15 July 2007

Kelip Kelip Kampung Kuantan

It's sometimes surprising how little we treasure the little things we have in our own backyards, really.

Yesterday, Girlfriend and I took a road trip to Kuala Selangor to see the famous fireflies in Kampung Kuantan. I've been there like ... I don't know ... at least 10 times. But Girlfriend haven't been there before, so it makes a good trip ! I think a road trip every 2 weeks is not a bad idea, considering the many places one can go to from KL.

We took off from PJ at around 4pm, taking the old trunk road from Kepong, through Sungai Buloh and Ijok to Kuala Selangor. The roads are now much better compared to a few years back - must be something to do with a certain by election in Ijok some months back. Buy By Elections are not always a bad thing, I guess.

Pasir Penambang is just down the road from Kuala Selangor town, a few minutes over the bridge from town. Go towards the end of the road, where you will find seafood restaurants over the water, on stilts. And go early to get the sunset view =)

The roads were so good we arrived early. Having nothing to do, we went to Pasir Penambang, which is just another 20 minutes away from the Kampung Kuantan fireflies colonies for seafood dinner.

Dinner was by the riverside, with a sweeping view of the river and the mangroves opposite, lighted by a nice sunset. The world ain't that bad after all.

3 crabs for less than RM30. We ordered the black pepper crab, which turned out great.

She is a crab lover, so we just had to order some crab. Topped with some vege and some Thai style steamed fish, the dinner was great - around RM30 per person ...

Finally, after dinner, we went to Kampung Kuantan to see the fireflies. Well, the place had been definately spruced up - it's now got a really nice jetty, with proper toilets and landscaped surroundings. The fare has remained at RM40 a boat (4 person max per boat). But no more orange juice or mineral water - they previously provided some drinks with the fare !

There is already a queue by the time we reached the jetty where we board sampans to see the fireflies. The tour starts at 8pm, and last boat leaves at 11pm. Bring insect repellents - mosquitos aplenty just before dusk.

The good news is, there are still lots of fireflies along the river here at Kampung Kuantan. Apparently, whatever dam they were building upstream at the Sungai Selangor (Selangor River) had little ill effect on the fireflies. So that's good. =)

We ended the night by going for durian supper at Kepong's Durian Street. =) ... hehehe ... apparently, cholesterol is not a factor !

Go - if you're stressed out - take a road trip - don't just shop in KL/PJ/Damansara/Mid Valley - there's so much more to Malaysia !!! In the past few weeks', me and Girlfriend had visited places that feels a billion miles from the hectic pace of KL - all within an hour or two from KL itself ! You owe it to yourself to make the best of the natural beauty there is near our doorstep !


Applegal said...

Waaa, the hammer looks like the judge's hammer, order, order in the court!! ;)

Why no photos of fireflies one??

Jemima said...

I agree with you.. it's best to get out & de-stress oneself on weekends.

Why put more stress on oneself when one already has to face all hustle & bustle during the week? :p

Winn said...

wah very imformative.never been there b4...

fireflies can be eaten or not?

Che-Cheh said...

I've been to Kampung Kuantan once. Nice experience but not enough to enthrall me.

angel said...

winn, lu very suaku lorrrr... even i hv been there 2-3 times liao... faitik as Sk take u there!

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moz monster said...

Fireflies are meant to be enjoyed in real time ! Anyways, photos don't work because it's not conducive to take photos on a boat with very minimal lighting.

Yes !!! Should definately get out on the weekends ! And let all the stress out of the system !

Fireflies can eat !!! Insect only mah !! But there is RM1000 fine for each firefly that kena catch and kill wor ... be careful hor ... otherwise SK might hv to pay a lot for the trip !

How can be not enthralled !!! I come to the sad conclusion that che-cheh is only enthralled when machines or football teams are around ! Or maybe a Jedi ... that sort of thing.

Wahhhhhhh !!!! Award !!! I so kam tong !!!! I need tissue paper !!! Crying liao !!!! I would like to thank my papa, mama and meimei for their support, my girlfriend for her love, angeliu for giving me this award, and all my friends for their undying support to me ... *tsk tsk*

Che-Cheh said...

I love clouds, sun rise and sun set...They're not football, machine or jedis :P

JL said...

go Fraser's Hill! :)

www.pixelsfinder.com said...

It is great info. Planning to go there before puasa month.

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