Selangor is divided into nine distinctive regions, each with its own unique appeal. Petaling is the most central and urban, with Gombak, Klang and Sepang easily within reach. Up north are the quaint districts of Sabak Bernam, Kuala Selangor and Hulu Selangor, whereas further south lie the nature hotspots of Kuala Langat and Hulu Langat.
Gombak is located just north of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. It is home to an aboriginal Orang Asli settlement and is the site of the Orang Asli Museum. Other popular sights worth visiting include Zoo Negara, Batu Caves and Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM).
Klang district is home to Port Klang, one of the world’s busiest transshipment and container ports. Its main city is Klang, a royal town where once civil wars were fought and tin was traded. Steeped in history and culture, Klang offers numerous heritage sites and buildings that are of immense historical and cultural value.
Kuala Langat is located southwest of Selangor, bordering the districts of Petaling, Sepang and Klang. Kuala Langat is known for a variety of natural and cultural attractions, including Bukit Jugra, Pulau Carey and Pantai Morib.
With its nearest border about 70km northwest of Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Selangor is located off the beaten tourist path and hence, still maintains its traditional ‘kampung’ (village) atmosphere. Best known for its nature attractions, recommended things to do in Kuala Selangor include the Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park and Bukit Melawati.
Despite being the district with the smallest area, Petaling occupies the most central location in Selangor. Because of this, Petaling is the most populous district in the state with over 1.8 million residents. Home to major cities like Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and Subang Jaya, things to do in Petaling include its well-maintained parks and urban attractions including malls, theme parks, museums, galleries and more.
Selangor’s southernmost district is best known for being home to Sepang International Circuit and 2 international airports where Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia are headquartered. It is also famous for its beach resorts and the city of Cyberjaya, a global center for high technology and innovation.
The northern district of Hulu Selangor is located towards the deep center of Peninsula Malaysia. It is the gateway for locals heading towards Frasers Hill and Cameron Highlands in the neighbouring state of Pahang.
With parts of Selangor’s easternmost district bordering the edges of Titiwangsa Mountain Range, Hulu Langat is especially known for its natural attractions including hiking, jungle trekking, rivers and waterfalls.
Sabak Bernam is Selangor’s northernmost district, sharing a border with the state of Perak. Visitors often travel to this quaint district to visit paddy fields and fishing villages dotted along the coastal bay.
- For a map of Selangor districts, please click here.