5 places just outside KL to catch the Orionids meteor shower tonight

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Fancy witnessing giant rocks flying across the universe? Tonight (21 and 22 October) you’ll have a chance to see the Orionid meteor shower.  The Orionid meteor shower is the first to be created by debris from Comet Halley and it is one of the most dependable annual displays of shooting stars.

According to astrologists, at peak activity, about 20 meteors are visible every hour and the best times to view them are just after midnight and right before dusk.

Where can you make 20 wishes an hour in Kuala Lumpur? Probably nowhere – it’s too bright. But there are plenty of places you can get to easily enough from town; below are some of our suggestions to catch the meteor shower for tonight with a bearable travel time (we used Bangsar as the starting point).

1. Broga Hill – 30 minutes


Broga is a relatively easy climb, more family-friendly, with the aid of ropes for the climb and with just as nice of a view. The hill has three plateaus, the first one being a wide space big enough for a big group meeting for a tourists on a trip and is good for a picnic whether early morning or in the evening.

2. Batu Dam – 40 minutes away

Selangor Dam

A 20 minute drive from Batu Caves will bring you to yet another skyscraper-free zone. This place holds a beautiful scenery of an expansive lake surrounded by mountains in the distance, with a waterfall located a just few kilometres away.

3. Tabur Hill – 45 minutes away


One of my favourite spots for a morning with nature has always been Bukit Tabur – an hour’s hike to the top, with a choice of either the East or West hills. Tabur is a challenge and can be extremely dangerous, so hikers should be experienced or at least have experienced companions. I highly recommend a headlamp as it’ll be very dark and you’ll definitely be needing your hands on the hike up and your slide down. Yes, your slide down.

4. Kuala Kubu Baru – 1 hour 15 minutes away


Located on the outskirts of Selangor, an hour and 15 minute drive from KL, Kuala Kubu Baru’s Bukit Kutu trail begins in the aboriginal village of Kampung Pertak and takes about three hours to reach the summit. The hike leads you to remnants of two colonial-era bungalows.


5. Frasers Hill – 2 hours 20 minutes away

MAL6858D distant view forest Fraser's Hill

A drive north out of Kuala Lumpur into Pahang is Fraser’s Hill. With an altitude of about 1,200 meters and its highest point at 1,500 meters at the Telekoms loop, Fraser’s has not only a resort you can drive up to but also has eight trails you can hike up, such as The Pine Tree Trail (1500m), The Kinderley Trail (750m) and The Hemmant Trail (1000m).

Where to look?

If you’re techical enough to want to check for direction and alittide, the information below has been provided by TimeandDate.com:


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