Selangor is one of the most developed states in Malaysia and it boasts excellent infrastructure, high standard of living, and lush green spaces. Today, the state is a popular medical tourism destination due to its geographical position and low-cost medical care. It has more than 40 hospitals and medical centers, both public and private. Many of these medical centers are accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) and the Malaysia Society for Quality in Health (MSQH). The medical centers are armed with the best medical professionals and state-of-the-art medical technology. Some of the most popular procedures are dental surgery, IVF consultation, eye surgery, and cosmetic surgery. Two of the highest-rated medical centers are KPJ Ampang Puteri and Sunfert International Fertility Center.
The most notable attraction is perhaps Batu Caves, which is a limestone hill with a series of caves, including cave temples. Tourists can also see the world’s tallest statue of Hindu deity Murugan. Batu caves are considered as Malaysian national treasure and an important religious landmark for Hindus. For those who want to immerse in the state’s green spaces, Kuala Selangor Beach, Chilling Waterfalls, Kuala Selangor Nature Park, and National Zoo of Malaysia are some of the best places to visit. Selangor is also rich in culture. Visit Meh Meri Cultural Village, Sultan Alam Shah Muzeum, and Galeri Diraja Sultan Abdul Aziz to get a glimpse of the state’s astounding cultural heritage. Another popular destination is the Blue Mosque (Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque), a grand mosque built with a mix of Islamic and Malay architecture.
Most international tourists will arrive in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) that operates flights to many parts of the world. It serves both large and budget airlines, such as FireFly and Malindo Air. Selangor has a well-developed infrastructure, so tourists have a wide selection of transportation modes. Tourists can opt for trains (MRT, LRT, and KTM Komuter Train), buses, and taxis.
Most nationals can enter and stay in Malaysia without a visa for up to 90 days. However, citizens of China, India, and several other countries need to obtain a visa before entering the country. eVisa Medical is available for selected foreign nationals.
The weather in Selangor is mostly warm and humid all-year-round. The average annual temperature is between 25 - 35°C. However, the temperature can soar to 37°C during the dry season. The rainy season starts in early April and lasts through October, with September and October as the wettest months.
- Local Currency: Malaysian Ringgit is the official local currency, and 1 USD is equivalent to RM4.17 (as of August 2019).
- Money & Payments: ATMs are widely available within the state. Credit cards are accepted in most established restaurants and hotels. Tipping is not common but would be appreciated.
- Local Language: Malay is the national language, but many locals can speak English.
- Local Culture and Religion: Selangor has diverse demography and most of the population is Muslim, but there are large groups of other religions.
- Public holidays: Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year, Thaipusam, and Deepavali are some of the major public holidays in Selangor.