Things to do in Kuala Selangor

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Kuala Selangor: Fireflies Tour with Batu Caves & Dinner

1. Kuala Selangor: Fireflies Tour with Batu Caves & Dinner

Kuala Selangor, a small town conquered by the Dutch in 1784, is most famous for its fireflies sanctuaries. It is said that this is one of the biggest firefly colonies in the world. Another highlight is the delicious seafood in the most scenic location. It is located well off the normal tourist route and hence still maintains its traditional village atmosphere. This is your best bet for a long peaceful ride away from the busy city. In this tour, you will see the Bukit Melawati. This small peak was once a mighty fortress built to safeguard the state. The Altingburg Lighthouse continues to be the main attraction with an awesome view of the Straits of Malacca. You will also get the chance to meet the unique Silver Leaf Monkeys. The little baby monkeys are born with a golden color, which eventually turns black like the adults. 

From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves and Firefly Watching Tour

2. From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves and Firefly Watching Tour

Enjoy an afternoon and evening tour to the dramatic 400-million-year-old Batu Caves and see hundreds of thousands of twinkling fireflies on a boat tour of the Selangor River. Continue to Batu Caves to roam in the prehistoric caves, after a climb of 272 steps. See some Hindu temples established here since the early 1900s, such as the temples of Lord Murugan, Siva, and Ganesh. Before dinner, visit the Silver Monkey in Kuala Selangor Nature Park. The area is home to some cheeky Silver Leaf Monkeys, which are more friendly and tame than the monkeys at Batu Caves. Head next to Kuala Selangor, one of the most historic and conflicted areas during the early stages of the Malay Sultanate Selangor. It is also famous for its local food Restaurant, where you will enjoy dinner. Choose from a variety of favorite Malaysian dishes. Finally, drive to Kampung Belimbing Fireflies Park. Quietly float out to see the incredible twinkles of the largest fireflies colony in the world. Marvel at the ability of these amazing lightning bugs to synchronize their light patterns before your return to Kuala Lumpur..

From Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour with Dinner

3. From Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour with Dinner

This tour will take you to Kuala Selangor in the quiet hamlet of Kampung Kuantan, where one of the largest firefly colonies in the world exists. When you arrive, you'll visit Kota Melawati, formerly known as Fort Altingsburg, with its old execution block, royal mausoleum and colonial buildings. You'll experience the highlight of the tour at Kampung Kuantan. At first, this sparkly display looks like an endless row of Christmas trees, but the synchronized, rhythmic flashing is actually produced by thousands of fireflies. Your skilled local oarsmen will make this experience a memorable and unforgettable one.

From Kuala Lumpur: Private Fireflies Tour and Seafood Dinner

4. From Kuala Lumpur: Private Fireflies Tour and Seafood Dinner

You will be picked up from your hotel in central Kuala Lumpur and driven to Kuala Selangor, approximately 1.5 hours away. Kuala Selangor is a small village on the banks of the Selangor River. The village is well-known, as you can find millions of fireflies there.   Upon arrival you’ll visit Bukit Melawati, where Fort Altingsburg is located. A lighthouse strands on top of the hill, surrounded by tall trees. Look out for local birds, silvered leaf monkeys and long-tailed macaques. You’ll head to a nearby fishing village for a typical seafood dinner before making your way to Kampung Kuantan.   At around 6:30 PM you’ll board a boat and row along the river to see the fireflies. Millions of fireflies present you with a dazzling display of lights flickering in synchrony, that resemble twinkling electric lights on a Christmas tree. You will be dazzled at the sight. At 8:30 PM, you’ll depart from Kuala Selangor and drive back to Kuala Lumpur in the comfort of a private vehicle.

Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Selangor Firefly Tour and Dinner

5. Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Selangor Firefly Tour and Dinner

See millions of fireflies light up the night sky on a half-day tour of Kuala Selangor, the only place in the region close to Kuala Lumpur where you can watch fireflies twinkling synchronously in the night air. Marvel at a wonder of nature on a boat trip, and enjoy a delicious seafood dinner. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Kuala Lumpur at 16:00, transfer by private vehicle to Kuala Selangor. Go to Bukit Melawati to see Fort Altingsburg and a lighthouse on a hilltop surrounded by tall trees that are a haven for local birds, silver leaf monkeys and long-tailed macaques. Next, go to a nearby fishing village for a typical seafood dinner, before making your way to Kampung Kuantan. Here, you will board a boat to be rowed along the river. Now it’s time to see the fireflies in all their dazzling glory, looking like twinkling electric lights on a Christmas tree. Depart Kuala Selangor at around 20:30, and transfer back to Kuala Lumpur for your hotel drop off.

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What people are saying about Kuala Selangor

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 461 reviews

our guide Mr Tan was very helpful and informative. the tour was well ran and well communicated. we were collected and dropped back to our hotels. the seafood dinner was really good food and plentiful. we were bit u lucky with the weather, it rained as we boarded the boat which ment we didn't get a great view of the fireflys but still saw plenty of them.

Unique fireflies viewing from the boat. We really enjoy the short trip to Kuala Selangor. Clean private car with Privin Raj as a driver / guide was great. Highlights of the trip were the monkeys encounters and the fireflies boat ride.

My experience watching the fire flies was exciting. They pop out of the bush and appear like a Christmas tree

Very enjoyable day - Guide very informative- plenty of stops along the journey

Great all round trip, thoroughly enjoyed the firefly experience!