Day trips from Kuala Lumpur

The Perfect Day Trips From Kuala Lumpur

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3 PLACES YOU MUST VISIT

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and one of the biggest and most popular destinations in Asia. Of course, there are many fabulous places to visit in the city, and you should definitely spend several days here exploring. But, if you want to get away from the chaos of the big smoke, here are 3 perfect day trips from Kuala Lumpur that I recommend. These are beautiful locations with so many different attractions and not too far from KL.

View of Kuala Lumpur

1. Putrajaya

Located 25 km south from KL, the relatively new super-city of Putrajaya is now the pride of the nation. It is the administrative capital first and foremost, with the federal government building commanding the centre of attention here in opulent fashion.

Putrajaya has become a huge tourist attraction, and growing, but the city’s population is still relatively small.

Numerous grand structures grace the skyline and it is evident that no expense has been spared to put this city on the proverbial world map.

Two stylish new Mosques have also been built here, which really dominate the landscape.

Notably, the architecture of the buildings in Putrajaya is a combination of muslim and modern.

Visit Perdana Putra (Government Building)

The Prime Minister and government offices are housed in the stunning Perdana Putra building, which cuts an imposing figure on the landscape, with the unmissable green dome atop this majestic edifice. You cannot enter the building, but it is certainly worth visiting from the outside.

Alternatively, the PM’s residence is open for tours, if you are interested in having a look at how the head of state lives. The Seri Perdana Complex opens 2 of the blocks to the public. Check website for details.

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Perdana Putra building, office of Prime Minister – photo credit

Visit The Putra Mosque (Pink Mosque)

Putra Mosque is the biggest attraction here, particularly for lovers of architecture like myself. You can appreciate the blend of modern and Islamic styles that work so well. Also called the Pink Mosque, because of the pink marble featured throughout. It’s just stunning. Built in 1997 near the federal offices on the lake. A definite highlight in this city.

You can visit the Mosque during opening hours daily. Closed Friday mornings.

Dress respectfully when entering, covering arms and legs. Alternatively, robes are available to wear, in a lovely shade of pink!

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Stunning Putra Mosque
The beautiful pink dome
Pretty interior of the pink dome – photo credit

Visit The Masjid Sultan Mizan (Iron Mosque)

Also known as the Iron Mosque, the Masjid Sultan Mizan is built predominantly of steel, hence the nickname. You will notice it is not a typical looking Mosque, as it has a different roof with a glass panel. Also it has no minarets, which is very unusual. It doesn’t really look like a Mosque, in my opinion.

Open everyday to the public, except Friday mornings. Again, dress conservatively if you plan to go inside.

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Masjid Sultan Mizan

More about Putrajaya

A beautiful man-made lake provides a cooling feature in the middle of the city, with Wetlands and huge Botanical gardens to explore. Over a third of the city is parks and gardens.

You can take a cruise around the city on a old Malaysian style gondola or a motor boat. The stunning sail-like bridge called Seri Wawasan Bridge spans over the water.

Also a must is checking out the Putrajaya Marina, which offers an abundance of activities and entertainment, such as watersports, fountains and lightshows. And a white sandy beach! Yes, a beach on the lake.

Of course, you will also find plenty of fooderies along the Marina as well for your eating pleasure.

So, go and spend a day, or more, at Putrajaya. Lovely new hotels are just waiting for you to come and stay for a longer trip.

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Putrajaya Lake and Seri Wawasan Bridge
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Amazing aerial view of the main precinct with the world’s largest roundabout – photo credit

Tours of Putrajaya I recommend

2. Genting Highlands

Another day trip I suggest is to take a drive or bus ride to the hill station turned mega-resort, called Genting Highlands. Approximately 1.5 hours drive, or 50km from Kuala Lumpur, it is situated amidst a 120 million-year-old mountain rainforest, of the Titiwangsa mountain range.

Here you will immediately appreciate the dramatic cool change in temperature of the higher altitude (aah!), a perfect reason to come up here for some welcome relief from the humid heat of KL.

Genting Highlands Resorts World is located up here, a mega entertainment complex for everyone, adults and children alike.

Resort World Genting Higlands
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Resort World Genting Highlands

You will find an Indoor Snow Park, an Indoor Theme Park, 2 Casinos (Genting Casino and Sky Casino), a Shopping Mall, Restaurants, Golf Course, Cinemas, nightlife, shows, and more, to keep you well and truly entertained for hours. An Outdoor theme park is due to open in 2021.

Spending a day here is adequate to enjoy many of the fun activities on offer, but you probably won’t want to leave so soon. So, if you prefer a longer stay, you can easily find accommodation in one of the hotels here. There are 7 hotels to choose from at Genting Highlands, ranging from 5 star like Maxims Hotel, to 3 star like First World Hotel.

Also, as you would expect, there is a huge range of eateries to suit all taste buds and budgets.

It really is a whole world of its own up here, popular with locals and tourists.

Indoor Theme Park
S-bend roads up to Genting Highlands

Chin Swee Caves Temple

An amazing location for a temple, Chin Swee Caves Temple is situated in the hills of the Genting Highlands amongst the tropical rainforest. It is a Chinese Taoist temple and definitely worth a visit to the beautiful tranquil setting. You can reach it via it on Genting Highlands, or by driving.

There is a stunning 9 storey pagoda standing proud on the side of the hill-face and a huge 15 metre high statue of Buddha.

Peek-a-boo of Chin Swee Caves Temple
Chin Swee Caves Temple through the trees on the mountainside
Chin Swee Caves Temple

Cable Car Ride

Take a ride up the mountain with the Awana SkyWay, which is the main cable car service here. Or Genting Skyway is the other cable car sometimes in use.

The Awana is the longest and fastest cable car in Asia. You have the choice of a standard gondola or a glass-floor gondola for a little extra. While enjoying the ride you will be able to take in the panoramic views of the glorious mountain rainforest.

Panoramic view of Genting Highlands
Riding the cable car up Genting Highlands

Tours I recommend of Genting Highlands

3. Kuantan, Pahang

Sungai Karang

This day trip is a little longer, but certainly doable with your own car. So hire a car, have google maps at the ready and off you go. It’s 2.5 hour drive to the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia from the city of Kuala Lumpur. I suggest you leave early morning for a full day’s excursion.

Alternatively, stay overnight at one of the lovely seaside resorts. My family wanted to stay at the Adena Beach Resort. Here you have a gorgeous pristine sandy beach overlooking the South China Sea, and an outdoor pool. Of course, there’s a beach bar to help quench one’s thirst in the tropical heat, because what’s a beach without a bar, right?

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Puteh beach bar
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Puteh beach bar
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Adena Beach Resort

Kuantan is well known for beaches. There are many miles of lovely beaches to enjoy. Another beautiful spot nearby is Teluk Cempedak beach, also called Palm Beach, which is popular with tourists. It has a partly rocky foreshore.

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Teluk Cempedak beach
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sandy beach
Teluk Cempedak foreshore – photo credit
rocky beach – photo credit

Kuantan Waterfall (or Sungai Pandan)

Who doesn’t love waterfalls?! So while in Kuantan, you can head to these natural spring waterfalls, located about 25 km from Kuantan Town. Or if you’re coming from Sungai Karang, it’s a 40 minute drive inland.

There are others, but these are the most popular waterfalls in Kuantan.

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Kuantan Waterfall

Hope you enjoy these day trips from Kuala Lumpur.

Any comments or questions? Leave me a message below.

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17 thoughts on “The Perfect Day Trips From Kuala Lumpur

  1. I would love to visit super-city of Putrajaya which is also a the pride of the nation. Never knew that it is the administrative capital as I always thought that KL is the capital. Also the Putra pink mosque looks fine piece of architecture with all those intricate works in the dome.

  2. I learned so much from reading your post! I have been fascinated by Putrajaya since it is a new city and one that is attempting to be green and efficient. I’d love to visit the Genting Highlands on my next trip to Malaysia, and it looks like Sungai Karang is a much nicer beach destination than Port Dickson, which I recently visited. Thanks for sharing; isn’t Malaysia such a beautiful country?

  3. These are some lovely options for day trips from KL. Would love to visit Putrajaya, it looks so beautiful. Have been to Genting a couple of times and have loved it. The Chin Swee temple is our favourite and riding on the Awana Skyway Gondola is a wonderful experience.

  4. Great post, we visit Kuala Lumpur very regularly and many of these places I’ve never heard of. Genting Highlands has been on my bucket list for a few years now. I’m definitely pinning this post for later reference.

  5. The Resort World Genting Highlands looks like such a fun place to visit. I’ve visiting the Resort World Sentosa so I wonder if they’re similar. Kuantan Waterfall looks gorgeous!!!

  6. I wish I would have visited Kuala Lumpur when I was living in Singapore. So much to see here. If I ever make it back to the area, I’d like to check out the PM’s residence. I would also like to check out the Pink Mosque. I bet the pink marble in person is gorgeous.

  7. I actually don’t think I’ve heard of any of these places before! I love the mix of modern and historic architecture in Malaysia, and the Chin Swee Caves Temple must be so cool to see in person!

  8. The detail on that pink dome is incredible! It looks like there is quite a variety between big city shopping and there parks and some really beautiful nature. I love the shot of the Chin Swee Caves Temple amongst the trees.

  9. I haven’t had the chance to visit Kuala Lumpur but these day trips look wonderful! The mosque has such beautiful architecture and the cave temple too. Saving this for when I do get the chance to go! 😁

  10. Even though it is a rather new building, I would have to see the Pink Mosque with all of its pink marble featured throughout. How convenient they offer pink robes if you are, as many Westerners tend to be, somewhat exposed. And a glass-floor cable car? I am in all the way. That sounds so very cool.

  11. Kuala Lumpur is such a rich and diverse place, i would want to spend at least a week there. And then I’d have to extend for the day trips out of town! I loved your suggestion of the Pink Mosque, I love islamic art and the architecture is gorgeous!

  12. I have been to Kuala Lumpur before (twice) but never ventured away from the city. Would love to check out these places as I prefer nature over cities. Loving the looks of the waterfalls. I know I be back in Malaysia soon so hopefully will check these out.

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