4 Reasons Why Selangor, Malaysia Should be on Your Travel Bucket List in 2021

fireworks over the night sky of Selangor

Now that the possibilities of travel are slowly opening up, it’s time to look forward and write up a fresh new bucket list for 2021. With the establishment of the Singapore travel bubble, that trip to your dream destination may not be so far ahead.

One such place that you should definitely add to your list is the Malaysian state of Selangor. Rich with history and heritage, Selangor is home to a vast list of tourism attractions and, entertainment and exciting destinations. The state’s advancement in modern technology, high connectivity and accessibility are also factors towards making it a destination of choice for domestic and international travelers. All of these make it convenient for them to explore the gems of Selangor, even with public transportation.

Where is Selangor?

Located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Selangor is the most developed state in the country. Easily accessible because it is home to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Selangor overlooks the Straits of Malacca and the Titiwangsa Mountains. It surrounds the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

Things to do in Selangor

Throughout the years, Singaporean tourists have been appreciating the various sports, eco-tourism and cultural activities that the state has to offer. Aside from these, travel trends for Singaporeans include sports activities (either soft or extreme), retail and shopping.

When it’s time to travel again, you’ll be glad you already know what Selangor has to offer, and the many different things to do in Selangor. So here are 4 reasons why the state should be part of your 2021 travel bucket list:

1. Get to know the history and heritage in your Malaysia travel

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque in Selangor
SULTAN SALAHUDDIN ABDUL AZIZ SHAH MOSQUE

Selangor is a melting pot of culture, history and heritage from having a variety of ethnic groups. These include the Malay, Chinese and Indian races with diverse cultural backgrounds.

For tourists who are keen to know Malaysian cultures, why not enjoy the Royal Klang Heritage Walk Tour and Kajang Heritage Walk Tour Programmes which bring tourists to iconic and historical sites in Klang and Kajang town by foot? Furthermore, there are other attractions such as Sultan Salahuddin Abdul AzizShah Blue Mosque (Malaysia’s largest mosque and 2nd largest mosque in Southeast Asia by capacity), and Sultan Alam Shah Museum in Shah Alam as well as Malawati Hill in Kuala Selangor (a historical site which consists of the lighthouse, cannons, a poisonous well from the early 1700s).

In addition, Orang Asli Museum in Gombak which showcases the history and traditions of the Orang Asli (an indigenous tribe in Selangor) is another interesting place where tourists can learn more about the state’s rich history and heritage.

2. Take on soft and extreme adventure sports

man and woman try the rope circuits at Skytrex Sungai Chongkak as one of the things to do in Selangor
SKYTREX SG CHONGKAK

If you are craving for some thrilling challenges and adrenaline-pumping adventures, Selangor has many sports activities that you can experience. Some these activities are hiking, taking dips in the rivers and waterfalls, enjoying scenic picnics, jogging, paragliding, water sport activities and many more.

Tourists may opt for Skytrex Sungai Chongkak in Hulu Langat, which is the longest flying fox park in Malaysia, or choose to visit Kanching Eco Forest Park which has 7 layers of waterfalls. You may also embark on a paragliding challenge in Kuala Kubu Bharu town and fly through the air.

3. Experience Selangor’s ecotourism

four people's reflection shows clearly at the Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor
SKY MIRROR (Carrie C March 2019)

Bring yourself closer to nature — calm your mind and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and sceneries in your Malaysia travel. Selangor has many ecotourism attractions, and one of these is the Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor district. Known as the “mirror of the sky”, you’ll get to see how the beach perfectly reflects the sky above. It is akin to Bolivia’s “Salar de Uyuni”, which is known as the world’s largest natural mirror.

If you are still looking for more nature-centred activities and things to do in Selangor, check out the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) Kepong which is famous for its Skywalk attraction. Furthermore, make sure you don’t miss the National Botanical Park Shah Alam with its 4 seasons house, and Broga Hill which is covered by stunning lalang grassland beautiful view from the top.

Not only will you enjoy your time and taking pictures at these places, but you can also do other activities such as jogging, hiking, forest sky-walking, animal petting, kayaking and many more.

4. Go on a retail shopping spree

a good stopover for Singapore Malaysia travel called Mitsui Outlet Park
MITSUI OUTLET PARK

For those who are out to shop ‘till you drop, Selangor has a multitude of shopping malls that await you.

You can stop by at Sunway Pyramid (Malaysia’s first themed shopping and entertainment mall), GM Klang Wholesale (Malaysia’s biggest wholesale mall), One Utama (one of the 7 biggest malls in the world) and Mitsui Outlet Park (which offers a wide range of discounted branded goods). Prepare to be amazed at the beautiful architecture, and interior and exterior design of these shopping malls offering both local products and international brands.

Singapore Malaysia travel and the future

Now that you know where is Selangor and the things to do in Selangor, there should be no doubt that the state should be added to your travel bucket list. With the Singapore travel bubble being in its final stage in some Southeast Asian countries, travelling may be made possible again sooner than we think. And once travelling inter-border is re-allowed, you better have your bags ready for an unforgettable Singapore Malaysia travel.

With a vast list of tourism attractions and an exciting line-up of activities, the state of Selangor invites you for an authentic Malaysian experience, topped with beautiful scenery, and cultural and gastronomy diversity. Not only that, hotels with top-notch facilities and quality hospitality will definitely complete your stay.

While enjoying your holiday, Tourism Selangor gently reminds tourists to always maintain the 1-meter social distancing and adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to protect themselves and their loved ones while travelling. There is no need to worry though, hygiene SOPs are highly emphasized and widely practised in Selangor, providing for a safe travel destination for all.

For more information, you may log on to the official website of Tourism Selangor.

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Katherine Sng

Katherine Sng

I am a single mother living in Singapore. I am an advocate of living a healthy lifestyle through exercise; eating right; keeping a positive and youthful outlook of life; and, to live vicariously while you can. When not spending time watching Bubba grow, I am catching up on the latest news and entertainment gossip. I strongly believe that empowerment is possible for anyone, as long as they believe in themselves and the people around them.

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