PLACES OF INTEREST

Nature and Adventure

Kanching waterfall

less than a kilometre further north are the many cascades of the kanching waterfalls, commonly refered to as the templer park falls. The many levels of the falls, altogether rising a couple of hundred metres, offer endless space and opportunity for picnicking, swimming, photography or just relaxing from the pressure of city life. operating hours : open daily jabatan perhutanan selangor, tingkat 4 bangunan sultan salahuddin abdul aziz shah, 40000 shah alam, selangor. tel : 03-559 1957 fax : 03-550 2358

Keris monument

this towering silver coloured keris greets the visitor along the federal highway from shah alam to klang. this specially designed memorial depicts the keris semenanjung which symbolises power, strength and unity. the monument has a historical significance because it was erected to commemorate the silver jubilee of the sultan of selangor�s installation in 1985. Open daily majlis perbandaran klang, jalan perbandaran, 41675 klang, selangor tel : 03-331 6044 fax : 03-332 0344

Klang town

through now overshadowed by shah alam, klang can nevertheless bask in the glory of its past, when it played a significant role in the history of selangor's development. It was the former capital of selangor, and from its strategic position overlooking the klang river, it guarded the entrance to klang valley.

Kota darul ehsan arch

kota darul ehsan arch is the most distinguished landmark in selangor. the gateway to selangor is symbolised by this imposing arch. It is erected to mark the sacrifice of the sultan of selangor in ceding kuala lumpur to the federal government. located along the federal highway and incorporating exquisite moorish architecture flanked by ancient cannons, the marble arch demarcates the boundary between selangor and kuala lumpur. at night, the kota darul ehsan arch creates a spellbinding effect to travellers on the highway with its illumination of royal gold colours. Open daily unit perancang dan pembangunan negeri, pejabat setiausaha kerajaan selangor, tingkat 16, bangunan ssaas, 40000 shah alam, selangor tel : 03-559 1957 fax : 03-550 9229

Kuala lumpur international airport (klia)

malaysia's new gateway to the world by air. Klia is located 50km's south of the city of kuala lumpur in the states of selangor. tourist will embark into a luxuriously landscaped, soothing ambience ie an airport inthe forest / a forest in the airport. the main terminal will serve all domestic, regional and mixed flights whilst the satelite building will cater to international flights. access between the main terminal and satelite building will will be via a track transit system.

Kuala selangor

even before kelang become the capital city of selangor, kuala selangor was the home of the selangor sultanate. Two fortresses were built on the hills overlooking the estuary of the selangor river in order to guard the city. The largest of the two, standing on bukit melawati, is now the royal mausoleum containing the remains of selangor's early bugis rulers. bukit melawati overlooks the kuala selangor nature park, which is being jointly developed by the state government and malayan nature society. It consists of more than 250 hectares of coastal land, most of it mangrove swamp, and contains about 130 species of birds. An estimated 100,000 wading birds, comprising 30 odd species, pass through here on their annual migration. Artifical lakes have been created to attact some of these birds, and observation hides have been built to allow visitors to watch the birds without disturbing them. Leaf monkeys can also be seen in the mangroves.

National zoo

the national zoo and aquarium spans 62 hectares of shady forest land encompassing several ponds and small stgreams, at ulu kelang on the outskirts of the city. Built to resemble as closely as possible the natural habitat of the various animals and birds, the zoo is home to about 1,000 species of flora and fauna from malaysia and other parts of the world. The aquarium houses some 82 species of marine life. For children, there is the added attraction of exciting elephant, camel and donkey-cart rides, boat rides and zoo train. There are also special showtimes featuring elephants, parrot, orang utan and sea-lions. opening hours : weekends and saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm sundays and public holidays 9.00am - 6.00pm hulu kelang, ampang tel : 03-408 3422 / 24 fax : 03-407 5375

Orang asli museum

the orang asli are the aboriginal people of penisular malaysia, with an estimated population of over 60,000 and who for the most part, still lead a simple yet fascinating lifestyle. This museum provides an insight into their culture with its large collection of native artifacts and information. tel : 03-689 2122

Paya indah wetland sanctuary

just 15km north of the klia international airport, this 3,100-hectare wetland sanctuary is a showcase of integrated conservation and development project. Formerly barren land caused by exhaustive tin mining activities, paya indah wetland sanctuary is now being restored to its natural state comprising lakes, peat swamp and lowland forests. It is now home to more than 142 species of birds, 40 species of fish, 25 species of mammals and reptiles, 220 species of aquatic and terrestrial plants. Visitors to this sanctuary can look forward to a myriad of experiences. They can enjoy the fiesta of greenery and wildlife simply by walking along its meandering paths and on boardwalks that lead to the lakes. Visitors could also choose nature-based activities such as fishing, bird watching, nature tours, jungle trekking, camping, biking, horse riding, canoeing, boating and picnic � all in the midst of a peaceful environment. malaysian wetlands foundation, no. 6a, lorong semantan, off jalan duta, 50480 kuala lumpur. tel : 03-253 0121 / 818 8835 fax : 03-253 1436 / 818 8820

Putrajaya

putrajaya sits on a magnificent 4,581 hectare spread. Its masterplan is designed along an axial tangent which runs from the northeast to southeast taking full advantage of the natural surroundings. Its undulating terrain treats visitors and residents to commanding vistas of the environment. About 40% of putrajaya is natural. Lush greenery, botanical gardens are spread across the landscape enhanced by large bodies of water and wetlands. Safari lagoon water theme park fancy going shopping while your children busy themselves at a theme park all under the same roof. Well, it is possible at the pandan safari lagoon shopping complex in pandan perdana. safari lagoon water theme park, the first rooftop water theme park in the klang valley, covers an area of 0.9 hectares on the seventh floor of the shopping complex. It is able to hold 3,000 people at any one time and is the place to have splashing fun at one�s own leisure. To complement the park, animal sculptures and lush greenery give the park its "safari look". operating hours : daily : 10.00 am - 10.00 pm. dirga niaga (selangor) sdn. Bhd., f-23a, first floor, pandan safari lagoon, 1, jalan pandan perdana 6/10a, 55300 pandan perdana. tel : 03-964 4399 fax : 03-964 4366

Sekinchan

sekinchan is a little town in the middle of the main rice-bowl area of selangor, in the sabak bernam district. Visitors are able to see large plots of land cultivated to produce the staple food of malaysians. This area is also well known for its mechanised farming methods and high yield of rice. A visit here provides the opportunity to see the sweeping green or gold (depending on the time of the year) fields of paddy reaching out clear to the horizon. pejabat daerah sabak bernam, 45300 sungai besar, sabak bernam, selangor. tel : 03-884 1963 fax : 03-884 2178

Semenyih dam

semenyih dam, located in hulu langat district, provides one of the most breathtaking sights in the country. The dam, which was built in 1985, supplies a major portion of drinking water to the klang valley population. On a clear day, visitors can see the reflection of the magnificent hills and sky in the still waters of this dam. Towards evening, the breeze causes slight waves and ripples, and a sensational sunset is mirrored on the water surface. pejabat daerah hulu langat, kompleks pentadbiran daerah, seksyen 9, 43650 bandar baru bangi, hulu langat, selangor. tel : 03-825 1992 fax : 03-825 2137

Shah alam lake gardens

one of the premier attractions of shah alam is its lake gardens, which is the green lung to the town centre. The lakes are divided into three sections - west, east and central. site of annual events such as the international boat show and international orchid exhibition, the shah alam lake gardens are a delightful man-made lakes that grace the capital of selangor. its surrounding is enhanced with a delightful landscaped and well-kept gardens, which is its strong point of attraction. Open daily majlis perbandaran shah alam, tingkat 1, wisma mpsa, persiaran perbandaran, 40700 shah alam, selangor tel : 03-550 5133 fax : 03-550 8010

Shah alam sports complex

awarded the "1996 best sports facility in asia" award, the shah alam sports complex features one of the largest and most dynamic sports and and entertainment complex in south east asia. state-of-the-art facilities and a professional management team ensures that all events held here will be successful. sasc comprises the 70,000 seat shah alam stadium, an adjacent warm-up track and training field, a 12,000 capacity air-conditioned indoor stadium, an olympic standard swimming and diving centre and an international level tennis complex. it also hosted the final match of the junior world cup '97 soccer tournament. as malaysia�s premier sports and entertainment venue, sasc has successfully hosted many major and prestigious international and local sports events, concerts, cultural shows, exhibitions and corporate family says. to ensure a problem free production, a professional team of operations staff has been assembled to co-ordinate all events at sasc, from planning to completion of the event, large or small. the shah alam stadium is the home ground of the selangor state soccer team- also called the red giants. Visitors will be thrilled to witness the highly loyal selangor soccer team supporters during the home team's soccer matches. alam arena management sdn. Bhd. level 1, quadrant ab, shah alam stadium, section 13, 40000 shah alam, selangor tel : 03-559 7766 fax : 03-559 7829

State monument

located adjacent to the selangor state secretariat in shah alam, this lovely and serene state monument with a sweeping arch, reflecting pools and gold inscriptions on gray granite is a favourite hunting ground for shutterbugs, newlyweds and tourists. This is due to its picturesque setting. the annual warrior's day (selangor state level) celebration is held here to honour warriors who have died in serving and defending the country from terrorists. Open daily unit perancang dan pembangunan negeri, pejabat setiausaha kerajaan selangor, tingkat 16, bangunan ssaas, 40000 shah alam, selangor tel : 03-559 1957 fax : 03-550 9229

State museum

this blue-roofed building in traditional selangor architecture houses some of the finest displays in the country, providing visitors with an eye-opening look at the history, culture and heritage of selangor.

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