Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Fireflies in Kampung Kuantan, Kuala Selangor

With my revision classes nowadays, we can't afford to take too much time off away from the city for any holidays. Well, at least until my exams are done. So, for the recent Labour Day weekend, we took a short drive to see the fireflies in Kampung Kuantan, Kuala Selangor. With the highway, it was only a 40-minute to an hour's drive from KL.

The last time I was there was when I was 13 or 14 for one of my school visits. Believe it or not, Hubs has never seen fireflies in their natural habitat. 

To start off, I suggest those intending to pay the cute fireflies a visit, try and get there early because you would want to avoid the tourists arriving in drones in tour buses. The ticket booth is only open at 7.45pm. So what I would recommend is for you to get one of your friends or family members to queue for the ticket and arrange for the others within your group to start queuing on the jetty. Why? Well, regardless of you getting your tickets first, tourists won't care and would go straight to the jetty. Furthermore, though having arrived late, many won't hesitate to jump the queue.

One boat would fit four persons and it costs RM53 per boat. So let's say it's only the two of you, you'd still have to pay RM53. Don't worry though, no one else would take advantage of that extra space in your boat. No free-riders. One ticket is for one boat.

Here's the ticket. 

This is us excited to see the fireflies. After one VERY RUDE group of tourists jumping the queue ahead of us and one them even dared to give me a look after bumping into me. You're lucky I was more keen to see the fireflies than making a scene dude. Hmpph... P.S. Manners and queuing are not foreign okay?

Due to the very low light, I could not take as many pictures and videos with my phone no matter how tech savvy it is. Only when the Pak Cik on the boat took us very close to the trees was I successful in taking some videos albeit not as great and awesome as seeing them up close and personal.

To make the experience even more special is that I got to come back to a place I had visited as a teenager with my husband to watch one of our country's natural wonders. In addition, this trip further solidified my plans to include more eco themed trips after my exams. 

Oh, being a typical tourist, I can't exactly leave without getting one of their magnets can I? Hahaha...

Here's to more eco-trips this year. Yay!

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