What are the best day trips near Kuala Lumpur?

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Emma Johnston

Whether you've exhausted the sights KL has to offer or you just want to get out of the city for a while, there are a number of excellent trips and activities all doable in a day from Malaysia's capital. From back-to-nature exploits to charity projects and historical sites, there's plenty of variety for visitors willing to leave the Klang Valley.

Kuala Selangor
70 kilometres north-west of Kuala Lumpur is Kuala Selangor, a small seaside town with a real treat for visitors. In the day time, there's not a lot to this sleepy region of countryside, but at night it really lights up – literally. Home to a population of fireflies, the town offers tours around the surrounding mangroves where you can catch a glimpse of the famous kelip-kelip as they twinkle their way across the night sky. Bring a camera, but be warned: not even the fanciest of DSLRs will catch the beauty of this rare and breathtaking sight.

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
Kuala Gandah ticks a number of must-do day trip boxes. As an organisation, its aim is to raise money and awareness for elephants across Malaysia, coordinating rescue missions and projects to save the species. As a sanctuary, it offers visitors an incredible close-up experience with the gentle giants that call its reserve and parkland home. An hour-and-a-half's drive from Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Gandah is a must for animal lovers, but with a full schedule of daily events that includes feeding, cleaning and playing with the elephants, it's a trip well worth considering for all visitors to KL.

Just two hours south of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca gives visitors an insight into Malaysia's Portuguese past.  While the British colonial era takes centre stage among attractions in the capital, this quiet, historical city is frozen in the other side of the country's heritage. With forts, churches and some amazingly well preserved architecture, there is plenty to keep strollers entertained, while Malacca's famed street food and shopping on Jonker Street will satisfy all but the most stubborn of stomachs.

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