Visit the Orang Asli Museum
Its an impressively informative effort that showcases the history, ancient customs and traditions as well as social and economic development of Peninsular’s early inhabitants.
The Orang Asli is considered to be part of the natives of this country. There is about 116,119 people altogether and they are divided into three main tribes; Negritoes, Senoi and Proto Malay. Each tribe is divided into 6 smaller tribes and they speak different dialects, apart from the local Malay dialect.
Managed by the Orang Asli Affairs Department, the museum displays models and exhibits significant of the lifestyle of the tribes such as their dwellings, personal adornments, arts, costumes, musical instruments, hunting and agricultural tools, animal traps and traditional medicine.
Admission to the museum is free and visiting hours are 9am to 5pm from Saturday to Thursday. The museum is closed on Friday
Kepong : FRIM - Forest Research Institue Malaysia
The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), is one of the leading institutions in tropical forestry research, both within the country and abroad. It consists of an area of 600-ha and is located in Kepong, Selangor which is about 16 km northwest of Kuala Lumpur and is surrounded by the Bukit Lagong Forest Reserve.
FRIM’s ‘forest tour packages’ provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and public education in its grounds. It is a popular spot for picnickers, joggers, cyclers, tourists and nature study groups, for family day events, treasure hunts, camping, birdwatching, jungle trekking and nature photography. The grounds, which began as degraded land in the form of sterile mining pools, scrubby wasteland and barren vegetable farms, long-abandoned, is today a treasure of relatively unpolluted air, cooler temperatures and quiet serenity.
There are 5 trails which you can do in FRIM :-
1)Salleh’s Trail (1.5 km)
2)Keruing Trails (1.5 km)
3)Rover Track / Jogging Trail
5)Mountain Bike Trail
Entrance Fee is Myr1/- each
Car entrance fee is Myr5/- per car & driver
Canopy Walk : Myr5/- each for adult, Myr3/- for teenager and Myr1/- for children
Guide fee : Myr80/- (for max 30paxs) - this is optional as you can go venture your own
Operating Hours : Mon to Sun 7am to 7pm (Canopy walk closed on every Mon & Fri)
A group of us (8adults and 1 kid) went for the Keruing Trail and ended up with the the canopy walk (which was, unfortunately closed for maintenance). We started our trail at about 9.20am and at about 12noon we had our little picnic at the station where the canopy walk was. Since it rained the night before, there were quite a lot of leeches on the wet grounds. We had so much fun .... eeks and shouts when the leeches "attack" us..
**For those who have the leech phobia ....go during the dry season - you will be lucky if you see one of these little fellas...
See more pics attached..
More write-ups and pics on travelogue titled "FRIM - Keruing Trail"Related to:
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Batu Caves is a series of steps up the limestome hill to two major caves, the light and the dark caves. There is a gigantic Hindu diety statue at the entrance of Batu Caves.
During Thaipusam festival in February, the place is very crowded with devotees with piercings and carrying kavadis to fulfil their vows to Hindu dieties, going up the steps to the shrines inside the caves.
So if you want to see this festivity, you will need to coincide your visit on Thaipusam day.
Klang is located between KL and Port Kelang.
It is famous for "Bak Kut Teh" or "Medicated Pork Soup" which usually eaten with rice.
The town itself is bisected by the river and the highway and I found it difficult to drive around.
Actually we were taken by a local to an excellent Chinese restaurant. Apparently there are many excellent Chinese restaurants in this town.
Boat trip to Pulau Ketam
This is a fun day trip by boat ferry from Port Kelang to Pulau Ketam.
Pulau Ketam means "Crab Island". There is an entire fishing village with school, etc built on stilts. But the seafood is not cheap with so many tourists coming here.
It can be very hot, so drink a lot or wear a hat or carry an umbrella.
A slow pace of life compared to KL.
Kuala Selangor is a riverside town near the border of Perak.
It has a hill which is a site of past royal king burial, a fort with a magnificent view and a place where you can see monkeys of long tail and black coat.
Great place to eat seafood. There is also the famous Kuala Selangor Bird sanctuary where there are trails through mangrove area to see local and migrating birds. There are also basic accommodation run by the Malaysian Nature Society.
This is a also a good place to inquire for the famous fireflies boat trips nearby.
On the way to Kuala Selangor from Port Kelang, you can see some very green rice fields too.
Shopping and Eating at Subang Jaya
Subang Jaya is another satelite town created in Selangor after Petaling Jaya.
It is a densely populated residential area for people working in Kuala Lumpur and who would commute everyday.
There are many popular shopping places like Carrefour, Subang Parade, Giant, Summit and eating places like Taipan.
Also there is a train station behind Subang Parade to get you easily by the commuter train westward to Shah Alam, Kelang, Port Kelang or eastward to Petaling Jaya, KL Sentral and Kuala Lumpur or link up with the Light Rail Transit.
Shah Alam is most famous for the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque (popularly known as the Blue Mosque as its name is a mouthful for foreigners)... It is named after the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz... It is said to be the largest mosque in Malaysia and one of the largest in Southeast Asia. It has a large 350 ft high blue and white dome. The mosque has four minarets erected at the corners and is the only mosque that has four minarets in Malaysia. The mosque was opened in March 1988 and was commissioned by the late Sultan when declaring Shah Alam as the new capital of Selangor on February 14, 1974. Construction of the mosque was completed on March 11, 1988. The mosque can accommodate some 20,000 worshippers at one time.
The mosque can be seen from the air as one comes in to land at the old Subang Airport... a view that i always appreciate when I flew into Subang in the old days...
Batu caves is Hindu saint place. Hindu festival, "thaipusam" takes place there at the end of January or in the beginning of February in year.
What catches your eyes at first is the golden statue that watches the caves. One has to climb around 300 steps up to the cave entrance. In the caves there are several Hindu temples and live monkeys and roosters. Unfortunately it smells really bad, but it's still interesting to see the saint place.Related to:
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The "Blue Mosque" of Shah Alam
Located in Shah Alam, the capital of Selangor, the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque can accommodate 24,000 worshippers.
It is one of the largest mosques in Malaysia and some of the tallest minarets and dome.
The outside garden ponds reflect this distinctive Kelantanese style mosque with its beautiful blue color theme. We parked our car and wondered through the garden and enjoying the view of the mosque.
You cannot miss the mosque when you are in Shah Alam. From the Federal Express Highway from Kuala Lumpur to Shah Alam, it is on your right and you will soon see the mosque.
Enjoy a beautiful view of castal forest.
The forest starts right at the edge of the road, but it takes courage to venture into it. Many of the town activities take place on the road and the place offers beautiful views of the strait of Malacca.Related to:
- Historical Travel
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Kuala Selangor Nature Park(KNSP)
The KNSP(67km from KL) shelters a wide variety of habitats among which the secondary forest, mangrove forest, estuary of the Selangor River and mud flats. Its made up of 497acres (201 hectares) of secondary forest; formerly a mangrove forest.
The above habitats shelter about 156 species of birds (resident and migratory), a variety of insects, spiders, molluscs, crabs, fish, reptiles and mammals, it is also the home of many special and interesting animals among which are the mud skippers, mud lobster, king crabs, smooth otter, leopard cat and the silvered leaf monkey. This makes the Park an ideal spot for Nature Related Activities.
The most intriguing species found in the Selangor park – the mangrove tiger butterfly(Danaus affinis malayanus), a species from the sub-family of milkweed butterflies (Danainae).This species is special for two reasons: it is found exclusively in mangrove areas, and in high numbers only in two locations, KSNP and Kuala Kurau, Perak.
An entrance Fee is applicable for all visitors.
Adults RM2.00, Students RM 0.50. Chalets also available wt attached bathroom starting from RM45/night.
Suitable time to visit KSNP frm 7.00am when the birds come out to feed and then late evening between 5.00pm - 7.00pm. The air would also be cooler, although late evenings would attract more mosquitoes.Related to:
About the Fire Flies
When out on the sampan, make as little noise as possible and flash photography is not allowed, due to the sensitivity of the insects to noise and light.
The fire flies are not actually a fly but a type of beetle that glows in the dark. The amazing thing is that they actually glow in unison - something like in three-second intervals! They flit around the berembang tree, which is native to the area and grows by the sides of the river.
The Malay name for fire flies is "kelip kelip", which means flashing lights. These insects are relatively rare and are only found in a few places in the world, and Kuala Selangor has one of the largest colonies.
Best Time to See the Kelip Kelip
The best time to see the fire fly phenomena are on dark, moonless nights. This is because when there is a moon out the moonglow will tend to "outshine" the fireflies.
When we were there on the river on that dark, moonless night, there were many fire flies to be seen hiding among the pokok berembang. It was a pleasant outing for the whole family.
The story goes that the fire fly colonies were much larger in the 1970's, and now due to human encroachment, development and pollution, the colonies have grown smaller.
The night we were there, it was like viewing Christmas trees twinkle in the night!Related to:
- Family Travel
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Adrenaline Paintball called No Pain No Gain (NPNG) is a facility for conventional & new sports, including futsal, paintball, basketball, badminton, gym and hot shower.
The paintball consist of 2 arenas : one in a warehouse-type setting(1,115sqm) and the other an outdoor pitch(1,858sqm). Minimum distance from which to shoot an opponent is four feet or alittle more than a meter..ouch..Bruise guaranteed.
All players are led to a briefing area bfr a match, to lecture on safety & rules.
RM55-60 for starter pack depending whether is weekday or weekend.
Starter packs for each soldja (a.k.a soldier) includes:
12oz CO2 canister
50 Paintball pellets
2 hours of time playing game
Extra Ammo at additional cost.
Operating hours :
9am to 11pm Sat & Sun.
Deposit : RM100
SWAT Leader? Battle with yr friends...
Yes.....at TTSports Park, Subang Jaya.
WHIZZING pellets smash against iron drums. Attackers scramble for offensive position, while others crouch in tense anticipation. Desperate commands are issued as one team is cornered. All looks lost . . .
One of the largest paintaball park in the ASia Pacific, have 5 outdoor pitches open till late night. It has a serene setting by a lake with substansial greenery.
One of the pitch- a "defend the fort" set -up, with alittle fort like barricade that the other team has to try and capture.
Another pitch is a combination of obstacles, trees and undulating terrrain and seem ideal for a realistic outdoor battle.
Starter pack -RM 60 (consist of gun or marker, gas canister, full-face mask, 50 rounds of ammo and arena fees. Vests are optional)
RM50 for 100 ammo, RM360 for 1000, RM590 for 2000.
Weapon : Tipmann'98 custom Tippmann A5.
Minimum Player : 6 pax
Operating hours : 8.30am to 11pm daily.
What r u waiting for? Lets Kill!
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