Travelling is a dream to a lot of people. Yes, being able to check out all the cool and well-known tourist spots are definitely worth it. But, to feed the more curious side of you, perhaps starts when you found hidden culture and gems a city can offer. Without any doubt, places like the Petronas Twin Tower or Putrajaya are among the most visited tourists’ destinations in Kuala Lumpur, nevertheless, there are in fact a lot of new and unique places that are blooming like mushrooms for the wanderlusts. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy a list of the “Hidden Kuala Lumpur – uncommon places/things people don’t know or yet to explore.” Shall we?
1) Art Site 7, Shah Alam
For almost 3 years now, starting since 2013, the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) has conducted a clean zone program which focuses on developing back alleys. It was definitely a brave move, but as of now, it has been worth it. The art project is a collaboration between the MBSA, Muamalat Bank as well as the UITM students and they have called it as “THE STREET ART PROJECT NO 0.2 (Laman Seni 2).” This site is superbly brilliant and portrayed a number of art projects by the students of UITM and ever since, it has been receiving quite a number of a visit from tourists and locals alike. The best thing about this place is, they are open to public at any time of the day.
- Laman Seni 2: Seksyen 2, Shah Alam, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
- Laman Seni 7: Seksyen 7 Shah Alam (Jalan Plumbun 7 Q/7), 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
2) Wei-Ling Gallery
At Tripfez, we are a big fan of art, so pardon us as this second spot is still related to art. Wei-Ling Gallery is not as famous among tourists as probably, it will mostly only attract those who love Arts. But, art is very subjective, right? And if you have the chance to come here, do check it out as this gallery focuses on nurturing and promoting the best of contemporary art in our country. These past few years, they have been working diligently and have represented some of Malaysia’s most prominent contemporary artists. What is unique and uncommon about this art gallery is that they have an intensive effort on pushing the boundaries of art. Something uncommon with the rest of the art galleries around the city.
3) Eagle Feeding at Kuala Selangor
Yes! You have read it right. Eagle feeding. If you were to try this activity, you can go for a tour and you will be guided onto a motorized boat that will bring you to a stunning river. Then, when you reach a spot floating calmly, your guide will throw pieces of chicken in the river. I bet you can guess what happens next? You will be able to see drones of birds and EAGLES circle overhead. The eagle will then snatches the food from the river, and the rest is history, you will have an experience of a lifetime.
4) Dining in the dark restaurant
Why on earth would someone dine in the dark? Well, I guess you forgot about the title of this article. We are talking about uncommon things people do in KL and this is definitely one of it. By visiting this restaurant, you will be sat in an entirely dark room, being hungry, and senses elevated. Dining in the Dark restaurant provides a unique gastronomical experience to its visitors. Aside from eating in the dark, the food they serve is top notch too!
5) Watch the Fireflies at Kuala Selangor
If you are a big fan of nature, this activity is definitely for you. When you go to KL, what comes to mind? Concrete jungle, shopping, hipster cafes etc. So, going to watch fireflies would be something out of the norm and unique. Located in a small fishing town just outside of KL, you can ride a boat of 4 people and pay around RM40 to see millions of bright and twinkly fireflies in unison just like the lights on a Christmas tree.
6) Try the Fish Spa in Central Market
Massages at spas are pretty common, especially in a metropolitan city. But fish spa? Not so much. So, you can try and head to the Cute Fish Spa in Central Market. Here, you can see people sitting on bright red bar stools while having their feet dangling in the water. Why do they do this? It is because they are allowing the small, toothless Garra Rufa fish (Doctor Fish) to help clean the dead skin cells and while doing that, the fishes also micro-massage your feet. How relaxing?
7) Be adventurous at the Skytrex Adventure in Shah Alam
The activities at this place are totally not for the faint-hearted. But, if you are into outdoor adventures, this is for you. Here, you can climb to the tree-tops and zip line through a beautiful scenery. You can opt to try one among all the levels they provide: little adventure, big thrill, and extreme challenge. Worry not, as they emphasize on safety and you will need to firstly undergo a comprehensive training briefing or courses before commencing the activity.
8) Feed ‘Eli’ at the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
Come over to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary and visit Mother Nature-friendly wildlife, the elephant. For more than three decades, this sanctuary has worked tirelessly to focus on taking care of the abandoned elephants and at the same time opens up opportunities for the public to know and get close to this unique creature. If you are lucky enough, you won’t only have the chance to feed them, but also bath them!
Sometimes, exploring the famous spots are just too common and it becomes too boring. Right? So, it is time to explore something new and out of the usual. Don’t forget to check out these activities when you visit Kuala Lumpur the next time as it will surely take you slightly away from the places that are generally packed with visitors and instead discover and engross yourself into this exceptional culture.