Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

Penang

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Selangor (Fireflies)

kuala-selangor2.jpg, A trip to Kuala Selangor at estuary of the Selangor River usually includes river boat tour see Firefly colonies living in the mangroves as well as visiting Bukit Melawati and a seafood dinner. The Nature Park is also worth a visit.
Seafood restaurants in Pasir Penambang (photo taken from Bukit Melawati, Kuala Selangor)
A trip to Kuala Selangor at estuary of the Selangor River usually includes river boat tour see Firefly colonies living in the mangroves as well as visiting Bukit Melawati and a seafood dinner. The Nature Park is also worth a visit.

- about 1.5h (60km) north of Kuala Lumpur
- can be combined with excellent food at seafood restaurants in Kuala Selangor (river view) and feeding monkeys on Bukit Melawati
- easiest way to get there with own car
- tours from Kuala Lumpur are widely available but usually overprices

Links:

Wikipedia: What is a Firely?
Journeymalaysia.com: Story of a Firefly Trip
Firefly Park Resort


How to get to Kuala Selangor by bus:

It is easier and more convinient to get to and around Kuala Selangor with a car. But if you don't have a car and don't wanna pay for a pricy tour, there is also way to get to Kuala Selangor by bus, which will take 1.5 - 2hours to get there.

from Puduraya Bus Station
Take Selangor Bus no.141 from platform 24. Tickets can be bought on the bus. Departure half hourly starting from 6.30am. Tel:+6013-6650013 .

Klang Bus Station (next to Pasar Seni LRT station, near Chinatown)
Transnational Bus No. 156 and Cityliner Bus no.100. Tel: +603-5551 1590 / 5512 9434.


Boat rides along Sungai Melaka are offered in Kampung Kuantan and in Kampung Belimbing (Firefly Park Resort, Kampung Bukit Belimbing, Phone: 03-32891208). The villages are about 5km from Kuala Selangor.


Location Map of the 2 Firefly Parks, Bukit Melawati, Kuala Selangor Nature Park and the Seafood resaurants:


View Fireflies / Kuala Selangor in a larger map


Bukit Melawati
view from Bukit Melawati to the Straits of Malacca and the Kuala Selangor Nature Park


silver-leaf monkeys
man feeding silverleaf monkeys with green beans, this is the highlight of visiting Bukit Melawati.


seafood restaurant
a trip to Kuala Selangor usually includes a seafood dinner at one of the restaurants at Selangor River in Pasir Penambang before heading out to see the fireflies after it gets dark


seafood
seafood dinner

 

Firefly Parks
Unfortunately, we don't have any photos to show you of the mesmering spectacle of the firefly colonies blinking in the mangrove trees. It is not possible to capture it on a camera, don't even try (as some people stubbornly do taking pictures with a flash during the boat ride. The fireflies are more impressive if it hasn't rained shortly before or if it is not a full moon night.
There are 2 Firefly Parks that offer river boat rides on Sungai Selangor (Selangor River) to see fireflies (Malay: Kelip-Kelip):

Kampung Kuantan Firefly Sanctuary
The boats at Kampung Kuantan are small wooden boats that are steered manually by a boatman. The place is managed by the state government.
Operating Hours: 7.30pm - 11.30pm
price: RM50 per boat (max.4 pax), means if you are 4 people on the boat you pay RM12.50 each

Kampung Kuanta Firefly Parks
putting on swim vests at Kampung Kuantan


Firefly Park Resort, Bukit Belimbing
The fiberglass boat are electrically powered and can take up to 15 passengers. The Firefly Park Resort is privately managed. View website
operating hours: 7.40pm - 10.30pm
price: RM15 per person
The Firefly Park Resort also offers 12 chalets for accommodation. More information see the brochure below.

 

Kuala Selangor (Fireflies) Tours:

Fireflies-Kuala-Selangor-Tour.jpg

Tour to Kuala Selangor to visit Bukit Melawi (with a stopover at Batu Caves if you book the private tour), have seafood dinner and after dark take a boat ride on Selangor River to see the magic of the fireflies

... more
price from:
RM180

Related Flyers / Brochures

Firefly Park Resort, Kuala Selangor

6-page brochure of Firefly Park Resort in Bukit Belimbing, Kuala Selangor - Accommodation and Tours
[click here for details or click images below to enlarge]
The content and images of this flyer / brochure are courtesy of: © Firefly Park Resort It was released sometime around 2009. Some information might not be up-to-date anymore.


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