’s still very much harmless to travel within the country, all you need is to #travelsafe.
You don’t have to look too far to satisfy your wanderlust. The states of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor itself offers a plethora of activity and beautiful sightseeing options that are just a drive away from the capital.
You won’t even need to pack your bags. All you need is a car, your travel companions, and a thirst for adventure. Here are 5 destinations in KL and Selangor you should definitely visit on your next road trip.
From KL to Kuala Selangor: approx. 1hr – 1hr30mins
The Kuala Selangor District is a coastal town overlooking the Straits of Malacca. It’s a quaint fishing village well known for two things: the Kuala Selangor River and Sasaran Beach (Kuala Selangor beach).
We’ll start first with the Kuala Selangor River. The river runs from Kuala Kubu Bharu and streams all the way down to the Straits of Malacca. What makes this river special is its natural ecosystem consisting of dancing fireflies and bioluminescent planktons.
The ‘lightshow’ by the fireflies occurs during its mating ritual, where the fireflies light up their bulbs to attract potential mates. You can see this by taking a short boat ride down the river.
The bioluminescent planktons creates what is called the ‘Blue Tear’. This happens because these species of planktons light up whenever there is a disturbance in the water, thus emitting a crystal blue glow.
During the day, visitors will admire the hunting techniques of soaring eagles as they plunge into the waters for their catch. Watch in awe as these apex predators own the skies as they patrol the lush Kuala Selangor greenery in the Eagle Tour.
Day time is also when Sasaran Beach turns into the famed ‘Sky Mirror.’ This occurs when the clear shallow waters of the beach reflect the skies, causing it to turn into a ‘Mirror in the Sky’ and the perfect opportunity to go crazy with your cameras. Play with the reflections and come out with your most creative poses to mark a memorable road trip on the Sky Mirror Tour!
From KL to Sekinchan: approx. 1hr30mins to 2hrs
Sekinchan is a land of many colours.
Located in the west coast of Malaysia, Sekinchan is a vibrant fishing village as well as one of the major rice harvesting regions in Malaysia.
Photo by WIL
As such, many often visit Sekinchan for the bright green paddy fields carpeting acres upon acres of land that extends through the horizon. Because harvesting is seasonal, the carpet green landscape of Sekinchan isn’t year-round. The best time to catch the harvest at its brightest is from March to May, and the middle of September to November.
To catch the harvest in dazzling yellow, visit Sekinchan in the middle of May to June and the middle of November to December.
Sekinchan paddy fields fringed in gold | Photo by Tan Horng You
It’s already February so now’s a good time to start planning your road trip!
Also, if you do find yourself in Sekinchan, don’t miss out on Pantai Redang! This beach is famous for its Wishing Tree, where visitors toss coins tied in a red ribbon over its branch to make their wishes come true. The sight of hundreds of red ribbons draped over the tree provides a remarkable view, and another spot for a picture perfect moment.
The giant Wishing Tree draped in ribbons of red | Photo by TrekEarth
Get the most out of Sekinchan with a hearty meal (or multiple meals) of the freshest seafood, and leave with a satisfied tummy and an album full of photos.
From KL to Putrajaya: approx. 30mins to 45mins
Putrajaya is home to elegant architectures and modern infrastructure.
A drive around Malaysia’s federal administrative centre will bring you across the majestic Palace of Justice, the Putra Mosque, and the Federal Court among many other architectural marvels. But aside from driving around, you can also opt for a cruise on the massive Putrajaya Lake at the heart of the city.
The Tasik Cruise Putrajaya promises to give you the best views of the iconic landmarks that Putrajaya is known for. This includes the Perdana Putra (the Prime Minister’s Office) and some of the standout eye-catching bridges such as the Seri Wawasan Bridge, the Seri Perdana Bridge and the Putra Bridge.
The Seri Wawasan Bridge lighted in shades of purple
While on land, you should definitely make your way to the Putrajaya Botanical Gardens (Taman Botani Putrajaya) in Presint 1. The garden spans over 93 hectares and is divided into 5 sections: the explorer’s trail, palm hill, floral gardens, sun garden, and the lakeside.
One of the most aesthetic places in the botanical gardens, and maybe even in Putrajaya, is the Astaka Morocco. This is a Moroccan Pavilion designed in Persian-styled architecture that’s absolutely breathtaking and definitely worth a look.
Photo by @abi.golucky
From KL to Putrajaya: approx. 2hrs to 2hrs30mins
For a short escape, we would always recommend running to the hills for a getaway from the heat. While Genting proves to be a prime spot, we understand that the buzzing atmosphere isn’t for everyone.
If you’re looking for a quieter hilly terrain, then a road trip to Fraser’s Hill is probably the most suitable for you.
Your adventure starts on the way up to Fraser’s itself. As you start your journey from Kuala Lumpur, make sure to stop by the Colmar Tropicale, a French-themed village designed to replicate the architecture of Colmar – an actual French village in France.
Photo by @colmartropicale
While there, take time to stroll through the cobblestone streets lined with colourful houses and blossoming flowers. Not far from the Colmar Tropicale is the quaint Japanese Village with Zen gardens and a soothing Tatami Spa to ease your senses.
Once you’re back on the road, it will take about an hour or so for you to reach the cool winds of Fraser’s Hill.
Photo by Pahang Tourism
Once there, linger around town and explore as you wish. If you are looking for activities, you can visit the Fraser’s Hill Nature Education Centre for birdwatching, or paddle on paddle boats on a lake surrounded by nature in Allan’s Water. Alternatively, you could try something challenging like hiking the Pine Tree Hill Trail – but be warned, it’ll take approximate 3 hours to hike to the peak.
The route up Pine Tree Hill Trail | Photo by Travelled Paths
Kuala Kubu Bharu
From KL to Kuala Kubu Bharu: approx. 1hr30mins to 2hrs
The quiet town of Kuala Kubu Bharu makes for a peaceful trip away from the city.
KKB is probably best known for nature trails that are a drivable distance away Kuala Lumpur, which is something you can consider on your trip. If you’re into waterfalls, the Chiling Waterfall won’t fail to meet your expectations. It will take about an hour or so of trudging the humid jungle and navigating through river crossings, but once you’ve reached the waterfall, you’ll be free to wade in the cool waters.
Chiling Waterfall | Photo by @zulhellmy_
For grand views of the Titiwangsa Mountain Range, hike up Bukit Kutu. The summit stands 3576 feet above sea level. The climb is doable for beginners, but it is by no means easy. Hiking to the peak will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, and you will need a moderate level of stamina.
Though it’s challenging, the end reward will be worth it as you will have an advantageous view of the rolling hills in the distance.
Sweeping views at the summit of Bukit Kutu | Photo by @muhd.hrth
For a less strenuous time, idling in the vintage town is enough for its charm to work its magic on you.
Guan Yin temple with rainbow steps | Photo by @ethanielsiaw
Because KKB is away from commercial sites and major cities, it is still relatively quiet. Therefore, the absence of light pollution will give you a dazzling view of the stars which you wouldn’t find anywhere else in KL.
If you are an avid stargazer, KKB and these other spots will be great for your trip!