Best Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and also one of the biggest cities in Asia. There are a variety of attractive places to visit in Kuala Lumpur . The places around Kuala Lumpur are beautiful, scenic, and worth exploring too. You can plan amazing day trips from Kuala Lumpur. Within an hour’s drive from KL are lush green tropical rainforest resorts, beaches, cool highlands, and much more.

Port Dickson

Port Dickson is the nearest beach to Kuala Lumpur. It has amazing beach resorts and public beach areas. It’s about 90 KM south of Kuala Lumpur. However these days there is more to do in Port Dickson than just lazing on the beach and there are plenty of fun places to take the family whatever the weather. Port Dickson Army Museum, One of Malaysia’s best museums and a great place to take the family to learn a little about the country’s military history and view some of Malaysia’s weaponry. 

The Blue Lagoon is the most popular swimming spot along the coast and is a great place to take a dip if you are so inclined. If you want to work up a sweat before going in the water, hike up to the Cape Rachado lighthouse for breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.


Malacca is a beautiful coastal city in South Western Malaysia. Malacca is rich with heritage buildings, ancient landmarks, and colonial structures. It was here that colonial forces first made contact with Malaysia, which eventually shaped the country into its current economic and political system. Today, in Malacca, you can still see the imprints of British, Dutch, and Portuguese forces left behind in forts, museums, churches, and towers. Visit Malacca for the cultural experience of a lifetime.

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands is only about 45 minute’s drive away from Kuala Lumpur city. It is a perfect place for a short trip. The cool mountain peak getaway is Malaysia’s Asian-style Las Vegas. Renowned for its casino, nightlife, and luxury hotels, it features the First World Hotel – which was listed as the world’s largest hotel in 2006 by the Guinness World Book of Records. The newly opened mega mall and refurbished Awana Skyway gondola cable car are the latest attractions.

Chin Swee Caves Temple is also a wonderful place to explore in Genting Highlands. Once you see this place you just can’t stop admiring the serenity and magnificence of this temple. Tucked on the rocky slope of Genting Highlands’ peak, it gives you those marvelous views of the Pahang hills around it.

Kuala Selangor

Kuala Selangor is a coastal town located in the west of Kuala Lumpur. It is home to the largest firefly colony in the world, which creates an amazing scene every night. The best way to view the fireflies is on a relaxing boat tour up the Selangor River with a local guide, who can give you lots of information about the area. If the fireflies aren’t enough for you, Kuala Selangor is also home to the Melawati Bird Sanctuary, where you can spot countless rare birds and monkeys. If you find yourself hungry, make sure to try some of the local seafood that is caught fresh daily.

Bukit Tinggi

Bukit Tinggi is a beautiful small town in the Bentong district of Pahang. Famous for its natural surroundings and pleasant weather, this gorgeous place is situated along the Kuala Lumpur Expressway less than an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur city. 

The Zen-influenced Bukit Tinggi grants you a soulful retreat amongst a dense forest with sense-intoxicating lush flora and fauna. It is regarded as one of the top hill stations in Malaysia. You can plan a short day trip from Kuala Lumpur. A perfect weekend getaway. Explore the Japanese Village, botanical garden, and a horse riding trail.

Another interesting place to see is the Colmar Tropicale which is a replica of the actual 16th-century Colmar town in the northeast of Alsace, France. This made-up French village is a treat to explore.


Putrajaya is the federal administrative capital of Malaysia and home to some of the most famous landmarks in Malaysia. The city is modern and well-planned. Its architecture is unique but very futuristic. On a walking tour of the city, you can see the pink-domed Putra Mosque, the Prime Minister’s office, Seri Perdana, and a handful of famous bridges. The Natural History Museum houses many Malaysian national treasures and is also a great place to learn about local plants, animals, and geological rock formations. If you want to escape the urban landscapes, check out the botanical gardens, home to over 700 plant species.

Cruise Tasik Putrajaya offers comfortable sightseeing and dining lake cruise experience and is one of the best ways to see the city’s sights by day or night. Located on Putrajaya Lake in the heart of Putrajaya next to Putra Mosque and Dataran Putra, it is one of the city’s top tourist attractions.

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