After going to the Kuala Selangor Nature Park the other weekend, we drove a short distance up the hill to Bukit Melawati, a fortress on top of the hill built by the locals in the 19th century to defend Selangor from enemy attacks at the river mouth and provide a vantage point to monitor ships entering and leaving the Straights of Malacca. The view was great but we were short on time, so we skipped the historical attractions and went straight to see the monkeys.
Wiki has this to say about the hill: the Chinese nicknamed the hill as “Ma Lau San” which loosely translated as Monkey Hill. This is because the hill is swarmed by several families of Silver -Leafed Monkeys and Long-Tailed Macaques. Visitors come in droves to feed the monkeys with peanuts that can be purchased from vendors around the area.The monkeys are generally quite gentle and feeding the monkeys is a sport in itself. However do take caution as these animals are born in the wild and may be dangerous if provoked.
We did not find peanuts, but string beans for sale but everything else said about the monkeys is true. After being to the Batu Caves a number of times, it was nice to encounter some “friendly” monkeys.
They were so cute and nice to the visitors and there were also many baby monkeys around. Cody got some good video with his iPod to document the experience.
After that we went for a seafood feast at Restoran Kuala Selangor. We ate curry clams, chili crabs, buttermilk prawns, and a whole steamed fish. The food was delicious and affordable.
They had huge tanks in the front so you could see what your ordering options were and once you sat down, you had beautiful views of the river the restaurant sits on.
After dinner we headed out to the river to see the fireflies or “Kelip-Kelip” at the Firefly Park in Kampung Kuantan and Kampung Bukit Belimbing in the evening. We paid RM40 per 4 person boat, slathered on the mosquito repellant, strapped on our bright orange life vests and hopped on the boat. The fireflies were so cool. Their flashing becomes synchronized and you can see entire trees flashing in the banks of Sungai Selangor (Selangor River.) It was hard to believe the sights were natural since it was around Christmas and the bushes looked just like the twinkling lights around the city, but some came and hopped on our boat, so indeed they were actually real. We were unable to get shots of them with my camera so you’ll just have to take my word for it that it was remarkable. If you want to visit below is the address.
Firefly Park Resort (Kuala Selangor) Sdn Bhd
Jalan Haji Omar, Kampung Bukit Belimbing,
45000 Kuala Selangor,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Tel: 603-3260 1208 / Fax: 603-3260 1234