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10 Reasons to Explore Selangor in 2020

As the heart of Malaysia, the State of Selangor is a melting-pot of cultures, but wait, as if you haven’t heard of that already! There is definitely more to that in Selangor that extends further than just cultural diversity. Between arts festival, a unique rare beach phenomenon, exciting eco-adventure activities, stylish leisure to buzzing night-life; you are just a click away from locking that flight and hotel deals you might be onto after a read-up on this feature.

1. Selangor International Indigenous Arts Festival (SIIAF) 2020

Transform your city-dwelling lifestyle for a day (or two) by getting close to the Indigenous tribes from Selangor, Malaysia and the rest world at SIIAF 2020 which is to be held on August 8th and 9th. Apart from witnessing back-to-back cultural performances from each of the participating Indigenous tribes, visitors get to walk through a special set-up of the Indigenous traditional houses, and partake in traditional weaving, communal cooking, blowpipe demonstration and the Kerchang game puzzle. Special handicraft and food bazaar awaits visitors with love for arts and an appetite for everything tasty!

2. Sky Mirror

Jump on the bandwagon following the Sky Mirror hype in the district of Kuala Selangor. The place lives up to its name featuring a unique natural phenomenon of a sand bar that only emerges on certain dates of the month; perfectly reflecting the sky. Sky Mirror is one of the only two places in the world blessed with such natural wonder after Bolovia’s “Salar de Uyuni”.

If you're looking for a place to stay to visit the Sky Mirror, check out our write up on Sekinchan Padi Box.

3. History and Heritage Appreciation

As a region once affected by the colonial era, Selangor is rich with historical and heritage remains that are significant to learn from. Royal Klang Heritage Walk Tour and Kajang Heritage Walk Tour are simply dedicated to take tourists to iconic and historical sites in Klang and Kajang town. What’s more compelling, the tours are guided by local guides who truly know the districts by heart.

4. Conquer and Devour

Selangor is home to an extensive choice of food; local, hipsterised or associated with culture. Satisfy your hunger at food fiestas held all around Selangor. Malawati Shah Alam Stadium alone has become the host for Selangor Food Festival, HAVOC Food Festival, Shah Alam Mega Street Festival, VFOOD Festival, Absolut Food Festival, Cik B Vaganza Food Fest and many more. Meanwhile, the Klang district in Selangor is famous for its Eat, Travel, Write Festival, Thailand-Malaysia Food Fest and Street Food Festival. For lovers of Japanese delicacies, the annual Bon Odori Festival is entering its 44th edition on July 18th. Buckle up for an evening of everything Japanese, plus a dozen or more sushi, dorayaki and takoyaki; just to name a few.

Check out some of these cafes around Selangor here.

5. Stay in Style

Your well-deserved luxurious staycation plan has never been this easy as Selangor is home to various 5-star hotels with top-notch hospitality, service quality and facilities for your sweet escape. Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA outstands with its Islamic-design architecture, as well as its exclusive interior. With a 10-minute distance to the KLIA and KLIA2 airports, the Hotel provides a perfect stay in between transits. Sheraton Petaling Jaya is recommended for MICE tourism with 14 event rooms and ballrooms and 13 Maximum Breakout Rooms that take up a large 21,743 square feet. For nature lovers with worries on comfort and convenience, glamping is to go for. With the tagline “Get Lost Naturally”, The Sticks in Kuala Kubu Bharu town offers an escapade amidst nature in their “Tendoks”; a combination of the words “tent” and “pondok” (which simply means “hut” in English). They give out the vibes of a true rustic living experience, without jeopardising comfort and convenience.

6. Home to International Marathon Events

Yes, we heard you. The call for marathon events echoed notably in Selangor, resulting to a series of likeliness such as the Selangor Twin City Marathon 2020, Selangor Marathon 2020 (February 23rd), Malaysian Women Marathon 2020 (March 8th), Hulu Selangor Ultra Trail Run (June 27th), The Great Malaya Trail (October 19th & 20th) and many more. These are the times where runners from all over Malaysia and neighbouring regions come and visit Selangor to support the practice of a healthy lifestyle.

7. Malaysia’s Biggest Golf Arena

Selangor holds the pride as the largest and leading golf hub in Malaysia with a total of 46 golf courses (and growing) across Selangor. The State is recognised among golfers for its annual Selangor Amateur Open which enters its 47th edition this year. A significant number of golf courses in Selangor are award-winning, including the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club which plays host to Selangor Golf Festival Championship on July 8th to 10th.

8. Cruise-stop City/Village Tour

Buckle up for a remarkable experience off-the-ship when your cruise set sail in Port Klang, the gateway to Malaysia, which is often chosen as the port-of-call of ships embarking on a voyage. The Shah Alam district close to the Port is home to a variety of tourism attractions including the Golden Triangle of Selangor, the i-City and the well-known Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah or the Blue Mosque, which is the second largest mosque in Southeast Asia. For a trip down away from the city, the Mah Meri Cultural Village provides half day and full-day tours for the exposure on the Mah Meri Indigenous tribe.

9. Buzzing Night-life

You will not have a dull stay in Selangor as the State is teeming with swanky rooftop restaurants, lounges and bars for that vibrant nightlife experience. The Roof at First Avenue, Bandar Utama is a premium entertainment hub with an array of enchanting delights under one roof, and yes it does match its name. Experience luxury at the award-winning fine-dining restaurant, Signature, satisfy your taste-buds at Malt & Leaf and Yezi, pass some free time at the ultimate sports bar, SCORE, witness such a mesmerising view overlooking the city from the rooftop at Stratosphere, or dance the night off to the beat at Liquidity and PLAY Club. They are just steps away from one another!

10. The Surge of Adrenaline

Take yourself up for a challenge with eco-adventure activities in Selangor. From conquering tree-to-tree obstacles at Skytrex Sg Chongkak, the first flying-fox park in Malaysia, mountain biking in Hulu Selangor, hiking up the Kanching and Sg Chiling waterfalls to paragliding, white-water rafting and rope swinging in Kuala Kubu Bharu town – Selangor is certain to take you on an unforgettable journey that is filled with the surge of adrenaline you crave for.

Article provided by Tourism Selangor

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