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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Malaysia: Kampung Kong Kong Laut, Johor



Kampung Kong Kong Laut (Kong Kong Laut Village), Johor, Malaysia. I’m sure you’ve never heard of the name of this village before. Well, me neither, at least until recently when I went on a trip to Johor, the southernmost state in Malaysia to explore some eco- and agro-tourism attractions.

The reason why you probably have never heard of it is that because it’s just a small kampung, nothing glitzy, no night life entertainment, no nothing worth mentioning about if you’re into typical tourist attractions and spots in big cities. Even most folks from the state of Johor themselves might have not heard of this kampung before. Kampung Kong Kong Laut however does offer aplenty if you’re into something off-beaten and different, or are interested in eco- or agro-tourism attractions.



Two young men fishing
Kampung Kong Kong Laut is a small fishing village that is located in Johor Bharu district, not far from Masai/Pasir Gudang area. Being a fishing village with Serai River, Kong Kong River and Mendana Strait in its vicinity, there is no doubt that the village is a hotspot for anglers. Other than fish, you can try to catch prawns and crabs too, some of which you can easily find by the river bank.

Its perfect setting on a river/sea front, with quiet and tranquil view of the waters, also makes the village a popular spot for diners searching for some seafood. If you’d like to explore more of the area, there’s a small cruise boat that can take you around for about a couple of hours from the village jetty. The cruise would travel along Serai River, Mendana Strait, and around Juling Island.



River cruise
For a relaxing time, a picnic at Choban Beach might be in order. And for the more adventurous souls, they can opt to go on a mangrove tour and maybe visit the nearby charcoal factory, apparently the largest in the state albeit it being a dying industry from the years gone by.



Exploring the mangrove area
All of these might sound somewhat typical of a kampung life in Malaysia but here, the added attraction is that you can try and stay overnight in a rumah rakit - a small raft house – some of which are parked along and in the middle of the river. Perfect if you want to experience something different than your usual hotel room. Even better if you want to be away from it all but still doesn’t want to be that far away from everything.





A rumah rakit might have two rooms, a common area, a kitchenette and a bathroom. Just nice for a small family or a group of friends.

And the best news is?

It wouldn’t really cost you a bomb. An overnight stay on a rumah rakit would set you back from just RM80 per person.



Further Information:
If you’re interested, you may contact the locals who manage the eco-tourism sector of the village via their Facebook page – Kg Kongkong Laut – Eco Tourism.


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Acknowledgment:
My appreciation and thanks go to Suruhanjaya Koperasi Malaysia and Gaya Travel magazine for the opportunity to join their Jom Jelajah Koperasi Johor (#JJKJohor15 #JomJelajahKoperasi #SKM) trip in May 2015.



Going to Johor, Malaysia? Do check out these hotels for your accommodation requirements there.

For other www.RambleAndWander.com blog entries on Malaysia, click here.


12 comments:

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing. I always love hearing about the 'unheard of' places. Those are getting fewer and farther between these days! Great photos too. That bridge looks similar to one we went across in the States last week, and it is amazing to think just how different the lives of the people near each bridge must be.

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    1. Thanks. I actually enjoyed the trip here. It was a place I've never heard of before and thus didn't have much expectation but it turned out to be quite interesting. I think it's one of the good things about being flexible enough during one's travels to let and follow locals who know more about their place. You're more likely to fin a gem that is not usually covered by the media.

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  2. What a great find. It's always fun to find "off the beaten path" places to really get an authentic feel for a place and it's people.

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    1. Very true! I didn't get to spend much time here but I'd love to go back and spend maybe a weekend here just to get away from it all and experience something different too at the same time.

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  3. Stunning photos! It reminds me a lot of the Philippines -- which isn't much of a surprise since Malaysia and my home country are practically neighbors haha. I have only been to Malaysia once and I'm definitely looking forward to going back there again to do a proper visit.

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    1. Thanks, Aileen! You probably are right, I imagine there are some similarities between Malaysia and the Philippines in some areas. I haven't been there but it probably is going to happen soon enough as more and more friends from there are bugging me to get my ass over, haha!

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  4. It's fun to go to a place you've never been before and see what it's like as a local because there is no tourism. I really like the idea of the raft house. That's certainly a unique accommodation.

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    1. Yes, I believe so too. I prefer not to just see popular places but also experience unique & local attractions.

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  5. Beautiful photos, as always, and they tell the story so well. I would love to spend a night in a rumah rakit--what a fun experience!

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    1. Thank you. Yes, I'm quite tempted to go back there and stay for a weekend..

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  6. I haven't been to Malaysia yet but hope to soon. When I do make it there, this is exactly the type of place I would want to visit...the lesser known, off the beaten tourist path destination.

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    1. That's great! Do buzz me if you're heading this way.

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