The recent inter-state travel restriction imposed by the Malaysian government to curb the spread of Covid-19 dashes the hopes of many to balik kampung (return to hometown) for the upcoming Eid Ul Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan (Muslim fasting month). However, this should not deter you from celebrating Eid ul Fitr this year. As a matter of fact, to those who are stuck within any of Selangor’s districts, the following are seven ideas that you can do to celebrate Eid by Pusing Selangor Dulu! (Explore Selangor First!). But firstly, be sure to strictly follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by Malaysia’s National Security Council and Ministry of Health when celebrating Eid.
1. Experience Authentic Malaysian Lifestyle at 16 Registered Homestays in Selangor
Spending time with your family at various homestays in Selangor during Eid is ideal because Selangor has 16 registered homestays. Homestay experience is defined as spending several nights as guests at a local’s house to experience authentic Malaysian lifestyle and enjoy kampung activities. Among the more established and popular homestays are Banghuris, Sungai Haji Dorani, and Kampung Sungai Sireh.
2. Baju Raya OOTDs around Selangor’s Villages
Miss your hometown and the endless view of greenery? Then the districts of Sabak Bernam and Kuala Selangor are for you, where you and your family can enjoy the view of paddy fields for that picture-perfect moments, especially in the areas of Sekinchan, Sungai Besar and Tanjong Karang. Moreover, Sabak Bernam and Kuala Selangor Districts are interesting destinations for Instagram since they are home to bucolic villages, expansive paddy fields and historic abodes.
3. Enjoy Wonderful Beach Ambience
Since many love to spend their time by the beach, you should check out the beaches in Selangor due to their mesmerising views, leaving you with sweet memories. The best time to hit the beach is during late afternoon on a clear day that is accompanied by the beautiful sky, tailing down to sunset. For memorable beachside experience, you can head over to Morib and Kelanang beaches in Kuala Langat, Bagan Lalang beach in Sepang, and Redang beach in Sabak Bernam, among others.
4. Experience Agro-Tourism and Its Many Activities
Agro-tourism offers tourists the opportunity to connect with nature. There are many agro-parks that you can visit in Selangor that are replete with fun activities amidst nature, suitable for the whole family. MAEPS Agro Tourism Park, Selangor Fruit Valley, Kuan Wellness Agro Park, and Sungai Kandis’ Johan Setia Agro Tourism are some of more established agro-parks you can find in Selangor that provide educational experience to all visitors!
5. Enjoy Selangor’s Delish Traditional Dish
Selangor is known for its rich and diverse flavours through various traditional dishes that are all must-tries. Be sure to search for Nasi Ambeng, Satay, Lontong, Pecal, Sambal Taun and more whenever you are in Selangor! These traditional dishes can easily be found in Hulu Langat, Kuala Selangor, Klang and Sabak Bernam districts.
6. Try-Out “Made in Selangor” SME Products
Snacking has always been everyone’s favourite. There are snacks sold in Banting, Sabak Bernam and Kuala Selangor that are popular to be served during Eid, turning these tasty snacks into definite must-haves. Among the famous snack manufacturers in Selangor are Ros Kerepek Banting, Bahulu Masri Sabak Bernam, Kerepek Kunyakuya Tanjong Karang and Kerepek Jamirah Sepang.
7. Staycation-with-Style during Eid
One of the much-loved ways to celebrate Eid is by staying in hotels and unique accommodation providers. For instance, The Sticks in Kuala Kubu Bharu is one with a unique eco-friendly concept. It is an ideal destination for the whole family to enjoy the back-to-nature experience. Next, Sekeping Serendah Retreat also offers the experience staying -in surrounded by the greens; away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
If you prefer hotel staycations, there are various hotels in Selangor offering comfort and convenience such as New World Hotel Petaling Jaya, Concorde Hotel Shah Alam, One World Hotel in Petaling Jaya where you can choose from, so be sure to enjoy yourself this Eid by savouring what Selangor has to offer!
For more information, log on to Tourism Selangor’s official website; Selangor.Travel.