Klang & Pelabuhan Klang
About 30km west of KL lies Klang, Selangor’s former royal capital. The town makes for a pleasant diversion, and if combined with a trip to nearby Pulao Carey and a sumptuous feast in the vibrant Little India, a good day out. Aficionados of mosque architecture should consider Klang a must visit for the beautiful art deco Masjid Di Raja Sultan Suleiman.
Though referred to as a hill station, Genting is a modern and very heavily developed resort 2000m above sea level. About 50km north of KL, it’s in stark contrast to the Old English style of other Malaysian upland resorts. There are no walks here, no quaint stone village, and in general little public space to stroll about and enjoy the mountain scenery.
Off the beaten tourist track, Kuala Selangor has a friendly kampung (village) atmosphere and a few sights worth making the trek out here for, including a nature park in the mangroves, the remains of an old fort, and a nightly light show of fireflies along the Sungai Selangor.
Forestry Research Institute of Malaysia
Birdsong and wall-to-wall greenery replaces the drone of traffic and air-conditioning at the Forestry Research Institute of Malaysia. About 16km northwest of KL, and covering nearly 600 hectares, the institute was established in 1929 to research the sustainable management of rainforests.
Kuala Kubu Bharu
The drive from KL to Fraser’s Hill takes you through a highly scenic landscape of dense forests and rugged hills. About 1½ hours in, and just a short distance past the winding Selangor Dam on Federal Rte 55, look right for the entrance to the Santuari Ikan Sungai Chiling (Chiling River Fish Reserve).