7 fun day trips from Kuala Lumpur (besides Genting Highlands)

We feel you. The 9-to-5 grind can get you down, and sometimes a short getaway is exactly what you need! If you (a) do not want to spend on accommodation, (b) have a limited budget or annual leave or (c) all of the above, why not take a short but sweet day trip?

Pack up your sour cream and onion chips and crank up the ‘90s playlist on the car radio — because we’ve rounded up the best day trips, less than just two hours away from Kuala Lumpur.

1. Chill at cafés with scenic views at Janda Baik

Real talk — what’s café hopping without some aesthetic backgrounds that will look oh-so-good on your ‘gram?

Drive for about 50 minutes from Kuala Lumpur to reach Janda Baik, a family favourite for a drive out of town. Have lunch at the many Instagram-worthy cafés here, surrounded with serene green spaces views.

2. Satisfy your cravings for decadent seafood at Sekinchan

Located less than an hour from Kuala Lumpur, Sekinchan is a charming, small town in Selangor. Sekinchan exudes traditional fishing village ambiance and boasts stunning views of the paddy fields.

When in Sekinchan, indulge in a splendid feast of fresh seafood and local meat, barbecued to perfection by the local villagers. Get ready for your tummy to be filled with good food!

3. Battle the current of the rushing waters at Kuala Kubu Bharu

Channel your inner daredevil as you go on a wet and wild adventure through gushing whitewater rapids at the rivers at Kuala Kubu Bharu. Experience the thrill of the rapids on a whitewater rafting trip that’s fun for the whole family or a group of friends.

A word of caution — be sure to receive a full safety briefing and induction before you jump in your raft and head down the river.

4. Immerse in breathtaking views at Bukit Batu Putih

We’ll let you in on a little secret — you do not need to be a hiking pro for those epic hikes and scenery you have been seeing on your Instagram timeline. A short hike up Bukit Batu Putih, Port Dickson will take you to sweeping views of the sea and beyond.

To get to the peak of Bukit Batu Putih, you would have two choices of routes: the forest trail, which is perfect for beginners or the beach, which is a favourite among seasoned hikers. Opt for the forest train and, within 20 minutes, you will reach a white rocky outcrop which gives Bukit Batu Putih (White Rock Hill) its name.

5. Prepare yourself for a thrilling ride at Kemensah

This is the place for adventure seekers. Get your adrenaline pumping on a thrilling ATV adventure at Kemensah.

Just half an hour drive from the heart of Kuala Lumpur lies stunning lush forests and hills that are perfect for an outdoor adventure. At the end of your journey, you will be able to delight in the wonderful view of a waterfall.

6. Feast on the king of fruits at Raub

Less than two hours away from Kuala Lumpur, Raub draws a great crowd especially during durian seasons. Many durian enthusiasts — and true Malaysians, if you will — would travel to Raub just to enjoy the king of fruits.

Raub is home to many durian farmstay and durian cafés — that’s right, durian cafés. If tasting more than 25-year-old Musang King durian sounds like a plan, take a day trip to Raub with your durian-loving family and friends.

7. Watch the sun say goodbye to the day at Tanjung Sepat

To the less adventurous seeking a relaxing day in the quiet suburbs, Tanjung Sepat, a small and vibrant fishing village in Selangor is a perfect choice for you. Watch the sun slowly go down and capture the beautiful rays of the sunset moments at the beach.

Tanjung Sepat is also famous for its fresh seafood. Head over to the local restaurants for a decadent seafood dinner.

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