As Malaysians rediscover the country’s top holiday destinations in a resurgence of domestic travel, you may want to head to other lesser-known travel destinations instead to avoid the crowds. These spots scattered around Selangor are the perfect opportunity to flex on stand-out photos and have an educational trip at the same time.

Paddy fields of Sekinchan, Sabak Bernam

Sprawling golden paddy fields beckon in the fruitful harvest months as Sekinchan lives up to its name as the rice bowl of Selangor. Visit during the harvest periods of May, June, November, and December, and you will be rewarded with some truly breathtaking views of unspoiled scenery.

There’s a unique bakery shop called Ah Ma House, which sells traditional Chinese snacks and desserts, and they even have eel fishing activities to entertain the little ones.

Make it a day trip and explore what else Sekinchan has to offer. Aside from a kids’ waterpark, Redang Beach, and delicious seafood restaurants at Bagan — the nearby fishing village — there are more than enough opportunities to cover your photoshoot outings.

Address: Sekinchan Paddy Fields, 45400 Sekinchan, Sabak Bernam, Selangor

The National Botanical Garden, Shah Alam

Located less than an hour’s drive from KL Sentral, the National Botanical Garden in Shah Alam features a wide range of activities and splendid nature views, such as the 72-hectare Animal Park and the Ornamental, Cactus, and Tropical Fruits Gardens. Rent a bicycle, cycle around the grounds, or hop onto their free tram services to get the most out of the lush greenery.

The real treat lies in the Four-Season Temperate House, which rotates its seasons every three months, giving visitors the chance to experience spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The entrance fee is priced at RM5 (adults)/ RM3 (children) for the winter house, and RM3 (adults)/RM1 (children) during the other seasons.

The entrance to the Botanical Garden itself is RM3 for adults, RM1 for children, and RM1 for senior citizens.

Address: Taman Botani Negara, Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor

Selangor River Dam, Hulu Selangor

Situated along the trunk route from Kuala Kubu Bharu to Bukit Fraser, this picturesque dam is gaining popularity thanks to its crystal-clear lake and lush surrounding hills. Ideal as a pitstop while travelling on the highway, you can even stop by at night and enjoy the starry skies away from the city’s light pollution.

The lookout point is an ideal place to start for a vantage view of the lake. Picnic and stargaze away from all the bustle of the main crowds.

Address: Lookout Point Sungai Selangor Dam, 55, 44000 Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor

Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands, Kuala Langat

A beautiful biodiversity sanctuary home to more than 300 species of animals and birds, this place is a nature haven with loads of accompanying activities that are the best way to discover the local wildlife. Currently, available activities include hot air balloon rides, dining in the wetlands, and even a jungle school programme to educate little children on the wonders of animals and plants.

Cop unmissable views with the Safari Insta-Tour – a 45-minute truck ride through the wetland’s top scenic locations, which are the Bamboo Trail, Lake Sendayan, and Rumah Melayu. The rates are RM35 on weekdays and RM45 on weekends, with MyKad holders enjoying a 20% discount. Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands is open daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Address: KM 4, Jalan Dengkil, Banting, 43800 Dengkil, Selangor

Pulau Ketam, Klang

A thriving cultural heritage of the Chinese fishing community, this place is famous for its fresh seafood and numerous seafood restaurants. Pulau Ketam, which means ‘Crab Island’ in Malay, is a unique destination for anyone curious about the fishermen’s lifestyle and ‘floating houses’, which are built on wooden stilts suspended above sea level.

Several ferry services are available to access the island, with the two-way ticket prices for all services priced roughly at RM18 for adults and RM10 for children. Stroll around the colourful village houses decorated with murals, visit the Chinese temples, and most importantly, sample the fresh seafood the island is known for!

Address: Jalan Foreshore, Kawasan 20, 42000 Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor

So there you have it! Five relatively hidden tourist spots for your photo inspirations!