Kuala Selangor Fireflies from Kuala Lumpur
Recently, I had the opportunity to travel down to Kuala Selangor from Kuala Lumpur. The purpose of the trip was to watch the majestic fireflies in their natural environment. The drive from Kuala Lumpur is around an hour however a new highway is being opened to make this area a bit more accessible. This will take 30 minutes off the total drive time. This day tour is done in four stages making it a great value for money tour and also the sights are just brilliant.
The first place we stop is to see the special white marked monkeys, the “silver leaf monkeys”. This is very close to the sleepy town of Kuala Selangor on the way to the fireflies. These little monkeys are small by size and the babies are born a wonderful orange. We walked with our guide to the top of the stairs and from that vantage point, we saw all the monkeys in the trees nearby. They normally come out in the afternoon. The monkeys keep their distance from humans however a bag of nuts will get you some great photos. Their is a light house on the top and the monkeys seem to venture further depending on the time of the day. A food stall at the bottom of the hill will attract them at night time.
We first drove to our second stop of the tour, a little fishing village along the Kuala Selangor River. The river is bathed with wooden stilt houses, some still building the boats the old fashion way. We stopped off, put on some life jackets and jumped into a tourist boat. The boat cruised down the river coming to a dead stop in the middle. The captain than grabbed a bucket of chicken skin and started throwing it into the water. The boat captain is happy to take you a bit further and will sometimes pull out the crab pods himself.
From the blue sky we saw dozens of eagles flying around in a circle. I personally have never seen a eagle feed before and it was amazing. The Eagles would fly around in a circle than dive in and grab the chicken skin. We were soon covered by at least 30 eagles. The eagles are small by size compared to the American Eagle. Slowly around the bank you can see woodpeckers and other small indigenous life forms. This portion of the journey goes really fast, around 40 minutes to an hour.
The river is famous for crab however shrimps and a abundant of fish can be found. The local fisherman prefer to go out into the sea to grab the bounty for the day. This is sold at the local market or in some cases back to the local restaurants for easily the freshest food you get to get. From the river to your plate. Most of the restaurants have crab all along the side.
The riverboat drivers live locally and know the area very well. The food prices are rather cheap however with the increase of tourists, the price is going up. The day tour package includes the food as well. My next blog will detail the food and fireflies of Kuala Selangor from Apple Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.