There are plenty of things to do in Kuala Selangor for a day trip! In fact, most of the activities listed here can be found very close to or at Bukit Melawati.
Because there’s a lot to cover, we’re going to break this post down into a few sections:
- Bukit Melawati
- Food In Kuala Selangor
- Sky Mirror
- Bonus – Banting: Bukit Jugra
Bukit Melawati (or Melawati Hill) is a hill in Malaysia near Kuala Selangor that attracts visitors daily, especially on the weekends!
There is no entrance fee and everyone can come and enjoy the scenery and fresh air here!
From the top of the hill, you can see the Straits of Malacca as well as a couple of other landmarks:
1. Seek History At Tanjong Keramat Fort
In the nearby village called Kampong Tanjung Keramat:
You can look for Tanjong Keramat Fort or Bukit Belanda (“Dutchill”) – this is a 2-storey granite and clay building that was built by Sultan Ibrahim, the 2nd Sultan of Selangor and taken over by the Dutch in 1784.
The walls of the fort and the cannons are not there anymore but you can see the remains of the foundations.
2. Learn About The Legend Surrounding Virgin’s Grave (or Makam Keramat Anak Dara)
Also, in Kampong Tanjung Keramat is a small shrine on a hill that has a sad story tied to it. You can read about it from the signboard outside the shrine.
3. Gaze Upon The War Memorial At Kuala Selangor
Built by the British to commemorate their fallen comrades as well as Malaysian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I and II, visitors can still visit this war memorial today:
Note: The memorial is at the roundabout for Jalan Keramat Tanjong in Kuala Selangor.
However, instead of the original bronze plaques (which were probably stolen), there are now wooden ones that carry the names of the fallen soldiers.
4. Check Out The Poisoned Well
Have you ever heard of people using itch as a torture method?
In its days of use, the poisoned well supposedly contained liquid rubber and scratchy bamboo shoots.
Traitors were possibly drowned here too.
5. Admire The Altingsburg Lighthouse
This 27m tall landmark is the symbol of the town.
Its origins date back to 1907. Today, it is still lit up from 7pm to 6am and the light can be seen 18 nautical miles away.
Visitors cannot go up the lighthouse without special permission. But the Bukit Melawati tram ride makes a stop here.
And because it is a lighthouse, it has good views of the waterways – Straits of Melaka as well as Selangor river.
6. Stop By The Historical Museum Historical Museum of Kuala Selangor (Muzium Sejarah Daerah Kuala Selangor)
Admission to this museum is free and it is here that you can learn about the development of the town. And how Kuala Selangor served as a trading centre for the tin mining industry.
Did you know that Kuala Selangor was the very first capital of the State of Selangor?
It will likely you take you less than an hour to browse through the dioramas, old weapons and other artifacts.
7. See Silver Leaf Monkeys
These aren’t like the usual brown and bold monkeys that are spread all over Malaysia.
Silver leaf monkeys have dark grey fur and a somewhat gentler disposition (but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down!).
Bukit Melawati is a great opportunity to see one up close (and for free!). The babies are especially adorable with their persimmon-colored fur!
Despite there being many vendors selling food for the monkeys, do not feed them as it makes them too dependent on humans!
8. Look Out For Batu Hampar
At Bukit Melawati, you will probably wander across this strange stone feature!
It might look like a normal stone bench but it has history behind it:
There is a claim that the then-ruling Sultan sat here in his garden to watch many sunsets on the hill.
Another more gruesome speculation includes the stone being used to behead traitors a long time ago.
9. Explore Melawati Fort (Kota Melawati)
Unlike the Tanjong Keramat Fort mentioned earlier in this list:
You can still see some of the walls and plenty of the cannons of Melawati Fort!
Take some time to notice the strategic positions of the cannons that overlook the fort’s surroundings!
10. Find Melawati Hill Mound
Melawati Mound is also referred to as Busut Melawati.
The 12-foot-high mound was where Sultan Ibrahim used to watch cockerel fights!
Built during his reign, the mound is on the flat part of a small hill with an ancient Angsana tree close by.
11. Take The Tram Ride Up Bukit Melawati
For adults, the slow ride up the hill may not be particularly exciting. But kids will be thrilled!
You can buy tickets at the entrance of Bukit Melawati at the base of the hill in front of the car park.
Price: RM5 adult and RM3 child (ages 3-12)
12. Peek At The Royal Mausoleum Of Bukit Melawati
By the way, as you make your way down (on foot) from Bukit Melawati, you will see this royal structure!
It’s fenced up to prevent public access but the building is nice to admire!
How To Go To Bukit Melawati
You have 3 options – to walk, drive or take the tram up from the entrance to the top of the hill!
I. The Tram Service
Got your own car?
II. Driving Your Car Up
Visitors can drive their own cars up. You can drive up too on the weekends, outside of tram operation hours.
III. Using Your Legs
But honestly if you are able-bodied, it’s not a difficult climb up to Bukit Melawati.
The path goes up the road and in less than 10 minutes, you will see the bleached-white lighthouse on top of the hill.
13. Wander Through Kuala Selangor Nature Park (Taman Alam)
The 324 hectares sanctuary is managed by the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS).
Because the park consists mostly of mangroves, mud flats and secondary jungle, you can expect to see many species of birds here (~156 species with 57 migratory types)!
You might even spot otters here!
Some common animals you will probably see are fiddler crabs and monkeys!
14. Go On A Boat Tour To Watch Kuala Selangor Fireflies
As the evening approaches, tours gear up to take people out to see Kuala Selangor’s best known attraction: Fireflies!
This is the place to see thousands (now hundreds) of fireflies light up the mangroves along the banks of Selangor River!
Book your ticket now via Klook:
15. Join Eagle Feeding (Or Not)
Something else that’s popular around here is sea eagle feeding!
You hop on a boat with other tourists, and the tour company will take you guys along the river.
The beautiful birds will gather soon enough as the tour guides throw out pieces of raw chicken meat for them to catch mid-air!
Many tour operators combine this activity with other popular Kuala Selangor attractions (like the fireflies).
However, we strongly advise our readers not to go for these tours as this encourages unnatural behaviour among the eagles (e.g., they don’t eat their usual prey causing an inbalance in the local ecosystem). Besides, raw chicken is just unsanitary!
Bonus: Dine At 天空号 Boat Cafe @ Sky Mirror
Ever dined on a boat before?
This may be stationary boat but the atmosphere is no less romantic! They have alcohol, cheesecake, and Korean snacks! Certainly not a bad way to end a day of exploring!
You can conveniently time your visit here after a firefly tour too!
There are two beaches that you can visit in Kuala Selangor and each are great spots for viewing the sunset!
The beaches are an hours’ drive apart.
And Pantai Redang is up north while Pantai Remis is south, not far from Jeram.
16. Remis Beach (Pantai Remis)
This small beach often has crowds of people on weekends and public holidays even though it is not suitable for swimming!
Popular activities include trying the fresh seafood sold at the beach, flying kites, fishing and watching the sunset, of course!
17. Redang Beach (Pantai Redang)
Redang beach may share the same names as Redang Island (Pulau Redang) in Terengganu but unlike its namesake, Redang beach at Kuala Selangor is not ideal for snorkelling, diving or even swimming!
However, this is a local hot spot during the evenings.
And occasionally, you might see some migratory birds flying by!
There’s plenty of space for kids to fly kites!
A small Chinese temple and a wishing tree are also close by and worth a quick look!
Other beaches in Kuala Selangor.
While Kuala Selangor isn’t famous for its food, it does have a few establishments that have made their own mark on the town.
18. Auntie Foo Cafe
This quaint cafe is a popular spot for breakfast and is housed in a heritage building in the middle of town.
Popular menu items include their homemade ice-cream! Western dishes are available on the menu too besides local favorites like nasi lemak. All of which you can enjoy in the air-conditioned environment.
Another must-try at this cafe is the cendol.
They also sell dried local seafood and other souvenirs.
And if you need a map on local attractions, you can pick up one here! Or use their complimentary WiFi to do some research.
19. Auntie Kopitiam
A bit closer to Bukit Melawati is the sister of Auntie Foo:
The theme at this cafe is the classic old-style Malaysian coffee shop (kopitiam)!
In fact, it is a typical Hainanese coffee shop. With early opening hours.
You can expect to find these items on the menu:
- Toast with homemade kaya
- Nasi lemak
- Hainanese chicken chop
- Curry mee
Of these, the nasi lemak and curry mee are safe orders to make!
20. Café Lumière
If you want something a little fancier and closer to Kuala Lumpur, then this cafe might suit you better:
Besides the delicious western food, you will not fail to appreciate the decor!
They have daily specials here like bangers and mash, sticky lemon chicken and spaghetti bolognese.
Moreover, the coffee will not disappoint! And if coffee is not your thing, they have specialized tea and Kombucha!
However, ordering around 5 items can quickly accumulate to RM100+ so make sure to clarify the prices before placing your orders.
21. Cendol Bakar At Kampung Assam Jawa
If you feel like having some cendol to beat the heat, you can try this one:
Cendol Bakar is a typical Malaysian roadside stall. Prices are low and unfortunately, so is the hygiene standard.
The word “Bakar” (which means burnt in Malay) comes from the gula melaka used in preparation of this particular cendol.
Besides their namesake dessert, you can get other Malay dishes here like mee undang here! Their laksa is recommended too.
22. Kedai Kopi Shin Lok 新乐茶室
If you were thinking of checking out Remis Beach (Pantai Remis) anyways, then it’s worth stopping here for the steamed buns!
Steamed buns (pau) of various fillings are sold here:
- Red bean
Vegetable is one of their more popular flavors and sell out pretty quick! And if you’ve never tried kaya made with coconut jam and duck eggs before, here’s your chance!
They also have other snacks here like taro dumplings and curry puffs. Meanwhile, the coffee is great too! Be sure to call ahead to check what paus are still available to avoid disappointment.
23. Beggar Chicken in Ijok
30 minutes’ drive from Kuala Selangor is the small town of Ijok.
The reputable restaurant that sells the dish “beggar chicken” is found in an unlikely place:
A house hidden near an oil palm plantation where the tables are within the compound of the house. There’s no air con here so prepare yourself for the heat if you’re coming for lunch.
Most importantly, make a phone reservation first before dropping by! As they may not be accepting dine-in guests on the day of your visit.
Other than the beggar chicken, you can order other Chinese dishes like:
- Stir-fried cos lettuce (yau mak)
- Glutinous rice (八宝饭) – beware of the large serving! Fit for 6-8people!
- Pork maw soup
- Braised pig trotters
- Salted egg rice
Don’t forget to try their signature, home-made kumquat (金桔) drink!
New Beggar’s Delicious Restaurant (新家乡美味叫化鸡)
You can find tonnes of fresh seafood all along the coastline in Kuala Selangor.
Dried seafood products can also be bought at shops easily throughout Kuala Selangor too.
For one-stop convenience, head over to Pasir Penambang Jetty which has more than a few notable seafood restaurants in Kuala Selangor to choose from.
Some recommended seafood restaurants:
24. Medan Ikan Bakar Pantai Jeram
This is a halal seafood restaurant at Pantai Jeram.
And they have a surau (or prayer room) for their Muslim patrons and a playground for kids!
The main reason for coming here however, is the tasty food for reasonable prices! Along with the fast service.
- Chili crab
- Grilled fish/ squid/ scallops
- Tomyam soup
25. Restoran Tian Wai Tian (天外天海鲜餐室)
This Chinese restaurant (non halal) might look a bit old from the outside but it serves up some delicious food in an air-conditioned environment too.
Note: The taste of the food leans towards plain rather than heavily seasoned.
- Lemon chicken
- Fried oysters
- Crab with rice noodles
- Tofu soup
- Curry fish head
Expect slower service on the weekends as they are usually packed!
26. River View Seafood Restaurant
Popular for the food as well as its view over the river, this Chinese restaurant is also halal! If you’ve come here before, they no longer offer alcohol.
Expect to spend under RM300 for 5 mains. Order your drinks by a jug rather than individual glasses to save costs.
Dishes to try:
- Spicy crab
- Claypot crab rice
- Salted egg crab
- Steamed fish
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Often called the Salar de Uyuni of Malaysia for its resemblance to Bolivia’s Uyuni salt flats:
The Sasaran Sky Mirror of Kuala Selangor is a sight you do not want to miss! But because the sandbar only appears during low tide, there are limited tour slots.
In fact, these tours only run a few times a month, depending on the tide. So make sure you book early!
Temples are aplenty around Kuala Selangor:
Take your pick and try to squeeze at least one into your trip!
Qi Jian Xian Shi Fo Zu Gu Miao
A small and colorful Taoist-Buddhist temple but you can get a good view of the sea from the top!
Monkey God Temple (Xi Ling Gong)
You can also get a good view of the surrounding area from atop this colorful temple.
Take some time to admire the images – some feature the many levels of hell!
Sri Shakti Devasthanam Temple
It’s best to stop here on your way to Kuala Selangor. Or when you’re making your way back down to Kuala Lumpur.
This stunning temple is one of the finest Hindu temples in Malaysia with its intricately carved sandstone walls!
Besides this, all manifestations of 51 Shakti Peedam (collected from 51 holy sites across South Asia) are here!
If you drop by at night, the temple is lit up too!
This is a good spot for hiking or …paragliding!
To get to Bukit Jugra will involve some weaving through a small kampung (a.k.a village/rural) area. You can also hike or cycle up this hill as some people chose to do.
Or you can drive up. It’s quite steep but you do not need a 4-wheel drive just yet.
You don’t really have an excuse to visit Kuala Selangor if you stay in the Klang valley and you have your own car and a free weekend!
Even one day would suffice to see some of the best that Kuala Selangor has to offer as it’s only an hour’s drive away north of Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur and 2.5 hours’ drive south from Ipoh!