Two days in Kuala Lumpur allow you to look beyond the top sights to areas such as Brickfields, Little India, and Chinatown, and to feast on the city’s unforgettable food. You’ll also have time to take in some of the spectacular natural attractions that await outside the urban borders. Here’s how.
Cape Rachado Lighthouse
The Cape Rachado Lighthouse was first built in the 16th century to help ships navigate the Straits of Melaka. The structure that exists today mostly dates from the 19th century, but the lighthouse is generally considered the oldest in Malaysia. On clear days, the beautiful sea views reach all the way to Sumatra (Indonesia).
Some travelers visit the nearby town of Port Dickson, lighthouse, and reserve independently, staying at comfortable resorts along the coastline or in the town. It’s also possible to join a guided day trip from Kuala Lumpur, which typically include time to enjoy the beaches and hike to the lighthouse along with round-trip transportation.
Things to Know Before You Go
There is a small entry fee for adults to enter the Cape Rachado Forest Reserve. Kids get in free.
Stick to the marked, pedestrian-only paths to avoid getting lost.
The lighthouse itself isn’t open to the public.
Other trails through the reserve lead to beautiful beaches, so it’s worth spending a bit of time here.
While the trail is not overly challenging, it is steep in parts so best-suited to moderately fit travelers.
How to Get There
The Cape Rachado Forest Reserve is 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Port Dickson, a popular day or overnight trip south of Kuala Lumpur. It’s best to drive here yourself, or you can get a taxi from Port Dickson. If you plan to stay for just a couple of hours, you may be able to arrange for your taxi driver to return to pick you up later. Alternatively, you can stay at a resort near the park, or camp at the park, to enjoy the natural area longer.
When to Get There
The Cape Rachado Forest Reserve is open daily from early morning until early evening. March is the best time to visit the nature reserve, as this is when many migratory birds arrive.
Visit Fort Kempas
Travelers who want to spend a bit of time in this area should also visit Fort Kempas, about 21 miles (35 kilometers) from Port Dickson. The town used to be an important and thriving port, and fishermen still work here. History enthusiasts will want to visit the 15th-century Islamic tomb here, which has a carved megalith and is a site of importance to the local people.
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