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Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Kuala Selangor Firefly Park

You can reach this great attraction within an hour drive from the city center of Kuala Lumpur. If you are staying in the city, the Kuala Selangor Firefly Park is a very nice place to visit during your stay. The firefly park gives refuge to one of the biggest firefly colonies in the world. Kuala Selangor is a small fishing village northwest of Kuala Lumpur. Finding the attraction is not that difficult; just follow Jalan Kuala Selangor from the city center until you reach Kuala Selangor. From there you just follow the signs that lead you to the firefly park.

Fireflies at the Kuala Selangor Firefly Park

The day we went to the park, we left KL at 3.30pm; we arrived at the park entrance at 4.30pm. As it was way too early to see the fireflies – tours start from 7.30pm onwards. We did however find out the exact location of the park, which was easier to find during daytime then during nighttime. We figured we might as well head back to Kuala Selangor first to grab a bite to eat and head back there just before the park was opened for public.

We drove to Pasir Penambang; a small village next to Kuala Selangor. We had read about ‘Restoran Kuala Selangor’ up front; so we decided to have dinner at that restaurant (which was quite ok and affordable). Guests that visit this restaurant are mostly ‘tourists’ from Kuala Lumpur, we didn’t see any foreign tourists over there. Restoran Kuala Selangor is located alongside Jalan Bagan Sungei Yu 1A.

After dinner, we left for the firefly park (again). We arrived at 19.00 but we still were the only ones there. Later a couple of other tourists arrived; the only other foreign people we saw at the park that night. Right after we bought our tickets a bus with – mostly Asian – tourists arrived. The firefly park used to be more popular amongst foreign tourists, but lately the park has been getting some negative press and therefore tourist numbers have dropped. This might actually be a good thing for the firefly population; as less tourists mean the colony have a better chance of survival (in recent years the colony has decreased tremendously in size due to tree logging and development in the nearby area).

We had a fantastic time at the firefly park. The tour lasted about 45 minutes, but was fun to do. The fireflies were everywhere. We saw them in almost every tree, sometimes thousands in one single tree. We even saw some trees where the fireflies blinked in perfect synchrony. Those trees looked like Christmas trees.

Before the tour started, we were handed a life jacket and we were acquainted with the only rule that applied during the tour: Never take any pictures or use your mobile phone or video camera, as this bothers the firefly colony too much. Apparently, we were the only ones that took notice; as behind us many people were shooting picture after picture. They could not be bothered with the rules that applied to them. I tried using my video camera at one point (pocket sized vado hd), but it was no use at it was too dark anyways.

Kuala Selangor Firefly Park is opened to public daily between 7.00pm and 10.30pm. Entrance fee for adults is RM15, children below 12 years old pay RM8. Our trip lasted 45 minutes in total. The firefly park is located nearby Taman Kelip / Kelip Bukit Belimbing alongside Jalan Haji Omar. Click here to check out a full screen Google Map with the location of the Firefly Park in Kuala Selangor.

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1 comments on Kuala Selangor Firefly Park

  1. Ilya
    8 years ago
    July 8, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Been there once. Was very pretty, but got really annoyed by some tourists that did not care about the rules as they were snapping pictures with flash. Others were trying to catch the fireflies. For the rest very nice, almost magical. Fantastic trip and really nearby KL now that the new highway has been opened to public (only 30 minutes to get to Kuala Selangor).

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