Hulu Selangor is a district in the northern part of Selangor and borders the state of Pahang. It is divided into a few mukim or “townships”, notably Batang Kali, Ulu Yam, Kuala Kubu Bharu, Kalumpang and Serendah.
Unlike Kuala Selangor, which is smaller and nearer to the coast, Hulu Selangor is a larger, greener area nestled in between mountains and tropical forests. In fact, it is the largest out of the nine districts in Selangor, and the entire area itself is larger than the neighboring state of Melaka.
Since it is close to KL, Hulu Selangor is a popular getaway for city-dwellers. The area remains relatively unspoiled, dotted with lush tropical forests, waterfalls, rivers, and even hot springs. We’ve compiled a list of places to visit in this area for those who are looking to immerse themselves in a peaceful, natural surrounding!
1. Selangor River
Selangor River is a major river in Hulu Selangor. It’s one of the best places in the state for people to test their courage with the thrills and spills of water rafting. The river has a 7km rafting distance with varying rapids from Grades 1 to 4, making it a suitable location for beginners and professional rafters alike. It’s also accessible for people living in the Klang Valley, with just a little over an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur.
2. Second largest orchid farm in Malaysia
Phalaenopsis, or moth orchids, is a flower native to the jungles of Southeast Asia – it can be found in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia. Hidden in the town of Ulu Yam is the second largest specialized orchid farm in Malaysia.
Every flower coming from the farm is naturally grown in a calm, clean, and controlled environment that allows for high-quality blooms. The farm produces a wide range of orchids for people to choose from. You can even purchase your own seedling, potted flowers, or flowers specially design for gifts.
3. Chiling River, Waterfalls & Fish Sanctuary
Situated near the border of Pahang and past the Selangor Dam, Sungai Chiling is another interesting place in Hulu Selangor if you like swimming and jungle-trekking. The area is notable for being clean and unspoiled, with no development happening nearby.
Visitors to this area have two options: one is to go to Sungai Chiling, which is down several stairs and a 30-minute walk through a jungle pathway. The other option is to visit the Chiling Fish Sanctuary, which was established to preserve the endangered ikan kelah (or mahseer) species. The sanctuary is also the starting point for those intending to go to Chiling Waterfalls, a popular waterfall among locals that is preceded by five river crossings.
4. Orang Asli village in Batang Kali
Book an experience in Batang Kali. The Orang Asli are one of oldest indigenous groups in Malaysia – the Malay term translates to “original people.” Many of them continue to live in villages outside of towns and major urban areas to maintain their simpler lifestyles.
The area surrounding the town of Batang Kali is peppered with small clusters of Orang Asli villages, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the stories, traditions and practices of the people living here.
5. Kerling Hot Springs
Kerling Hot Springs is a natural hot spring in Kampung Panas, a few kilometers away from the township of Kuala Kubu Bharu. It’s one of the few places in Selangor where people can experience bathing in water which is above 40 degrees Celsius.
The hot spring is located beside a river, thereby allowing people to cool themselves down after a long, hot dip. The site is reachable by car, as it is approximately 15 minutes away to the Tanjung Malim Toll Plaza on the North-South Expressway.
6. Pertak River & Recreational Forest
Pertak River is located in the township of Kuala Kubu Bharu, a popular transit point for people coming from KL who are heading towards Fraser Hill and Genting Highlands. The river is popular among visitors who want to experience jungle trekking. To get to the river, you would have to go on 10-km path that takes you through a forest and a few river crossings before reaching the site — from there, visitors also have the option to visit a nearby waterfall.
There is also a recreational site in the forest that is popular for school trips, as it allows school children to explore the natural surroundings and learn about the rich flora and fauna that exist in Malaysia’s tropical forest.
7. Sendat Waterfalls
Sendat Waterfalls is another waterfall site near the town of Ulu Yam. The waterfall has a few levels, and has a slide where people can experience the thrill of sliding down the rocks at a safe height.
Moreover, the waterfall is not as steep as other Hulu Selangor waterfalls. The mouth of the waterfall is also shallow enough for small children to swim, making it a popular destination for family trips.