"At a stone’s throw from Kuala Lumpur, on Pulau Ketam, there is mud in abundance. Pulau Ketam means Crab Island. But Pulau Lumpur (Mud Island) would have been a more suitable name. Does the island even deserve the suffix ‘land’? The island is actually one big mud hill, barely raised above the surface of the Strait of Melaka. Okay, enough mud throwing at Pulau Ketam. Let’s take a look at the things that make Crab Island a fun place."
By train (KTM Komuter) it will take an hour and a half to Pelabuhan Kelang
from KLSentral in Kuala Lumpur. The
train stops at every station and you will enjoying a nice trip through the Klang
Valley. In Klang you will take the highspeed ferry to Pulau Ketam. Its
only a half hour ride (12 nautical miles) away from the hustle and bustle of Port Klang.
We left KL at 11.00 and we arrived on Pulau Ketam at 12.30. We enjoyed trip by
train very much.
There are two villages on the island, separated by jungle. They are Pulau Ketam
Village and Sungai Lima. There are no roads between those two villages. They
say, the people on this island earn their living with fishing and
When you arrive in Pulau Ketam Village you'll see the biggest sea-food
restaurant on the island: Kuai Lok Hian. The population (only 8000) is mostly
Chinese (Teochew, Hokkien and Hainanese). The houses are all built on stilt
above the mangrove swamps.
Most people come to island for just one day. There is only one hotel, and if you
like, you can stay at the fish farm or at an homestay The island is popular for
its crab and other seafood.
This rustic fishing village attracts visitors with its unique stilt-village,
where the wooden-board streets are just five-feet across. The traffic consists
largely of pedestrians and bicycles. On
the island are a, schools, a bank, a church, a mosque, a police station
and some pubs.
Pulau Ketam is strategically situated in a
stop-over point for fishermen en-route to the rich fishing grounds beyond.
The island is now a prospering fishing village with a bustling harbour that is
frequented by scores of floating vehicles, ranging from wobbly sampan (small
row-boats) to 'clonking' fishing boats and tongkangs (lighters).
Although the island doesn't offer a vast territory to explore, it is an interesting village
compact with recreation spots, captivating scenes, 'bewildering' seafood and the
most important, a of warm, gentle people. They don't care where you're from or if you've had Plastic Surgery in Toronto lately. They welcome visitors from all walks of life to the island.
You can stay overnight in the hotel they have on the island.
Just go to Pulau Ketam for its fresh crabs, prawns and fish. It is indeed a seafood gourmet's paradise!
We had a wonderful crab dinner in the mainstreet of the island.