Charm of Kuala Selangor

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A trip to Kuala Selangor should not be dictated purely by the obvious tourist attractions; rather, one should savour the hidden experiences. The district - the second largest in Selangor state - is home to several must-sees, including the famed fireflies of kampung Kuantan. But, equally exhilarating adventures await in the form of canoeing, catching eels or observing silvered leaf-monkeys.
Sungai Sireh Homestay is a warm and amiable village folk that have been hosting foreign visitors in its 25 homestay since 1995. Repeat visitors include a group of Koreans who simply cannot get enough of experiences such as river canoeing, jungle trekking, catching and cooking eels and learning about padi and fruit farming. Enjoying Nasi Ambeng is a unique form of socialising whereby as many as eight people eat from one tray - a practice owing to the predominantly Javanese villagers of Sungai Sireh.
A sanctuary of a different kind exists in the Kuala Selangor Nature Park. Managed by the Malaysian Nature Society, the park is home to small mammals, smooth otters, leopard cats, macaques, migratory birds and reptiles.
Glimpses of a degenerating mangrove forest can be viewed in the park where priority is placed on conservation. Bird-watchers and nature enthusiasts form the bulk of visitors. Park officers will draw your attention to the Brackish Lake System where salt water from the Straits of Malacca mixes with fresh water to create a safe nesting haven for birds. Birds that can be spotted at the park include the Barred-Eagle Owl and Black Baza.
The Kuala Selangor Nature Park is also the only place in Malaysia where the silvered leaf-monkey is found. Opportunity to feed these approachable creatures, many clutching orange infants, exist atop Malawati Hill near the park.
The hill which is of historical significance, affords a marvellous view of the Straits of Malacca. Sultan Ibrahim wrested Malawati Hill back from the Dutch in 1785 in one bloody night.
As you enter the Kampung Kuantan, you will encounter a large sighting of fireflies. It is the largest colony of fireflies in the world.