Join a getaway with nature and historical charms in Kuala Sepetang, the vibrant coastal town of Perak, Malaysia.
Kuala Sepetang is a thriving fishing village, and the main jumping-off point to the river mouth community of Kuala Sangga, a Chinese fishing community. Steeped in small-town traditions, you'll get to enjoy a hands-on experience in joss stick making, learn about charcoal making, meet boat builders, taste local delights and other fascinating customs. You will also bask in the beautiful natural attractions of Matang and Taiping, as well as join activities like eagle feeding and firefly watching.
This 2D1N trip is a blast to the past amidst the local community of Kuala Sepetang and one that would give you an unforgettable taste of a Malaysian fishing village!
Have famous seafood porridge for lunch
Taste fresh seafood congee at a local restaurant. Served with chunks of white pomfret, fish balls, large prawns, minced meat balls, mushrooms, squid and cuttlefish in a rice gruel, it is a delicacy beloved by the hungry visitors who frequent this popular shop. While waiting for your food to be served, you can take a look at the large collection of antiques displayed.
Meet the boat builders of the village and learn the secrets behind this fading maritime trade.
Joss stick making
Learn to make joss sticks from a master in the trade.
Joss sticks are made from a special powder, which consists of ground-up chips and bark of the local tree called kayu teja, also known as the wild cinnamon tree or joss stick tree. After mixing with water, a sticky dough is produced which is fashioned into decorative items for the dragon joss sticks. The dough is first compressed by machines and then stretched through metal rollers to the required thickness.
The dough is then laid on wooden slabs and special shaped metal cutters are used to cut out required shapes like dragon claws, figurines, dragon whiskers, phoenix tails and so on. In other words, this is like making cookies at home!
The Matang Museum, or Matang Historical Complex, takes you on a journey in the town during the 19th century and 20th century. Discover the legend of how the town prospered during its glory days, along with the stories behind its economic activities such as tin-mining, agriculture and fishing.
Visit charcoal-making factory and try some chargrilled potatoes
The charcoal factory in Matang is owned by Mr. Chuah, who loves to share his story and passion towards the art of producing charcoal. Charcoal making is long and laborious, as every single process in a charcoal factory is manually done by human power.
Mangrove Research Centre
Matang is home to one of the world's best-managed mangrove forests by UNESCO, with a treasure trove of flora and fauna that attracts nature lovers to the wetlands.
Taste Kuala Sepetang Curry Mee/Bun
Enjoy the sunset
Try the signature Char Kuey Teow
The oldest market in Taiping
At over 130 years old, the Taiping Market is also the oldest market in Malaysia. Built in 1884, it has a unique timbre structure and consists of two blocks.
Visit the century-old dhoby lines (laundry services)
Take a walk through the past at the dhoby lines, where everything from washing to drying is manually done without the aid of machine.
Taiping Lake on Bus No.11
Taiping Lake is a must-visit in Taiping, rich in natural beauty across its ten scenic lakes, ponds, bridges, tracks and tropical greenery. Built on top of an abandoned tin mine, this 160-acre garden is the first public garden in Malaya.
Cruising at Kuala Sepetang River and see eagle feeding
Have lunch before we bid farewell.