“Selangor truly has more” – this might be a bold tourism slogan but Malaysia’s most developed and prosperous state has enough proof to back it up.
Located on the western peninsula of Malaysia, Selangor provides one-of-a-kind experiences to tourists and even offering up a long list of attractions, adventures, and entertainment. Aside from its booming cities, Selangor’s small towns also provide guests a glimpse of the other side of the state: green vegetations on the roadside, well-preserved rainforests, and quaint fishing villages. Truly, Selangor is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur.
Conveniently, the largest airport in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, is located at Selangor. Tourists coming from other countries can fly directly to Selangor via Malaysia Airlines or AirAsia.
Visitors who want to take a trip to Selangor from Kuala Lumpur have three options when it comes to transportation: by bus, taxi, or rented car. Going by bus is the cheapest option, and tourists can do so by boarding Selangor Bus Number 100 in Medan Pasar Bus Hub. Buses bound for the two-hour trip to Selangor leaves every thirty minutes from 06:30 to 19:30, the fare is RM 9.00 (USD 2.20).
For better comfort, tourists can either rent a taxi or a private car. Taxis charge around RM 70 to 100 (USD 17 to 24) for a one-way ride from Kuala Lumpur to Selangor. For those driving a rented car, you can take the Sungai Buloh exit from the North-South highway. Signs and directions to Kuala Selangor are provided along the way.
Establishments accept Malaysian Ringgit (RM), Malaysia’s official currency available at denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1. As the state of Selangor is one of the most developed in the country, ATM machines are widely available, foreign currencies can be easily exchanged at malls, banks, and money exchange offices, and there are several establishments that accept traveler’s check in US dollars, Australian dollars, and pounds.
The weather in Malaysia can generally be described as hot and humid all year, with scattered rain showers during the wet months. Selangor, located in the western part of Malaysia, experiences the dry, sunny season between November and February, with the wettest months between April and October. The best time to visit Selangor is around November and January.
Since Selangor is one of the most populated states in Malaysia, the diversity of dishes can easily be identified in food flavours, which always features tempeh, local fruits, village vegetables, and freshwater fish. Selangor offers comfort food with unique twists such as Restoran Mee Udang Banjir’s sweet mee udang soup and Cendol Bakar’s refreshingly sweet cendol dessert. For savory delicacies, Kajang’s big servings of satay and the extra fun rotis of Serdang, Selangor should definitely be on top of the list.
Safety and Fraud
Although debit and credit cards are accepted in some establishments in the cities, tourists are encouraged to be cautious when it comes to using credit cards since instances of fraud have happened around the area.
Selangor may be off the beaten path but it is certainly one of the places to visit if one wants to see more of the diversity and uniqueness of Malaysia. Activities and attractions never run out in this place, so better plan your itinerary well to be able to see all the sights that are in the city and in the countryside. Enjoying Selangor’s beauty, culture, history, and food, of course, is a great way to either start or conclude your Malaysia trip.