Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Visit Malaysia Year 2007 - Firefly Park, Kuala Selangor

(From top to bottom: Heikal, my mischievous nephew, lotong at Bukit Melawati, Taman Alam nature walk, Firefly Park Seafood Restaurant, the Resort) I went away for a 2-day trip recently, with my family, to the Kuala Selangor Firefly Park Resort. Its about 1.5 hours away from KL, and the tolls in total was only about RM4.50 one way. The Firefly boat ride (RM10 per adult, RM6 per child) starts at 7pm till 10.30pm daily, so during the day, we spent our time at Bukit Melawati, after the check-in. The chalet (2 bedrooms, a living room and a simple pantry) we stayed in was in the Park itself, and I was quite impressed with it, since we only payed about RM130. Clean sheets, air-conditioned rooms, 29" TV, large bathroom.

Bukit Melawati holds the old fort of the Dutch, and the State charges only RM2 per adult for a fun tram ride uphill. The road is closed on weekends and public holidays, so we had no choice but to ride the tram. Gladly in fact. We hopped off at the top, took loads of pix, had ice cream, and went down on the next tram. Before the ride, actually, we went for a short nature walk at Taman Alam. That place is gorgeous. So serene and green, and we walked slowly through the swamp area.

After Maghrib, we headed for dinner at the Firefly Park Seafood Restaurant for a 7-course dinner (dinner package pre-selected by the restaurant) that was superbly delicious and cheap. All that, with free flow of rice and Chinese tea, for a mere RM110! Risau gak memikirkan lepas tuh nak naik bot, but I'm here typing away, so I guess the boat floated alright. The boat ride was peaceful and breath-taking. Fireflies everywhere along the river. Apparently, the boatman informed us that there are only 2 main spots in the world for fireflies; Brazil and Kuala Selangor, because only these 2 places have the type of plant that the fireflies are drawn to. Cool aye. To end the day, we had karaoke afterwards till midnight. Even Mak was singing away...All in all, the Firefly Park Resort was another great holiday with the family. Today's back to work, and a start to a whole new working year.

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