Kuala Selangor is a district in the northwestern part of Selangor, well off the beaten tourist path. Characterized largely by flatlands with a few hills to the east and a large coastline to the west, the district still maintains a traditional kampung atmosphere, with paddy fields and fishing villages dominating the scenery.
Best known for its fireflies, the area has become an increasingly popular family getaway for KL-ites due to its close proximity. While it is a smaller area compared to Hulu Selangor, there are still pockets of attractions for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. We’ve compiled a list of breathtaking places in the area that are worth visiting for your next getaway and adventure.
1. Kuala Selangor Nature Park
Highlights: Wildlife exploration, Bird watching
Recommended times: All-year round
Kuala Selangor Nature Park, or “Taman Alam” as it is colloquially known, is a state park that comprises over 200 hectares of woodland and wetland. Managed by the Malaysian Nature Society, the park is a popular attraction for nature and outdoor enthusiasts alike, as it is a haven for a wide variety of flora and fauna. This is due to the large mangrove swamps found in its wetlands, which function as a natural shield for the Kuala Selangor coastlines and a breeding ground for marine life.
Aside from that, the forest is also home to the Silvery Lutung Monkey, an endangered primate species, as well as other wildlife like mudskippers, eagles, iguanas, king crabs and fiddler crab.
2. Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park
Recommended times: All-year round, Late evenings
Along with Pasir Penambang and Kampung Bukit Belimbing, Kampung Kuantan is one of the three places in Kuala Selangor where you can watch fireflies in action. Known as “kelip-kelip” by locals, fireflies dwell along the banks of Selangor River and among the mangrove trees.
Visitors to Kampung Kuantan get to travel on a sampan, a traditional non-motorized wooden boat, along the river and through the swamps to observe the fireflies in close proximity. Riding a sampan also helps to reduce air, water and noise pollution, all of which has adverse effects on the natural habitat of the fireflies.
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3. Melawati Hill
Highlights: Monkey watching, Sunset views
Recommended times: All-year round, Afternoons & evenings
Melawati Hill or Bukit Melawati is a popular getaway destination for local residents of Kuala Selangor on weekends. Though mostly a historical attraction, Melawati Hill is also home to two endangered species, the silvered-lutung monkeys and long-tailed macaque monkeys, which can be commonly found in the area. Moreover, the hill commands a panoramic view of the kampung and the coastline, and is famous among locals for its breathtaking sunsets.
4. Redang Beach
Highlights: Sunrise & sunset views, Migratory birds
Recommended times: All-year round, Evenings
Most people are familiar with Pulau Redang in Terengganu, but few are aware that Selangor has its own Redang Beach, which is located right next to the town of Sekinchan. Though it is not a spot for snorkeling and swimming, the beach is still a favorite spot for weekend getaways among local families in Sekinchan, as it offers awe-inspiring sunset views of the Straits of Malacca. On some days, you can catch a glimpse of migratory birds passing by the horizon, such as grey herons or adjutant storks.
5. Sasaran Sky Mirror
Highlights: Mirror-like reflection of the sky
Recommended times: 1st & 2nd, 14th & 15th of every lunar month
Dubbed the “Salar de Uyuni of Malaysia” after a similar natural wonder found in Bolivia, the Sasaran Sky Mirror is a recently discovered natural attraction in Kuala Selangor that is growing in popularity. It is a sandbank that only emerges for a few hours in the morning, and only on certain dates based on the lunar month, to produce a mirror-like reflection of the sky in the water. Aside from that, the beach is home to a great many marine life, where you can find plenty of soldier crabs, hermit crabs, bamboo clams, snails, sea snakes, and much more.
6. Remis Beach
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Highlights: Sunrise & sunset views
Recommended times: All-year round, Evenings
Remis Beach is found in Jeram, a township in Kuala Selangor. Visitors often stay or stop by the beach on their way to visit the Sasaran Sky Mirror or watching fireflies in Kampung Kuantan. Despite being unsuitable for swimming, the beach is still a popular getaway among locals for its seaside atmosphere, as well as the stunning views of the Straits of Malacca during sunset. On the beach itself, you’ll be able to find a variety of sea creatures, including clams, horseshoe crabs, muscles, sea snails, and other shellfish species that inhabit the beach.
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