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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Malaysia: A Day Trip to Pulau Ketam, Selangor


Love at first sight, or rather on arrival. Taken at Pulau Ketam jetty 

I was just walking alone around Pulau Ketam after some seafood lunch. The walk was like a trip down the memory lane. It evoked feelings from the past. Except for the fact that I have never been to Pulau Ketam before that day. And that I have never been to any place like it before.

Pulau Ketam is unique. Charming even. The island seems to be stuck in a bygone era. There are no cars around. Bicycles and motorised bicycles are the only modes of transportation on the island. The very busy main high street is probably just about 5 feet wide, filled with people walking by, cyclists that stop to give way to the pedestrians, children running around with their dog and occasionally you might bump into a fellow visitor or two whom you’d identify because they carry a camera.

The high street is lined up with small restaurants, side street food stalls, family-owned convenience stores and a few odd-one-out shops. There are no 7-11s, nor there are any fast food chains. There’s a community hall at one end and a small Buddhist temple at the other end, the distance between the two couldn't possibly be more than 100 meters.





Venture further away from the concrete pavement that is the high street, you’ll soon find yourself walking on walkways made of rickety planks. You’ll see wooden houses, and some brick houses, on long stilts with maybe small boats parked somewhere nearby. You’ll see elderly guys sitting on a bench either outside of their house or under a makeshift hut, spending their afternoon just chatting about nothing and everything.










And occassionally you might bump into a boy or a girl dancing around without a care in the world.

Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, with all its hustle and bustle, is just less than 2 hours away by train and ferry. But this… this is totally a different world. A world that is so laid back it seems not to care about all things material. A world that could charm a visiting city dweller into a dream of simple life… 

Even if it’s only for a day or two.








[ This is the 2nd out of 5 entries for #TSBreakAway ]




Thank you Tourism Selangor for the opportunity to join #TSBreakAway programme; and to all sponsors (incl. Empire Hotel, Subang Jaya, Travelmate Magazine, Travelution Magazine, Majalah Fotografika, Damansara Performing Arts Centre and Canon) for making #TSBreakAway 2013 an awesome programme!

Pulau Ketam is located in the Strait of Malacca, just off Port Klang. The easiest way to get there from Kuala Lumpur by public transportation is to take the KTM Komuter train service from KL Sentral to Pelabuhan Klang (Port Klang) Station and from there, take the ferry service from Port Klang jetty to Pulau Ketam. The island is good for a day trip but there are a few cheap inns and guesthouses should visitors like to stay overnight or two on the island.

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20 comments:

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  1. Menarik jugak kalau ke Pulau Ketam nie.. something new :D

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  2. Foto-fotonya keren, Bang. Tempatnya terkesan amat tua dan terpencil. Padahal cuma dua jam dari KL ya?

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    1. Yup, Citra. Kalo naik KTM Komuter, cuma ambil masa 1 jam aja. Kemudian naik feri selama 40 minit gitu. Yuk kita ke sana the next time you're in town?

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  3. apakah sebab fotonya dibuat black and white ya?!, kok tempatnya nampak kuno.

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    1. Sekarang musim saya suka foto-foto B&W, Tahid. Bulan depan mungkin musim Sephia, haha! ;-) Tapi tempatnya memang nampak lama. Ga ada banyak pembangunan. Itu yg bisa membuatkannya jadi menarik.

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  4. i miss cycling at pulau ketam..feel like making a trip there again after watching your video. good luck!

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    1. Tu lah. I didn't try out cycling though the other day. Would try it the next time I'm there. Thinking of bringing visitors there.

      Thank you for the wish, by the way. I'm going to need lots of luck actually, haha! ;-)

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  5. looks like kampung nelayan in Jkt :p
    good luck bang!

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    1. Iya, Helga. Memang ini pun lebih kurang kampung nelayan juga. Kalau kamu ke KL, bisa aja saya bawa ke sini ;-)

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  6. Kudos R.a.W! This is a very nice write-up. I feel like visiting Pulau Ketam after reading it. And love the photos!!!

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    1. Thanks, Noel! Yes, you should go visit the island. I'd probably go back there again soon too.

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  7. another option kalau berkunjung ke Malaysia lagi. it's easy to go there ya, noted :)

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    1. Ah-ha, yes! I do think it's quite easy although still need to be wary of the train timetable. I'd be more than happy to bring you around here the next time you're in town :-)

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  8. Tak pernah sampai lagi ke pulau ketam....walaupun dekat dengan shah alam

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    1. Haa senang je kalau nak pergi balik hari naik KTM Komuter tu... Feri dia pun not bad lah.
      Eh! Tinggal di Shah Alam ke?

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  9. This brought back memories as I had a major work project here circa 2006-2007 and visited Pulau Ketam a couple of times - seems like 7 years has had virtually no effect on the place.
    So perhaps a visit in line with VMY 2014 would be apt haha.

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    1. Yes, I have been told by others who have been to Pulau Ketam before that nothing much has changed since their last visit. I'm not sure whether it's a good thing or a bad thing though :-)

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  10. good for a getaway. Thanks for posting such beautiful pictures. Will definitely pay a visit next week as we will be celebrating HARI MALAYSIA on 16 September.

    Cheers
    Jen

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