Day trips from KL for families

Sometimes you just need a little break from the city. We have done our fair share of day-trips out of KL in the past year – some are fantastic, some not that special – but in either case it’s always nice to get out of the city for a change!

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands is just under an hour away and high enough for the air to be pleasantly cool. While the complex itself is anything but relaxing (shopping, casinos, indoor theme park) the cable car alone is worth the trip, and the Chinese temple is a beautiful spot to stretch your legs. Read more on Genting Highlands with kids!
Driving time: 1 hour

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Waterfalls

There are many waterfalls within an easy drive from KL, but one of the coolest are without doubt the Chiling Falls. Read more about Chiling Falls.
Driving time: 1,5 hours

Sekinchan

Instagram-worthy paddy fields (seasonal!), seafood and kite-flying on the beach. This small town has turned into a popular weekend destination for city folks and is not really a sleepy village anymore, but a fun quick trip anyhow. More on a day trip to Sekinchan !
Driving time: 1 hour

sekinchan-paddy

Farm in the City

Not a farm but more like a zoo, Farm in the City is a good half-day trip for the kids. Unlike in the zoo, they can pet and feed many of the animals. Read more here!
Driving time: 30-45 minutes

farm in the city feeding raccoon

Bukit Tinggi

Another respite from the heat in KL, Bukit Tinggi can be done in a morning, or you can visit all the attractions and make it a whole day out. Our favourite is the low-key botanical gardens and the Japanese garden, but Colmar Tropical is the main attraction here. Read more on our day at Bukit Tinggi here!
Driving time: 1 hour

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary is obviously nothing like the famous, ethically run elephant parks in Thailand, but if you haven’t got the chance to travel far, it’s a good day out. There is a deer park next door. Read more here!
Driving time: 2 hours

Fraser’s Hill

Fraser’s Hill has short, child-friendly walks and a few small attractions – enough for a short trip from KL. The drive is a bit long and windy, so could spend a night here too. Find out what we did in Fraser’s hill with kids.
Driving time: 2 hours

boating in frasers hill

Melaka

Melaka has quite a few things to do, so if you are only going for a day you need to prioritise. Walk around the old town, take a rikshaw tour, eat chicken and rice and pop into a museum – and you’ve got a day. Read this post on what to do in Melaka!
Driving time: 2 hours

P0rt Dickson

Many choose to spend a night in one of the resorts, but Port Dickson can be enjoyed on a day trip, too. And there is more to this little town than the beaches, like some family-friendly trails.
Driving time: 1,5 hours

FRIM

The new rules require a booking and a guide to access the canopy walkway. Read more about our visit (although a while ago) here!
Driving time: 30 minutes

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Ipoh

There are kid-friendly things to do in Ipoh and just outside the town. One day may not be enough if you want to fit in a visit to the Lost World of Tambun! Read more on what to do in Ipoh with kids here!
Driving time: 2 hours

Sunway Lagoon

A day in Sunway Lagoon counts as a day-trip, right? Click here for our review on the park.
Driving time: 30-45 minutes

sunway lagoon vuvuzela

Sepang coast

If you just fancy a drive with a few stops along the way, then consider driving down to the nearest seashore around Sepang. Along the way you can stop for a break at the beach of Pantai Kelanang (not good for swimming though), Kuan Wellness park to learn about bird’s nest production and in Tanjung Sepat for seafood and a few pieces of cool street art. Read more here.

tanjung sepat from lovers bridge HGKL

There are a few more day trips on our to-do list for the new year – at least Pulau Ketam and the fireflies in Kuala Selangor- stay tuned for more ideas! If your favourite day trip is not on the list, drop a comment below!

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