Things To Do In Petaling Jaya
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a Step”. Basically planned as a satellite township for Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya is now a major city of Malaysia. Petaling, Jaya is often referred to as ‘PJ’ by the locals, and has a maritime weather suitable for a visit throughout the year. A well connected network of roads and highways makes this city connect with the rest of the state with ease. A multi-cultural hub, the cuisine here offers aromatic and mouthwatering preparations which are native to the place. If on one hand this city has a rich cultural heritage, on the other hand this city also offers modern adventure sports and frolic. Getting around the whole of the city would require your own wheels and this is why there are many car renting services available throughout the city. Read on below to take a virtual tour of the place so that you exactly know what to do while you are planning your trip.
When To Go:
Due to high humidity, the months of March and April and the period from September to November could be avoided as these are the wettest months. But you can have a different share of fun in these wet months too. Temperature varies from 23 to 33 degree Celsius. Petaling Jaya is an exciting destination which offers a wide range of entertainment and recreational offers.
These are the top things to do in Petaling Jaya:
Kota Darul Ehsan Arch
Influenced by the Moorish style of architecture, this building for the arches was commissioned by the Sultan in 1974. With huge resemblance to the railway station of Kuala Lampur, this building is a series of small and big arches built together, right at the gate-way while entering into Petaling Jaya that welcomes its guests in a majestic way.
It was erected to mark the commemoration of the cession of Kuala Lumpur to the Federal Government to form the Federal Territory. This beauty glorifies in its precision and grace, when to mark the onset of the evenings, this is completely lit up and the whole place seems to be basking in a golden glow.
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
A theme park is now the modern day version of the amusement parks that used to be. Relive your childhood and try this out. Sunway Lagoon has plenty of surprises up its sleeves for guests that make a visit. It is not one thing that would keep you occupied here, but a choice of five different themes that you can try out and uncover a huge arena. Tire yourself out with different packages to suit your needs and enjoy in - the Water Park, Amusement Park, Scream Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park.
The Water Park here offers the world’s best man-made Surf Beach. Spread across a vast area of 13000 square meters this Surf Beach offers the perfect waves for the surfers. You can either laze at the beach watching the surfers analyzing their skills, or you could try surfing here and flaunt your own skills. Sunway is the home to the world largest water ride Vuvuzella, the first Waterplex 5D and the Malaysia’s first Flow rider among many others. While the adults can have fun in the most daunting rides like Congo-Challenge in the Waters of Africa, the kids can be let loose at the Little Zimbabwe, which is an interactive water park. Completely safe for kids, they can have a bucketful of fun too.
The Wildlife Park here is an exemplary site which homes about 150 species of exotic animals including, wild lizards, various snakes, birds etc. Some are kept within glass displays while some are displayed at a huge aviary in the middle of the part alongside a man-made lake.
The Scream Park is sure to give to the most deadliest shrills out of your experience. Get a ticket to this and you would have nightmares after trying this out. Completely one of the scariest ambiences that you would have been into, the ghost house, the vampire centric theatre and lots of other scare zones will give you the worst chill down your spine.
The Adventure Park is the ultimate adventure destination which has some of the most heart stopping adventure rides. There are many adventure parks around and we may have been to many as well, but the thrill that you experience on a high ride while gasping at a picture perfect landscape behind it, it just where you want to be in midair.
Another attraction of this part is the wild zoo which gives a chance to touch a real giant tortoise and cuddle the hamsters. The zoo is definitely a no-miss activity here. The animals are happy in their natural habitat and this is why a glimpse of an animal in this zoo is worth a million clicks.
Wat Chetawan Temple
This is one of the most popular Buddhist temples located in the Klang Valley of Petaling Jaya. The main majestic hall is adorned with shrines in all its surrounding areas. Though it was initiated as a small temple back in 1957, it now stands as a massive structure with eye catching intricate interiors and beautifully carved statutes on the temple grounds. If you are on the Kelena Jaya Line of the light rail transit, you would be able to see this temple in its full glory. The Architectural layout of the temple is truly marvelous.
With heavy gold leaf gliding and high precision decorations of multi colored glasses, the roof here is trimmed with CHOR Fahs, and so it becomes the most picturesque Thai temple of Malaysia. Once you are done admiring his true marvel of architecture, take time out laze around here and inhale the tranquil air. This is one place to settle your mind of everything. Maybe a little introspection would happen too.
So now that you have introspected a little and are at peace with yourself, let’s move around and reach Shalini Ganendra Fine art Gallery.
Shalini Ganendra Fine Art Gallery
How many times have you had the curator of a gallery give personal time to you and explain the journey of their lives? A local gallery intermingling local art and fine culture, The Shalini Ganendra Art Gallery is a blend of modern art on emerging regions and movements.
This gallery raises international issues and looks forward to making connections with each visitor in person. An endeavor of the owner to create international ties and connections, the legacy has a long line to go in.
For the entire sea food lover community, Malaysia is already a lucrative destination. Fatty Crab in Petaling Jaya offers one of the most authentic and lip smacking sea food dishes. One wall of the restaurant is lined with aquarium displaying fishes of endless varieties. ‘Shucking crab’ is a must try out of its menu.
Cooked in one of the award winning kitchen of Fatty crab, this dish is surely a work of art and pleasurable a treat to your taste buds. Apart from this, you can try many items from the menus. With their universal tastes and international appeal, these dishes are sure to impress anyone being served.
Now that you are tired from the activities the best place to breathe some peaceful and healthy air is up the Gasing Hills. Along the same way from Chetawan Temple road, a little deviation takes you towards the Gasing Hills. This is the most preferred destination of the bird lovers. You get a chance to see over hundred species of birds which have made this hill their home.
The hill is the only remaining portion of the reserve forest of Petaling, Jaya, having over hundreds of acres of flora and fauna. Apart from giving you the perfect serene to breathe in, this destination is just perfect to bathe in true sunlight for a while. Pull out your cameras and go hitch hiking around the area. A perfect day to spend in the trees of a natural reserve, this portion of the hills will give you a lot in terms of a natural habitat.
A large shopping destination in the very heart of Mutiara Damansara, a huge commercial complex with Asia’s largest IKEA store, is the Curve. Normally, when you shop you have two choices. Either you would shop from the local open air shops which give a battering cold and the scorching heat as a shopping bonus, or you may enter a classy mall. But this is one experience that you may have never experienced before.
This mall is split into two parts; The Street which is the outdoor mall and The Walk which is the indoor mall. So you would actually be shopping on a street inside the mall. As if this surprise was not enough, the mall also has many places to eat and drink in. Sumptuous food and delicious drinks are a characteristic of this mall.
Camp five climbing gym at One Utama
So now that your stomach is full and you almost feel guilty of the overdose of calories for the day, one of the spots you can head for is the exciting activity center at One Utama.
The concept of a real outdoor rock climbing can be little too risky for the amateurs. But if you have faith on your physical and mental capabilities, Camp five Climbing Gym caters to the climbers who are new to this sport.
Constructed on the fifth floor of the Utama Mall, this climbing spree offers you an air-conditioned environment to climb upon. By luck and sheer endurance, if you do manage to climb this whole wall, you would be able to catch a 270 degree glimpse of the city as a whole. Not only is this the adrenaline rush that would have you gasping for breath, but the sheer joy of climbing to the top and then feeling your triumph of the climb is totally exhilarating.
Sealantis is located in One Utama Shopping Centre of Petaling Jaya and is the world’s first purpose built diving pool. It has convenient and easy access facility which makes it a popular destination among the locals and tourists here. Certified by the Malaysian Government and authorized by the tourism authority of Malaysia, personal safety is a minimal concern for the divers.
The trainers and experts make the experience all the more fun and real. Along with your gear which is branded and the instructors who are friends you make under water, this scuba diving pool is a real time copy of the various scuba diving locations that you would find. The experience, the thrill, the shock is the same but the only thing that differs is the risk. Try this adventure if seeing life beneath the water has been your dream.
Kelana Jaya Lake Park
Near to the LRT Station Kelena Jaya, this park comprises of 7 beautiful lakes. Apart from offering you the collection of seven different lakes integrated together, there is a jogging track which is misty in the mornings full of dew. Also, attached to this beautiful joggers’ park is a sports complex. Just the right choice for early risers, you can be here till your tour bus arrives at the hotel to take you out.
The sports complex offers a swimming pool which was made according to the standards of the Olympics and the badminton court will attract you to play a quick game. Find a partner and hop into the tennis court. The MBPJ stadium is also at a close distance from this park and was also one of the stadiums of the Kuala Lampur Commonwealth Games. Take time off and visit this park for a perfect health improvising break.
Sujana Golf and Country Club
No! you do not have to play country level golf here. But this golf course will certainly take a shot or two. Spread over a very large area, this golf course is known for its tricky holes and though a hole might seem to be a one shot game, it actually takes a lot of time to putt. This is attributed to the winds and the incline of the golf course.
Apart from recognizing the who’s who of Petaling, Jaya, you will also see a number of tourists from all countries trying to make a mark and set their own records. Befriend a couple of people and you would have local friends. Though we do not have the land mail going through white envelopes any longer, but having an inbox full of emails from your friends that you made on a vacation makes you rememorize those moments again.
Canyon Paintball-Bukit Utama
If you are an adrenaline junkie this is the activity for you. This is a game where players simulate the effect of military battles. Use of air guns and shots of colour full paint filled capsules are fired at each other. At a distance of just ten minutes from One Utama, this destination is perfect to feel like a brave warrior at a national front. Try paintballing like a pro over here.
With playing fields themed around the four jungle battlefield pitches, it does create a truly guerilla war like experience. So you duck air guns and paint balls at different levels of difficulty and would know how to experience the ducking of a shot after being hit a couple of times. The themes of the battle field can be chosen as per the choice and generate the patriotic feeling from within somehow.
Jump Street Trampoline Park
Ever thought the kind of fun you could have while you and your little ones are jumping away wildly, together? This is exactly what you can do here. Spend hours together just bouncing up and down and against the walls. Super safe, thick walls that have fat padded edges, so that neither you and nor your loved ones would get hurt! A very cool spot with some angled trampolines too that make you bounce of far away from the walls.
Though it is a low impact fun jump trampoline, the energy you can sense within you while doing this is commendable. A trampoline which is sunken and spread over the area of 9000 square feet is perfectly safe for those who want to try some high risk jumps also. It even houses a basketball court on a trampoline court which can make you achieve that ‘slam dunk’ that you have tried a million times till now. Get your group together and you would be shrieking the place out.
Petaling offers you delightful experience of your holiday. Enjoy entertainment, nature, adventure and shopping heavens, this place has everything to it. This place is just perfect for a family trip where in each member of your family would be able to enjoy something or the other whole heartedly. Apart from the ease of access and transportation, this coastal area has just the right weather to offer. Neither too cold and neither too hot, just the bliss of winds you could enjoy. Both internally and externally well connected, this city is a traveler’s delight. Not only can you enjoy this city at your leisure, but you may also visit the adjoining cities for loads of fun and frolic too.
PJ is waiting to welcome you and treat you to a joyous experience!
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