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March 29, 2012 |
For those seeking hours of serenity away from the hustle and bustle of Peninsular Malaysia’s more popular west coast resorts, Morib is just the beach. Situated at the southern end of Selangor, approximately 1 1/2 hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, it is the perfect place for those in search of solitude and relaxation.
Surrounded by whispering casuarinas and swaying palms, you can comb the beaches of Morib at ebb tide, searching for seashells or watch small crabs scuttle away and disappear into the sand. You can even spread out a mat and settle down to a picnic lunch beside a shady Casuarina grove.
Lovers of history will also discover that Morib contains a wealth of historical sites. There are the ruins of old government buildings and the royal graves at Jugra, including an abandoned palace from the 1800’s. Allied Forces also landed on this stretch of beach in September 1945, marking the end of the Japanese Army’s occupation of Malaya. Those wishing to linger awhile in Morib, can stay at Hotel Sri Morib.
Further south of Morib lies Bagan Lalang, a quiet stretch of beach off the beaten track. Accommodation is available at Seri Malaysia Bagan Lalang, which offers guests facilities for boating and fishing.
North of Pulau Carey is the island of Pulau Ketam (Crab Island), with its picturesque coastal fishing villages built on stilts. It is blessed with bountiful fishing grounds and is popular among the locals for its superb seafood restaurants. Pulau Ketam is a great place to savour a variety of seafood specialties, in particular – curried crab. Home stays in a ‘kelong house’, two or three kilometres off shore from the island, are also available.
Pulau Indah (Beautiful Island), where visitors can experience life in a traditional Malay kampung. For a glimpse at the unhurried life of kampung folk, the rustic charm of their homes and the lush green surroundings of this beautiful island, Pulau Indah is a visit well worth taking. Pulau Indah is also the location of Klang’s new West Port and cruise terminal. Despite the lack of accommodation, visitors will find their day well spent here.