The Raya holidays are almost here! If KL is your kampung, then you can look forward to a weekend of no traffic and fewer people this long weekend. It’s a great time to take advantage of the city at one of the quietest times of the year. Here’s what we suggest doing, in and around KL:
Go to IKEA
For most of us, IKEA at weekends is a case of survival of the fittest. Unless you want to circle for parking for hours, or trip over small children in your quest to find a lamp, it’s a no-go zone. But this weekend, there’s nothing standing between you and those Swedish meatballs. Go crazy!
Spend Some Time with the Animals
If you’d rather chill with some pandas rather than attend another Open House, head to the zoo. Zoo Negara will be open from 9am – 5pm over Raya. Or, take a trip to Farm in the City in Seri Kembangan, which is home to turtles, deer and many birds.
Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen
Pertiwi and Reach Out Malaysia are two local soup kitchens which will continue to operate during Raya, so that those in need can still eat a meal over the holidays. They may be in need of extra volunteers, as some of their regular helpers go out of town. Check out a list of more soup kitchens here.
Take a Spontaneous Roadtrip
Whether your destination is a trek in the wild or simply the urban jungle of Puchong, it’s a great time to drive a bit further out from your neighbourhood. Taman Negara is about a 3 hour drive away and will be open during the holidays. Or, head to Taman Melawati for afternoon tea. (Check out our list of great hiking spots here).
Find Some Street Art
Ah, so many street murals, so little time. Head to places such as Shah Alam’s Laman Seni backlanes for colourful, interactive murals, or find the new street art around SS2. You won’t have to battle other Instagrammers to get the best photo, and nobody will judge you for using a selfie stick.
Try KL’s Cycling Lanes
With quieter roads, it’s a great time to try pedaling from point A to B. New cycling lanes were introduced in KL earlier this year, connecting Mid Valley to Dataran Merdeka. Some of the cycle lanes do intersect with road junctions, so cycle with care.
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