Faces of
Malaysia
Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

Fraser’s Hill

Hill resort spread along 7 peaks at 1,200 - 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally it was set up as a tin mine in the 1890s by Louis James Fraser (hence the name) until the tin ran out in 1913. A few years later the area was rediscovered as British-colonial hill resort. The cooler temperatures made it popular getaway destination from the hot and humid weather for the British. To this day Fraser’s Hill still retains its colonial charm. The area is recognized destination for bird watching with over 250 species recorded. Other activities include jungle trekking, golf, horse riding, archery, boating and mountain biking.

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:

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Tour to Kuala Selangor to visit Bukit Melawi, have seafood dinner and after dark take a boat ride on Selangor River to see the magic of the fireflies

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price from:
RM230
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This daytrip includes a visit to Batu Caves, the Elephant Conservation Centre and the Fireflies Tour

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price from:
RM430

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.


Related Places

Kuala Selangor Nature Park

Nature Park in Kuala Selangor managed by the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), enjoy views of secondary and mangrove forests and its animals (monkeys, birds and more more) on an easy-to-walk trail through the park

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Classic Inn Budget Hotel

Budget Hotel near Bukit Bintang, located just behind Berjaya Times Square shopping mall

Irsia B&B

Hostel located near Bukit Bintang area, just behind Times Square shopping mall

Attractions

FRIM, Kuala Lumpur

The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) promotes sustainable management and optimal use of forest resources in Malaysia. There is a canopy walk and nature trails through the dense forest among other things

Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

The indoor market and the Kasturi Walk in front of Central Market is a paradise for souvenir hunters, art and handicraft etc.

Attractions

Batu Kucing, Pulau Lang Tengah

Lookout rock in the south-east of Pulau Lang Tengah with spectacular views

Lake Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur

Lake Titiwangsa - also known as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa - is a recreational park and lake north of downtown Kuala Lumpur with good photo opportunities and the adjacent Istana Budaya, an arts and culture centre.