Top 8 Banting Attractions (2021)

Looking for a short getaway? Look no further and come visit Banting, Selangor! This quaint town is a green oasis that has somehow escaped the clutches of pollution. While enjoying the fresh air here, you will feel at home quickly with how friendly and helpful the locals are, and you’ll never be bored as there are so many interesting activities and attractions you can try here.

1. Tadom Hill Resorts

Tadom Hill Resort is a gorgeous resort that provides you a refuge from the bustling city life, with all sorts of accommodation for all budgets and an extensive range of activities to do in your spare time. This bamboo-inspired resort hinges on combining comfort and nature, so most of the accommodation is motivated by the traditional living culture of the aborigines. You’ll never be bored here, as you could choose to splash into the water from the 5m bamboo diving platform, stretch your limbs on the Tarzan swing, or cruise the waves on bamboo rafts and water slides! If that isn’t enough, there are also activities like flying fox, abseiling, archery, ATV, and even sumpit (a bamboo blowgun traditionally used for hunting). Of course, there are also laidback games like table tennis, badminton, beach volleyball, congkak, or even giant Jenga too. Additionally, if you have young children with you, there is a rustic playground built to cater to this group so they don’t miss out on having some fun too! Unsurprisingly, this spot is the best place for team building activities. Furthermore, the panoramic views and natural green hillsides are a beautiful backdrop against the bamboo accommodations, so this is also a great spot to hold events like weddings. It’s also only 15 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), so if you’re not from Kuala Lumpur, you can come here directly from the airport, bask in the beauty of this resort and have fun with loved ones!

2. Jugra Hill

Jugra Hill, or Parcelar Hill to some, is famed for its authentic beauty and intriguing history, making it a great recreational spot for locals and tourists alike. Jugra Hill is located in Jugra, a town rich with history, and this is clearly seen through the remnants of history found there in the form of well-preserved stately buildings. Jugra Hill itself used to hold its place as a guiding light for navigators and cartographers as the Jugra lighthouse was built there. What distinguishes this spot from other recreational areas is the fact that it offers paragliding, in addition to hiking and downhill trails (don’t worry, a professional instructor will accompany you!) . You can try this in the morning or afternoon, and enjoy being suspended in the air for an estimated duration of 5 to 10 minutes, though this is highly dependent on the weather conditions. You could try the package that offers GoPro photos or videos to document your experience, pick up transfer to the take off point, and some light refreshments for you to enjoy. Moreover, you could also try drift triking with family or friends, and bask in the views of Sungai Langat. Needless to say, this place will work wonders on your mind, body, and soul.

3. Jugra Insitu Museum

Museums are a great introduction to learning the culture and history of a place, and the Jugra Insitu Museum is not an exception to this. Situated at the foot of Jugra Hill, this double-storey building has an interesting history of being an old district police station-cum-prison up to 1890, with the top floor acting as a courtroom while the bottom floor served as the prison. Fun fact: In 2002, the museum was even acknowledged as a heritage building by the Department of National Heritage! The museum has three exhibition halls featuring displays and dioramas on the building itself and other prominent heritage buildings nearby such as Istana Bandar Jugra. You can visit the museum as early as 10am and appreciate attractions like the General Motors Canada (GMC) C15TA armoured trucks that were made during World War II and were once used by the Royal Malaysian Police during the emergency period (1948-1960). Do note, however, that the museum is closed on Mondays.

4. Istana Bandar

Istana Bandar is not a landmark that should be missed on your itinerary, as this iconic building was once the residence of the Sultan of Selangor in 1905, before falling into disuse after independence. Sprawled at 120 acres of land with majestic waterfalls and streams, an elaborately landscaped garden, as well as fish ponds and overgrown green lawns, the architecture is unique as it is clearly influenced by different styles – Western, Chinese, and even Moorish Indian. If the exterior is enough to take your breath away, the interior is sure to have you gasping in awe. How often does one get to witness a real throne room, royal bath, and a banquet room, to name a few? Fortunately, it is also fairly easy to reach here by either a rented car or a taxi, so why not visit here with your loved ones and document your visit with a few photographs? The Istana Bandar certainly has what it takes for that perfect Instagram shot!

5. Morib Beach

This small, secluded beach is recognized by many as one of the best beaches in Malaysia for its picturesque setting and pristine waters. Accessible within a day trip distance of KL, this white sandy beach that comprises two main stretches (Morib Public Beach and Morib Gold Coast) is sure to take your breath away. Be sure to note that it is extremely breezy here, so be sure to hold onto your things! The upside is that one can indulge in the art of kite-flying, especially since there are loads of reasonably priced kites on sale nearby. Despite the breeziness, bring some sunscreen as it can get pretty hot, especially in the middle of the day. As for the amenities, fret not, as there are plenty of little restaurants available to fill your tummies, clean bathroom facilities should you need to relieve yourself, and comfortable Muslim prayer rooms for Muslim visitors. There are some nearby accommodations like the Impian Morib Resort and the Gold Coast Morib International Resort, and is worth considering since this beach is relatively near Jugra Hill and the Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple.

6. Kelanang Beach

Just 6km apart from Morib Beach, this is another beautiful beach to check out! This should be particularly good news for city dwellers as it is not easy to find beaches, particularly well-preserved ones. Though it may not be as popular as its counterpart due to lesser facilities, it compensates this with the peace and tranquility one gets when one visits this beach. Note that the murky waters aren’t exactly suitable for swimming, though you could enjoy a quiet stroll along the mangrove trees lining this beach. Besides, you can also enjoy a good picnic here as there are picnic tables and benches available, alongside a playground for children to play in. If staying in resorts doesn’t suit your fancy, you can choose to camp here too, though do note that it may get quite crowded on weekends and holidays.

7. Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands Centre @ Discovery Park

No matter what age you are, you can never say no to having fun at an attraction park! Discovery Park isn’t just any regular park, as it’s role as a biodiversity sanctuary makes it a perfect melting pot of exciting activities, special hangout spots, and family-friendly activities. Developed due to the Banting Town Council’s initiative to curate an area for both recreation and relaxation, there are loads of things you can do here, such as feeding the animals, visit the Hippo Pond and Crocodile Lake, go on a boat cruise, take beautiful photos of the surrounding nature, watch birds, go fishing, cycling, nature trekking, or even horse riding! If these don’t satisfy you, then maybe you should have fun up in the sky instead by riding a hot air balloon! Literally, the sky’s the limit with the number of things you can do here. Additionally, this venue will also host attractions like Malaysia’s first diving beach pool club, Southeast Asia’s first Aerobar, and a 16-metre-tall ropes course. The best part is that this isn’t on some remote part of the country, but is easily located on Google Maps and is accessible via car or e-hailing services.

8. Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple

The Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple is the epitome of a Buddhist temple, with a giant Buddha statue overlooking the temple, alongside a Waterdrop Teahouse, and Lumbini Garden. This is a temple worth visiting, as it upholds the education, culture, and religion of Buddhism in Malaysia. It is easy to be enthralled by the mysterious and hauntingly beautiful exterior of the temple, and so easy to be immersed in what the temple has to offer on the inside: the Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, exhibition halls featuring artifacts and relics, audiovisual rooms, Sutra calligraphy hall, the Dong Zen Institute of Buddhist studies, and even meditation and dining halls. It is no wonder that it was nominated for the “Outstanding Scenery Award” from Selangor’s Tourism Development Board in 2003! You can replenish your hunger from exploring all 16 acres of the place with a delicious vegetarian meal from the vegetarian restaurant inside. You can visit as early as 10am, as it closes by 6pm, though if you would like to stay a little later, come visit around Chinese New Year, as the temple is known for its extravagant Lantern and Flora festival during the holiday.

Clearly, Banting is the epitome of quality over quantity. While there aren’t as many attractions here as some other places, one is definitely guaranteed a memorable and fun experience here. Add Banting to your list of traveling destinations today!