This tip continues from the previous tip. Once you pass the town of Sg Buloh, you will continue along Highway 54. One of the landmarks here is the entrance to Malaysian Sheet Glass factory** on your right.
After this the road becomes rather windy and please don't drive too fast as it is very dangerous. You will pass a few small towns, large palm oil estates and some new housing developments such as Desa Coalfields. Continue on past the town of Ijok (there is a police station, school and water tower here) and follow the signs to Batang Berjuntai and Kuala Selangor.
After some signs for restaurants that serve "Beggars Chicken", an important landmark is the Petronas station which would be on your right. Here is where you turn right and head to Kampung Kuantan, the site of the fireflies park. (There is a directional sign put up by the Selangor state government close to the Petronas station, but it was not in good condition and if you are not looking hard for it, you would certainly miss it.)
Driving along this road was as if you are sailing at sea as the road seemed to have “large waves” (not potholes, but certain bumps and sunken bits) so I hope your car has good suspension. After some distance, on the right, you will come to a tall mosque. Right next to the mosque is the entrance to the Kampung Kuantan Fire Flies park.
**This factory has been around for the longest time, and when I look back, I recall that this area was really considered like the "outskirts" and "jungle" because there was very little development in those days.
About 10-12 km from Kampung Kuantan Fire Fly Park is the riverside town of Pasir Penambang. Many tourists come here to buy fresh dried seafood (fish maw, salted fish, dried oysters, etc) and to have a seafood meal before going on to see the fire flies. There is also a night market for vegetables and fresh seafood. It is small enough to be quaint and large enough for a wander around.
Our families had our a pleasant dinner here before going for the sampan ride.
After dinner, I know it's hard to belief, but this town comes alive with karaoke lounges, fun pubs and riverside cafes which provide the locals with some entertainment.
Hot tip: It was reported that the vice squad picked up a few foreign ladies of the night near here as well...ps. but we didn't see any!
See the Fire Flies at Kuala Selangor-Leaving PJ behind
Your journey begins at the LDP toll (near Ikea & Damansara Perdana). After the toll, keep left and follow the Kuala Selangor Highway 54* roadsigns. You will pass by Bandar Sri Damansara on your left, and on your right, Kip Industrial Estate, several nurseries and a number of large used-car yards. The nurseries of Sungei Buloh are famous for plants and you can buy all sorts of potted plants and varieties of grasses here.
You are inevitably going to get caught in a little traffic jam on this road, but keep at it, because once you get past the turn off to the town of Sungei Buloh the traffic is much lighter.
Historical fact: The town of Sungei Buloh was once a lepers colony and the hospital here used to house people suffering from leprosy, a type of skin disease that was untreatable and highly contagious. As the people of this colony were generally shunned by outsiders, the township became very self sufficient. Leprosy is now a treatable disease and since then the town has since undergone many changes. The hospital is now a ordinary hospital and a large army camp is also situated here.
The KTM Commuter train also stops at Sg Buloh.
*Please note that highway 54 is not a "real" highway and is actually the old road that leads to Rawang and Sungei Buloh. It also links you to the NKVE heading to Rawang and Ipoh.
At the start of the queue, you get to select a life jacket. To my pleasant surprise, the life jackets come in various sizes and I was able to find one for my children, even my 4 year old son. The queue was very short, and within 5 minutes, we were able to board the sampan.
The sampans at this park are rowed by a very experienced rowers. Our oars-man told us that he was employed by the Local Kuala Selangor Municipal Council and has been rowing here for the past 17 years! We also noticed a female "oars-men." The river was calm and the sound of the oars striking the river as we sat in pitch darkness was a unique and pleasant experience (although the kids kept asking if there were any crocodiles around-which of course, there aren't!) Hey guys, this is as close as you're going to get to a gondola ride a'la Venice, so enjoy it...: )
Ooops, the life jackets were a bit smelly with body odor, and although I chose two different ones, both had the same bad B.O. smell. In the end, I gave up, as we had to get going so I just put one on...and just forgot about it.
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!
A nice outing in Negeri Selangor
Seeing the fire-flies (kelip kelip) at Kuala Selangor is something I had long heard of, but as is always the case, it is actually in my own "back-yard" so I never did make a trip.
Well, recently my 8-year old daughter was invited by a school friend to tag along with her family to watch the fire-flies. Since we knew the family quite well and it was a week break from school, we made a quick decision to join them.
It is quite a long but pleasant drive so let me take you for a little journey.
Once at the park, you need to get a ticket to board a sampan. The counter opens in the evening, from about 6.30 pm.
Regardless of the time you buy the ticket, the sampan rides are on a first-come, first served basis. For us, we bought the ticket in advance, went off to have dinner at Pasir Penambang, then returned at about 8.30pm.
The price of a ticket is RM40 per sampan. Each sampan can take 2 adults and 3 children, or 3 adults and 2 children, or up to a maximum of 4 adults.
Click on the picture to see the details of the counter.
The colourful Hindu festival of Thaipusam is celebrated in Malaysia around the end of January or early February annually.
The most popular place in Malaysia to celebrate this festival is the Batu Caves, a leading Hindu shrine where over one million Hindu devotees and visitors throng to celebrate the 3 days of festivities each year.
Some devotees carry the 'kavadi' - a typically huge and creatively decorated wire frame with ends that is used to pierce through the human skin in order to support the massive frame during their climb up the 272-steps to the main cave. The 'kavadi' carriers also have their cheeks and tongue pierced by sharp and protruding instruments such as metal, or sharpened bamboos and wood.
Thaipusam is a time or carrying out acts of penance, in fulfilment of vows made to the deity, Lord Muruga.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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