Much like fireflies and seafood, Bukit Malawati is one of the few notable tourist draws in the sleepy district of Kuala Selangor in the Klang Valley. The historic hill is about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur.
It is also just a stone’s throw away from Pasir Penambang, which is known to be a hub for dried sea products and affordable seafood. So if you ever need a stroll after a hearty lunch on a weekend, consider making the journey here.
The uphill walk is a great way to burn calories. However, unless you’re athletically inclined or wouldn’t mind being drenched in sweat, we honestly wouldn’t recommend the steep climb.
Instead, for a small fee (RM3 for adults; RM2 for children), take a ride on a tram for a fun and comfortable way to the peak.
Why you should go
The place is usually teeming with local residents and tourists during the weekends. Its popularity can be attributed to the fact that Bukit Malawati is an all-round great hangout spot. Ample free parking? Check. A spot that blends nature and history? Check. Breezy lookout point? You got it.
The top offers spectacular views of the town as well as the Straits of Malacca. In the past, the hill was used as a fort against navy invaders and was a stronghold of the Selangor sultanate.
Today, its illustrious past is reflected in the presence of some cannons, foundation stones and colonial homes.
What to do
A ride on the tram will bring you straight to the top, where you get panoramic views of the surrounding hills and the sea. One thing you’ll immediately notice are the silver leaf monkeys that are found in abundance here (warning: Don’t feed them!).
After you have taken all your photos, make your way to the nearby lighthouse. Although it’s over a century old, the lighthouse is still in use today to guide ships that cross the Straits of Malacca.
For history buffs, head to the adjacent Kuala Selangor District Historical Museum. There are seven sections here that shed light on the background of Bukit Malawati and Kuala Selangor.
There are several other notable spots that require some exploration on foot. An interesting attraction is the poisoned well. According to information from the district council, the well was once filled with poison concocted from several types of rubber and other ingredients. It was used as a torture device for traitors.
Another grim discovery is a slab of rock that is said to be where convicts were beheaded.
If all this sounds too bleak, just interact with the monkeys that are relatively tame while you wait for the colourful tram. Just be sure to look out for your belongings!
Who will like it
Covering history and natural sights, Bukit Malawati is a great place for families and casual weekend holidaygoers. History buffs will get to learn more about the district through the well- researched information panel.
Kids, on the other hand, might get a kick from being surrounded by monkeys. If you’re looking for some nice aerial views of Kuala Selangor, the hill offers a respite with plenty of breeze and fresh air.
For those driving from Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya, take the LATAR Expressway and just follow the signs to Kuala Selangor. If you’re leaving from Klang, drive towards Kapar and from there, heads towards Kuala Selangor.
Kuala Selangor, Selangor
Tel: 03-3289 1439