Best Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur

Best Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur

Best Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s vibrant capital, is that sultry city that’s packed with piercing skyscrapers, historic monuments, malls of epic proportions and lush green vegetation all around. The most visited city in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a confluence of different cultures including Indian, Chinese, and Malay. This is also reflected in their society representing globalism whether you talk about the shopping extravaganza or culinary indulgence. The streets are lined with hawkers cooking up a delicious feast that lure you towards them with a delicious aroma of freshly cooked food!

The capital city is quite laidback and retained its natural beauty and charm despite being a popular tourist destination, unlike its counterparts in other parts of Asia. While the city offers a huge no. of places to visit and activities to participate in, there is also a myriad of places nearby Kuala Lumpur that you must visit in order to have unique experiences and get a change of scene. So, below is the list of some essential day trips you must plan when visiting Malaysia to make this trip a wholesome one:

1. Melaka

Rich in Malaysia’s colonial heritage, Melaka is a perfect town to experience a blend of old world charm and modern convenience. Drawing in thousands of tourists belonging to diverse mix of pre and post-colonial architecture, some of the key attractions include Stadthuys Dutch Church, gushing river of Melaka, St. Paul hill which provides a breathtaking view of the city, the ruins of Portuguese fort- Porta De Santiago and plenty more. These colonial buildings are the greatest reason behind Melaka’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll down its streets and marvel at the view of large manses with white pillars and red and purple roofs. Apart from its historical relevance, the small town is also well known for its local cuisine, something hard to find anywhere else in Malaysia. So, when you are tired of sightseeing, make sure to try the exquisite Nyonya and Peranakan food before leaving. The best way to explore the town is by foot; walk down the streets and observe shops and natives reflecting their cultural diversity. It is a 2 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka. You can either drive their by yourself or rent a taxi. Alternatively, you can also take a bus which will take you there under 3 hours.

2. Port Dickson

The beach town of Port Dickson is a popular getaway from Kuala Lumpur. Known for its long stretches of beautiful beaches lined with palm and banyan trees overlooking the crystal clear waters, it makes for a perfect day trip for locals and travellers alike. The most popular and pristine beach among them is Telu Kemang. The beach town also hosts plenty of other activities too like the Ostrich Farm. The ostriches are placed in open pastures shaded by the tree. Tourists can feed them and can enjoy a small ostrich ride too. Kota Lukut and Army Museum are some of the other must-visits, housing antiquities and Malaysian history of weapons. Overall, Port Dickson caters to every kind of travellers and is an ideal day trip for a lazy day. It is well connected to Kuala Lumpur and you can read Port Dickson by a car or a bus. Most recommended is the car which will take just an hour. While bus is cheaper, it surely is time consuming.

3. Kuala Gandha Elephant Century

Situated 98 km from Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Gandha Elephant Century provides one of the most unique experiences to travellers visiting Kuala Lumpur. Holding the authenticity of being the only one of its kind in Malaysia, the activities done here are vastly refreshing and perfect for families. The sanctuary does noble work of helping track, relocate, and care for misplaced, orphaned, or injured elephants. They work to educate people about how absolutely necessary it is to conserve and protect these giant yet gentle creatures. You can feed these elephants some bananas and peanuts, or if you are feeling a little too daring, then try a ride. But the most fun thing to do here is watch them bath, splash and play in the river! It is only a couple hour of ride from Kuala Lumpur and it is advisable that you book an organised tour or a driver as it is situated in rural complex area.

4. Fraser Hill

Malaysia’s most surprising and charming destination, Fraser Hill is a quaint little hillside resort built on 7 peaks. The hill’s mountainous location boasts the most pleasant temperature, with the cool and gentle breeze ready to rejuvenate your senses. Surrounded by lush green forests with rich biodiversity, Fraser Hill is home to more than 270 bird species, making it a bird watcher’s personal paradise. Also a popular spot for hikers, it has multiple nature trail hikes ranging from easy to difficult at the end of which you can enjoy swimming in cool water of Jeriau Waterfall. With one of the oldest Golfing club in Malaysia, it also welcomes plenty of Golf Players. With such a wide array of activities, Fraser Hill is perfect for everyone ranging from solo backpackers to families with kids! There is no direct public transport to Fraser Hills from Kuala Lumpur. So, the best way to get there is to drive on your own or maybe hire a taxi.

5. Kuala Selangor Nature Park

Just 75 km from Kuala Lumpur, this Nature Park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Head to the bank of Selangor River and marvel at the light emitting fireflies buzzing throughout the evenings. The local fishing village is dotted with seafood restaurants that offer a wide variety of delicacies. If you are here with your partner, then there is nothing more romantic like cruising on a boat in the river and revelling in the beauty captured under the moonlight. While it’s only a 2 hour trip, it isn’t an easy one. Therefore, if you want to visit then the best option is to hire services from a tour operator.

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