The term “Klang Valley” originates from the Klang River, the principal river flowing through this region. The “valley” alludes to the metropolitan area built around this river and its tributaries.
Klang Valley encompasses Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia‘s capital, and its suburbs and neighboring cities, primarily in the state of Selangor. It’s flanked by the Titiwangsa Mountains to the north and the Strait of Malacca to the west. Bordering states include Negeri Sembilan to the south and Pahang to the northeast.
Klang Valley, once dominated by tin mining activities, evolved into Malaysia’s economic, cultural, and financial heart. Its rapid development over the past few decades has transformed it into a bustling metropolis with skyscrapers, shopping malls, and a blend of traditional and modern cultures.
Highlights of Things to Do
- Kuala Lumpur: The nation’s capital is an architectural marvel with iconic structures like the Petronas Twin Towers. Dive into local history at the Sultan Abdul Samad Building or the National Museum. For shopping aficionados, Bukit Bintang is an absolute must-visit.
- Petaling Jaya (often referred to as PJ): Originally developed as a satellite town, PJ has grown into a city of its own. It offers a mix of shopping malls like Sunway Pyramid, recreational parks, and a thriving arts and music scene at venues like The Square by Jaya One.
- Subang Jaya: Known for its educational institutions and shopping outlets, it houses attractions like the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park and the expansive Subang Parade mall.
- Shah Alam: Selangor’s state capital, its famous landmarks include the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque (or Blue Mosque) and the Shah Alam Lake Gardens.
- Klang: A royal town with historical significance, Klang offers a journey back in time with attractions such as the Royal Klang Town Heritage Walk and the Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery.
How to Get In and Out
By Air: The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Terminal 1 and its budget terminal, KLIA Terminal 2, are the main gateways, connecting Klang Valley to East Malaysia and numerous global destinations.
By Rail: The KTM Komuter, LRT, MRT, and Monorail lines provide extensive connectivity within Klang Valley. The ETS (Electric Train Service) links Klang Valley to northern and southern regions of Peninsular Malaysia.
By Road: An intricate web of expressways like the North-South Expressway (NSE) and Federal Highway facilitate road travel to and from the Klang Valley.
By Bus: Numerous bus terminals, including Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) and Pudu Sentral, offer intercity and interstate bus services.