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2D1N Itinerary at Kuala Sepetang: Mangrove Tour, Fireflies, Charcoal Factory, Shrimp Catching and More!

11 Apr 2022
Kampung Version of Venice Kuala Sepetang

Check-in Homestay (12pm - 12:30pm)

Image Credit: Traworld (CK Homestay)

We rented our accommodation with CK Homestay. 🏡 This terrace house has 3 floors, and the family of the homestay owner is staying on the 1st floor. If you are worried about interrupting the family, you don't have to. Because there is a specially built 🚪door that leads to the staircase at the side of the house!  It is reserved for guests like us to use! The host is a friendly guy, and he made our stay a comfortable and homely one.

Image Credit: Traworld (Air limau ais ikat tepi, courtesy of the host!)

There were 4 of us, so we rented 2 rooms, and we got the 3rd floor with a good view of the village! (internally screaming 😆). There is no lift, so don't pack too much before coming!! The check-in process is easy! All you have to do is contact the host to open the 🚪door, and you can enter. On the 3rd floor, there is a large living room equipped with some sofas, a TV and a refrigerator. Now, the best part of all is that each room has its own bathroom!! (you don't have to worry about manufacturing 💩 in it)

Image Credit: Traworld (Spacious and clean, me like it~)

We rented a room with 2 single beds (the beds were quite comfy!🥰 ). You can also add a mattress for only RM10 (damn worth it!). Each room is equipped with towels and some clothes hangers. The bathroom even has a 2 in 1 type shampoo. According to the host, the shampoo can be used for both hair & body (wow!).

Image Credit: Traworld (A single bed & a queen size bed)

On the balcony, you can find amenities such as clothes drying rack, a hot & cold water dispenser and a washing machine. There are also chairs and tables where you can sit, eat (because we aren't allowed to eat in the room) and hang out.

Image Credit: Traworld (Cups are available on the water dispenser)

Check-in Homestay (12pm - 12:30pm)

Image Credit: Traworld (CK Homestay)

We rented our accommodation with CK Homestay. 🏡 This terrace house has 3 floors, and the family of the homestay owner is staying on the 1st floor. If you are worried about interrupting the family, you don't have to. Because there is a specially built 🚪door that leads to the staircase at the side of the house!  It is reserved for guests like us to use! The host is a friendly guy, and he made our stay a comfortable and homely one.

Image Credit: Traworld (Air limau ais ikat tepi, courtesy of the host!)

There were 4 of us, so we rented 2 rooms, and we got the 3rd floor with a good view of the village! (internally screaming 😆). There is no lift, so don't pack too much before coming!! The check-in process is easy! All you have to do is contact the host to open the 🚪door, and you can enter. On the 3rd floor, there is a large living room equipped with some sofas, a TV and a refrigerator. Now, the best part of all is that each room has its own bathroom!! (you don't have to worry about manufacturing 💩 in it)

Image Credit: Traworld (Spacious and clean, me like it~)

We rented a room with 2 single beds (the beds were quite comfy!🥰 ). You can also add a mattress for only RM10 (damn worth it!). Each room is equipped with towels and some clothes hangers. The bathroom even has a 2 in 1 type shampoo. According to the host, the shampoo can be used for both hair & body (wow!).

Image Credit: Traworld (A single bed & a queen size bed)

On the balcony, you can find amenities such as clothes drying rack, a hot & cold water dispenser and a washing machine. There are also chairs and tables where you can sit, eat (because we aren't allowed to eat in the room) and hang out.

Image Credit: Traworld (Cups are available on the water dispenser)

Matang Mangrove Forest Eco-Education Center (12:30 pm - 1:30 pm)

Image Credit: Traworld (A quiet and calm weekday)
After finishing the check-in process, we headed to the Matang Mangrove Forest Eco-Education Center (3 minutes walk only). Did you know that 🌳 this forest has been recognized as the best-managed mangrove forest in the world? The forest is also a crucial part of the mangrove swamp ecosystem, especially for 🐦 birds migration.
Image Credit: Traworld (There are more than 1 species of mangrove trees in Kuala Sepetang)
A few minutes after entering this place, you will come upon a small gallery that displays exhibits on mangrove trees and the types of charcoal produced from the trees. The information here is
presented in cartoon illustrations and graphics,
making it easy for children to learn something new (maybe this can help them get an "A" in science & geography 💯 😏).
Image Credit: An interesting learning experience
Visitors can use the walkway to explore this forest. For your information, the endpoint of this forest is not connected to the starting point, which is why we did not walk to the end because we were lazy to walk back 😝😝.
Image Credit: Traworld (An Instagram-worthy walkway!)

Matang Mangrove Forest Eco-Education Center (12:30 pm - 1:30 pm)

Image Credit: Traworld (A quiet and calm weekday)
After finishing the check-in process, we headed to the Matang Mangrove Forest Eco-Education Center (3 minutes walk only). Did you know that 🌳 this forest has been recognized as the best-managed mangrove forest in the world? The forest is also a crucial part of the mangrove swamp ecosystem, especially for 🐦 birds migration.
Image Credit: Traworld (There are more than 1 species of mangrove trees in Kuala Sepetang)
A few minutes after entering this place, you will come upon a small gallery that displays exhibits on mangrove trees and the types of charcoal produced from the trees. The information here is
presented in cartoon illustrations and graphics,
making it easy for children to learn something new (maybe this can help them get an "A" in science & geography 💯 😏).
Image Credit: An interesting learning experience
Visitors can use the walkway to explore this forest. For your information, the endpoint of this forest is not connected to the starting point, which is why we did not walk to the end because we were lazy to walk back 😝😝.
Image Credit: Traworld (An Instagram-worthy walkway!)

Mee Udang Mak Jah (1:30pm-3pm)

Image Credit: Traworld (No queue seen on a weekday.)
TADAA!! This is the super famous Kuala Sepetang mee udang (shrimp noodle)! This writer has always wanted to taste the viral mee udang for a very long time. According to an employee here, According to an employee here, the weekend queue is usually pretty long (so we were lucky eh?). So why is mee udang Mak Jah so popular? Here is the answer… 👇
Image Credit: Traworld (5-6 fat and fresh ?shrimps found on each bowl).
The price for a bowl of mee udang is RM15 and for KL people, this is considered reasonable! If you are allergic to seafood, you can order other foods such as fried rice, vermicelli and kway teow.

Mee Udang Mak Jah (1:30pm-3pm)

Image Credit: Traworld (No queue seen on a weekday.)
TADAA!! This is the super famous Kuala Sepetang mee udang (shrimp noodle)! This writer has always wanted to taste the viral mee udang for a very long time. According to an employee here, According to an employee here, the weekend queue is usually pretty long (so we were lucky eh?). So why is mee udang Mak Jah so popular? Here is the answer… 👇
Image Credit: Traworld (5-6 fat and fresh ?shrimps found on each bowl).
The price for a bowl of mee udang is RM15 and for KL people, this is considered reasonable! If you are allergic to seafood, you can order other foods such as fried rice, vermicelli and kway teow.

Charcoal Factory (3pm - 3.30pm)

Image Credit: Traworld (Each kiln serves its own purpose)
After satisfying our tummies😋, we visited a charcoal factory. Upon arriving, we were greeted by the manager, who took us on a factory tour. He showed us around and patiently explained the stages of charcoal production. According to him, the production process of charcoal is very complicated. They have to watch over and adjust the fire from time to time so that the woods are not severely burnt.
Image Credit: Traworld (The manager explaining the use of the kilns)
In this factory, woods are piled to form a pyramid before being burned in the kiln. The charcoal that we usually use for BBQ derives from the woods at the top of the pile. Excess wastes that did not become charcoal will be converted into fertilizer.
Image Credit: Traworld (Soap, wood dan charcoal steam water for sale)
Interestingly, charcoal is not the only thing is produced here. They also have various charcoal products that visitors can purchase and bring them back home as a souvenir! Among them are charcoal soaps (white ones are for skin diseases such as tinea, while the black ones are for exfoliating purposes), charcoal steam water (multi-purpose) and burned mangrove woods (aesthetic purposes) that still contain some water and is not suitable for BBQ.
Image Credit: Traworld (Charcoal woods with beautiful wood grains)

Charcoal Factory (3pm - 3.30pm)

Image Credit: Traworld (Each kiln serves its own purpose)
After satisfying our tummies😋, we visited a charcoal factory. Upon arriving, we were greeted by the manager, who took us on a factory tour. He showed us around and patiently explained the stages of charcoal production. According to him, the production process of charcoal is very complicated. They have to watch over and adjust the fire from time to time so that the woods are not severely burnt.
Image Credit: Traworld (The manager explaining the use of the kilns)
In this factory, woods are piled to form a pyramid before being burned in the kiln. The charcoal that we usually use for BBQ derives from the woods at the top of the pile. Excess wastes that did not become charcoal will be converted into fertilizer.
Image Credit: Traworld (Soap, wood dan charcoal steam water for sale)
Interestingly, charcoal is not the only thing is produced here. They also have various charcoal products that visitors can purchase and bring them back home as a souvenir! Among them are charcoal soaps (white ones are for skin diseases such as tinea, while the black ones are for exfoliating purposes), charcoal steam water (multi-purpose) and burned mangrove woods (aesthetic purposes) that still contain some water and is not suitable for BBQ.
Image Credit: Traworld (Charcoal woods with beautiful wood grains)

Boat Tour (3:30pm - 6pm)

Image Credit: Boat Tour Jetty
For this boat tour, guides are available in Malay, English and Mandarin. Not long after our boat departed, we were taken to the shell beach. What came as a surprise was; the lump of sand that we saw turned out to be seashells!😂
Image Credit: Traworld (From a distance, it looks like a lump of sand...)
Image Credit: Traworld (... turns out not even a single speck of sand can be found)
So how did this mysterious phenomenon come about? From what we understood, the shellfish farmers here would throw the shells into the river after getting the flesh of the cockles (cockles breeding is one of the main economic activities here). Then, the river currents carry the shells here, and over time they pile up and there you have it! Shell Beach!
Image Credit: Traworld (Eagles here are fed with chicken skin and fats)
On our way to the fish farm, we watched the🦅 eagles being fed (eagles here are more than those that we saw in Langkawi😂). According to our tour guide, if we are lucky enough, we will get to witness the pink dolphin called "Lucky Dolphin".
Image Credit: Traworld (Visitors can feed the fish!)

Boat Tour (3:30pm - 6pm)

Image Credit: Boat Tour Jetty
For this boat tour, guides are available in Malay, English and Mandarin. Not long after our boat departed, we were taken to the shell beach. What came as a surprise was; the lump of sand that we saw turned out to be seashells!😂
Image Credit: Traworld (From a distance, it looks like a lump of sand...)
Image Credit: Traworld (... turns out not even a single speck of sand can be found)
So how did this mysterious phenomenon come about? From what we understood, the shellfish farmers here would throw the shells into the river after getting the flesh of the cockles (cockles breeding is one of the main economic activities here). Then, the river currents carry the shells here, and over time they pile up and there you have it! Shell Beach!
Image Credit: Traworld (Eagles here are fed with chicken skin and fats)
On our way to the fish farm, we watched the🦅 eagles being fed (eagles here are more than those that we saw in Langkawi😂). According to our tour guide, if we are lucky enough, we will get to witness the pink dolphin called "Lucky Dolphin".
Image Credit: Traworld (Visitors can feed the fish!)

Image Credit: Traworld (BEWARE! The pufferfish's skin is poisonous & wash your hands with soap after touching it!)
After that, we continued our tour to a Malay fishing village. Shrimp fishing is the main activity here. We were able to see how the shrimps were sorted according to grades before being sold. In addition, we were also able to witness the fishermen fishing using the traditional method (with detailed explanations by our tour guide of course).
Image Credit: Traworld (Fishermen sorting out the shrimps that they caught)
Image Credit: Traworld (The long poles that are used to catch shrimps)

Image Credit: Traworld (BEWARE! The pufferfish's skin is poisonous & wash your hands with soap after touching it!)
After that, we continued our tour to a Malay fishing village. Shrimp fishing is the main activity here. We were able to see how the shrimps were sorted according to grades before being sold. In addition, we were also able to witness the fishermen fishing using the traditional method (with detailed explanations by our tour guide of course).
Image Credit: Traworld (Fishermen sorting out the shrimps that they caught)
Image Credit: Traworld (The long poles that are used to catch shrimps)

D'port @ Kuala Sepetang (6pm-8pm)

Image Credit: Traworld (There is a variety of dishes and fresh seafood here)
After a whole day of being here and there, we decided to fill our stomachs at D'port @ Kuala Sepetang. It took quite long for our food to be served, so we suggest that you guys come early (the wait is usually more than 1 hour during the weekends😱) for the fear of missing the firefly tour later.
Image Credit: Traworld (The cook preparing our sambal grilled fish?)
We ordered a sambal grilled fish, salted egg crab, fried squid, tom yam shrimp and salted fish kailan. Hungry + long waiting time = we gobbled up everything at lightning ⚡speed!

D'port @ Kuala Sepetang (6pm-8pm)

Image Credit: Traworld (There is a variety of dishes and fresh seafood here)
After a whole day of being here and there, we decided to fill our stomachs at D'port @ Kuala Sepetang. It took quite long for our food to be served, so we suggest that you guys come early (the wait is usually more than 1 hour during the weekends😱) for the fear of missing the firefly tour later.
Image Credit: Traworld (The cook preparing our sambal grilled fish?)
We ordered a sambal grilled fish, salted egg crab, fried squid, tom yam shrimp and salted fish kailan. Hungry + long waiting time = we gobbled up everything at lightning ⚡speed!

Firefly Tour (8pm)

Image Credit: Traworld (Waiting to depart for our firefly tour!)
Luckily we managed to get to the jetty on time despite being in a hurry! At first, we took out our smartphones, hoping to take a picture or two but, to our disappointment, all we got were a few specks of white dots. The simply magical experience were not caught on camera...
Image Credit: Traworld (What our camera saw...)
It seems like the beauty of nature can only be captured at its finest with our own eyes! So do come here and see for yourself! According to our tour guide, the fireflies here will only inhabit certain species of mangrove trees (Wow! That's an interesting fact!). After watching the fireflies, we returned to our homestay. On the next day, we checked out right at 12pm and returned to KL.

Firefly Tour (8pm)

Image Credit: Traworld (Waiting to depart for our firefly tour!)
Luckily we managed to get to the jetty on time despite being in a hurry! At first, we took out our smartphones, hoping to take a picture or two but, to our disappointment, all we got were a few specks of white dots. The simply magical experience were not caught on camera...
Image Credit: Traworld (What our camera saw...)
It seems like the beauty of nature can only be captured at its finest with our own eyes! So do come here and see for yourself! According to our tour guide, the fireflies here will only inhabit certain species of mangrove trees (Wow! That's an interesting fact!). After watching the fireflies, we returned to our homestay. On the next day, we checked out right at 12pm and returned to KL.

Overall, we have learned a lot of things, from the importance of mangrove trees to how charcoals are made and how shrimps are caught! This is a pretty relaxing tour since there weren't much walking involved. Plus, the restaurants and attractions are all just a few minutes walk away, making Kuala Sepetang an eco-tourism destination that is suitable to be visited together with your elderly 👴👵parents and 👧👦children. Don't forget to check-out the our amazing package now!! 👇👇👇

Overall, we have learned a lot of things, from the importance of mangrove trees to how charcoals are made and how shrimps are caught! This is a pretty relaxing tour since there weren't much walking involved. Plus, the restaurants and attractions are all just a few minutes walk away, making Kuala Sepetang an eco-tourism destination that is suitable to be visited together with your elderly 👴👵parents and 👧👦children. Don't forget to check-out the our amazing package now!! 👇👇👇

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