23 Best Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur for Families

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If you’ve seen the best of Kuala Lumpur, from the famous Petronas Towers and KLCC Park to the streets of Chinatown or the beautiful Lake Gardens in the Perdana Botanical Gardens, it’s time to step out of the city centre and broaden your horizons. KL’s strategic location near other vacation destinations is perfect for families visiting or living in the city.

Plan a day trip excursion with your family outside Malaysia’s capital city and prepare for newer and bolder adventures. Day trips in Malaysia are a fantastic way to explore other great regions of Malaysia by getting exposure to a diverse range of attractions. Relax, unwind, explore new places, and experience something new, all while spending quality time with your family.

In this post, we’re giving you an overview of the best day trips from Kuala Lumpur. Additionally, we’ll publish in-depth reviews for each of the destinations mentioned below, so stay tuned!

Taman Negara National Park

Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur that take less than 2 hours to get to

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park – (30 Minutes from KL)

Sunway Lagoon Beach

This multi-park destination is a must-visit for families with kids! The Sunway Lagoon outdoor theme park houses Malaysia’s biggest water park and five other adventure zones. You can find it all here whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, wild water adventures, relaxing encounters with animals, or fun, family-friendly activities.

There are over 90 attractions to try, including:

  • Play and relax at the Sunway Lagoon Beach

  • Race with your family at Go Kart

  • Ride the world’s largest Vortex Ride

  • Beat the heat at Splish Splash or Hippo Valley

  • Experience the Sharknado studio tour

  • And more!

To get there from KL, you can travel by car, which can take 30 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions. It is accessible via the Lebuhraya Baru Pantai/E10 highway and Jalan Bangsar road.

If you want to take public transportation, you can do so via bus or train. Take the 2-900 feeder bus at the Kelana Jaya Putra LRT station or catch the U62 RapidKL bus opposite the Pasar Seni station. Alternatively, you can ride the train at the Kelana Jaya Station and hop on a feeder bus to the Sunway Pyramid stop.

If you book a day trip from Kuala Lumpur to Sunway Lagoon online, you also have the option to book a ticket including pick up and drop off. Click here to explore the options.

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Putrajaya – (30 Minutes from KL)

Putrajaya, the federal administrative capital of Malaysia – where you’ll find the prime minister’s office – is one of the best destinations for an exciting day trip outside KL if you want to minimize the time spent in a car, bus, or train. This garden city is quite popular because of its post-modern Islamic architecture, botanical gardens, and parks.

One of the main attractions in Putrajaya is the Putra Mosque, also known as Pinkish Masjid, because of its striking pink color. At the center of the city is the remarkable man-made Putrajaya Lake. Many family-friendly water sports activities include kayaking, boating, flyboarding, riding hot air balloons, and cruise tours.

Putra Mosque in Putra Jaya

Get the most of your Kuala Lumpur day trip to Putrajaya by doing these activities:

  • Rent a bike, go strolling, or have a picnic at Putrajaya Botanical Garden

  • Admire the lakeview from the Seri Wawasan Bridge or wait until nighttime to see the whole bridge light up in colors

  • Explore Putrajaya Wetlands Park

  • Shop and dine at IOI City Mall

  • Take the challenge at District 21

  • Visit Taman Botani and Anjung Floria gardens and the Millenium Monument

  • Tour the city and get the best sightseeing routes with KL EBIKE

How to get there? If you’re driving, you can take the Putrajaya/E20 or Maju expressway to get to Putrajaya. Or you can hail a taxi or book a GrabCar if you don’t want to worry about the logistics. Another option is to take the KLIA Transit train from KL Sentral and alight at the Putrajaya & Cyberjaya station.

You can also book a Putrajaya day trip from Kuala Lumpur to discover Putrajaya’s sights, including a boat trip. Click here to check availability and book your tickets.

Batu Caves & 99 Wonderland Park – (30 Minutes from KL)

Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

You can take a tandem trip to the Batu Caves and 99 Wonderland Park, as they are just a 10-minute drive from each other.

Batu Caves is home to the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia, a 141-foot (43-meter) tall golden statue of Lord Murugan. Inside, you’ll find a series of limestone caves connected to each other that house multiple Hindu shrines. And yearly, over a million pilgrims and tourists gather at the Batu Caves to celebrate the Thaipusam festival. The Thaipusam festival is usually held in February; make sure to check out the list of Public Holidays in Kuala Lumpur here

Visit the 99 Wonderland Park and enjoy the various wonders, including the 12 Zodiac Walkway, Golden Fountain, and Sky Fountain with Koi Fish. The Dinosaur Park is also a must-see for all dinosaur lovers who want to see two 11.5-foot (3.5 meters) tall T-Rexes. There are also plenty of animals to see, like peacocks, Malayan Tapir, crocodiles, deer, ostrich, and Malayan Sun Bear. They also have an open zoo where you can play with ducks and swans.

The fastest way to reach the Batu Caves is through the KML Komuter train. Ride the train at KL Sentral station, then alight at the last stop, the Batu Caves. If you’re a big family of four or more, you can take a GrabTaxi or car for a more convenient ride.

Of course, you can also book a private tour to the Batu Caves, including round-trip transfers. Click here to buy your tickets online.

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Janda Baik – (45 Minutes from KL)

Janda Baik provides the best countryside retreat for a day trip. Located less than an hour away on the outskirts of KL, Janda Baik is every nature lover’s dream. You can find plenty of activities to do with the family while surrounded by stunning scenery and tranquil waters.

Some family activities you can do are:

There is no direct way to travel to Janda Baik by public transportation. To get to Janda Baik, the fastest option is to drive there or ride a taxi or GrabCar, which is about 40 minutes of driving time. It is accessible via the Gombak-Karak Highway.

Bentong – (1 Hour from KL)

Bentong is also located in Pahang state, a 30-minute drive from Janda Baik and a 1-hour ride from KL. It’s a great destination for families looking for a unique blend of art, food, culture, and recreation in one place.

If you’re visiting Bentong, arrive there hungry because you’ll be greeted by a lot of food. And if you didn’t know, Bentong is famous for its durians! On the way, you’ll see plenty of durian orchards and stalls selling durian.

Try local produce at the Bentong Morning Market and get your hands on their famous Bentong Ginger. Dine at any popular spots, Hooi Ji Wanton Noodles and Thong Kee Restaurant. And for dessert, make your way to TAK Ice Cream Corner and treat yourself to a cold, sweet fruit jelly ice.

Visit the Bentong Street Art Murals and take fantastic pictures as a remembrance. Another charming attraction is the Chamang Waterfalls, a 15-minute drive from the town center. A Bentong Hot Spring is also open to the public, which you’ll pass by going to town.

You can also visit the Bentong Farm in Pahang or embark on an ATV adventure in Bentong.


Genting Highlands – (50 minutes from KL)

Another popular neighboring destination is Genting Highlands, a hill resort home to various hotels, casinos, shopping malls, and the newest Genting SkyWorlds Theme Park.

Satisfy your appetite with delicious Chinese cuisine, street foods, and their famous Durian fruit at Gohtong Jaya. Go shopping at the world’s first premium outlet centre, the Genting Highlands Premium Outlets.

At the peak of Genting Highlands, you can get a gorgeous view of the over-a-century-old rainforest and the 20th Century Fox World Malaysia by riding the Awana Skyway. You need to visit more family-friendly attractions: Skyworlds, Skytropolis Funland, Ripley’s Adventureland, and Snow World!

You can get to Genting Highlands by car via the Gua Musang/E8 highway. You can also take the bus from KL Sentral to the Awana Bus Terminal. From there, you can take a 10-minute ride via cable car to Genting Highlands.

Or, if you don’t want to worry about getting to Genting Highlands, you can book one of the best day trips from Kuala Lumpur via Klook. Click here to buy your tickets online. Don’t forget to check out the Kuala Lumpur Attractions pass to enjoy a discount on entrance fees. Several of the Genting Highlands attractions are included.

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Tadom Hill Resort – (45 minutes from KL)

Tadom Hill Resort provides excellent accommodation for anyone looking to spend a quick day trip from the bustling city of KL. This is the only place to experience bamboo-inspired accommodations with an exciting list of land and water activities.

Here are some of the activities you can look forward to at Tadom Hill Resort:

  • A splashing adventure at Tadom Emerald Lake where you can jump from a 5-meter bamboo diving platform, Tarzan Swing, and bamboo swing and slide

  • Play fun outdoor games at the Groove, including bamboo limbo, giant Jenga, Congkak, beach volleyball, and Table Tennis

  • Zoom in a zipline at Tandom Flying Fox while admiring the views below

  • Power through hilly terrain with ATV Ride

  • Practice your target shooting skills in Archery and Paintball

  • Let the kids have fun and play at the rustic bamboo playground

Tadom Hill Resort is accessible via Putrajaya/E20 by car, which can take 45 minutes tops. 

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Rinching ATV Adventure Park – (45 Minutes from KL)

Wind through the deep rainforest, passing through jungle terrains for an extreme adrenaline rush at Rinching ATV Adventure Park. If you’d like to take on the outdoors, this is the best activity to do with your family!

It’s also safe for kids, so don’t worry and bring them along for the ride. Expect to get wet and muddy because you’ll be going through rough mountain roads, puddles, and across rivers while riding in a 4×4 buggy. And the best part is you can take stops whenever you want to admire the scenic mountain views, take a bath in the river, or swim by the waterfall.

The guides are more than friendly; they will ensure you feel safe and have fun. Get a breath of that jungle air and take the challenge now!

The best way to get to Rinching ATV Adventure Park is by taxi or GrabCar. It takes you directly to your destination, and the ride lasts only 30 to 45 minutes.

Kuala Selangor – (1 Hour from KL)

Experience a change of scenery in the beautiful, quaint town of Kuala Selangor, popular for its seafood and hidden gem of attractions. We’re giving you a list of their top attractions, from tram rides and tasty seafood restaurants to visiting art parks and historical sites.

Here are the best attractions in Kuala Selangor you wouldn’t want to miss:

  • Take pictures at the famous Sky Mirror Island

  • Listen to the waves, go fishing, or try various seafood restaurants at the Remis Beach

  • Visit the historical Bukit Melwati

  • Enjoy panoramic views at the Tram Ride

  • Experience the fascinating nighttime phenomenon of Blue Tears, where the water by the Selangor River and the Straits of Malacca appear to glow in blue

  • Cruise through the Selangor River and get a view of the magnificent fireflies glowing at night

  • View exhibits at Sasaran Art Park

  • Admire the unique architecture of Sri Shakti Devasthanam Temple and Qi Jian Xian Shi Fo Zu Gu Miao

There are many ways to get there. The most popular is by car using the North-South highway and towards the Sungai Buloh exit, then follow the road signs leading to Kuala Selangor. Or, you can also take the Selangor Omnibus 100 bus at the Medan Pasar Bus Hub, which will take you to the Bandar Malwati bus terminal. You can also hail a taxi or book a GrabCar but expect the fee to be high.

You can also book a day trip from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Selangor. Click here to buy your tickets for a day trip to Kuala Selangor online.


Klang – (1 Hour from KL)

If you’re wondering where to go for a day trip in selangor, consider Klang (also called Kelang); the royal town and former capital state of Selangor, Malaysia. There are plenty of must-try food and attractions to visit in Klang, including:

  • Take a heritage walk at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery

  • Visit historical sites such as the Istana Alam Shah, the formal residence of the Sultan, and Masjid Diraja Sultan Alaeddin, a National Heritage

  • Catch the best sunset views at Tanjung Harapan

  • Try delicious breakfast food at Chong Kok Kopitiam with a variety of cuisines

  • Try their famous local dish, Bak Kut Teh

  • Shop at Little India

  • Visit the temples, Sri Sundaraja Perumal Temple and Kwan Imm Temple

  • Visit the retro-themed, American-style KFC

The quickest and cheapest way to get to Klang is to ride the KTM Komuter train from KL Sentral station to Port Klang. The ride can take 60 to 90 minutes.

Kuala Kubu Bharu – (1 Hour 15 Minutes from KL)

Find the thrill you’re looking for away from the cities at Kuala Kubu Bharu, the next excursion on the list of day trips in Selangor. If your family loves adventures, a day trip to Kuala Kubu Bharu will make your day. They offer plenty of enjoyable activities families with kids can enjoy.

Try these awesome activities with your kids at Kuala Kubu Bharu:

  • Glide through the sky while appreciating the beauty of Selangor River at Adren X Park

  • Experience the thrill of flying at 1,400ft above the ground at KKB Paragliding Park

  • Hike at the beginner-friendly Bukit Kutu trail

  • Take a cool plunge at Chiling Waterfall

  • Visit Taman Tasik Millennium for kid-friendly activities and have a picnic at the surrounding hills with gorgeous lake views

  • Have a blast at White Water Rafting, the perfect activity for the thrillseekers

  • Visit Tokong Kuan Yik Kerk and admire the mesmerizing rainbow steps leading to the Chinese temple

  • Use the amazing view of Sungai Selangor Dam as the backdrop to your family photo

You can travel by car or GrabCar to get to Kuala Kubu Bharu. Or take the KTM Komuter train from the KL Sentral station to Kuala Kubu Bharu KTM Station.

Tanjong Sepat – (1 Hour 30 Minutes from KL)

Tanjung Sepat is a small coastal town located southwest of KL. They have several unique tourist attractions, which are great for day trips in Selangor. If you’re looking for a quiet retreat away from the city’s noise, this is one of the best places to go with your family.

Here are some attractions you need to visit on your ideal day trip from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjong Sepat:

  • The newly renovated and very famous Lover’s Bridge extends 100 meters into the ocean, where you can enjoy the cool breeze of the water

  • Enjoy the white sandy beach of Pantai Cunang

  • Visit the Ganofarm Mushroom Farm to see rare and unique types of mushroom

  • Try their tasteful selection of seafood dishes, especially the popular seafood bak kut teh

  • Take a picture of the stunning mural walls and the Tanjung Sepat Twin Towers, made to resemble the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, at the Qing Ren Qiao Local Product Shop

  • Bring your kids for a fun and educational tour at Kuan Wellness Eco Park

  • Try some dragon fruit delicacies like dragon fruit probiotic drinks and ice creams at the Multi-Rich Pitaya Dragon Fruit Farm

You can reach Tanjung Sepat from KL by bus and taxi. Take the Aerobus from KL Sentral to KL International Airport T2, and from there, you can take a taxi to Tanjung Sepat. You can also ride the KLIA Express train from KL Sentral to KLIA Terminal 2, then ride a taxi from the airport to Tanjung Sepat. If you want the best and most convenient option, you can get a taxi or GrabCar or drive there yourself.

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Raub – (1 Hour 30 Minutes from KL)

Raub, known as the durian capital of Malaysia, is a beautiful destination for families looking for outdoor adventures surrounded by nature’s best. Explore several scenic trails, including the Hemmant Trail, Pine Tree Trail, and Bishop Trail, suitable for first-time or seasoned hikers.

Other attractions to explore in Raub are:

  • Raub Square and Raub District Mosque to discover the history of Raub

  • Jeriau Waterfall with well-maintained paths, perfect for a nice dip in the cool water

  • Visit the Tras Road Chinese Temple

  • Shop for local produce at the Pekan Sehari weekly bazaar

  • Go on water sports adventures at the Lata Lembik Waterfalls

  • Visit Glasshouse Fraser’s Hill to try their delicious tea, coffee, and cakes. Sit by the glasshouse to see their impressive collection of cacti and succulents

  • Taste the Musang King Durian at YES Orchard

  • Ride horses or try a round of archery at The Paddock

The easiest way to get to Raub is to arrange a private car transfer from KL to Raub or drive there yourself. You can also take a GrabCar for convenience.

Bukit Tinggi – (50 Minutes from KL)

Bukit Tinggi, just a spot down Genting Highlands, is a fan-favorite for many locals and tourists. It’s also known as the Berjaya Hills. It is popular because of its picturesque landscapes and amazing attractions, perfect for a family getaway.

Here are the top places you need to visit in Bukit Tinggi:

  • Colmar Tropicale, a Frenched-themed resort hanging 2,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by 80 acres of lush tropical forest

  • Japanese village home to Ume Tatami Suite, Japanese Tea House, Tatami Spa, Botanical Garden, and Ryo Zan Tei Restaurant

  • Bukittinggi Clock Tower, the most popular landmark at Bukit Tinggi

  • Rabbit Farm with 200 rabbits and other animals like peacocks, donkeys, and guinea pigs

  • Colmar Adventure Park for those looking for thrills with activities like paintballs, flying fox, rock climbing, and canopy walk

Getting to Bukit Tinggi is easy if you’re driving by car, but there will be an entrance fee. You can also take the direct bus (shuttle bus) from Berjaya Times Square at KL to Colmar Tropicale, Bukit Tinggi.

Sekinchan – (1 Hour 30 Minutes from KL)

You will love this peaceful village famous for its fresh seafood, abundant paddy fields, and relaxing atmosphere. Sekinchan is one of the major producers of rice in the country. You can learn all about rice production at the Paddy Gallery, from the sowing to harvesting, dehulling, and the finished product.

If you want a unique dining experience, stop by the N16 Cafe at Sekinchan. They specialize in home-brewed coffee and cakes, and you can enjoy the mesmerizing views of the rice paddy fields while on the bus.

The Sekinchan Wishing Tree at Redang Beach is also a must-visit. You can make a wish by getting a red ribbon and throwing it as high as possible to the wishing tree. The higher the ribbon lands, the more chance your wish will come true! To get the red ribbon, donate to the adjacent temple.

Other activities you can do at Sekinchan are:

  • Relax by the Redang Beach

  • Visit the Sekinchan Fishing Village

  • Try their famous seafood dishes

  • Explore the vintage Ah Ma House (Grandma’s House)

  • Enjoy MSekin Wonderland Waterpark

  • Tour the town using bicycles

Get to Sekinchan by riding a bus at the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Sekinchan Bus Station. You can hail a taxi or book a GrabCar for the more convenient but expensive option.

Port Dickson – (1 Hour 30 Minutes from KL)

Looking for the best island beach day trip? You don’t have to go further than 90 kilometers from KL because Port Dickson is just by the area. Prepare for beach excursions, museum hopping, and water sports adventures at this seaside town!

Here are the best and top things to do in Port Dickson for a memorable family daycation:

The fastest way to get to Port Dickinson is by car. So you can either drive there or get a taxi or GrabCar.


Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) – (1 Hour 30 Minutes from KL)

Pulau Ketam, in Malay “Crab Island,” started as a small fishing village, which now has expanded to a large community and offers the best day trip near Selangor. One of the town’s unique characteristics is the elevated pathways standing on wooden stilts, giving the illusion of floating houses during high tide.

Find out what makes this rural fishing village charming, aside from their tasty crabs:

  • Get a taste of the popular Pulau Ketam seafood of fresh crabs and dried fish transformed into savory dishes like chili crab and sweet and sour crab

  • Visit the Fisherman’s Village and capture the beauty of the colorful floating houses

  • Take home some local produce at the Crab Island Mini Market

  • Visit the Snake Temple and marvel at the live giant snake enclosed in a cage by the entrance

  • Enjoy a nice stroll along the pier

  • Temples around the small island provide great photography opportunities

  • Take pictures of the ocean-inspired art installations and murals around the island

Pulau Ketam might not be the best road trip from Kuala Lumpur as there’s no direct transportation going to Crab Island. The only way is to ride the KTM Komuter Train from KL Sentral to the Port Klang station, then walk to Port Klang jetty. You can also drive or take a taxi to Port Klang station. From there, you can take a speed boat leading to Pulau Ketam.

The easiest way to get to Pulau Ketam is to book a day trip from Kuala Lumpur. That way you don’t have to worry about getting there and you’re sure to see the most interesting sights. Click here to buy your tickets online.

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Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur that take 2 or more hours to get to

Malacca (Melaka) – (2 Hours from KL)

Jonker Street in Melaka
Jonker Street in Melaka

Melaka is among the most highly recommended places for a day trip near KL. This culturally and historically rich city, Malaysia’s first Unesco World Heritage site, offers plenty of family-friendly attractions, along with mouth-watering cuisines that you can’t resist.

Malacca is home to different cultures, including Chinese, Portuguese, and Dutch. It’s undoubtedly a fantastic place to experience the beauty of diversity through various traditions, cultures, and history.

Rickshaw in front of the Stadthuys in Melaka
Rickshaw in front of the Stadthuys in Melaka
  • Wander around Dutch Square in the historic town and see the iconic attractions, Stadthuys, Christ Church, and Melaka Clock Tower

  • Appreciate the scenery while cruising the Melaka River

  • Visit Alor Gajah, a famous town home to the A’Famosa resort with several theme parks and a golf course

  • Go on outdoor and beach adventures at Masjid Tanah

  • Visit Jonker Street for a taste of Melaka’s art and culture

  • Take amazing city views at St. Paul’s Hill

  • Cool down at Melaka Wonderland Theme Park and try the different rides and slides

  • Climb the 43-story Shore Sky Tower to get a 360° bird’s eye view of the city
View from St Paul's Hill in Melaka
View from St Paul’s Hill in Melaka

The best and cheapest way to get to Melaka from KL is by bus. From KL Sentral take the KLIA Express train to Bandar Tasik Selatan. Walk to Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) to buy bus tickets. Once you have your ticket, you can board the bus, which will take you to Melaka Sentral.

It is also possible to book a day trip to Melaka from Kuala Lumpur. Click here to buy your tickets online.


Ipoh – (2 Hours from KL)

Ipoh is an underrated gem in the Perak state and one of Malaysia’s well-kept secrets. You’ll be surprised by how overlooked it is despite having several great attractions, including the limestone hills and caves. Also, the food scene here is immaculate.

Explore the wonders of this countryside treasure, including:

  • Visit one of Malaysia’s biggest cave temples, the Sam Poh Tong Temple located on a natural limestone hill

  • Look for undiscovered treasures at Concubine Lane and Market Lane, where you can find vintage Chinese houses, antique shops and boutiques, and cafes that serve Ipoh’s traditional white coffee

  • Families with kids can have fun exploring the Lost World of Tambun, filled with adventure zones like the Tiger Valley and Water Park

  • Hunt for murals at the Ipoh Old Town and take pictures of the masterpiece

  • Relax with the whole family at Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

  • Shop for souvenirs and trinkets at Kong Heng Square

  • Mural’s Art Lane is another must-visit destination for art lovers

  • Indulge in Ipoh’s local cuisine and get the best-tasting foods at Thean Chun Coffee Shop

To get to Ipoh, the fastest way is traveling by car, taxi, or GrabCar, which has a total travel time of 2 hours and 30 minutes.


Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary – (2 Hours from KL)

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, located in a small village called Lanchang, is home to many orphaned elephants. Families with kids will love the close interaction with these gentle and intelligent creatures at the elephant sanctuary.

For the best experience, you’d want to get a tour guide to tell you everything about the elephants. Aside from getting up close to the elephants, you can also help care for them, including preparing their food, feeding them, and bathing them. Overall, it can be one of the most memorable and wholesome experiences for anyone who loves animals.

You can get a two-way taxi to Kuala Gandah or drive there yourself. It is accessible through the Main Highway, then take the exit at 816 Lanchang Interchange. From there, you can follow the road signs leading to Kuala Gandah.

You can also book a day trip from Kuala Lumpur, including fireflies night cruise and seafood dinner. Click here to buy your tickets online.

Fraser’s Hill – (2 Hours from KL)

Fraser’s Hill, also known as the “Little England of Malaysia,” is one of the most popular getaway destinations from KL. If you love spending time outdoors and in nature, Fraser’s Hill should make it to your list of destinations. Because it is in a hilly location, you’ll find the atmosphere here cooling, which is perfect if you want to take a break from the heat in KL.

There are plenty of family-friendly activities to do here, including:

  • Trying the fresh strawberries and strawberry dishes at Strawberry Farm and Cafe

  • Play table tennis, squash, or snooker with your family at the Sports Complex

  • Admire the beautiful, old Muck Tudor homes and structures

  • Take pictures of the Fraser’s Hill Clock Tower

  • Plan a water adventure at Allen’s Water Lake, where you can go boating, Zorbing, and feeding fishes

  • Go bird watching at any part of the town

  • Go trekking and hiking at the eight commercial trails available

  • Explore Taman Awam Park with your kids and play at the mini golf course for children

  • Sign up for a gardening workshop at Edible Garden

The best way to go to Fraser’s Hill is to drive there. You can also hail a taxi or book a GrabCar, but make sure it’s for a 2-way trip. Another great option is to book a tour company so you’ll have an arranged transportation going to and from.

Cameron Highlands – (3 Hours from KL)

Cameron Highlands is another must-visit destination for those seeking a relaxing getaway in the countryside. It’s no wonder why this is a favorite spot of many locals living in the city center. The fresh air, scenic views, and cool climate make it an attractive destination.

If you’re planning a day trip at Cameron Highlands, don’t miss these top spots:

  • BOH Tea Garden offers visitors a rich history and a stunning view of tea plantations. Take a tour of the tea factory, buy gifts and souvenirs, and get yourself a refreshing cup of tea

  • Explore the enchanting Mossy Forest

  • Hike the famous mountain, Gunung Jasar, and be rewarded a magnificent view of the Cameron Highlands when you reach the top

  • Have a lovely picnic at Cameron Flora Park and take pictures of the beautiful field of flowers

  • The Lavender Garden is also filled with other flowers like Japanese roses, morning glory, hydrangea, and daisies in different colors

  • Buy delectable snacks from the local vendors and farmers at Kea Farm Market

  • Visit the Butterfly Farm and Strawberry Farms

  • Take a trip down memory lane at the Time Tunnel Museum, home to several artifacts and memorabilia from the past

You can travel to Cameron Highlands by taxi, the most expensive option, or by bus, which is cheaper than the former. Or you may also rent a private vehicle to drive there, which offers you more flexibility when going around.

Although day trips from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands are available, we highly recommend staying at least one night in Cameron Highlands, especially when traveling with kids.


Taman Negara (National Park) – (4 Hours from KL)

Topping off the list of the best day trips from Kuala Lumpur is Taman Negara; is the largest national park in Malaysia, home to some of the oldest rainforests in the world, including more than 15,000 species of plants. Within the crevices of the many mountains, forests, and swift-flowing rivers are 200 wildlife species. Among these are Asian elephants, Malayan tigers, Sumatran rhinos, leopards, and more.

Here are a list of the best things to do in Taman Negara:

  • Take a walk at the world’s longest canopy walkway at 530 meters long and 131 feet above ground, boasting astonishing panoramic views

  • Go jungle trekking at Bukit Teresek

  • Observe the magnificent nocturnal creatures during the Night Jungle Walk

  • Brave through the seven rapids of Tembeling River in a wooden boat

  • Go on a boat ride to Lata Berkoh, one of the best spots for nature photography

  • Explore the limestone cave of Gua Telinga and meet wildlife like bats and racer snakes

  • Need something more challenging? Challenge yourself to one of the toughest routes to trek in Malaysia at Gunung Tahan

  • Try to catch a glimpse of the 380 bird species that live in Taman Negara

To get to Taman Negara, you must catch a bus at Titiwangsa’s Pekeliling Bus Terminal to Jerantut. Then, take a taxi to Taman Negara. The travel time is about 4 hours to 4 hours and 30 minutes.

If you are really short on time, you could opt for a day trip to Taman Negara. However, given the long travel time, we highly recommend staying at least one night.

What’s Next?

Day trips from Kuala Lumpur offer diverse experiences suitable for families with kids. From nature escapes like Cameron Highlands and cultural trips to Melaka and Klang to family-friendly destinations like Sunway Lagoon Theme Park and Genting Highlands. Whether your family is a nature lover, adventurer, or cultural traveler, the perfect day trip is just within reach of Kuala Lumpur.

Plan for your next family adventure by exploring these day trips in KL and creating one unforgettable trip from KL. Also, stay updated on our upcoming in-depth articles for each destination on this list, starting with Melaka and Putrajaya!

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About Marlieke Kemp-Janssen:

Marlieke is the mom of a four-year-old girl and, together with daddy, they love living in and exploring Kuala Lumpur. As well as being the founder of Kuala Lumpur with Kids, Marlieke is a digital marketing consultant who has helped small businesses grow through her company Aureum Hospitality Advisers.

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