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10 Icons of Selangor Darul Ehsan

Selangor is well known for its numerous places of interest, including some that are internationally known. You can choose to cruise along the river, splash around at a water park or marvel at the mesmerising sights of Mother Nature – and revel in the fact that these places are just a few hours’ drive from the city centre. Sprinkled generously across the state are dozens of pockets of eco-wonders that lead into a world where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings. Selangor boasts at least 10 such symbols is testimony to its rich and diverse history. Here are the 10 icons of Selangor Darul Ehsan:

 

1) THE BLUE MOSQUE

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The Blue Mosque. Courtesy of flickr's lloydi

 

One of the most beautiful structures in the country, the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah mosque – commonly known as the “Blue Mosque” –  is well known for having the world’s tallest minaret. Sunlight filtering through the blue stained glass of the mosque renders a bluish ambience to its interior, evoking a sense of peace and serenity. Built in 1988, it can hold 24, 000 worshippers. Just next to it is the Garden of Islamic Park inspired by the Quranic Garden of Paradise. Nearby is the Shah Alam Gallery displaying arts and crafts.

Location:

Persiaran Masjid, Shah Alam

Open:

9  am – 7 pm (closed for prayers at 1 pm – 2 pm and 4 pm – 5 pm, and noon – 3 pm Fridays)

Tel:

03-26158188 (Tourism Malaysia)

Web:

www.tourism.gov.my

 

2) SEPANG GOLD COAST

Sepang Gold Coast Selangor Malaysia Golden Palm Tree Resort

Sepang Gold Coast. Courtesy of skyscrapercity.com

 

On the west coast, overlooking the Starits of Malacca, is the little-explored Gold Coast. Lovely beaches, swaying palms and the fresh breeze definitely make this the perfect place for some peace and quiet. With first rate accomodation as a setting, plus a great choice in fresh seafood and a welcoming ambience, just sit with a drink in hand and enjoy the view as the sun goes down over the water.

Location:

Sepang

Tel:

03-26158188 (Tourism Malaysia)

Web:

www.sepanggoldcoast.com

Click here for more picture of Sepang Gold Coast and the resort.

 

 

3) BATU CAVES

batu caves statue of murugan

Batu Caves and the Statue of Murugan. Courtesy of wallpapers.ungalulagam.com

They’ve made documentaries about this place, where up to a million people throng every year for Thaipusam. A focal point for Malaysian Hindus, 272 steps lead up to the shrine that sits within its depths. Set in limestone dating back some 400 million years, the jagged hills are home to three main carvens and a troupe of mischievous monkeys. The largest and most popular shrines, with ceiling more than 300 feet high, is known as Temple Cave. Inside, you can find yourself immersed in the plethora of colors, with music and chants form the devotees in the background. Resting points along the stairs provide nice views of the suburbs of Selangor as well as Kuala Lumpur, do don’t forget to bring along a good camera.

Location:

Jalan Batu Caves, MRR2 Selayang.

Operational hour :

7 am – 9 pm

Admission:

Free

Tel: 03-61896682

Click here for more information of Batu Caves.

 

 

4) MALAWATI HILL (BUKIT MALAWATI)

Malawati Hill Bukit Malawati Kuala Selangor

Malawati Hill, Kuala Selangor. Courtesy of interestingplace1.blospot.com

For a trip of historic Selangor, take a drive to Malawati Hill along the coastal town of Kuala Selangor. With a hilltop fort commisioned by the first Sultan of Selangor in the late 1700s to protect the state from the intruding Dutch, the hill is an easy walk through remnants of the past. Sight along the cannons towards the Straits of Malacca and imagine what the scene might have looked like in those days. But you don’t have to worry about any olden-day guard barring your way today; getting up Bukit Malawati can easily be done via tractor-tram or on foot. With a breathtaking view from the top and an opportunity to visit the past, Bukit Malawati is a destination well worth your time.

Location :

Kuala Lumpur

Operational hour :

9 am – 4.30 pm

Admission: Free

 

 

5) DONG ZEN MONASTERY

Dong Zen Monastery

Dong Zen Monastery. Picture courtesy of msxeroz.com

Located in Jenjarom, approximately 45 minutes from Petaling Jaya, the Dong Zhen monastery attracts more than two million visitors who come to see the colorful lanterns during Chinese New Year. There, you can walk in the midst of beautiful flower arrangements, monuments, shrines and statues, while further in is Lumbini Garden – apparently meaning “abundance of fruit and flowers” – which has a tall rock formation rising out of a koi-filled pond and green-colored bridges criss-crossing the water. The monastery is also a cultural and educational centre that houses a Buddhist college and a tea house that serves great vegetarian food.

Location :

PT 2297 Jalan Sungai Buaya, Jenjarom, Kuala Langat

Operational hour : 9 am – 7 pm

Tel: 03-31911533
Web: www.fgs.org.my

 

 

6) FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE MALAYSIA  (FRIM)

canopy walkway Forest Research Institute Malaysia

Canopy walkway trails. Picture courtesy of www.frim.gov.my

 

Picture, if you will, fields of green with Angsana trees standing majestically in the background. In this little piece of heaven, chirping birds, squirrels and colorful butterflies have made their home. Picture this place being just a short druve from the hustle and bustle of the city. This FRIM, a nature park with 15, 000 native plants, a waterfall and meandering river that is a popular venue for Bollywood movie and wedding photography. Care for a bird’s eye view?. Then register for a thrilling canopy walks set 30 metres up in the trees.

 

How did it all begin?

The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), a government agency under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, started out in the 1920s as a project to rebuild a forest ecosystem in a denuded area. A separate forest research unit in Kepong was established in 1926 for this purpose. FRIM’s aim is to promote the optimal use of forest resources through research, development and application of foresty knowledge, under the management of the Malaysia Forestry Research and Development Board.

 

Location :

Kepong
Operational hour:

7 am – 7 pm (canopy walk, 9 am – 2.30 pm). Closed on Mondays and Fridays.

Admission: RM5 per person, RM5 per car

Tel: 03-62797575
Web: www.frim.gov.my

 

 

7) KUALA SELANGOR FIREFLIES

 

Fireflies at Kuala Selangor. Video courtesy of fengfeng2

 

 

Marvel at the spectacular display of twinkling lights as thousands of fireflies perform the mating dance among the Berembang, the mangrove trees that grow wild on the banks of Selangor River. The fireflies light up in unison every few seconds and these well-synchronised green flashes are sure impress visitors as they do the insects’ potential mates. The best time to visit is after nightfall, at 7.30 pm to 7.45 pm.

 

Location:

Kampung Kuantan, Kuala Selangor

Admission:

RM 40 per boat (sampan)

Tel: 03-22891439
Web: www.fireflypark.com

 

 

8 ) KANCHING RECREATIONAL FOREST

Kanching waterfalls recreational forest selangor

Situated northwest of Kuala Lumpur, this popular tourist attraction is an excellent place for picnicking and camping especially near the cascading waterfalls. There are seven tiers of waterfalls, each with a superb view of the surroundings. The most popular tourist sports are the second and the third tiers, where the waterfalls end in spacious pools. Those with children might prefer the first tier where the river flows slowly, and is thus safer. Located nearby are Templer’s Park Jungle Waterfall and Commonwealth Forest Park, also ideal for picnics and camping.

 

Kanching Recreational Forest Selangor

Map of Sunagi Kanching Recreational Forest. Picture courtesy of The Star

Location :

Between Selayang and Rawang

Operational hour :

Daily

Tel: 03-55132000 (Tourism Selangor)
Web: www.tourismselangor.org

 

 

9) SULTAN ABDUL AZIZ ROYAL GALLERY

Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery

Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery. Courtesy of interestingplace1.blogspot.com

Get steeped in the heritage of the Selangor Sultanate dating back to the 18th century at this royal gallery. Constructed in 1909, the colonial building was turned into a public gallery depicting the legacy of Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, the late father of the current Sultan. The gallery highlights the rich history and the heritage of the Selangor Sultanate originating in 1777 from the Bugis Sulawesi Royal family of Opu Tanreburung Daeng Relaka of the Malay Achipelago. Items displayed include crown jewels, photographs and other priceless heirlooms.

 

Location:

Bangunan Sultan Sulaiman Klang

Operational hour:

10 am – 5 pm (Closed on Monday)

Tel: 03-33736500

 

 

10) SUNWAY LAGOON

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Sunway Lagoon Map. Courtesy of maleisure.com

 

Sunway Lagoon is by far the most frequented tourist destination in the country. For good reason!. With relaxing tube rides and man-made waves for surfing at the Water Park, hair-raising roller coaster at the Amusement Park, ghostly beings at the Scream Park and cuddly creatures at the Animal Park, there’s something for everyone.

Location:

3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway

Operational hour:

11 am – 6 pm, 10 am – 6 pm on public holiday/school holidays (Closed on Tuesday)

Admission:

From RM 45 per adult

Tel: 03-56390000

web: www.sunway.com.my

 

Information source: Vision Selangor magazine

Sepang Gold Coast | Golden Palm Tree Resort and Spa

Layout of Golden Palm Tree Resort

The layout of Sepang Goald Coast - Golden Palm Tree Resort

I got a chance to stay 3 days 2 night at Sepang Gold Coast – Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort & Spa this month. The interior design make me amaze and the scenery is very fascinating, and of course, it is a 5 star resort!. It stretches out from the Sepang coastline, almost a kilometer into the sheltered waters of the Straits of Malacca. Golden Palm Tree is a heaven of peace, perfect for eco adventure, non-motorized water sports, family-friendly fun or to just relax and unwind and of course, it is a right destination for honeymoon. In my second day here, I have a chit chat with 1 couple from China, which having their honeymoon here. So sweet :D

Sepang Gold Coast – Golden Palm Tree Awards:

CNBC Best Property Award 2008
Best Interior Award 2008.

Type of Villa:

Golden Palm Tree offered 392 sea villas, available in 5 distinctive villa types:

  • Travelers Palm Villa
  • Premier Travelers Palm Villa
  • Canary Palm Villa
  • Ivory Palm Villa
  • Royale Palm Villa

Each villa equipped with perfect bedding, featuring downy pillows, rich sheets and soft comforters, a flat screen TV with multiple satellite channels, IDD telephone and voice messaging, video-on-demand library, wired high-speed broadband internet service, safe deposit box, hair dryer, coffee & tea making facilities, fully stocked mini bar, 24-hour in-room dining, iron and ironing board.

I stay at Canary Palm Villa which is so sweet and convenience.

Canary Palm Villa

 

Golden Palm Tree Resort

Path to the Villa

 

The unique features of Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort and Spa is the layout resembles a palm tree. So, the receptionist is separated away and far from the villa but don’t worry, you no need to walk because they have buggy service.

 

Sepang Gold Coast Golden Palm Tree

The Canary Palm Villa

Canary Palm Villa Room Sepang Gold Coast

My room number 508

When I open the door, it was just amaze me, and I can only say “Wow!”

The living area

Golden Palm Tree Resort Canary Palm Villa living area

Canary Palm Villa Bedroom Golden Palm Tree Resort 1

The queen size bedroom

Canary Palm Villa accommodates for 4 adults or 2 adults + 2 children with 82sqm, raised on stilts, with alang roof top and features four fixture marble bathrooms, a lounge with a queen sized bed, a twin bed and a roomy living area.

Golden Palm Tree Resort Canary Palm Villa

The toilet

Golden Palm Tree Resort Canary Palm Villa

The shower

Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort and Spa The Canary Palm Villa

The toiletries

Sepang Gold Coast

The corridor

The Golden Palm Tree Resort scenery

The scenery from my room

For breakfast, I took it at Bila Bila Restaurant.

Sepang Gold Coast

Chit chat with friends after finished our breakfast

There is a swimming pool in front of Bila Bila Restaurant which open daily with lifeguard on duty.

Golden Palm Tree Resort

Bila Bila Restaurant

I found this guy is just rilexing at sofa in front the swimming pool while listening to the MP3 after having a meal.

Bila Bila Restaurant Golden Palm Tree Resort

Rilexing at the sofa

At the morning day 2, around 6.45 a.m, I am so happy that I can saw the sun rise very clearly in front of Bila Bila Restaurant.

sun rise at Golden Palm Tree Resort

The sun start to rise

watch Sun rise at Sepang Gold Coast

Like a fire ball come out from the sky

sun rise scene at Malaysia

Finally, it totally rise =D

However, I quite disapointed since I miss to watch the sun set at the day. I heard from my friends that the sun set is really beautiful here. At that time, I just relaxing in the villa due to my knee cap ache after taking a cycling tour (read about it at Eco-Tourism menu below the blog header). If you want to watch the sun set, watch it around 6.45 p.m. beside the receptionist.

Then, I enjoy the dinner at Sepoi Sepoi Cafe which have extensive ala carte menu. The menu is reminiscent of a traditional Malaysian.

Sepoi Sepoi Cafe Golden Palm Tree Resort

Sepoi Sepoi Cafe

Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort and Spa Sepoi Sepoi Cafe

A chef is preparing the meal

I have try to taste the Mee Rebus, Rice and Chicken Curry (the taste is so nyummy). While my friend try Chicken Wing and Fried Kuey Teow (delicious). You can try the nyummy foods that I mention here. :D

Menu Sepoi Sepoi Cafe Sepang Gold Coast

Some of the meal that I have tried

Other than Sepoi Sepoi Restaurant, you can have a dinner at Bila Bila Restaurant, Hai Sang Lou (Chinese Restaurant), Buloh Bar (poolside bar serves an extensive range of snacks and beverages featuring live entertainment every evening), Perahu (serves wide selection of Malay-style barbeque and grilled seafood), Stimbot (serves steambot which is the Chinese version of a seafood fondue) and Selat Bar (nestled along the beach, a relaxing ambience and low key lighting bar with in-house and jazz music).

Sepang Gold Coast – Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort and Spa was located at:

No. 67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang,
Kg Bagan Lalang,
43950 Sungai Pelek,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Golden Palm Tree Resort Map

Location map of Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort and Spa

How to get there?

Using road:

15 Minutes drive from Sungai Pelek
35 Minutes drive from Sepang International F1 Circuit
41 Minutes drive from Sepang
41 Minutes drive from Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT)
43 Minutes drive from Morib
46 Minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)
47 Minutes drive from Port Dickson
57 Minutes drive from Banting
62 Minutes drive from Cyberjaya
64 Minutes drive from Putrajaya
85 Minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur

Any enquiries or questions, you may contact +603 3182 3600 or email to info@goldenpalmtree.com. Official website: Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort and Spa