Having a short getaway helps to recharge the mind, body, and soul. Wondering what to do outside Kuala Lumpur without breaking your wallet? Here are the best places to visit on your quick weekend somewhere quite within a day with your family and friends!

1) Tanjung Malim, Perak SourceSource

Tanjung Malim is Located on the border of Perak and Selangor. Most Malaysians would only know this town as a break rest area during long distance travels between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. But, Tanjung Malim offers some hidden jewels for families to enjoy in a calm setting of lush trees and green mountains. A two-hour drive up the North-South Expressway from KL will lead you Teratak Bernam Riverview – a haven for off-road trips into the jungle. Organise a four-wheel drive vehicle (there are several companies who offer packages so shop around) and be prepared for a bumpy ride. Note that this is a good activity for families with older kids and teens. You also can head up to a beautiful waterfall called Lubuh Kawah after a tiring hiking. An attainable trail will take you around less than one hour to the summit, where you’ll find hidden swimming holes.

2) Kuala Kubu Baru, SelangorSourceSource

The small town of Kuala Kubu Baru claim to fame is that it’s on the way to Fraser’s Hill. It has always played second fiddle to Fraser’s Hill, though it has its own simple attractions for those who seek a break from modern life. The town is hardly what you call hectic but there are enough activities to keep you occupied. Get up early and head to the Farmer’s Market where you can buy fresh produce and try local fares like Soto and lontong. Then, take a saunter to the charming traditional shophouses and historical sites such as the old Kuala Kubu Baru Railway Station, St Paul Catholic Church, the Clock Tower and the old Fire Station. If you have some time left, go to one of the precious hidden hot springs located behind Taman Arif’s rows of single-storey terrace houses. A well-kept secret among locals, the springs have obtained popularity due to their warmth and cleanliness. If you intend on staying a little longer, try The Sticks, an eco-glamping retreat tucked away in the rainforest of Kuala Kubu Baru offering a unique stay and interesting outdoor activities that you can do with your kids like whitewater rafting, jungle trekking and a guided tour to an Orang Asli village.

3) Sabak Bernam, SelangorSourceSource

A two-hour drive from the city, Sabak Bernam is located in Kuala Selangor and renowned for its agricultural activities and the slow step of life. Begin your day early and drive along the winding Sabak Bernam trunk road – nothing but plentiful green paddy fields as far as the eye can see. Get in touch with nature by renting a bicycle and cycle around the paddy fields with your kids and revel in the breathtaking view of lush greenery. Voyage along the mangrove river and learn about the river ecosystem before heading out to the jungle for a spot of hornbill watching at Sungai Karang Forest Reserve Hornbill Observatory Centre. Once the sun sets, you can surprise your kids with one of the area’s specialities, fireflies. Make your way to Kampung Kuantan or Firefly Park Resort in Kuala Selangor and bound on a boat to get the best view of fireflies and marvel at the natural fairy lights to display along the banks of the river.

4) Janda Baik, Pahang SourceSource

The calming village of Janda Baik is as far removed from the city as you can get in a day trip. A 45 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur. A nice escape from the foggy noisy of Kuala Lumpur. Janda Baik is snuggled in a green rainforest where you can unwind and enjoy the fresh air whilst enjoying a clear-water cruise. Go to A Little Farm on the Hill to show your little ones how their food is grown – this seven-acre farm is filled with beds of organic herbs and vegetables. The kids will love running around the farm and if they’re older, sign up for cooking or gardening classes to give them a feel of green living. Famous for its healthy lunches, book a slot for a feast where you’ll be served with a lot of greens and delectable smoked meats. If you’re planning a weekend trip, stay at Enderong Resort– Janda Baik very own Shangri-La. Wake up early and hike a nature trail near the resort where you may slip upon a small waterfall.

5) Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre, Pahang 


Arrive early and take part in the interesting activities like walking an interpretive path where you can watch the young elephants roam around, video presentations of how the translocation process works, and the mahouts bathing their charges. The kids will love feeding the elephants and there’s food (sugar cane or nuts) on sale, and everyone enjoys seeing them bathe in the river. There’s no entry fee per se, but a donation is expected and welcome and evidently goes back into the running of the centre. 

6) MelakaSource Source

Melaka is a historical town and home to Peranakan culture. Savour the local delicacies such as Nyonya laksa, satay celup, chicken rice ball, and cendol. Visit the ethnic heritage sites to learn about more about how Melaka became a wonderful town, from colonial times to independence, including A Famosa fortress, Red Square, St. Paul’s Hill, and St. Paul’s Church. You can gain a lot of knowledge where you cannot even find on the book. Moreover. You can also take a couple of photos with the murals while walking around and relax at some of the popular cafes, such as The Daily Fix if you are in the mood for coffee.

7) PutrajayaSourceSource

Putrajaya may be a city full of residences and government buildings but it is a perfect day trip to visit its architectural buildings and parks. Bound on the 25 minutes to two-hour cruise to view iconic landmarks including Putra Mosque, Perdana Putri (Prime Minister’s Office), and Putra Bridge. Explore the succulent greenery at Putrajaya Botanical Garden and unique architectural details at Moroccan Pavilion. Roam the Saujana Hijau Park and lead up by munching on the local speciality at Putrajaya Farmer’s Market that opens on Tuesdays and Fridays.

8) Fraser Hill SourceSource

Fraser’s Hill is a hill village in Pahang which still has colonial cottages disintegrated in the jungles. You will feel the cooler and fresh air in Fraser’s Hill after a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. This is acceptable for those who are hiking. Hike along the famous trails including Abu Suradi Trail, Bishop Trail, and Mager Trail while learning about the colonial history and wildlife of Fraser’s Hill. You can also have your lunch and afternoon tea at Ye Old Smokehouse that characteristics a beautiful garden. Paddle boats at Allan’s Water and feed fishes and turtles, and enjoy a nice picnic with calming views at Jeriau Waterfall.

9) Cameron HighlandsSourceSource

Cameron Highlands is a hill station in Pahang at an elevation of 1829 m above sea level. This place has vast tea gardens and colourful blooms spread all over. It has great British impact since it was founded by a British explorer Sir William Cameron after whom the hill is named. The temperature in Cameron highlands never exceeds more than 20 degrees which gives tourists another reason to consider this as one of the best weekend trips from KL.

10) Sekinchan, SelangorSourceSource

Sekinchan is known for huge areas of rice paddy fields and a fishing village that provides rice and seafood as local produce. Enjoy the pleasing views of broad paddy fields when they are green (March to May and middle of September to November) and yellowish (middle of May to June and middle November to December). Moreover, you also can make your wishes at the Sekinchan Wishing Tree by throwing your written lucky red cloth up to the tree. Additionally, you can gain knowledge about how the rice is produced at the Paddy Processing Gallery. Discover the fishermen’s lives at Bagan fishing village. End your day by dining on fresh and reasonable seafood while watching the sunset.


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