Selangor Travel Tips

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Selangor Travel Tips is your guide to visit, discover and enjoy Selangor. Selangor Darul Ehsan is the most developed and most populous state in Malaysia. It is home to some of the biggest cities in the country. Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is located in the Federal Territory, an area carved out of Selangor in 1974. The administrative capital of Malaysia, Putrajaya, was also created when Selangor ceded the land to the federal government. It became another federal territory in 2001.

Most people exploring Selangor end up making Kuala Lumpur as their base, although it is no longer part of Selangor proper. Kuala Lumpur is certainly well placed in the heart of the state. Even hotels in Petaling Jaya, technically in Selangor, are grouped by Agoda under Kuala Lumpur. The alternative is the state capital, Shah Alam. However, if you plans are to explore the outer reaches of Selangor, you might want to consider any of the smaller towns as your base, bearing in mind that these towns will have more basic infrastructure a distant comparison to Kuala Lumpur.

Location of Towns in Selangor on the map

Major Towns in Selangor

For a more comprehensive list, go to Towns in Selangor.

  1. Shah Alam - state capital (GPS: 3.07328, 101.51846)
  2. Klang (GPS: 3.04491, 101.44556)
  3. Kuala Selangor (GPS: 3.34018, 101.24976)
  4. Petaling Jaya (GPS: 3.12788, 101.59448)
  5. Port Klang (GPS: 3.00507, 101.40859)

Places of Interest in Selangor

  1. Batu Caves
  2. Forest Research Institute Malaysia
  3. Gedung Raja Abdullah
  4. Jugra (former royal town)
  5. Klang River
  6. KLIA Mosque
  7. Kota Malawati
  8. Kota Raja Mahdi
  9. Kuala Selangor Fireflies
  10. Mines
  11. Morib Beach
  12. Muzium Orang Asli
  13. Pulau Ketam
  14. Selangor Culture Cove
  15. Semenyih Dam
  16. Sepang International Circuit
  17. Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque
  18. Sunway Lagoon
  19. Zoo Negara

Categories of sights in Selangor

  4. Auditoriums in Selangor
  5. Beaches in Selangor
  6. Bridges in Selangor
  7. Caves in Selangor
  8. Cave temples in Selangor
  9. Chinese Restaurants in Selangor
  10. Churches in Selangor
  11. Convention Centres in Selangor
  12. Forts in Selangor
  13. Gurdwaras in Selangor
  14. Hills in Selangor
  15. Hindu temples in Selangor
  16. Hospitals in Selangor
  17. Hot Springs in Selangor
  18. Islands in Selangor
  19. Lighthouses in Selangor
  20. Mausoleums in Selangor
  21. Monuments in Selangor
  22. Mosques in Selangor
  23. MRT stations in Selangor
  24. Museums in Selangor
  25. Parks in Selangor
  26. Properties in Selangor
  27. Rivers in Selangor
  28. Roundabouts in Selangor
  29. Schools in Selangor
  30. Shopping Malls in Selangor
  31. Train stations in Selangor

Natural Attractions of Selangor

  1. Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam
  2. Selangor Heritage Park
  3. Sungai Congkak Recreational Forest
  4. Sungai Dusun Wildlife Reserve
  5. Sungai Gabai Waterfalls
  6. Templer's Park

Districts of Selangor

  1. Gombak District
  2. Hulu Langat
  3. Hulu Selangor District
  4. Klang District
  5. Kuala Langat District
  6. Kuala Selangor District
  7. Petaling District
  8. Sabak Bernam District
  9. Sepang District

Schools in Selangor

  1. Sri Murni Beaconhouse

Trains serving Selangor

Selangor is served by the KTM Komuter Port Klang Line and Seremban Line, the Express Rail Link, the LRT Ampang Line, Kelana Jaya Line and Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT Line.

Masjid Sultan Salahudin Abdul Aziz
Masjid Sultan Salahudin Abdul Aziz
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All about Selangor

Selangor covers an area of 7,956 square kilometers (3,071 square miles). It has a population approaching 5.2 million people (2010 estimate). The capital of Selangor is Shah Alam while the royal capital is Klang. The biggest city in Selangor is Petaling Jaya, which is within the Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area known as the Klang Valley.

After Malacca fell to the Portuguese, Selangor was a no-man's land contested by neighbouring states including the newly established Johor and Perak, as well as by the Portuguese in Malacca, along with the Acehnese and the Siamese. The Minangkabaus that had established themselves in Negri Sembilan had also settled in Selangor. By 1740, however, they were displaced by the Bugis, from whom the present rulers of Selangor trace their ancestry.

Tin ore was found in abundance in Selangor in the 1850s, in about the same time that the ore was discovered in Larut in Perak. The arrival of Chinese coolies to extract the tin in Ampang, near the confluence of the Klang and the Gombak rivers led to the founding of what was to become the most important city in the country, Kuala Lumpur.

Pulau Ketam
Pulau Ketam
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As in the case in Perak, the prosperity from tin caused rivalry between the Malay chieftains, who each found allies from rival Chinese secret societies. The warfare that constantly erupt gave the British the excuse to intervene and establish their authority in Selangor.

In 1874, the very same year that the Pangkor Treaty was signed in Perak, the Sultan of Selangor was forced to accept a British Resident. In a sense, Selangor benefited from the ensuing order provided by British rule, and prospered from the wealth brought by tin mining. There was no turning back the tide as Selangor raced ahead of the other states to become the most developed and wealthiest state in the country.

The growth of Selangor in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was propelled by the discovery of tin in Kuala Lumpur. By the beginning of the 20th century, large forested areas of Selangor were being developed into rubber and palm oil plantations. Many of these plantations have seen made way for urban development in the form of residential and industrial estates.

Etymology of Selangor

The name "Selangor" is said to have come from the name of a beast called langau1. A warrior on his way north was attacked by the beast when he was taking a rest by the riverbank. The warrior decided to clear the land and named it Se-Langau, a name which evolved to Selangor. A different theory had it that the name Selangor came from the Mentangau tree which grew along the river. The mouth of the river became known as Kuala Sungai Mentangau, which evolved to become Kuala Selangor.

Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Klang
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Klang (29 December, 2006)

Getting there

By Plane
There are two airports in Selangor, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.

By Road
Selangor can be reached by taking the North South Expressway Northern Route from Perak, the North South Expressway Southern Route and the ELITE Highway from Negeri Sembilan, and the Karak Expresway from Pahang.

Klang, Selangor
Klang, Selangor (29 December, 2006)


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