Ben van Wijnen
Kuala Selangor is a quiet town at the river mouth of the Selangor river. The
city center is near the new bridge. There are also some shops and there is the
old bus station. Near the mosque there are also a lot of shops, but the
old shops are favourite. Specially to the Malaysians, who come here every weekend
from Kuala Lumpur to
see the picturesque lighthouse, Silverleaf Monkeys and the fireflies.
There is only one 3 star hotel in Kuala Selangor: De Palma Inn. Here you rent
a chalet for about RM 108,- The chalets do have a shower/toilet,
refrigerator and a TV.
There's a small swimming pool, where you'll meet the Silverleaf Monkeys early in
the morning. Sometimes they are on the roof of your chalet. The hotel is very
The fireflies is the biggest
attraction of Kuala Selangor. When you stay in De Palma Inn, a
van of the hotel will take you to the fireflies in Bukit Belimbing at 20.00 hours.
It's a short ride, about ten minutes. The boat trip starts in Kampong Bukit
Belimbing. Along the shores of the Selangor river it's very dark. The river
lurches through the jungle. The boat has an electric motor, so it doesn't make a
sound. It would disturb the fireflies. First the trip takes you downstream.
Suddenly you see the fireflies at the river banks. It looks like a Christmas tree
with flashing lights. Sometimes you see them moving.
No flash pictures may be
taken. It's so romantic: in the dark on the river, with the fireflies in the
trees. You get lost in a wonder.....
Then the boat goes to the other side of the river and takes you upstream and again is there the
spectacle of lights It's all so romantic.......
The second attraction of Kuala
Selangor are the Silverleaf Monkeys. Those dark haired monkeys have a silver
shining on their fur. The Silverleaf babies have orange fur as compared with
the adults. After two months they get the silver colour of the elderly monkeys. The
Silverleaf Monkeys are a delight to meet. They are gentle and seem to always have a
thank you for every piece of food given.
You can also have a look at the Silverleaf Monkeys at the Kuala Selangor Nature
Park. Here you can also rent a cabin for the night. In this Park they do also
We saw a large group of Silverleaf Monkeys at the lighthouse on "Bukit Melawati". This
hill is also near the old center of Kuala Selangor, near the new bridge. In the weekend you can
take a train ride to the lighthouse. Of course the train is pulled by a
The way to the top of Bukit Melawati is winding en for a great part it's
(one way traffic). Upstairs there are some stalls, where can have a drink or
eat a little bit.
A young man with
roots in India, talked to me:.
"Do you see the Silverleaf Monkeys up in that tree. Shall I call them
He didn't wait for an answer and went back to his motorbike, which seemed to
be a lemonade- and bakery shop. He took some bread and walked to the
gate of the lighthouse, calling the Silverleaf Monkeys. The monkeys heard
him shouting and they came down from their tree and rushed to the gate.
They walked to him and he handed one of them a piece of bread. They were
waiting politely for another piece of bread. The weren't pushy like the
other brown monkeys, the Long-Tailed Macaques, which hang around here for
peanut handouts from visitors. The Siverleaf Monkeys are very polite and
they wait till you hand them a piece of bread.
The guy from the lemonade- and bakery shop gave us the rest of the bread.
And really it was breathtaking to see such friendly monkeys.
It was a nice experience, because the long-tailed macaques, on the other
hand, are generally a little more mischievous and if you turn your back for
a second - you'd never know what they would do.
One Remark: Always
be careful when feeding the monkeys. Although they have had many
interactions with humans, we must remember that they are wild and wild
animals tend to be erratic sometimes.
The third interesting sight is Bukit Belanda
(Tanjong Keramat), the old fort Utrecht. It's on a small hiil on, just beside
the road from the De Palma Inn and the city. It's just outside the school,
which you will pass. The fort was built by sultan Ibrahim of Selangor, but Van Braam
conquered the fort for the Dutch East India Company. Some old stones remind us
to that time and the fort.
A grave known as "Makan Anak Dara"
lies in front of the fort. According to the local story an 18- year-old girl
called Siti Aishah was buried here. She ran away from home to avoid a forced
marriage. She was never seen again. Her clothes, however, were found
hanging from a leban tree above this site.
If you are planning on driving
from Kuala Lumpur , take the Sungai Buloh (Route 54) or if you are coming
through the North-South PLUS Highway, exit at the Sungai Buloh signboard and
follow the road signboard.
Kuala Selangor Nature Park -
well known nature park for migratory and local birds
& other animals at Kuala Selangor.
Kuala Selangor fishing
village - fishing village with cheap seafood
Pantai Remis -
pristine beach beside Pantai Indah Resort,
food and souvenir stalls open on weekends & public holidays. Stroll along
the beach and collect shellfish or other group activities.
Reserve - serene mangrove
forest at Pantai Indah Resort, great for collecting seashells, small prawns,
fishes, cockles, crabs, clams, hermit crabs. Excellent for educational tours
Historical Hill - where the site of the first Selangor Sultanate's
Palace and Altingsburg light house are located.
Sekinchan Paddy Fields
- well known as the golden rice fields of
Tanjung Karang fishing
village - old fishing village with cheap
Fireflies Sanctuary - well known fireflies
sanctuary at Kuala Selangor.
Sungai Buloh New
Market new market - selling lots of seafood
and delicacies in Jeram.
Pasir Penambang market
- selling fresh and dried seafood.