Top 9 Ampang Attractions (2022)

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Ampang, a populated city in Selangor, is located on the eastern side of Kuala Lumpur, just outside KL’s commercial, entertainment and shopping hub. Not only will you find large shopping malls over here, such as MyTOWN Shopping Centre and Sunway Velocity Mall, but there are also many Korean restaurants here as there is a sizeable Korean population staying here. With so many places to visit, here are some of the top Ampang attractions that you should not miss out on.

1. National Zoo of Malaysia (Zoo Negara Malaysia)

Zoo Negara Malaysia

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On the 14th of November 1963, the Malaysian Zoological Society established the first local zoo for Malaysians, and since then, it has become the most prominent zoo in Malaysia. You should not miss this Ampang attraction with over 5,137 specimens of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Sprawled across 110 acres of land, it is best to come here early as you would probably need a whole day to appreciate everything the zoo has to offer, especially since it opens at 9 am and closes at 5 pm.

Not only can you view all kinds of animals here, but you can also explore the 17 exhibits of the zoo like the Giant Panda Conservation Centre and Butterfly Centre and hold events here. Imagine getting married here; that certainly would be a day to remember! To get here, you can opt to take a car or public transport, though it is more comfortable to take the first option, if you go as a group, you can easily split the cost of the ride.

2. Ampang Recreational Forest (Taman Rimba Ampang)

Ampang Recreational Forest (Taman Rimba Ampang)
Half an hour out of the city, the Ampang Recreational Forest, or Taman Rimba Ampang, is one of the last remaining areas with natural vegetation, making it a great place to enjoy nature away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Open from 8 am to 5 pm, this green oasis allows you to do plenty of activities to keep you entertained throughout your visit, such as swimming, picnicking and trekking.

It’s also one of the few Ampang attractions where you can see Malaysian wildlife up close and home to all kinds of different types of trees and plants native to Malaysia, like the ramin tree and the Kelapa plant. There are also many other attractions such as waterfalls, caves, and wildlife like monkeys and snakes.

3. Saga Hill Trial

Saga Hill Trial

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The Saga Hill Trial is a hill of many stories, besides being a natural getaway for nature lovers. Located about half an hour away from Kuala Lumpur city centre, you can come and explore nature’s beauty from the trails. The trail begins from the base camp and slithers through various terrains that are rocky, muddy, or wet.

It’s pretty rewarding when you reach the top, as there is an open space with rest huts, hammocks, and a makeshift cooking area. Imagine a hearty meal after a challenging hike; what a great way to work out and spend time with family and friends! The trails are generally suitable for amateur hikers with zero hiking experience. While the trails can be accessed at any time, it is essential not to forget to invest in a pair of good hiking shoes and to try to avoid going to this Ampang attraction on the weekends as it is more crowded than the weekdays.

4. The Garage KL

The Garage KL

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While there are so many exciting Ampang attractions for you to visit, you should still spend some time checking out The Garage KL (TGK), an edgy space that breathes the essence of art and culture. There are so many things you can do here within one area, besides having all kinds of events and programmes for you to enjoy. An example of this is the free workshops carried out where you can learn anything from painting to photoshopping! Furthermore, they feature local artists every month in the galleries.

If you get hungry from all that fun, you can fill your tummies here too. With its exposed brick walls and cement floors, The Garage KL is also a restaurant designed with an industrial twist; a food truck converted into a kitchen. You can get burgers and pizzas at reasonable prices and even gluten-free bread for those who are more health-conscious. Even if you’re not here for any of that, you can also come here for a quick haircut.

5. Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers

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How can anyone visit Ampang without visiting Malaysia’s most iconic landmark? Towering at 452m, these twin towers were designed to showcase the culture and heritage of Malaysia and have once held the record of being the tallest twin towers from 1998 to 2004. You can go up to the observation deck, or the sky bridge, linking both buildings at level 45, and take in the unparalleled view of Kuala Lumpur.

The architecture alone is not to be scoffed at, with the levels of details put into it, such as the Islamic geometric patterns on the floor’s plate. The best part is that it is relatively easy to travel here, and you can choose to take public transport such as LRT within Klang Valley to KLCC station or get a Grab if you don’t mind the traffic. Bear in mind that it is closed on Mondays and public holidays, but you can visit it on any other day from 10 am to 6 pm.

6. Taman TAR Wildlife Sanctuary

Taman TAR Wildlife Sanctuary

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Taman TAR Wildlife Sanctuary, another one of the popular Ampang attractions is a 142-acre wildlife sanctuary that hosts many endangered animals like the Sumatran Tiger, Malayan Tapir and the Oriental Small-clawed Otter that have been forcibly displaced due to development or natural disasters. Besides visiting these furry creatures, you can also hike the trails here to go to different sections of the forest. You will also see an artificial lake that plays a crucial role in preserving Malaysia’s biodiversity.

7. Kembara Hill (Bukit Kembara)

Kembara Hill (Bukit Kembara)
Located in the eastern outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, specifically the Taman Tun Abdul Razak area, this hidden 272-metres above sea level gem is another one of the excellent Ampang attractions to explore and hike. With several hiking trails surrounding the park, visitors can come hike and admire the well-maintained surroundings. Don’t worry about getting lost, as house pipes are marking the stretches of trails, though you may need some trekking stick to support yourself as it can be quite a steep climb.

Besides hiking, visitors can also swim under one of the magnificent waterfalls or take pictures on the cliffside platforms. Since it is a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, you may need to plan your time accordingly, as you are most likely to spend a few hours here.

8. Kemensah Valley

Kemensah Valley
Kemensah Valley is a small valley for recreational purposes, located just 30 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur that is enough to help you escape the concrete jungle. Over here, you can bask in the flourishing green paradise and breathe in the fresh and crisp air here, especially in the morning as it is less humid then. It is another perfect getaway for nature lovers, hikers or anyone tired of just strolling around malls on the weekends.

People also often come here to camp as it has a pretty decent camping site with tent rentals and basic facilities. If camping is not your thing, you can also fish in the massive fish pond nearby. If you still need another reason to visit this place, it is located near Zoo Negara and is open on a 24-hour basis.

9. Ampang Hill (Bukit Ampang)

Ampang Hill (Bukit Ampang)

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If you are looking for a spot with a breathtaking city view, you should head to Ampang Lookout Point on Ampang Hill. As one of the more popular Ampang attractions, you can expect this place to get quite crowded especially during the evenings when you get to watch the sunset over Kuala Lumpur city, with all the famous landmarks such as Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower. If you are hungry, you can enjoy a delicious and romantic dinner in one of the restaurants located here while enjoying the killer view.

While Ampang might not be the first place you think of when planning your trip, you should not miss out on this natural gem within Malaysia’s metropolitan city. With so many Ampang attractions to visit and delicious food to eat, you can ensure your trip here will be a worthwhile experience.