You’ll be picked up from your Kuala Lumpur hotel in the afternoon for a tranquil escape from the busy city. Your knowledgeable guide will take you 1 hour northeast to Kuala Selangor, the former royal capital of the state of Selangor and home to Kampung Kuantan, a quiet village housing one of the world’s largest firefly colonies.
When you arrive, head to Kota Melawati (formerly known as Fort Altingsburg) located on Bukit Melawati, a hill at the mouth of the Selangor River. Explore the ruins of this old fort and see cannons and other artifacts from the early 1900s that overlook the expansive wetlands at the base of the hill.
Here, you’ll also see the Royal Mausoleum -- a royal burial ground containing the graves of the first three Sultans of Selangor -- as well as the legendary 100 staircase, which was created as a means to climb up Selangor Hill but is also a fabled execution block.
Head to Kuala Selangor Nature Park at the foot of Bukit Melawati, where your guide will help point out migratory birds. If you’re lucky, you may spot silvered-leaf monkeys and rare species of bird and butterflies native to this region.
At dusk, proceed to a nearby fishing village for a seafood dinner. You’ll dine on the fresh catch of the day, giving you a taste of authentic Malaysian flavors.
After dinner, take a short drive to Kampung Kuantan to board a typical Malaysian wooden row boat. Relax and enjoy the lush scenery as your skilled oarsmen row upstream through mangroves. As you enter the darkness of the night, you’ll witness one of nature’s most incredible phenomena – tiny twinkling lights of thousands of fireflies swarming among the trees. This is truly a magical sight!
Your boat ride will last between 30-45 minutes, and you’ll be driven back to your hotel afterward with an amazing story to tell.
Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-up and drop-off service operates only for hotels within the Kuala Lumpur central city limits. If you are staying in the area of KL Sentral, Ampang, Petaling Jaya, Subang, Sunway, Seri Kembangan, Sepang, Putrajaya, etc, pickup service available with surcharge.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Firstly, we had an excellent driver who was really friendly and knowledgeable about many things. We really enjoyed travelling with him. All parts of the trip were fabulous from walking along the mango swamps to seeing the fireflies. The boatman placed a firefly in my wife's hand and she was delighted. We really could not recommend this trip more, or this driver, or this company. From the pick up to the drop off, it was fabulous.
BK our guide picked us up on time from the hotel in a small air conditioned van and kept us entertained and informed with facts and knowledge about KL, Malaysia and surrounding countries.
First stop was an Indian temple which was very impressive craftmanship, then to the monkeys on the hill which was the best part, they were so numerous, docile, friendly and climbing up on our heads. There was also a nice view from the hill.
After that we went for the tasty seafood dinner by a river and then continued on to the fireflies. We had to queue about 40 minutes for the sun to set and get on the boat as expected but we saw many twinkling xmas tree like bushes which was a great experience.
The whole day was nice, but it was made fantastic by the tour guide BK, highly recommend him!
looooooved this. really calm and lovely. the fireflies were beautiful.
Great tour, lovey driver and lovely experience. Really enjoyed this trip and the river was so calming and quiet. Little shop for gifts as well. Highly recommend this tour!
This tour was also great. The guide was friendly and very accommodating.
The only think I would change is the bush walk due to the amount of mosquitoes.
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The seafood dinner was very delicious and we were lucky enough to see the fireflies up close. All in all an enjoyable evening.
The driver was on time to collect us at the hotel. The drive from KL to the Fireflies is very long at least one hour, it was a bit boring as we were on the motorway. The dinner was interesting. The Fireflies were beautiful.
The fireflies boat tour only went for about twenty minutes would have been good if it was longer. Dinner was poor, certainly not a buffet more like four dishes put on the table which you could select from. Compared to the large menu items at the restaurant youre given whats clearly the cheapest options designed to feed the most for the least dollars. For the price paid for the tour was definitely expecting more for dinner
The dinner was meh. Our guide who we had before was a bit rude and wanted to up sell the group on everything. I've been to Asia several times now and I get this is part of the business that tours and shops run together, but this guy put SO much pressure on us to purchase other stuff that it ruined the experience. The fireflies and boat was pretty, but I wish we had just taken an uber.
Dirty river unispiring guide and a few fireflies.... horrible lunch....
Escape busy Kuala Lumpur for a night and get closer to Malaysia’s nature with a visit to Kuala Selangor. Learn about this city’s interesting history on a tour of a royal burial ground and an ancient fort, and enjoy a seafood dinner in a local fishing village. Your highlight will surely be your evening boat ride through mangrove forests; as night falls, you’ll encounter thousands of twinkling fireflies!