The royal capital of Selangor state is Klang. Conveniently located approximately 32 kilometres west of Kuala Lumpur and about six kilometres of the main gateway by sea into Malaysia, Port Klang, it is easily accessible via KTM Commuter or buses.
Facts about Klang
- Currency: MYR (Malaysian Ringgit)
- Dialling code: Klang is a township within Selangor where it adhere to the +603 prefix for calling land lines.
- Airport: The nearest airport to Klang is Subang International Airport while the KLIA and klia2 airports can be reached via major expressways too.
- Airport Tax: applies for both domestic and international flights
- Distance from airport to city centre: Subang International Airport is located about 15 kms from Klang
- Temperature: Klang gets temperature between 25 and 36 degrees Celsius annually
- Climate and Weather: Tropical with high humidity
- Common languages: Hokkien, Bahasa Malaysia, English Language, Chinese and Tamil
Transportation in Klang
You can get a taxi to reach Klang very easily. This will start from RM30 if you are coming from Subang while a trip from KLIA or klia2 is about RM90. Alternatively, you can hail a Grab or Uber which is cheaper.
Highlights in Klang
Klang is very close to the city of Kuala Lumpur and suburbs like Shah Alam and Petaling Jaya. As such, there are a lot to see around here. However, as a city itself, Klang has a lot of exciting places to visit. This includes:
- Kris Monument – known as Tugu Keris, this is an iconic structure that you will see as you enter Klang visible from the Federal Highway itself.
- The Raja Mahadi Fort – the remains of this fort can be seen in Bukti Kota which was built during a power struggle of the township.
- Sultan’s Palace – As a royal town of Selangor, you can see the majestic Sultan of Selangor’s palace although it is not open to the public.
- Pulau Ketam – If you have time, venture to Pulau Ketam. The entire island is built on stilts. From Klang jetty, you take a half an hour boat ride here where there is an entire township. People like to come here for the seafood
- The Esplanade – Known to the locals as Tanjung Harapan, this is a scenic recreational location not far from Northport. Enjoy the sunset here.
- Little India – Head towards Jalan Tengku Kelana here and experience the best of the Indian community of Klang where you can buy items, crafts and enjoy the food
- Religious places – There are a lot of places to go when it comes to houses of worship. This includes the Klang Royal City Mosque, the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Kai Hong Hoo Temple, the Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple and many more
Foods in Klang
When you mention Klang, a few major cuisines will come to mind. The most popular ones being:
- Bak Kut Teh – This pork ribs soup is one of the most popular ones in the country. It is said that Klang has the best Bak Kut Teh which includes Teck Teh Bak Kut The, Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh, Teluk Pulai Bak Kut The and many more.
- Seafood – Being a port, seafood is another local favourite. Try them out at Port Village Seafood Restaurant or head towards Coconut Flower Seafood Restaurant.
Driving around Klang a breeze
However, once you get into Klang, it is more convenient to drive around since public transportation is fairly limited. Hence, Klang is not exactly an ideal destination for tourists and visitors. One would have noticed that Klang is not featured in travel brochures since the town has nothing much to brag about.
Central of Bak Kut Teh
If you are looking forward for a wonderful sightseeing trip, look elsewhere because Klang is more popular for its delicious dishes especially Bak Kut Teh (Pork Ribs Tea). You can practically see this in every corner of Klang, every shop that sells food as people from all around the country would come here for it.
Attractions around Klang
However, there are still a couple of historical sites such as Kris Monument, Raja Mahadi Fort, Royal Palace and Pulau Ketam worth a visit. If you are driving to Klang via Federal Highway, you will spot this towering silver Kris Monument from afar as it is perched on the left of the highway slightly ahead of Sungai Rasau toll plaza. Another site with historical value is the impressive Raja Mahadi Fort. Beautifully located at Bukit Kota, it was built to serve as a defensive point for Raja Mahadi to guard against his enemy. If you are having a hard time to locate this remarkable fort, just ask around for the exact location of Klang Municipal Hall because the fort is right next to the hall.
Little India along Jalan Tengku Kelana is also another must visit area in Klang. It is vibrant and full of life especially during the weekend. You’ll be spoilt for choice because tons of irresistible goods from textiles to stainless steel pots as well as colourful accessories are available here. Klang is likewise to any other destination in Malaysia because you can tempt your palate with variety of mouth-watery dishes such as Bak Kut Teh and fresh seafood.