The Hidden Secrets of Kuala Selangor….

Kuala Selangor is what I would describe a sleepy little town with nothing much to do… that was before if I learnt of all its hidden secrets…

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You see, having visited Kuala Selangor before, I had been at quite at a loss as of how to occupy my time… though I heard of the 3 main places in Kuala Selangor… until the recent trip that opened my eyes…

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First up.. there is the Kampung Kuantan Fireflies… Here you will be asked to put on your life jacket before you are able to take a relaxing boat ride on traditional wooden boats that are steered manually by an elderly boatman…The boat is pretty small and can sit 4 plus the boatman…

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The wooden boat ride is neccessary to reduce air, water and noise pollution, all of which can be harmful to the natural habitat of the fireflies…

The water in the swamp/river is slightly murky and can seem scary or daunting but just sit back, relax and enjoy the boat ride and soon you will be treated to an mesmering spectacle of the firefly colonies blinking in the mangrove trees… pretty similar to fairylights on a Christmas tree…

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They blink simultaneously and it is actually a mating ritual but still fascinating.. It is however not possible to capture it on a camera unless you got one of those ten of thousand ringgit ones, See my pic… thats the best my camera could do…

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The next thing on my list is the Sasaran Sky Mirror… something which I had been pretty excited about but haven’t had a chance to go until now…

Considered the “Salar de Uyuni of Malaysia” after a similar natural wonder in Bolivia, the Sasaran Sky Mirror is actually just a sandbank that emerges for a few hours in the morning, and only on certain dates based on the lunar month, to produce a mirror-like reflection of the sky in the water…

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It took us a 45 minutes speedboat trip with a guide to arrive at the sandbank or the Sky Mirror… Naturally since we weren’t the earliest there, by the time we reached, there were already full of people with bright colorful clothing… but it was ok, the sandbank was huge enough for everyone to find their own little corners…

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I found the sandbank fascinating…since you can find quite a number of soldier crabs, hermit crabs, bamboo clams, clams, snails, fishes…

It is hard to capture your own mirror effect so leave it to your guide who will smoothen the slightly rippled sand and set up his portable studio then stun you by squatting or even lying flat on the sand just to capture some of those great photos for you….

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In order for the sky mirror effect to work best, bright sunlight and flat surface of seawater (without wind) is needed…

When we got back to land with some of our friends miserably half soaked from the high waves during our speedboat ride back… we were greeted by the Bukit Malawati tram… It took us straight for a little ride through the small town and up the hill…

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Bukit Malawati is one of the tourist attraction in Kuala Selangor also known as Monkey Hill due the population of Silver Leaf and Long Tail Macaques monkey species here…

The fortress on this hill was built in late 18th Century to defend Selangor from the attack of the enemies… The hill was advantageous to monitor the ships that passed by the Straits of Malacca…

This hill was however captured by the Dutch and renamed Fortress Altingsburg, the name of the Dutch Governor General at that time… The Civil War that happened betweem 1867 to 1873 due to the struggle for tin mines had destroyed this fortress which was later taken over by the British….

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What remains of the fortress today are some cannons, foundation stones, a Poisoned Well and a smattering of colonial houses…

Other attractions at Malawati Hill include a light house, a royal mausoleum, a viewing tower, a museum and some 200-year-old angsana trees..

However since it was only a little ride.. we only got to see the vantage point, the lighthouse and no monkeys… yup.. the monkeys were not quite out so we did not see much of them except during the ride…

So those are the three places you really should not miss out in Kuala Selangor…..

Continue reading though as I will tell you a bit more and share about the other places I was at also…

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Peckish and hungry from the Sky Mirror and Bukit Malawati, we headed to the Warung Ibu Nasi Ambeng.

This food stall is located at the front yard of a beautiful large kampung house and it is a local favourite food place serving up the Javanese dish nasi ambeng, which usually consists of fried chicken, ayam masak kicap, fried noodles and serunding kelapa…

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Nasi ambeng is normally served in big portions but here they have an option of serving single and also double portions such as the nasi ambeng kahwin (RM20) for two….

The dish is authentic and pretty delicious as well as colourful as it is created with all the different elements coming together nicely..

Address – Lot 216 Batu 6, Tanjung Karang

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Another place to go eat (especially for Muslims) would be the DCoral Pasir Penambang Seafood

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You can get pretty decent Malay style seafood here, and for the more particulat Muslim, this place is halal …

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We had a pretty good dinner here…

Lot Pt 85 Jalan Bagan, Pasir Penambang, 45000 Kuala Selangor

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If you are looking for a place to stay, you can stay at the Apps Hotel..

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This modern hotel comes with cosy, air-conditioned rooms and in the heart of Kuala Selangor…

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You can find all you need in your hot room for a comfortable stay including a flat-screen TV, safe and electric kettle as well as the ensuite bathroom that comes with a heated shower and hairdryer….

If you like arts and crafts, these are the two places you should not miss…

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Ramadas and Son Pottery is run by Ramadas who has been awarded as Adiguru Kraf Tembikar (Pottery Master Craftsman) in 2012 due to his achievement and expertise in pottery field…

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His workshop is full with his and his familys creations.. which consists of earthernware pots, incense burner, clay pots, decoration for house and statues for worshipping…

The workshop comes with an area for kiln and firewood, the open area for casting and drying….

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Visitors get a little demonstration as how to make a little case or lamp… using the traditional potters wheel as well as the electric powered potters wheel if you like…

Address – Batu Dua, Jalan Kelang, 45000 Kuala Selangor

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Art enthusiasts or those who love taking photos for their IGs like me (hahaha) should not miss out on the Sasaran Art Gallery

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The gallery is not only a tourist attraction, but also a place to educate people on the importance of art as well as a place for the locals to display their masterpieces…

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You’d love the quirky murals and unique art pieces found in the little garden…

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And we loved the little boardwalk from the garden of art sculptures through the riverside back to the gallery…

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Last but not least…Eco Grandeur is Eco World’s new project and we decided to visit this place since, everyone knows Eco World is one of the few amazing township developers… and the Eco Grandeur township is well in Puncak Alam…

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Naturally, Eco Grandeur lives up to its name and do not disappoint with lavish landscaping and grand designs that make you feel like you are in Europe or somewhere else..

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So if you are looking for a new home with parks, lakes and safe cycling paths and walkways , you will love this up coming township that comes with a 62 acres of Dragonfly lake and 60 acres town park… we kinda enjoyed our little outing there at the Eco Sanctuary which makes me reminiscent of little European village shops…

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