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PUBLISHED: May 24, 2014 7:00am

Places to go for day trippers

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Hanis Zainal

The architecture of Kellie's Castle perfectly captures its Moorish-influence. — Pic by Hanis Zainal

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However wonderful Kuala Lumpur is, sometimes one just needs to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

The great thing about Kuala Lumpur is that its central location enables its residents to make amazing day trips — good for those who are saving their annual leave for trips to farther places!

The Rakyat Post has compiled 6 day-trip destinations near Kuala Lumpur that is worth driving (or taking a bus) to!

Pangkor Island

A few hours spent soaking up the sun and the sea sounds like a time well spent, doesn’t it?

Pangkor Island is just a 3-hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur. So if you leave your house in the morning, you will definitely reach the island before lunch hour to start your island escapades!

The beautiful beaches of Pangkor Island. — Pic by Hanis Zainal
The beautiful beaches of Pangkor Island. — Pic by Hanis Zainal

The last ferry from the island to the jetty is right after sunset, so take the opportunity to have an early dinner in Pangkor Island itself for great seafood at an affordable rate.

Must do/try: Go on one of the many boats operated by the beach boys for an island/beach-hopping trip while you are there. Ask your boat guy to find a more secluded beach so you can feel like you own the beach!

Cameron Highlands

From exquisite tropical beaches to charming hill stations, Malaysia has it all! Cameron Highlands, a former colonial hill station three hours away from Kuala Lumpur by car or bus, is the perfect place for a relaxing day trip.

You can go crazy on tea and strawberries here, as well as dine on fresh veggies served in the many restaurants in the town of Brinchang and Tanah Rata. There are also a few tea plantations and strawberry orchards on the highlands. So for those who love visiting attractions, these are the places to head for.

Must do/try: Spend an hour or two in the afternoon sipping tea at the Smokeshouse Hotel. Add scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream and you will have completed your English colonial experience!

Sekinchan and Kuala Selangor

Do you know that you can find paddy fields near Kuala Lumpur — in the village of Sekinchan?

Located about 100km away from Kuala Lumpur is the village of Sekinchan, which according to the website sekinchan.org, is one of the major suppliers of rice in Malaysia.

The green paddy fields of Sekinchan. — Pic by Hanis Zainal
The green paddy fields of Sekinchan. — Pic by Hanis Zainal

The paddy fields in Sekinchan provide the best location for photographers — imagine green paddy fields and clear blue skies. After dinner, head on to the nearby town of Kuala Selangor to watch the town’s famous fireflies!

Must do/try: Seafood dinner in Kuala Selangor is both yummy and cheap! Dine at the restaurants near the Selangor River, such as the River View Seafood or Jeti Seafood Restaurant, right before sunset to get an amazing view.

Kellie’s Castle and Ipoh

Kellie’s Castle is an architectural marvel, so it is a pity that it was not completed. The castle’s Moorish architecture and its incomplete state gives it both a romantic and tragic appearance, which is why a day trip to Batu Gajah, where the castle is located, is worth it.

Fans of Downton Abbey should take lots of photographs here — you can easily picture yourself as Lady Mary Crawley or Matthew Crawley when you walk along the castle’s corridors.

After your day-dreaming is done, head over to Ipoh, around half-an-hour’s drive away from the castle, for lunch and more sightseeing. Its old railway station is a must-see for history buffs!

Must do/try: Ipoh’s delicious kaya puffs! Pay a visit to the famous Sin Eng Heong shop for out-of-the-oven fresh kaya puffs. Remember to buy extra for your trip home.

Kuala Kubu Bahru and Fraser’s Hill

Take a trip back in time in both Kuala Kubu Bahru and Fraser’s Hill.

Kuala Kubu Bahru lies near the foothills of Fraser’s Hills and is about an hour-and-a-half drive away from Kuala Lumpur. The town still retains its old town feel and looks like it has not left the 1960s (in a good way).

Eat at the kopitiams in town for a taste of the authentic old school roti bakar (toasted bread) and kaya. If you arrive early in Fraser’s Hills, take a hike to the Jeriau Waterfalls for a refreshing dip!

Must do/try: Hiking in Fraser’s Hills is extremely rewarding, as the former hill station is now a famous bird-watching site. So if you are lucky, you might spot a rare bird species or two!

We have not included Malacca in this list — as there are so many activities you can do there. So wait for The Rakyat Post’s article on what to see and do in Malacca in the future!

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