Kg. Kuantan Fireflies

I have been wanting to see fireflies (or kelip-kelip in Malay which means twinkling lights) in action since I was a kid. I only realised the dream recently during a two days trip to Kuala Selangor with my family.

At first we decided to stay at Firefly Park Resort and take the fireflies tour offered by the resort but we were told that we could only check-in at 2pm. We were there around 12.30pm and decided not to wait. We drove around the town looking for another hotel and then I remembered that there’s De Palma Hotel in Kuala Selangor. We followed signboards (there’s one misleading sign few meters away from the hotel, though, that says turn left instead of going straight and turn right) and checked-in the hotel. There were rooms available and so we do not even have to wait until 2.00pm. I like the environment and the rooms are all in the form of chalets.

And orange in color. I love.

De Palma

Watercolor on Moleskine watercolor book

After having late lunch/early dinner at Pantai Jeram, we headed for a cruise at Kampung Kuantan Fireflies Park. This park is managed by Majlis Daerah Kuala Selangor with the sponsorship of Tenaga nasional. Tenaga nasional has thus far been a major monetary contributor to preserve the fireflies colony in Kampung Kuantan. But that goes beyond monetary value as the effort has also proved to provide a sustainable livelihood to boatmen whose income are derived from tourism activities.

yassin at the entrance

yassin at the entrance

The park opens from 7.30pm until 10.30pm and after we purchased our tickets of RM40 for one boat, we headed to the jetty. The queue was quite long as there were many groups of tourist.


long queue

We finally boarded a wooden dinghy boat operated by a friendly boatman. The usage of the small boats will also avoid sound and smoke pollution that can disrupt the firefly’s habitat. The boatman explained to us that the most of the species found here is the Pteroptyx tener type. He told us the difference between kunang-kunang (Photuris) and kelip-kelip (Pteroptyx). According to him, there are hundreds of kelip-kelip in a group to compare with kunang-kunang that only have about 5 or little more in a group. And furthermore, kelip-kelip emits rythmic light unlike kunang-kunang which emits spontaneous light.

When he paddled, we saw kelip-kelip litting up Berembang trees along the river!! The view was magnificent and if I were a litle dragonfly lost in this area, I would definitely find my way home.


Very hard to take pictures in the dark. These are the best we could.

The boatman also told us that the best time to see fireflies is when there isn’t any moon. The darkness will let us really see them. He then took us near the trees and let us see kelip-kelip up-close and personal. We had some on our palms and then let them flew back to their group. Catching kelip-kelip  is prohibited and would cost you RM1000 fine.

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Zoo Negara

Finally! After more than 20 years, I revisited Zoo Negara (National Zoo) today for the 3rd time. The first visit was when I was 10 and second time was when I was 19. The trip to the zoo is actually less than half an hour from my home but I do not know why it took me so long to revisit the place. Went only with my son as husband got to go to work. We had fun calling out to the animals while waving at them. It was like meeting long lost friends, really 😀

Here are some pictures from the zoo (click to enlarge):
zoo negara main entrance zoo direction zoo_aquarium

zoo_seal zoo_gianttort zoo_elly

zoo_giraffe zoo_hippo zoo_sunbear

zoo_tiger zoo_peace

A bit info about Zoo Negara
Zoo Negara Malaysia is managed by the Malaysian Zoological Society,  a non-governmental organization established to create the first local zoo for Malaysians. Zoo Negara is now 46 years old and has matured into a well-known zoo all around the world. Zoo Negara has a total of over 5137 animals from 459 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Zoo Negara covers 110 acres of land which is situated only 5km from the city of Kuala Lumpur. Over the years, the zoo has transformed itself to an open concept zoo with over 90% of its animals kept in spacious exhibits with landscape befitting its nature.

Exhibits include Reptile Park, Monkey/Lesser Apes, Malaysian Elephants, Lake Birds, Bird Aviary, Nocturnal Exhibits, Wallaby/Kangaroo, Humbolt Penguin*, Children’s World, Bear Complex, Savannah Walk, Nile Hippopotamus, Mammal Kingdom, Freshwater Aquaria, Cat Walk and Ape Center.
*Humbolt is currently out of sight as its house is under renovation to accommodate his friends.

Opening hour
9.00am to 5.00pm daily.

Adult – RM20
Children – RM6
Senior citizen (above 60) – RM6.00

Adult – RM30
Children – RM15

Multi-Animal Show
(Sea Lion / Macaques / Macaws)
Daily: 11.00 am & 3.00 pm / 3.30 pm (Friday)

Zoo Negara, Hulu Kelang
68000 Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +603-41083422/7/8

Amenities includes resting huts/shelters and benches, restrooms, refreshment kiosks, souvenir shop, restaurant, photo corners, ample parking space and prayer room.

Related links
Zoo Negara website
Zoo Exhibits Map
Package Rates

Zoo Negara map

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