8 Exciting Day Trips from KL

Exhausted from the mundane routine of your 9-to-5 job in an office cubicle? Stressed by your assignment deadlines? You need a break. Get out of town on the weekends and go on an exciting day trip!

Not sure where to go? Here are 8 Exciting Day Trips from KL for the adventurers, nature lovers, foodies and beach lovers. It’s time to have fun!

1. Berjaya Hills (Bukit Tinggi)

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Fomerly known as Bukit Tinggi, Berjaya Hills is a short drive away from Kuala Lumpur. Escape from the horrendous humid weather in KL and immerse yourself in this beautiful French village without having to pay for ridiculously expensive flight tickets to France. To enter Colmar Tropicale French Theme Resort, pay a small fee of RM13 for adults and RM8 for children. This entrance ticket includes passes to the Japanese Village and Botanical Garden as well.

Things to do: In the French village, feed the elegant swans by the lake, play golf at the muti-award winning golf course, dine at the French-style cafes that serve delectable French pastries and admire the colourful buildings and unique architecture of this township that has been inspired by the old town of Colmar in Alsace, France, which is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. When you’re done, take a stroll at the serene Japanese Village and Botanical Garden; have high tea while you’re there with a gorgeous view of luscious greens. With great trails, Berjaya Hills is also a good place for mountain biking and trekking.

Not far away is a Rabbit Farm which is a great destination for families with kids to visit. Here, animal lovers both young and old get to pet and feed the bunnies.

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photo credit: Colmar Tropicale

Getting There: Berjaya Hills is 45 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur and 10 km from the East- West Karak Highway, or you can take a shuttle bus from Berjaya Times Square to Berjaya Hills Resort. The rates for a return trip are RM 60 for adults and RM 55 for children.

2. Malacca

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This historic town was once colonised by the Portugese, Dutch and British; and there is plenty of evidence of its chequered past that still remains today. There is plenty to see and do at this UNESCO World heritage, explore this town by foot or take a fancy old fashion ride on a trishaw.

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Things to do: The colonial heart of the city is situated on the east side of the Malacca River (Sungai Melaka). Visit the ruins of the old Portuguese fort ‘Porta de Santiago’ and St Paul’s Church.

St Paul’s Hill provides great views over the city. Take a walk down memory lane which offers reminders of Malacca’s Dutch past at the town square where the Old Stadhuys (Town Hall) and Christ Church is. Enrich yourself and experience the rich Peranakan culture and heritage through the preservation of the Chan family house at the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum. Admission is RM15 for adults and RM10 for children aged 5 to 12. For more information, visit their website.

Melacca is not just a gallery of ruins and architecture, Jonker Street, the centre of Chinatown sells everything from tasty treats to cheap keepsakes. In the evening, take a romantic walk along the Malacca River and end your day at Malacca’s “desert” – Pantai Klebang with a breathtaking sunset view.

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What to Eat: Fill up your tummies on some renowned local cuisine – Nyonya cuisine, a fragrant fusion of Chinese and Malay cooking that was formed over centuries of mixed marriages in this area, while you’re here. Highly recommended Nyonya restaurants are Nancy’s Kitchen and Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine. Feast on the famous chicken ball rice, satay celup and durian cendol as well. This town is a buffet spread of delectable delicacies!

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Nancy’s Kitchen 13, Jalan KL 3/8, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka
Amy Heritage Nyonya CuisineBandar Hilir 75, Jalan Melaka Raya 24, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka
Getting There: It’s 2-hours drive south from Kuala Lumpur down the North-South expressway, or there are half-hourly buses from Pudu Sentral for RM12.30 one-way.

3. Kuala Selangor

Have you seen Fireflies? Another popular day trip from Kuala Lumpur is to Kuala Selangor, a fishing village that boasts about their fresh and cheap seafood.

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Things to do: Stop by Bukit Melawati, a historical hill and one of Kuala Selangor’s most popular tourist attractions during the day. Feed the cheeky bunch of silver leaf monkeys while you’re there. Later, head over to Kuala Selangor Nature Park, the home to many endangered species and mangrove trees. It’s one of the best examples of a preserved estuarine wetland in all of Asia.

Make sure to stick around till the sun goes down! At night, drift down the Selangor River in a sampan and marvel at the fireflies that sparkle in the dark skies. Priced at RM10 per person for the 45-minute boat ride, the entrance tickets are sold at Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park. There is truly nothing like cruising on a boat along the river to capture this wondrous sight.

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Getting There: If you’re driving, make your way towards Sungai Buloh exit from North-South highway and follow the road signs towards Kuala Selangor. The trip north to Kampung Kuantan (9km east of Kuala Selangor) from will take another 2 hours.

Another option is to board Selangor Bus No. 100 from Medan Pasar Bus Hub in KL, the bus departs half-hourly from KL between 6.30am and 7.30pm and arrives the bus terminal at Bandar Malawati, Kuala Selangor. However, the last bus from Kuala Selangor to KL is too early, so you could only take the bus on the way there and then catch a ride-share (Grab) or taxi back.

4.  Janda Baik, Bentong

Soak in the beauty of nature at Janda Baik, a small ‘kampung’ with a natural tropical rainforest. A perfect escape from the city hustle and bustle.

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Things to do: Walk into the calm and serene Tanarimba Janda Baik surrounded with tall and mighty trees. Fuel up and have lunch at the popular Hooi Kee Wan Tan Mee before you continue your journey.

In the afternoon, dip yourself into a pool of hot spring waters at Janda Baik Hotspring or spend your afternoon having a splashing time at The Chamang Fall in Bentong, 25-minutes drive away from Janda Baik.

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For dessert, head over to Kedai Kopi Kow Po and indulge in their famous homemade ice-cream or a refreshing bowl of ABC/ Cendol ice-cream.

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Kedai Kopi Kow Po
: Bentong Height, 28700 Bentong, Pahang
Opening Hours: Daily from 10am – 7pm
Tel: 09-2221 258

Hooi Kee Wan Tan Mee @ Yuen Kee Kopitiam – No. 57, Jalan Chui Yin, 28700, Bentong

Getting There: Janda Baik is just 45 kilometers North of Kuala Lumpur and 1/2 hr drive from KL via Gombak-Karak Highway.

5. Port Dickson

  “Ocean air & Salty Hair”

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KL isn’t missing much, but one thing it lacks is a beach to cool off at. The closest sandy beaches for a day trip are the ones that stretch out along the coastal road south of Port Dickson. Catch one of the glorious sunsets that can be seen from the west coast against a backdrop of palm and coconut trees.

Things to do: History buffs wouldn’t want to miss the Army Museum. This attraction is located near a Malaysian army base, and it traces the history of the country’s armed forces. After that, take mind-blowing pictures at the ALIVE 3D Art Gallery; fill up your photo album with quirky shots that your family can laugh at many years down the road.

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Spend your afternoon packed with wholesome fun with your family at PD Ostrich farm where you get to watch enthralling ostrich shows, pet friendly animals or even ride on an ostrich. Take a short drive ten miles south of Port Dickson is the Blue Lagoon, a small bay next to Cape Rachado. This Blue Lagoon promises the clearest water in the area. Snorkel in the crystal clear water and take a long romantic walk by the beach while witnessing the sky fill up with warm rays as the sun sets.

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PD Ostrich Farm
: Lot 1419, Jalan Kemang 13, Batu 9 Jalan Pantai Teluk Kemang, Port Dickson
Price: Adults RM8 ||Children RM6

ALIVE 3D Art Gallery
No.38-40 jln 2/1 Bdr Dataran Segar ,Lukut71010,Port Dickson,N.S, 71010 Port Dickson
Tel: 06-651 5400
Price: Adults RM20 || Children below 90cm RM15

Getting There: 90-minutes drive south of KL on the North-South expressway and take the exit to Port Dickson. Regular buses from KL to Port Dickson leave from Pudu Sentral for RM6.15.

6. Sekinchan

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This quaint fishing village – Sekinchan is located in the Sabak Bernam district, not too far away from Kuala Lumpur city. Blessed with fertile soil and an abundance of paddy fields, its name in Chinese– 适耕庄 (pronounced as ‘shi geng zhuang’) is directly translated from the phonetics of Sekinchan. However, it couldn’t be more apt because in Chinese it means “Village suitable for farming”.

Things to do: Run along in the endless carpet of Paddy Fields in the vicinity of Jalan Tali Air. Visit the Paddy Processing Factory and Paddy Museum to understand the complete cycle of rice planting, which makes you appreciate the grains of rice served on your plate even more. Eat seafood for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or shall I rephrase, eat LOTS of seafood! You wouldn’t want to miss the fresh seafood served here – crabs, prawns, oysters, clams, calamari, fish etc. Several seafood restaurants can be found along the “seafood street”, the highly recommended ones would be Guan Seng Loong and Bangan Seafood Restaurant.

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Chill at Pantai Redang Beach and snack away with some more food! Prawn crackers, fresh coconut juice, and raw oysters. What more can you ask for? Don’t forget to make a wish by throwing a red ribbon onto the tree located by the beach.

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Drop by the Fisherman’s Wharf on your way back. It’s just around the corner of Jalan Pantai Redang. If you’re lucky enough, you might be able to catch a fisherman bringing back his harvest from the sea.

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Paddy Processing Factory and Paddy Museum
Address: Lot No 9990, Jalan Tali Air 5, Ban 2, 45400 Sekinchan
Tel:  603-3243 6558
Price: RM 4 (only for Paddy Museum)

Guan Seng Loong Seafood Restaurant: No. 73, LRG 3, Bagan Sekinchan, 45400 Sekinchan

Restoran Bagan Sekinchan: 168-C Lorong 5, Sekinchan

Getting There: Driving takes approximately an hour to get there. You can use the LATAR Expressway to Kuala Selangor, exit at Ijok, make your way to Kuala Selangor, then to Sekinchan. Alternatively, you can board a bus from Pudu Sentral to Sekinchan. More detailed information is provided HERE.

7. Batu Caves

Unfold the beauty and charm of the spiritual Batu Caves. The Temple Cave is the largest cave and hosts the centerpiece of the temple, namely the world’s tallest statue of Lord Murugan, standing at 140 feet high, built in concrete and painted entirely in gold. Recently the steps to the temple has also gotten a rainbow makeover which has transformed this temple into one of the most Instagrammable spots in Malaysia!

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Things to do: Climb a flight of 272 steps, on your way up to the shrine you will be greeted with families of monkeys. Touring around the caves will take around 2-3 hours plus additional time for photo taking sessions.

Your tummy will be grumbling in hunger from all that walking, head over to enjoy a delectable traditional vegetarian meal – Banana Leaf Rice at Dhivya’s Café, one of the most raved about restaurant to dine at near Batu Cave.

If time is on your side, a short drive away is Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary where you get to feed, groom, and bathe the elephants. For the adventurous, experience the thrill of elephant riding through the sanctuary’s grounds.

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Kuala Gandah,Elephant Sanctuary
Address: 28500 Lanchang, Pahang Darul Makmur
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 8am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm | Friday 8am – 12:15pm, 2:45pm – 5:00pm
Price: Adult RM10 | Children RM5

Getting There: Batu Caves is about 13 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Driving there takes about 25 minutes via the Kuala Lumpur-Klang Highway. Alternatively, you can catch a train from Kl Sentral, the KTM line which takes you straight to Batu Caves station. Trains leave KL Sentral every half an hour and cost just RM4 return.

8. Ipoh

Ipoh is the capital city of Perak state and also one of the largest historical cities in the country. These days, Ipoh has been undergoing quiet renaissance. The renewed enthusiasm for Ipoh’s heritage is seeing old shop houses refurbished, while new cafes and craft shops are blooming up within historic buildings. Ipoh is a great place to go on a Foodie Adventure.

Things to do: Start your day early and have breakfast in Ipoh at Thea  Chun restaurant. Thean Chun is famous for its Shredded Chicken Hor-Fun, Caramel Custard and Herbal Tea Egg.

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Next, pack a box of freshly baked egg tarts with flaky crusts from Nam Heong Coffee Shop before your en route on your journey.

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Thean Chun Coffee Shop73, Jalan Bandar Timah, 31650 Ipoh

Kedai Makanan Nam Heong2, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh

While food hopping, don’t forget to take hipster shots with the artistic wall murals. There are 8 wall murals painted by Ernest Zacharevic in Ipoh old town that have splashed a colour of vibrancy to the historical buildings of Ipoh.

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Stop by Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang for a picnic or a light stroll after a hearty breakfast. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and enjoy the astonishing view of the magnificent manmade falls at this recreational park. Take a relaxing boat ride for RM3 across the lake with your friends.

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Later, stroll down Panglima lane and Concubine Lane. These vibrantly decorated streets are lined with pop up stores, hip cafes as well as souvenir shops.

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Don’t leave before café hopping and visiting some of the most brew-tiful cafes in Ipoh – Coffee Tag, Café de eight, Everyday Lifeshop Café, The Happy 8 Café and Potpourri House Café.

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Lastly, feed your adventurous soul by exploring the historical sites in Ipoh such as the Kellie’s Castle – the unfinished, ruined mansion built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith and the Birch Memorial Clock Tower.

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Kellie’s Castle31000 Batu Gajah, Perak
Birch Memorial Clock Tower31650 Ipoh, Perak

Getting There: Ipoh is 205km north from KL. It takes approximately 2 hours of driving to get there via the North-South Expressway. The ETS KL to Ipoh KTM electric train service operates regularly throughout the day and is the fastest way to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh. Fares for the ETS Trains KL-Ipoh are listed here Train 36. (  http://www.train36.com/ets-kl-to-ipoh.html )

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