[Updated 30 June 2021]
It might be famous for its fresh seafood and weekend getaways, but there are many things to do in Kuala Selangor that you might not have heard about. With the many attractions in Kuala Selangor, there is no doubt a hidden gem or two that you should totally uncover once the situation gets better in Malaysia. Wondering what is there to do in Kuala Selangor? We’ve got you covered!
1. Melawati Hill
A trip to Kuala Selangor would be incomplete without dropping by this historical hill that is Melawati. Built in the late 18th century, the fortress on the Melawati Hill served as a defense from the enemies.
On top of the hill, the Kuala Selangor Lighthouse (also known as Altingsburg Lighthouse) can be clearly seen. This century-old landmark of Kuala Selangor is well-maintained and still operational in guiding ships along the Straits of Malacca. There is also the Historical Museum of Kuala Selangor District adjacent to the lighthouse - perfect for history buffs!
The hill is also home to silvered leaf monkeys, so expect to see lots of them on your trip! Watch in delight as the monkeys carry their orange babies around ?
Address: Jalan Semarak, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor
Opening Hours: 24 hours (tram service available on weekends from 9.00am - 6.00pm, while you can drive up on weekdays)
Admission: Free (for tram service on weekends, tickets cost RM5 for adults and RM3 for children)
2. Kuala Selangor Nature Park
Also known as Taman Alam Kuala Selangor, the Kuala Selangor Nature Park occupies over 2.9 kilometres of coastal land largely covered with mangrove swamps. Perfect for nature lovers, this park is a sanctuary for the endangered silvered leaf monkey as well as other wildlife.
There are four walking trails at the park that are doable for beginners and families with the elderly or young children. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity as you are surrounded by nature. The park is also home to over 150 species of birds, so you can bring along binoculars or DSLR with a telephoto lens to get better views of the birds and other animals at the park ?
Address: Jalan Klinik, Taman Alam, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor
Opening Hours: 9.00am - 6.00pm daily
Admission: RM4 (adults), RM2 (senior citizens), RM1 (children)
3. Sky Mirror
Likened to Bolivia’s Salar De Uyuni, the Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor is as what its name suggests - it is reflective like a mirror! Time to get your cameras clicking to the beautiful phenomena!
For the best experience, it is recommended that you take a fully-guided tour to the Sky Mirror. It usually includes a speedboat ride from the jetty to the Sky Mirror and back, which would take approximately 30 minutes each. At the beach, enjoy a unique experience of literally walking on water and take in the beautiful view of the sky and the earth as one!
Fun fact: The reflective phenomena at the Sky Mirror only occurs twice a month, once during the new moon and another during the full moon! It is only when the water levels are low that you get to see the island, where it would be submerged in water at other times.
Address: Jetty Pekan Lama Kuala Selangor, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor
Opening Hours: The sandbank is only visible in the mornings (around 8.00am - 12.00pm) on selected days of the month, so it is best to check with your tour guide.
Admission: Depending on the price of your tour of choice (approximately below RM100/pax)
4. Kampung Kuantan Fireflies Park
Apart from its freshest seafood, Kuala Selangor is also known for its beautiful fireflies illuminating the night. Home to one of the largest colonies of fireflies in the world, Kampung Kuantan is a must-visit when you’re in Kuala Selangor!
Enjoy a serene boat ride along Sungai Selangor as you witness the magical sight of glowing fireflies at dusk. They are easily noticeable against the pitch darkness surrounding them, providing a truly wonderful experience for city-dwellers.
Fun fact: From sundown, the fireflies gather around the mangrove trees along Sungai Selangor to feed on the tree sap. While doing that, they flash in the darkness to attract mates. Do note that you are prohibited from taking photographs of the fireflies using flash cameras or to capture the glowing fireflies in an effort to protect the species.
Address: Jalan Rawang, Kampung Kuantan, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor
Opening Hours: 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Admission: Depending on the price of your tour of choice (approximately RM50 for a 30-minute ride in a boat with 4 people)
Contact: 03-3289 1439/ 03-3289 7046
5. Sri Shakti Dhevasthanam Temple, Bukit Rotan
Situated in the quiet outskirts of Kuala Selangor, the Shakti Temple in Bukit Rotan is a magnificent Hindu temple that you have got to visit! The temple is surrounded by huge sculpted walls and a five-tiered 74-feet tall entrance tower.
The most prominent feature of the temple is the 51 Shakti statues along the temple’s internal corridor. Marvel in delight at the intricate details of the granite sculptures as well as the other architectural treasures in the temple ?
Fun fact: The Sri Shakti Temple is the only temple in the world with manifestations of all 51 Shaktis installed!
Address: 45700 Bukit Rotan, Selangor
Opening Hours: 5.30am - 12.30pm & 4.30 - 9.30pm daily
If you're planning to explore the hidden gems in Kuala Selangor once the situation gets better, be sure to add these attractions to your bucket list! Since it is only under an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, it'll make a perfect day trip with your friends or family ?