Six Unmissable Day Trips From Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a top destination for those who are curious about Malaysia; however there are many remarkable places around Kuala Lumpur that are easily forgotten but yet worth a visit. Here’s our top six day trip destination from Kuala Lumpur.


1.  Malacca

Less than 2 hours away by car from Kuala Lumpur, Malacca is dubbed ‘The Historic State.’ A small city filled with historical wonders such as the A Famosa, the oldest surviving European architectural remains in SE Asia, and numerous antique temples, mosques and churches, Malacca is a short cultural respite from the buzz of city life in Kuala Lumpur. It is easily accessible by car, taxi, bus and trains. For those who take the train, you’ll be pleased with views of the Malaysian rural countryside.

Elephant sanctuary

2. Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary is located in the state of Pahang, a mere 1.5 hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur. An attraction popular with animal lovers, one not only gets to feed and play with the gentle creatures, they are also allowed to ride and swim with them as well. The sanctuary is an ideal location for families as well as visitors would be educated on the sanctuary’s elephant conservation activities. The Elephant Sanctuary is a must-go for an enriching, unique experience.

genting highlands

3. Genting Highlands

Known for its theme park and lovely weather, Genting Highlands is only 10RM and an hour away from the sweltering weather of Kuala Lumpur. An expanding integrated resort, Genting Highlands has numerous attractions such as its six hotels, an entertaining theme park, casinos and 170 dining and shopping outlets. There’s never a lack of things to do in Genting and it is especially suited for friends and families who want a short break.

batu caves and temple

4.  Batu Caves and Temples

The Batu Caves and Temple has to be one of the nearest day-trip destinations from Kuala Lumpur.  A short 30 minute drive away, visitors will pass by KL’s Little India and can stop for a meal and pictures at the colorful community.  The Batu Caves is an enormous limestone hill with a series of caves and cave temples within and its interior is lined with different deities and structures. It’s an ideal day trip destination for those who love both nature and history.

Kuala Selangor

5.  Kuala Selangor

Need a break from city life to simply immerse yourself in nature? Kuala Selangor is the answer to that. Kuala Selangor, an hour away from Kuala Lumpur, is home to a Nature Park that is widely known for its bird sanctuary and mangrove swamps. However the main attraction of Kuala Selangor that attracts thousands of tourists every year is its famous firefly phenomenon.  Every night, the fireflies appear in the thick mangrove streets along the river and lights up the dark night with its magical shine.  It’s a mesmerizing phenomenon that would leave you holding your breaths in amazement.

The Chiling Waterfall

6.  The Chilling Waterfall

Located in the north region of Kuala Lumpur, the Chiling Waterfall is an easy 1.5 hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur. It is a magnificent and picturesque natural site that you can play and frolic in. Deemed as one of the best waterfalls in Malaysia, the chilling waterfall is a must-go for those who want an escape from the bustle of the city into the calm surroundings of nature. However, do note that the waterfalls is a short trek away from the main land, thus it’s not ideal for the weak and unfit.

Find more information on things to do in Kuala Lumpur, visit Travelog.

Images courtesy of (from top to bottom) Expedia, Mycoolholidays, Golden Holidays, WorldTV, The Travel Guide Online, YouTube.

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