Unplug your devices, turn off your cell-phones and spend some quality time with your loved ones. Try out some outdoors starry night activities to explore and appreciate the mystery of the dark. We bring you an article from Tourism Selangor, in which five of Selangor’s attractions are listed to bring you closer to nature and bedazzle your night.
Great stargazing spots at Kuala Kubu Bharu
Taking 45-minute journey from Kuala Lumpur and easily accessible by KTM, Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB) remains as one of the best spots preferred by avid stargazers. Stargazing activity in KKB is an ideal getaway from the city. The fewer the streetlights, the better. Enjoy the night vibe while stargazing to help reduce the emission of the Chlorofluorocarbon Refrigerant (CFC) if you were to stay at home switching the air-conditioner.
Semenyih Dam is another spot to add to your list of stargazing sites. It does not require hiking, but it does take a little bit of a drive. Bring along some comfort items like blankets, yoga mats or reclining chairs to improve viewing experience.
A trip to Kuala Selangor will not be complete without stopping by at Kampung Kuantan to watch fireflies. The village is situated about 56 km from Kuala Lumpur. It is one of the most well-known firefly-watching spots in Selangor. You can ride on the traditional sampan accommodating maximum four people to see the lightning bugs!
Besides, replanting berembang trees would help supporting the efforts to conserve fireflies’ habitats, so that our future generations stand a chance to admire these beauties. Bukit Belimbing, which is also located in Kuala Selangor, is another firefly paradise along the Selangor River. It is an enchanting experience to ride a boat during the evening and witness the beauty of the fireflies.
Camp-it-out in Hulu Langat!
Having a picnic by the Sungai Chongkak river is a must-do for those who love vast greenery surroundings and swim-able rivers. It is situated in Hulu Langat district and takes about a 50 minute-drive from Kuala Lumpur and it is worth the visit! Please do not forget to always pack and tidy everything up before you leave.
A place that deserves many returns for everyone that loves camping! Commonwealth Eco Forest Park is for those who wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse themselves in the great outdoors. It provides an idyllic green getaway by combining dense jungle with landscaped gardens, lakes, campgrounds, chalets, jogging tracks, hiking trails and many more! Also: ‘leave nothing but footprints’; the simplest and most fundamental rule of all time.
Jungle School Gombak
Jungle School Gombak is a hidden gem that welcomes you to an eye-opening outdoor and cultural adventure. It is situated in Batu Caves and you get to experience the Indigenous People’s authentic lifestyle, life skills, cultures and day-to-day activities. The Interpretation Walk module at Jungle School Gombak allows you to learn about the history of the jungles around Gombak. It is important to preserve nature and culture as they are valuable heritage to the next generations.
Two eco-friendly staycations
With the tagline ‘Get Lost, Naturally’, The Sticks, KKB offers several jungle houses. It takes an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur and is an off-grid glamping retreat with 12 unique houses.
You will unwind and enjoy the moments spent swaying in hammocks under the stars, floating down the river or dining on hearty home-cooked meals by enjoying comfort during the stay. A staycation that would disconnect you from your gadgets as phone signals weaken. It is an indication of the remoteness of the eco-friendly The Sticks. Have a look at our Happy Go KL review here.
The retreat that provides back-to-nature experience that aims to connect visitors to nature, Sekeping Serendah Retreats is a private place that strives to be environmentally-conscious. The sheds are transparent, to celebrate the natural beauty of the environment. An hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, it provides fun in a calm way to escape from the demands of the city life. The fact that there is no air-conditioning system and you have to bring your own toiletries here also shows how eco-friendly the place is. Activities range from jungle trekking, taking a dip in the waterfalls, visiting orang asli villages, and much more.
Please be reminded that tourists in Selangor must adhere to the SOPS set by the Malaysian National Security Council.
Written by: Farhana Ain binti Goldah