Selangor is centrally located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is one of the most prosperous and developed states in the country. Most tourists will arrive in Selangor at the KL International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang designed as an 'airport within a forest'. Kuala Lumpur was the capital of Selangor until it was made the federal capital in 1974.
The state's appeal lies in its wide range of natural and man-made attractions, historical and cultural. Most of these are within proximity to Kuala Lumpur and can be covered within a few days.
Shah Alam, a well-planned city and the capital of Selangor, is home to the country's first agro-forestry park at Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam. The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque in the heart of Shah Alam is an architectural masterpiece.
The Kuala Selangor Nature Park, a sprawling bird sanctuary, is the perfect place for bird watching and outdoor activities like camping and jungle trekking. A few kilometres away at Kampung Kuantan one can watch the spectacular light show of thousands of fireflies in a mangrove swamp at dusk.
Closer to Kuala Lumpur, Selangor's premier theme park, the Sunway Lagoon offers world-class recreational facilities for hours of family fun and excitement. The impressive Mines Resort City, once the location of the world's largest opencast tin mine, is another majorattraction, providing a comprehensive range of facilities for recreation, entertainment, shopping and business.
The Batu Caves, a well-known Hindu shrine is in a huge limestone outcrop outside Kuala Lumpur, attracts a daily stream of visitors as well as thousands of devotees during the annual Thaipusam festival.
The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia in Kepong provides the uninitiated an educational experience and a breathtaking view of a typical Malaysian forest from its canopy walkway amid the treetops.
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