Kukup Travel Guide

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Kukup Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great if you are an ecotourist wanting to see mangrove forests 

  • Con
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    cryingpearls says…

     not much entertainment, unless you create your own! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Charming village on Stilts 

Kukup Things to Do

  • Do a Walkabout

    What's the best way to experience how the locals live? Well, the best way is to stay with them. But if you're there only for a day trip, the next best thing you can do is to walk around the living areas of town.The people there will not greet you with open arms, but as the dwellers know each other well, the doors are generally left opened.

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  • Check Out the Fish Farms

    Located in the seas of Kukup are about 50 or so fish farms. It is also known as "Kelongs" Beyond just raring fishes, the entrepreneurial fish farmers have combined their daily work with hosting of tourists on their fish farms. As the fish farm was located in the seas between Kukup Laut and Pulau Kukup, we were brought to the fish farm via a...

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  • Smile, You're On Candid Camera

    From his fishing net, the fish farm owner dredged out a shark. The owner was giving a running commentary about the shark but I was busy taking pictures. So what did he say? I really do not know. But my, what big mouth and nostrils the shark has. No wonder I'm such a bad student in school. Totally distracted.

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  • More Edibles

    Can Asian just think beyond food? Yes, the roe of these sea urchins are edible. But cast your eyes beyond them ending in your tummy, and what you will see are spiney creatures that are rounded in shape. The spines might not kill a person, but stepping on a sea urchin is as good as putting pins into the sole of your feet, and boy, will that hurt.

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  • Live Science Lesson

    We had a pretty good view of a crab of distinct look known as a Horseshoe Crab. I've seen these crabs only in my science books and now, I'm face-to-face with a pre-historic creature!Built like a tank, horseshoe crabs are largely unedible, except for its legs (Barely get enough meat from them). Talking about legs, these creatures have the amazing...

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  • Netting It!

    It's not all about the boatride, nor is it about the scorching sun, but it's all about what is in the fishing net. This fish farm owner that we had visited has about 50 nets altogether, and each net would have cost him about RM500. That means that his investment would be like a kazillion dollars!I was told that they would grow various types of...

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Kukup Restaurants

  • New Kukup Restaurant

    The restaurant is on stilts jutting into the sea, just as like other buildings in Kukup Laut... There is an airy non air-conditioned dining hall as well as an air-conditioned room... The restaurant treats the sea as a disposal rubbish dump as restaurant workers can be seen throwing food left-overs overboard right in front of diners...Service is...

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  • Restaurant with Dishonest and Abusive...

    My family and I went to this restaurant for lunch. We have picked a dish (Sea cucumber & Fish Maw) on their menu, that states small for RM16, medium for RM24 and large for RM30. As we have ordered many other dishes, we have requested for a small one for this dish.During payment, we were surprised by the price tag of RM26 for this dish. Upon asking,...

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  • Crab of A Time

    I would not have done crab-eating any justice if I'd lumped this entry together with my other food posts. Why? Because the sole reason why one makes a crazy trip all the way to Kukup is to plunge one's teeth into fresh, lovely seafood. Well, we had the pepper crab and I totally love the taste. The meat could be more succulent though. What else but...

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  • Kampung Style Restaurant

    After a long drive south to Kukup Laut, there was nothing more important than to fill our tummies. It'll be crazy to arrive at this southern-most village of the Malay Peninsula and not have seafood. Doing that will be like visiting Beijing, but not the Great Wall, or Siem Reap and not Angkor Wat. I believe you got my drift.Well, the New Kukup...

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  • Atan Seafod Restaurant

    The restaurant serves seafood and is located in the Tanjung Piai Resort... It caters mainly to local visitors... including those on conducted tours... The seafood is fresh and prepared in the Thai and local Malay style...

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  • Seafood Heaven

    "They charge less than usual but the freshness and taste of the food is better than usual." Black Pepper CrabChili CrabsSweet & Sour PorkBaby Squidsand simply everything...

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Kukup Nightlife

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  • Nightlife?! In kukup?

    Other than dinner (Usually BBQ) and popping your own firecrackers (If you brought any), after dinner plans would mean staying in and having a karaoke session (Have to bring your own collection though! Our resort had their own, but it was kinda limited), or a game of mahjong / carrom. The younger ones had more fun than us. They took their torch...

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  • Kukup Night Life

    Well, don't expect much night life in Kukup. For best night life, probably go to Pontian Town - 20 mins driving, enjoy the foods and drinks next to the sea.There are 2 places you can dine by the sea- Tambak and Pontian Seaside.Tambak is a new commercial area, everything is new within. On the other hand, Pontian seaside already exist for decades, if...

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Kukup Transportation

  • Driving from S'pore to Kukup via the 2nd...

    If you're going to Kukup, go by the other causeway (2nd link ) instead of the one at Woodlands. Though a tad bit more expensive, it is compensated by the sanity you'll stand to gain. The checkpoints here are practically empty, even on a weekend morning!Here's the directions to Kukup from the 2nd link:Take the Second Link and exit at the Gelang...

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  • Parking Your Car

    The road into Kukup is quite narrow and on a busy weekend, it would be hard to park your car. You can try your luck by parking your car further away from the seafood place. If you're there early, then you should be able to park just outside the restaurant. But never park illegally, or you'll pay for more than your seafood meal, courtesy of their...

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  • Riding The Waves

    When you're in Kukup, making a trip to the floating fish farm is strongly encouraged. How can you be gorging on th seafood without paying homage to the source of it? There's a separate charge from the boatride if you choose to do a stop-over at the fish farm, but I say it was all well worth it. It was a wonderful experience, especially for a city...

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Kukup Shopping

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  • Must try!

    Our guide helped us to order this Kukup specialty. A pack of 12 crystal jelly cost RM6 and there are many different flavours. I was not really interested in eating these crystal jelly but thought that my family might like it. True enough, my family finished everything and I received rave reviews for these crystal jelly, though these crystal jelly...

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  • Cracker of A Deal

    This is on of the sundry shops that you'll find in Kukup. So what's so special about this shop? Well, they generally sells about the same items, but what attracted e into this shop was how nicely the crackers (Also known as Keropok in Malay) were lined. Aren't I Crazy!!?!! You have the red ones, green ones, the elongated ones, and many more!

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  • This Is What We Call a Provision Shop

    It was quite nostalgic for Singaporeans visiting Kukup as sundry shops in Singapore have been modernised. Seldom do we see shops with a traditional sign board, red chinese lanterns, long light tubes and also, old school ventilation grilles. You can get just about anything from these sundry shops. From fruits, to ice cream and even baby diapers.

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Kukup Local Customs

  • Keeping One's Money Safe

    In the past, when sundry shops do not own cash tills, the tin and pulley method was the best way to ensure that the money is kept away from prying hands. The owners will pull his tin down, slots his money into the metal container, and then just let the pulley do it's work, elevating the tin to the high reaches of the shop. Ingenious idea, don't you...

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  • Cool nuts!

    Different asian countries have different ways of partaking their coconuts. When in Vietnam, coconuts were not carved open. This means that you are not able to eat the coconut "meat". Whereas in Singapore and Malaysia, the meat is something that we go for other than the cool coconut juice.The best time to enjoy your coconut is when it is still...

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  • Local Delights

    What you see here are fried fritters (In Malay: Pisang Goreng), and fried tapioca. Not too sure what's that on the furthest right tray. These are local delights that you'd get to see quite often in both Malaysia and Singapore.However, I did not buy any from this roadside stall as you can see from the wok, the oil seemed to be unchanged after many...

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Kukup Warnings and Dangers

  • Sweet Memory - Malaysia

    This is just a friendly warning about the likeable local philatelic entrepreneur who also happened to be our guide to the fish farms of Kukup. There's no serious breach of honesty done here but the price I paid for this set of Malaysian coins and stamps on this tour was far more than the same set I spotted at a coins dealer in Chinatown,...

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  • Mossie and Sand Flies

    Bring lots of anti-mossie spray if you're going to Kukup. I didn't and I brought back itchy welts of mossie and sand fly bites as souvenirs..arrgh.

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Kukup Off The Beaten Path

  • Certificate of Southern most tips of...

    Before you leave Tanjung Piai, please make sure that you must have a "certificate". You can buy that certificate at customer service at Tanjung Piai Visitors Complex. CAn put your name on it...

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  • World's Largest Uninhabited Mangrove...

    When you go for an organised tour, there might just be some place that you might miss. The Pulau kukup was just one place that I missed due to the tight schedule that the tour agency was running. Any place that is known for "The World's..." should never be missed! Yup, I'm "The World's Biggest Fool".

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  • Extending your Visit

    If you have seen the whole of Kukup and still the wild side of you still beckons, then I'd suggest that you take a boat ride from Kukup to an Indonesian island called Karimbun. The one hour boatride will lead you to a bustling port town of Tanjung Balai. There, nature-loving visitors can trek up the lovely mountain of Mount Jantan or sift your feet...

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Kukup Sports & Outdoors

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    The first nine plays to 2,992m on the blue tee while the second nine to 2,906m... The course is rather flat as it is on the coast by the sea... With a total length of 5,898m from the blue tees, water comes into play in at least 12 holes... with water in play from holes #8 to #17, a continuous strength of 10 holes... other water holes are #2, #5 and #6...

    The club house is rather big but a tad weary... with the golf's terrance overlooking the finishing holes... Staff are rather friendly and it is pleasant to play here...

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Kukup Favorites

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  • Barbeque and evening walks!

    What i enjoy most on my trips to kukup are the evening scenes...Preparing for a seafood barbie with my family...the chicken wings would be all marinated and just waiting to be roasted, the prawns and stingray pieces wrapped up in tin foil, someone will get the charcoals ready...hmmm...then i'll take out the chairs and set the table...there's a nice...

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  • Need More Ringgit?

    After you've gone on a shopping spree and you're now low on your ringgit, don't fret! There're licensed money changers located in the heart of Kukup. So do bring along some other currencies just in case you need to convert some cash into ringgit.

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  • Visual Trickery

    If you think you're on solid ground, you're both right and wrong. Right in the sense that you are walking on concrete sidewalks and the roads are paved with bricks. But everything that you see above ground, are inherently held up by concrete pillars that have been piled into the sea.Take a closer look at base of the buildings and you'd see that...

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    Jun 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    STAY AWAY from Oceanic Sky Resort Kukup. It is a very poorly managed resort.
    Electricity completely failed repeatedly throughout the day and even backup generators failed. The whole of Kukup has electricity except Oceanic Sky. They have no clue what to do to fix it.
    The Owner shirks responsibility, argues with customer and walks away after failing to trick us to pay him SGD 500 for transport to send our group back to Singapore.
    Yes we finally got our refund and ride back but the entire episode left a very bad taste.
    I feel bad my parents had to put up with the awful hot and stuffy conditions during the day and showering / restroom in complete darkness.
    Visit at your own risk. Go somewhere else.

 
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