Regular readers will know that we are always trying to find ways to get you outdoors in the fresh air. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, there’s little to beat the great outdoors, and for this guide, we’re heading to Selangor in Malaysia to highlight some of the places that should be top of your lists for exercising, some general outdoor fun or to relax.
Unlike many writers who’ll compile a guide focused on somewhere in the tropics they’ve never visited, my wife and I spent many years living in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Penang) and were frequent visitors to the state of Selangor.
One of the things we always remarked upon is how busy and congested some areas of the state are. However, the regional government knows this and has put in a huge effort to create some superb outdoor spaces where people can enjoy some fresh air, relax, bond, and exercise.
All of the outdoor spaces included in the guide are perfect for those who enjoy jogging and cycling and make ideal locations for the family to head to, if for nothing more than bonding and admiring some natural beauty.
Taman Tasik Shah Alam
Taman Tasik Shah Alam is located close to one of Shah Alam’s popular attractions, the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque, which is also known as the Blue Mosque. Taman Tasik Shah Alam’s green landscape was designed by a well-known architect, Fumiaki Takano and extends to more than 43 hectares.
It was the first public park in Selangor and opened in 1985. Since then, it has become a haven for freshwater life. The spaciousness and beauty of this place will inspire you to exercise or jog, even if it is early in the morning.
Maya Park Eco Ardence, Setia Alam
Maya Park Eco Ardence in Setia Alam Town is one of the States’s most popular recreational destinations. It boasts wide-open spaces and a beautiful lake and is a popular location for visitors who want to enjoy sunset views in a calming atmosphere. There are numerous activities to engage in at this park, with jogging and cycling being amongst the most popular, and don’t worry if you don’t own a bike because you can rent one here!
River Track Cycle Park, Klang
River Track Cycle Park is located in Klang and is surrounded by greenery, making it a perfect place to help calm the body and soul. Here, visitors can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the natural mangrove forest that helps to improve the overall surrounding air quality.
If you’re a fan of jogging, it has a 1.8-kilometre track along the Chandong Besar River. In addition to this, there’s also a 3-kilometre cycling track surrounded by beautiful scenery. It is a tranquil environment that will undoubtedly enhance your cycling and jogging experience!
Elmina Central Park, Shah Alam
Elmina Central Park is located in Elmina Town in Shah Alam, about a half-hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. It has a jogging and cycling track which is open to the public, located at the entrance of the City. It’s also easy to get to for visitors coming from the Guthrie Corridor Expressway. It’s also suitable for younger visitors as it has a playground and is a relaxing place for a stroll within a beautiful landscape.
Perdana Lake, Jogging Track, Sunrise Point, Cyberjaya
This is a place that’s ideal for an outdoor workout or for engaging in recreational activities with the family. It has a huge jogging and cycling track for those who want to exercise, along with ample space for the entire family to enjoy, and after a vigorous workout, you can treat yourself to a picnic by the lake!
Ara Damansara Park, Petaling Jaya
Located on the outskirts of Ara Damansara Town, this recreational park offers numerous facilities, including badminton and basketball courts and a playground. With its 1.9-kilometre jogging track, Ara Damansara Park is a great place for you to exercise or cycle.
Dragonfly Park, Eco Grandeur, Puncak Alam
Dragonfly Park is located at Eco Grandeur, Puncak Alam City. It is a perfect location for visitors who like to engage in leisure activities in the evening. Dragonfly Park will amaze you with some superb views of the greenery, as well as the stunning urban residential area.
Although the jogging track may not be as long as other parks featured in this guide, it still has more than enough to make it enjoyable. It’s also a great place to take a child for a bike ride as this park never seems to get too crowded.
Taman Jaya, Petaling Jaya
Located in a very strategic location, you can get here by taking the LRT and getting off at LRT Taman Jaya Station. This recreational park is a popular spot for jogging and leisure activities among the residents of Petaling Jaya. The park has a peaceful ambience and is surrounded by a variety of trees. It also has a beautiful lake where youngsters often spend their time or try to perfect some new tricks on their skateboards.
Many people enjoy spending time outdoors at the parks and recreational areas, regardless of the time of the day. Doing activities that are good for their health, such as exercising, jogging, and cycling. Practising a healthy lifestyle and spending time outdoors is obviously the way forward if possible for everyone. If you want to exercise somewhere new, consider heading to these recreational places listed above. Enjoy some quality healthy quality time outdoors whilst Pusing Selangor Dulu!
However, all visitors are reminded to always adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Malaysian National Security Council, such as ensuring social distancing, wearing a facemask at all times in public, and applying hand sanitiser regularly.
For more inspiring outdoor places to experience in Selangor, visit the state’s official website www.selangor.travel.
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