Just a short drive from Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya covers an area of 4,931 ha and is just 20km from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). This city has all the trappings of a modern metropolis but is unique, as it has successfully integrated the best of today’s technologies while preserving its lush greenery and natural environment. Putrajaya hopes to promote harmonious living by providing structured housing schemes, public amenities, parks, gardens and other well-planned infrastructure. It has taken into consideration the needs of its residents by providing a variety of recreational facilities as well as offering an efficient transportation system. The city is fast developing into a tourist destination as it offers serenity, breathtaking architecture and a character all its own.
In the evening, there is spectacular entertainment at the Genting International Showroom or Pavilion, be it a thrilling magic show or an ice-skating extravaganza, shopping at First World Plaza, games and feasting on a wide range of delicious food.
GETTING THEREAbout 45 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur via the Karak Highway. Kuala Lumpur-Genting taxis are available from the Puduraya Bus Station in Kuala Lumpur. The Kuala Lumpur-Genting direct coach service is available from KL Sentral, Jalan Duta Coach Station, Puduraya and Gombak LRT Station.
Opening hoursOutdoor Park: Weekdays 10am - 6pm & Weekends 8am - 8pm / Indoor Park and First World Plaza rides: Daily 8am -Midnight. Admission: Outdoor Park for unlimited rides RM29 (adult) & RM18 (children) for all seasons. For the indoor parks, pay per ride. Supporting facilities: Fast food outlets, restaurants, shopping, car park. Hotel accommodations: Available
ACTIVITIESThe First World Plaza indoor theme park cum shopping complex features a series of fun rides and six theme areas named after famous cities and landmarks from around the world - France (Champs Elysees), England (London), Italy (Venice), America (Times Square and Universal Walk), Switzerland (Swiss Alps) and Malaysia (Genting Walk). In Genting's Venice, you can cruise on a canal in the Venice Gondola Ride before hopping over to London to ride the Ferris Wheel beside the mini Big Ben. Around the corner are Universal Walk, Times Square and replicas of the Statue of Liberty and the Oscar trophy. A mini Eiffel Tower and a mini Arc de Triomphe make up the France theme. The suspended overhead rides such as the Euro Express, Reindeer Cruiser, Rio Float and the Monorail provide an excellent bird's eye view of the bustling First World indoor theme park that extends over four levels. The Snow World at the Swiss Alps features a log cabin, an igloo, toboggan slides and snow play area. It's cold in here so remember to wear warm clothing. Children will surely love the Rainforest Splash Pool as the pool is filled with warm water even though the air all around is chilly. To the adventurous: Are you ready to fly? The First World Plaza also boasts the Genting Sky Venture, the only free fall skydiving simulator in Asia, and to challenge you further is the Genting X-pedition Wall, an international-standard rock climbing wall stretching 10 to 15 metres in height, with a 6-metre overhang. Then get ready to scream on the Haunted Adventure Funicular Train that travels up a 45-degree slope into the Horror House. You and your friends can next have a friendly game at the 28-lane Genting Bowl or at the Q-bowl, where the game is similar to pool. More entertainment awaits at the Funtasy World video arcade and the Cineplex. With 48 retail and 52 food/drinks outlets at the First World Plaza, there will never be a dull moment. Over 30 rides can be enjoyed in the Outdoor Theme Park. Thrill-seekers will want to try all four roller coaster rides - the Double Loop Corkscrew, Rolling Thunder Mine Train, Cyclone and Flying Dragon. The brave will also want to ride the Spinner Flying Carousel, the Super Toboggan, and the intense Turbo Drop that drops 185 feet down and then instantly shoots upwards. On the Sungai Rejang Flume Ride and at the Genting Splash, the only water park experience available at 6,000 feet (2,000 metres) above sea level, be prepared to get wet. Hey, it's part of the fun! There are numerous children's rides and family rides including the Monorail and Theme Park Skyway cable cars. Younger children can enjoy rides such as the Flying Baby Jumbo, Teacup, Pirate Train, Rodeo Rider and Astro Fighter. The Indoor Theme Park boasts three more thrill rides - Space Odyssey, Disco Bumper and the Motion Master Simulator that maneuvers around sharp turns and dives into deep gorges. A rich variety of skill games and video games are also available for your enjoyment until late at nights.
Selangor has many unexplored recreational forests and breathtaking waterfalls to awe even the most widely-traveled visitor. Selangor is dominated by fishing villages on the coast and the Kampung inland. Heading east from KL, it is not the ocean but hills and forests that dominate. This is the beginning of the lush Malaysian heartland, and the spiritual connection to the landscape first takes hold at the extraordinary Batu Caves. Even further inland are the Genting Highlands, one of Malaysia's finest hill stations. Any direction one takes in Selangor eventually leads to some sight that is deeply connected to Malaysia's development; a tin mine, an oil-palm or rubber plantation - for this reason, the state is often called "the heart of modern Malaysia."
GETTING THEREShah Alam is easily accessible by road. It is about 25km from Kuala Lumpur, 169km from Melaka, 393km from Johor Bahru, 400km from Penang and 48km from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). To move around in Shah Alam and Petaling Jaya is convenient as both towns have many bus and taxi services. In addition, the (Light Rail Transit) system in Petaling Jaya is fast and efficient, taking you to your destination in no time.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Shah AlamThe capital city of Selangor is located about 30km west of Kuala Lumpur. It is a city with many beautiful landscaped recreational parks, lakes and modern buildings. The well-planned and modern city is equipped with some of the finest infrastructure.
State MosqueThe Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. It incorporates a huge blue dome and four minarets, each standing at 142.3 metres. The dome is the largest of its kind and the minarets are the tallest in the world. This amazing holy place has a prayer hall that can accommodate 7,000 worshippers. Its unique architecture is inspired by ethnic Malay design elements.
Shah Alam Lake GardenThis is the venue for the Shah Alam International Boat Show and Selangor Orchid Exhibition. This man-made lake and its lovely landscaped gardens certainly beautify the town. It is a pleasant place for an evening walk or jog as children run about in typical abandon.
Malaysia Agricultural ParkThis is the only agro-forestry park in this part of the world. It measures around 1,290 ha within a tropical jungle. Visitors can visit the agricultural and horticultural plots such as padi fields, fruit orchards, a spice garden and orchid nurseries. For some adventure camping, trekking, picnicking, cycling and hiking facilities are available. Basic chalets are also available for overnight stays.
Shah Alam GalleryLocated next to the Shah Alam Lake, the gallery houses five arcades, an open stage, two mini studios and a hall. Displays of outstanding masterpieces, handicrafts and fabrics are for viewing and sale as well. Admission is free.
Sultan Alam Shah MuseumThis museum with its prominent blue roof is situated next to the Raja Tun Uda Library Complex. It houses artefacts related to the state’s history, culture and heritage, the sultanate, sports and art within nine galleries.
Orang Asli MuseumLocated at Kilometre 24 of Jalan Gombak, this museum showcases artefacts such as hunting tools, animal traps, household items and crafts related to the Orang Asli. Orang Asli are the aborigines of Peninsular Malaysia. This is the best place to learn more about their lifestyle, traditions and culture.
Batu CavesAbout an hour’s drive from Shah Alam, Batu Caves is a major tourist spot that never ceases to fascinate. It has a history that dates back to more than a century and is reputed for its famous Hindu shrine where more than 100,000 worshippers gather annually during Thaipusam. One has to climb 272 steps to reach the temple where magnificent statues of Hindu deities are erected. Monkeys and a wide variety of birds can also be found in the caves.
Commonwealth Forest ParkThis park was launched in 1993 to honour the 14th Commonwealth Forest Meeting. It features a lush jungle with refreshing landscaped gardens, camping grounds, chalets, fountains, jogging tracks, hiking trails and other facilities for visitors. The park provides the ideal escape from the city’s hustle and bustle to serene nature.
Bukit MelawatiThis landscaped hill features historical attractions such as the Altingsburg Lighthouse, the Royal Mausoleum, the ruined Melawati fort, the legendary 100 Steps and a fabled execution block. Visitors can also enjoy a panoramic view of the Selangor coast and the Klang Valley from atop the hill while enjoying the rejuvenating fresh air.
Kuala Selangor Nature ParkCovering 330 ha of mangrove swamps and home to various wildlife such as otters, silver-leaf monkeys, birds, crabs of different hues and mudskippers, visitors can also choose to stay in chalets and hotels overnight and check out the visitors’ centre for information and souvenirs.
Firefly-watchingThe Selangor River is apparently one of only a few places in the world that has millions of resident fireflies flashing synchronously. When thousands of these fireflies gather on trees, their shinning and glittering mass appears like shimmering stars. This wonderful sight can be viewed within a few kilometres from the Kampung Kuantan jetty. Villagers offer regular boat services that bring visitors slowly up the river to catch a glimpse of these unique bugs.
PetalingThis town comprises districts like Damansara Utama, SS2, Damansara Jaya, Bandar Sunway and Taipan Triangle. It is a town with many fine restaurants, hip watering holes and entertainment centres. They keep mushrooming around these areas to cater to partygoers and visitors. The town comes alive at night with activities that continue late into the night.
Darul Ehsan Tourist CentreA convenient stop for tourists as it is a hub that provides information on Selangor. It houses user-friendly touch screen kiosks, which assist tourists in finding details on places of interest and upcoming events. Lovely handicrafts are also sold here.
Paya Indah WetlandsPaya Indah Wetlands is indeed a sanctuary for nature and ecology lovers. It is a peat swamp forest with lakes and remarkable flora and fauna. This forest is home to over 210 species of birds and other animals such as hippos, pelicans and crocodiles. It also serves well as an educational centre for exploration of nature, wildlife and ecology.
BEACHES AND RESORTS
Pulau KetamTake a boat ride from Port Klang (eight kilometres South of Klang Town) and visit Pulau Ketam ( Crab Island). It is a wonderful island with scenic landscapes and is an ideal fishing venue. It is also known for mouth-watering seafood and friendly people.
Pulau CareyAcross the sea from Port Klang is Pulau Carey, which is mainly covered by oil palm estates. The island is also home to the Mah Men, an aboriginal tribe well known for their traditional woodcraft based on their ancestral spirits.
Bagan Nakhoda Omar BeachLocated in the Sabak Bernam district, this beach is accessible via a tarred road that passes several villages. It features sun, sand and sea and is a quiet retreat.
Bagan Lalang BeachJust 30 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Bagan Lalang Beach offers horseback riding and a wonderful view of the sunset, among other activities.
MoribMorib is a seaside spot that is located in the Kuala Langat district, and is equally idyllic with many food stalls that cater to visitors during weekends.
WATERFALLSSelangor has two spectacular waterfalls in the Hulu Langat district that will take your breath away. The Sungai Gabai Waterfall has several water cascades that plunge over 100 metres into a series of pools that are excellent for swimming. It is splendid spot for picnics and relaxation. The other waterfall is the Sungei Batangsi Waterfall, which is no less exciting.
RECREATIONAL FORESTSSelangor is endowed with several recreational forest and parks. Templer’s Park is set within a lush green forest and limestone hills with waterfalls, natural pools and trekking trails. On the other hand, rock climbers will be happy to know they have a new outcrop to conquer at Bukit Takun. Meanwhile, the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) is located in Kepong, 15km from Kuala Lumpur. It is a forest reserve and houses a forest museum, a canopy walk and flora with their names labelled on them. Other recreational forests in Selangor include the Sungai Congkak Recreational Forest, the Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest, the Ampang Recreational Forest, the Gunung Nuang Recreational Forest, the Sungai Pertak Recreational Forest, the Sungai Tua Recreational Forest and the Kanching Recreational Forest.
Banghuris HomestayThis place allows visitors to experience the village lifestyle and culture of traditional Malay people. There are three kampungs (villages) here, namely Kampung Bukit Bangkong, Kampung Hulu Chuchuh and Kampung Hulu Teris. The villagers in these villages are warm, friendly and hospitable. Visitors can learn the culture and tradition of a Malay wedding, traditional Malay dances and be amazed by their martial arts. Visitors can also pamper themselves to a traditional herbal massage. Among other interesting activities you can indulge in are rubber tapping, cooking some Malay dishes, going for an evening walk at the fruit orchards and oil palm estates and taking a sampan ride on the river. Banghuris is just a 50-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur and 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
THEME PARKSSelangor is home to two of Malaysia’s largest and most famous theme parks – Sunway Lagoon in Bandar Sunway and Mines Wonderland in Seri Kembangan. Both theme parks offer unlimited excitement and thrills and spills, which include fun water activities, virtual experiences, games, adventures and rides. Other smaller theme parks in Selangor are the Kajang Water Theme Park and Wet World Water Park.
Sunway LagoonLiving up to its theme ‘Feel The Fun’, Sunway Lagoon definitely provides both entertainment and excitement. The park can accommodate up to 70,000 visitors a day. Its three themed areas are World of Adventure, Wild-Wild West and the all-new Waters of Africa. Each has its own unique attractions. The Waters of Africa boasts 11 must-try slides on the Cameron Climb, African pythons and Congo Challenge. Its retail and food and beverage outlets have also been given a new image with a blend of exotic African themes. Shopping is exciting at the Sahara Boutique or by the beach at the Mozambique Reef Shop, or you can grab a snack at Cape Town Café, Botswana Burgers and other outlets around the Park. Colourful events and fun shows are organised daily to spice up all the fantasy and wonder.
The Mines WonderlandThis is another fantastic theme park, which was transformed from the world’s largest opencast tin-mining lake into a hot tourist spot. It is the perfect theme park for family outings and is only 15 minutes from Kuala Lumpur. Its popular Snow House allows you to experience a winter wonderland in a tropical climate. Other favourites include the musical fountain that dances to your delight and the roller coaster that is just thrilling. Among the other attractions here are the spring garden, mini golf and water sports like water-skiing and jet skiing.
SHOPPINGSelangor is definitely a shopper’s paradise. It caters for all kinds of pockets, styles and preferences. Its retail range begins from exclusive high-end products to good bargains. Sunway Pyramid, The Mines Shopping Fair, 1 Utama Shopping Centre and Ikano Power Centre are the major shopping havens within Selangor.
1 Utama Shopping Centre1 Utama is located in the township of Bandar Utama. The mall has simplistic architecture and originally measured over 2 million sq feet. Its recent expansion has added another 3 million sq feet to its gross built-up area. This popular shopping mall houses a wide range of retail outlets that allow you to shop, shop and shop, while a Cineplex, an entertainment centre, food chains, coffee joints and juice bars let you take a break every once in a while. 1 Utama is considered one of the most successful integrated shopping malls in the Klang Valley.
Sunway PyramidThe Egyptian Pyramid inspired the architecture of this mall. Be ready to choose from a huge variety of merchandise with popular international and local names. It houses more than 300 specialty outlets and a one-stop IT centre as well. For some amusement after your shopping adventure, make your way to the ice-skating rink, the 48-lane bowling centre or enjoy a movie at the 10-cineplex Tanjung Golden Village cinema.
The Mines Shopping FairExperience shopping amidst the Venice-like environment as the mall has a canal running through it where you can sit in a boat after a long day of shopping. Apart from the countless retail stores, Mines incorporates an ice-skating rink, Laser Quest and the Snow & Smart Town – Malaysia’s biggest and coolest indoor theme park. This shopping mall is located in Seri Kembangan.
IKEA and Ikano Power CentreIKEA applies its unique design philosophy and functionality to all its creations. It also has a café that offers lovely Swedish delicacies under its roof. Adjacent to IKEA is the newly opened Ikano Power Centre, which houses numerous anchor tenants and restaurants with generous floor spaces for added shopping convenience.
SPORTS & LEISURESelangor is a land for golf enthusiasts as it has more than 30 golf courses. The premier ones include Monterez Golf & Country Club, Perangsang Templer Golf Club and Saujana Golf & Country Resort. Apart from its fine golf courses, these clubs also offer tennis courts, squash courts and swimming pools for the fitness-minded traveller. For adventure seekers, Sungai Selangor is the place to go for white-water rafting.
EDUCATION TOURISMSelangor offers world-class education at affordable prices. A wide range of courses at various levels is available from pre-university to Ph.D. Fully-equipped with sophisticated infrastructure and convenient facilities; the state has become a major higher education destination for students from all around the world.
Kuala Lumpur is the undiscovered treasure of the East. Malaysia’s capital city, which means ‘muddy estuary’, is the fastest growing metropolis in the region. Also fondly referred to as the ‘Garden City of Lights’. Its offers travelers an interesting mixture of old-world charm and the glitz and glamour of a big, bustling city. Along with plentiful places of interest, there's friendly people who are ever ready to welcome locals and foreigners alike. Plus an endless range of shopping avenues, an intriguing cultural mix, fabulous local food, and even a Las Vegas-style casino and international theme park at the outskirts of this Malaysian city.