Travel Talk: Juliana Evans’s Fave Selangor Travel Spots
With travel restrictions being lifted in Malaysia recently, the nation’s citizens are free to travel within inter-state as well as overseas, as long as all SOPs are adhered to. While many Klang Valley inhabitants set their sights on tourism destinations such as Langkawi and Desaru, Tourism Selangor would like to welcome holiday-makers to check out Selangor travel spots with the continuation of their “Pusing Selangor Dulu” campaign.
Most recently, the state’s tourism arm launched their Pusing Selangor Dulu Travel Fair, known as Jelajah Pusing Selangor Dulu 2022 at Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya in an event that saw the collaboration of Tourism Selangor with Jevans Jewelry by Che Puan Juliana Evans. Che Puan Juliana is the official ambassador of the Pusing Selangor Dulu campaign and regularly shares about her favourite Selangor travel spots on social media. The event that took place on 4 December 2021 was officiated by Tuan Hee Loy Sian, the Selangor State Exco of Tourism and the Environment.
Che Puan Juliana Evans on her favourite Selangor travel spots
Gadabout had the opportunity to interview Che Puan Juliana Evans at the event, where she shared about her favourite Selangor travel spots and recommendations for activities to suit your preferences.
When you travel, do you prefer the city, going back to nature, or a beach or island holiday? Which one is your favourite and why?
Che Puan Juliana: I absolutely love camping and going for picnics, while the beach and island holiday is also my thing. I would say I am more to nature when it comes to holidays.
How adventurous of a traveller would you describe yourself? Do you like doing extreme activities like paragliding or mountain climbing?
Che Puan Juliana: I have tried paragliding before, but at this age I’m not really good with heights anymore. But I’m a super adventurous person actually. My friends know that. I love going on ATV rides throughout nature, and the harder it is, the more challenging it is, the better. If it’s not challenging, I’ll be like “Hey that’s it? C’mon I need it to be more challenging.” But just when it comes to height it’s a bit of a no, because of the age.
I do love travelling and exploring. I love exploring alone sometimes, and it’s actually the best because you don’t have people waiting for you – it’s just kind of explore and discover things alone.
Can you name your favourite Selangor travel spots for each of these activities? (Beach, Nature, Shopping, Theme Park, Museum)
Che Puan Juliana: When we talk about the beach my favourite spot would be Morib, it’s very peaceful there.
Nature in Selangor there’s so many; Sekinchan because there’s a sawah padi (paddy field) there. I actually stayed in a “shipping container” hotel next to the paddy field, so I would wake up looking at the serene beautiful views of the paddy field. I think that is just absolutely beautiful and something that you can get in this State itself is just blows my mind.
Shopping in Selangor, I really love going to Sunway Pyramid. I kind of grew up going to Sunway Pyramid because it is very close to my school. I like Citta Mall, because it’s close to my house, but Sunway Pyramid is my favourite.
Favourite Theme Park would be Sunway Lagoon.
As for a Museum in Selangor, I love the Royal Selangor Museum (the Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery) in Klang. I just went there, and not only did I get to learn a lot about the history of the Selangor royal family, I also learned a lot about the history of my husband’s family i.e. my in-laws’ family. It was really nice, I really liked learning about that. I love the history of the royalties in Malaysia especially about Selangor, which is really interesting.
What do you hope will result from this Pusing Selangor Dulu Travel Fair?
Che Puan Juliana: People should get back to travelling around Selangor. Many may not realise that there are a lot of spots around Selangor that you can travel to and that you can explore and discover. And (for Klang Valley residents) it’s just like an hour away, or an hour and a half, less than two hours I would say. Sometimes, just 30 minutes away and you have Batu Caves, for example. For Selangorians, you have so many places that you can go safely in your own State right now amidst the current situation. To make it easy, maybe take a day-trip to Sekinchan or to Sky Mirror and then you can go back home after that. It’s simple and it’s easy. And that’s what I hope for visitors to this Travel Fair… and also for people to look at my Selangor State necklace!