Or more like a 1 hour trip!
I was visiting a friend in Klang to return her a jacket after my crazy backpacking trip in China ( you can read about Kunming, Tiger Leaping Gorge’s trek, LiJiang, and Shangri La) and decided to turn the whole affair into a day trip. She knew me well, she had something planned.
Now, the general area of Port Klang and Klang town is not a tourist destination in Kuala Lumpur, it’s a local thing. Living in Malaysia myself, I feel the need to fill readers with off the beaten path experiences in Malaysia as there’s more to KL than the Petronas Twin Tower and the foreign-worker-filled towns. For example, my Kelantan trip which is to a state that’s very different to the rest of Malaysia. Very Islamic and with a totally different culture.
A day trip to Pulau Ketam is cheap, convenient and easy. Especially if you are starting out in KL with an extra day to spare or if you just want a weekend getaway! Personally, I think spending 3-4 hours here would’ve been enough. , The laid back lifestyle is refreshing, but it got me restless. There isn’t much to do here, besides photography, good food (I think) and people watching.
Read on for how-to’s and what not to do.
Being a complete fan of train travels, I love it when I can get to my destination with them. Everything is fun, the wait, watching people in the train (stalker-ish I know!) , the cheap tickets, the smooth gliding of the vessel that’s so calming.. I’ll stop.
From Petaling/KL Sentral (the nearest stations to my house), I took a KTM to Teluk Gadong for RM3.70. Here I dropped of for a quick bak ku teh lunch with my friend. She told me beforehand that in Klang, the broth doesn’t taste as heavily spiced as the one in KL. She was bloody right.
I do prefer the bak ku teh in front of Scott Gardens, Old Klang Road in KL though – It’s stronger and more lip smacking. @RM11 per person.
But the bak ku teh shops in Klang is famous, has it’s own unique charm and still retain their own style.
After filling up, we went to the same KTM station in Teluk Gadong where I continued the journey to the last station at Port Klang (Pelabuhan Klang) for RM1.00.
I don’t find Port Klang a very safe place for a woman to come alone. The harassment here by men (usually in groups) is prevalent. Though usually harmless, its disturbing still .Someone even managed to take a photo of me while I was waiting for the train. Not a very pleasant train ride home, I must say. Ladies, be sure to use the Ladies Coach provided, for whatever it’s worth.
From the train station in Port Klang, it’s only a short distance to the Pulau Ketam jetty. 150m to be exact. Plenty of signboards so no worries about that. There are a few taxis available if you plan to head anywhere else.
Once in the jetty, walk all the way until you get in the speedboat. Payments are only made inside, when the boat is already moving. Each way will set you back by RM7. The ride takes approximately 35 minutes, depending on the water current.
Upon arriving in Pulau Ketam, walk on! No smoke emitting vehicles are allowed on this island so be ready to dodge plenty of rushing bicycles! Most have a fresh seafood lunch on the island, but since I’d already ate in Klang town itself, I passed.
Walking around, I came across a temple that had a beautiful painting of yin and yang outside. Also, it you notice, on the head of the roof of the temple, there is a crab! For Pulau Ketam I assume? Ketam means crab in Malay.
Carry an umbrella with you as the sunlight is strong and there’s barely any shade. can drinks are still sold at a reasonable price here, RM2 for a can of 100+ but RM3 for a 1.5 litres bottle of plain water. That’s not fair..
After another stroll in the town, I got bored. I’m not sure if I missed anything worth mentioning because I went on a late Friday afternoon (don’t do this because all the shops were closed).
It’s basically a fishing village. A little dirty, this island will be a no-no for so one wanting adrenaline. You’re going to get none. it has more of a laid back feel, women sitting in front of their house playing mahjong etc. But it’s charming nonetheless.
I repeated the whole process to get myself back home. Pelabuhan Klang station to Petaling station is RM3.80. You can also take the train to KL Sentral.
Hope you guys enjoyed this one, weekend getaway anyone?
Happy off beats,