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Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.


Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

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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


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 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:


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

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This daytrip includes a visit to Batu Caves, the Elephant Conservation Centre and the Fireflies Tour

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Related Flyers / Brochures

Firefly Park Resort, Kuala Selangor

6-page brochure of Firefly Park Resort in Bukit Belimbing, Kuala Selangor - Accommodation and Tours
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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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