Less than a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, coasts, culture and bountiful nature awaits in sleepy Kuala Langat
As our restlessness for travel grows, we’re eyeing the destinations closest to home that we can easily take a #daycation to. This time, we’re setting our sights on Kuala Langat, a city in Selangor just an hour and half drive away from KL’s city center. This sleepy coastal town is known for its beach, nature, and fascinating indigenous culture – all of which makes for a chockful of fun and adventure, and a great quick escape from the city. From discovering the indigenous tribe known as the “Masked Men of Malaysia” to paragliding over Jugra Hill, here are our top picks of things to do in Kuala Langat.
1. Visit the Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple
More than just a place of worship, this 16-acre temple is also home to a vibrant flower garden, vegetarian restaurant, and even an art gallery featuring works from both local and regional artists. During Chinese New Year, the temple plays host to an annual Lantern and Flora Festival that’s worth a visit purely for its beautiful display of massive lights that illuminates the entire temple grounds. Perk: admission’s completely free.
Jalan Sungai Buaya, Kampung Jenjarom
2. Discover the indigenous Mah Meri culture
The ancient tribe of Mah Meri, sometimes referred to as the “Masked Men of Malaysia” are known for their expressive masks, expert carving skills, all of which you can discover more about in the Mah Meri Cultural Village located on Carey Island. Here, you can learn about the unique cultures, traditions and lifelihood of the Mah Meri tribe, a sub-groub of the native Senoi people along Selangor’s coast. Do make a phone or email reservation in advance, however.
Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Bumbun, Pulau Carey
3. Go paragliding over Jugra Hill
Jugra, a historical town only 20 minutes away from Pulau Carey, once served as the royal capital of Selangor, which is why you’ll be see well-preserved heritage buildings like the Istana Bandar Jugra, Royal Mauseleum and more. It’s also home to Jugra Hill, a fairly popular location for hiking and paragliding. The latter will see you take off from a 146-metre high lighthouse atop the hill. And if that’s not enough of an adrenaline rush, you can also drift tike around the town’s winding coasts, where you’ll be rewarded with surrounding views of Sungai Langat.
How to get here: Jugra Hill is located approximately 30 kilometres south of Klang. From Klang Valley, take the Federal or KESAS Highway towards Klang and head towards. The drive takes about an hour.
4. Kuan Wellness Eco Park
Kuan Wellness Eco Park’s appeal might be a bit niche, if you will. This park, which bills itself as a “wellness park”, is dedicated to all things to do with birds’ nest. Owned by producers of the culturally prized ingredient, there’s a visitor’s center and various shops selling an assortment of bird’s nest infused health foods and products. And if that’s not your thing, fret not. There’s also a miniature zoo and a café you can stop by at.
Lot 408, Jalan Tanjung Layang
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5. Catch the golden hour at Morib Beach
As one of the few beaches nearest to KL, you’ll find that Morib Beach is a popular weekend haunt among day tripping locals. There’s a food court, a golf course and plenty of historical significance too. This beach was one of the sites chosen by the allies to land an invasion force at the end of WWII as part of Operation Zipper and this memorial marks the spot. And if you fancy a nightcap, book a stay at the Gold Coast Morib Beach.
6. Payah Indah Wetlands
This 450-hectare wetland sanctuary is perfect for anyone seeking a bit of respite. Payah Indah, which translates to “beautiful swamp” might be a man-made reserve, but it’s home to fairly extensive wildlife. It’s an especially popular spot for birdwatching, but you can also opt for activities like kayaking, fishing, cycling or exploring its nature trails.
7. Go glamping
After a day’s worth of sightseeing, rough it up in style at Tadom Hill Resorts. This eco-friendly lakeside retreat is just shy of an hour away from KL. Budget-conscious travellers will love the shared dormitory-style Hakka village-style accommodation, while those looking to splurge will enjoy the luxurious bamboo-inspired chalets available.
*Many attractions and venues in Malaysia have now reopened following the MCO, with new measures in place to ensure your safety. Do check each venue’s opening hours and requirements before visiting.