The best family day trips in Malaysia
As much as we love Kuala Lumpur for its shopping malls and attractions, sometimes you just need to head out of the city. In this list of day trips you can make with the family, you’ll find pristine rice fields, colonial history, glowing fireflies, fresh seafood, golden monkeys and more.
Best weekend getaways: One-day trips
Instagram away at Sekinchan fishing village (Selangor)Just 90 minutes north of KL, this fishing village in the outer reaches of Selangor is as far removed from the city as you can get in a day trip. Nothing but lush green paddy fields as far as the eye can see, and with a smartphone and a data connection, you’ll be the envy of all Instagram. There are even rice processing factories that you can visit, if that’s your kind of thing. When you and your photographer mates (we’ve all got one) get tired of that, Sekinchan is also known for its excellent mangoes and seafood. Buy mangoes from the roadside and partake of excellent seafood dishes at one of the village’s many restaurants – Jiann Chyi and Bagan Sekinchan come highly recommended. One of the area’s specialities is shark meat soup, where chunks of the fish are simmered in a spicy tom yam broth or a savoury preserved vegetable stock. Follow up with a plate of chilli prawns – tiny, fresh prawns flash-fried with chilli and onions. Have a long, late, lazy lunch and then wander out to Redang Beach (not that Redang), a quiet, private stretch of sand to witness the sunset before driving back to the city.Restoran Jiann Chyi156 Jalan Bagan (03 3241 4690).Restoran Bagan Sekinchan 168-C Lorong 5, Sekinchan. Take a hike in the cityIf you’re after a gentle day of hiking, in which you’ll still be able to chat with your companions, try Bukit Putih (also hilariously known as Bukit Apek) in Cheras. It is situated smack bang in the middle of
Top Selangor spots
Selangor is considered the most developed and populous state in Malaysia, with the state capital of Shah Alam and the royal town of Klang. Located on the west of peninsular Malaysia, Selangor comprises nine districts – Gombak, Klang, Hulu Langat, Hulu Selangor, Sepang, Kuala Langat, Kuala Selangor, Sabak Bernam and Petaling. As a touristic destination, it has much to offer from the famous Hindu temples at Batu Caves and rural agricultural villages to challenging hiking trails and historical sites. Take a few days to explore everything and make sure you try all the tasty food along the way!
Best parks in KL for kids
KL Bird Park
Located in the Lake Gardens, the KL Bird Park covers over eight acres and houses more than 3,000 birds that fly freely in one of the largest covered bird parks in the world. If the bird-watching leaves you feeling peckish there's even a restaurant (Hornbill Restaurant & Cafe) and various refreshment kiosks to satiate your hunger. Entrance fee: Adult (Mykad holder): RM25 Child (Mykad holder): RM12 Adult (Non-Mykad holder): RM48 Child (Non-Mykad holder): RM38
The Lake Gardens date to the 1880s and the 91.6 hectares make up this city's most popular park. Built around a man-made lake, the park is more than just a plain old patch of green grass and shrubberies; the Panggung Anniversary set in one of the valleys is a regular venue for musical and cultural performances, and there are a variety of botanical gardens, a children's playground, jogging tracks, exercise stations and rowing boats too. Free Tai Chi and aerobic classes are also regularly held on weekend mornings.
KL Butterfly Park
Another little attraction in the Lake Gardens, the trip around the Butterfly Park (one of the best of its kind in the world) takes just an hour and includes a look at an array of insects as well as excellent views of KL, housing some 6,000 butterflies of over 120 species. Admission will cost RM20 for adults and RM10 for kids but MyKad holders can enjoy a 50 percent discount.
University Malaya Rimba Ilmu
Modelled on a rainforest, Rimba Ilmu (Forest of Knowledge) covers over 80 hectares and houses the most important biological conservatory in the country. The Herbarium is a must visit with over 63,000 samples of preserved plant specimens, Malaysia's largest university collection. Some parts of the park are accessible only to special group visits and research contacts but the bambusetum (living collection of bamboos) is accessible to the public.