Selangor - The Heartland of the Nation

Kampung Kuantan Fireflies
Just outside Kuala Selangor town is the quiet hamlet of Kampung Kuantan, site of one of the largest firefly colonies in the world. The nocturnal tours are extremely popular, with boats hired at the jetty. Watching this spectacular dance of the fireflies make this a memorable experience. This shimmering bug known as in Malay as “kelip-kelip” (‘glittering’) gather in their millions at the mangrove swamps by the banks of the Sungai Selangor.

Sungai Chongkak Recreational Forest
This lush recreational forest is a scenic 33-kilometres 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.

Paya Indah Wetland Sanctuary
Formerly a barren land caused by exhaustive tin mining activities, it is now a showcase of integrated conservation and development project being restored to its natural state comprising lakes, peat swamps and lowland forest. Covering 3100 hectares, it is now home to more than 142 species of aquatic and terrestrial plants. It offers meandering paths and boardwalks that lead to the lake.

Batu Caves
Located in a limestone outcropping 15 km north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Selangor. This famous destination draws people from all over the world during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. It consists of three big caves, including the main temple-cave which features ornate Hindu shrines. Scaling the 272 steps leading up to the temple is one of the highlights of a visit to Batu Caves. Nearby is the Ramayana Cave where evocative scenes of Indian epic myths are artistically painted along its walls. This massive limestone hill is also a popular spot for rock climbing.

Sunway Lagoon
At SUNWAY LAGOON, you will find a host of added facilities and amenities to enhance your enjoyment. Information counters are located in all three parks to help you make your way around. Swimming apparel, toiletries and other necessities are available at various retail shops. Special lockers are made available so you can have fun without the hassle or worry over the safekeeping of your belongings.

National Zoo
The Zoo Negara or National Zoo is situated 13 km from the centre of Kuala Lumpur, standing like an oasis amidst a concrete jungle. It was officially opened to the public in 1963. The zoo features about 400 species of Malaysian and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds. Of these, most are fish and bird and about a hundred are mammals and reptiles. Its aquarium "Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquarium" is a very popular attraction. It displays over 80 species of aquatic animals, both marine and freshwater, including invertebrates. Numerous paths wind between wooded groves and tree-lined enclaves where the animal enclosures are located. Among the more exotic exhibits are the Sumatran tiger, orang-utans, and gibbons. All are extremely rare outside of this part of the world. For an opportunity to watch nocturnal animals, visit the zoo on Saturday nights.




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