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5 Best Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This is the city that never sleeps! It is not unusual to see people relaxing at their hotel until around 3am. This is not a joke, this is a real thing. I hardly ever get up to 2am because why would I want to do that.

Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant city with lots to see and do. The good thing about Kuala Lumpur is that it doesn’t take long to get outside the city and explore it.

1.The Genting Highlands

Large stone Buddha statue

This is probably the most visited attraction in Malaysia. It’s located about 1.5 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur and often referred to as the Las Vegas of Asia.

Like most tourist attractions, you should book online before you make the trip. Malaysia is a Muslim country so religious festivals can cause transport to be booked out days in advance. The Genting Highlands is somewhere you can go to enjoy amazing views and a variety of entertainment options, ranging from theme parks to spas.

2. Hill Station Genting

Chin Swee Caves Temple View from top

The main attraction is the Skyway, where you can experience amazing views and enjoy the thermal baths. Also, you can stay in one of the hotels located right at the top of the hill. You can really get away from it all here, however, be warned that it is a little expensive.

3. Lehsan Tea Gardens

Young asian backpacker traveling into tea fields

Located just outside of Kuala Lumpur, the hillsides here are filled with tea plantations. In this area, you have the chance to try some of the local teas and learn about the different varieties. You can also visit the large and famous tea factory.

If you enjoy tea, then this is somewhere you definitely need to visit. The gardens are home to a lot of wild monkeys and other wildlife.

4. Titiwangsa Range

View of bridge with trees on either side

The name of this park means ‘northern tiger’ and it is actually home to many species of wildlife. Here you will find many types of exotic animals and several exotic birds. You can also visit local villages, such as the Dayang Bunting village, where you can learn about the culture and lifestyle.

There are several hikes you can do here, but bear in mind they can be pretty challenging.

5. Lake Farmstay

This is another local attraction where you can visit one of the mountain farms. You will be treated to a traditional Malaysia cultural experience. There, you can learn about the different animal life and meet the locals.

6. Batu Caves

Closeup of Lord Murugan Statue

Batu Caves is located about 35 minutes from Kuala Lumpur. Here, you can visit the Batu Caves Temple, which is one of the largest Hindu temples in the world. The caves are also home to several giant monkeys, who climb all over the cave walls.

7. Dandhu

Dandhu is a great place to visit if you need to get away and enjoy the nature. Located right outside of Kuala Lumpur, you will still be able to visit all the popular attractions in the area. With the river Dandhu running right through the center, you can enjoy canoeing trips and picnics. You can even swim in the river and stretch your legs!

8. Kuala Selangor

Closeup of statues at Sri Shakti Hindu Temple in Kuala Selangor

Located just about an hour from Kuala Lumpur, this large park is home to several species of wild monkeys. The park is home to several tigers and has several hiking trails that you can follow.

9. Kampung Makmur

For a beautiful and peaceful experience, there is no better place than Kampung Makmur. Located just 20 minutes from Kuala Lumpur, you can enjoy traditional Malaysian wooden homes.

10. Sentul Park

Sentul Park sign board at night
Image from Gen Kanai used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If greenery is your thing, then Sentul Park is just right for you. Located near Kuala Lumpur, this park is home to a large lake, where the locals swim and paddle boats.

11. Kayazul Aquarium

Father holding his daughter exploring in aquarium
Image from TripAdvisor

This aquarium is home to a variety of exotic fish, such as, stingrays, turtles and frogs. In addition, there is a small petting zoo

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