Hidden gem of Kuala Selangor
|A soothing fishing village for a short break from bustling city|
The development of North-South highway in the 90's stretching from Kedah State to Johor Bahru with Kuala Lumpur the main City along the way, left this once main route to sort of deserted town from rapid development.
It is located well off the normal tourism route and hence, still maintains its traditional "kampung" (village) atmosphere, a good place to chill-out for a short break from the city.
I always use the route of Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Selangor to Perak state where my hometown is. It is reachable by one hour drive from Kuala Lumpur north bound via LATAR Highway.
The landmark of Kuala Selangor, the Altingsburg Lighthouse located at the hill of Bukit Malawati holds a piece of Selangor history as many sailors in ancient times rely on this light house during their trips across the Straits of Malacca.
I might be spoiled having come from a place where century-old lighthouses are two-a-penny, but it was rather disappointing to pay to enter the park, climb the hill and find that the lighthouse was neither well maintained nor open to the public. From the outside - well, it's just a lighthouse.
However you surely will have an impressive view from the top. The surrounding area is an enjoyable enough walk - there are some fun monkeys, and a far better maintained Islamic royalty graveyard.There is a little shuttle bus that goes up and down the hill, which is quite funny - without the walking part. Walking is not exactly popular with local tourists so it passes by every few minutes if you really cannot be bothered to walk back down.
Taman Alam Kuala Selangor
Directly at the bottom of Bukit Melawati is Tanam Alam Kuala Selangor ( Kuala Selangor Nature Park ). A park / jungle, you can choose between different routes, you will pass a visitor center and a new homestay
It is is a haven for a wide variety of flora and fauna, Kuala Selangor Nature Park (Taman Alam Kuala Selangor) comprises over 200 hectares of coastal land where a large part of it is mangrove swamps.
Mangrove ecosystem are extraordinary in that they protect the coastline, serve as fish breeding ground, give refuge to diverse wildlife and supply wood. Kuala Selangor Nature Park is much more than just mangrove trees in a swamp. The Nature Park stretches over 800 acres of three distinct habitat which include inland secondary forests, muddy estuaries and mudflats, and a brackish lake that is inhibited by wetland animals.
One of popular thing to do in Kuala Selangor is to go and see the Fireflies (Kelip-Kelip in Malay) at the Firefly Park in Kampung Kuantan and Kampung Bukit Belimbing in the evening. You can only reach there by driving or take a taxi.
If you come to Kuala Selangor to chill, Pasir Penambang, just minutes by car from Kuala Selangor town, is famous for seafood. Some restaurants are on the water, just by the river, and make for a good meal while watching the sun set.
Fishing Village sooth you for weekend break away from bustling city.