Off The Beaten Path: Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia

Near Ipoh, Perak

Kuala Sepetang is about an hour from Ipoh, and very close to another charming town, Taiping.

Kuala Sepetang is well known for several things. Firstly, it is the place to go to to see mangroves. There is a well-kept mangrove area, the Matang Mangrove Forest. The government has built a boardwalk within the area. Thus, it is easy to walk about the area. There are several signages explaining the different varieties of mangroves. Even if you are not interested in flora, it is still a good place to stop as you can breathe in the fresh air and take a walk after a long trip in the car.

Besides mangroves, you will be able to see how charcoal is made at the charcoal factory which is just located opposite the mangrove forest. The factory is still in production. However, the owner is a very friendly man who is quite willing to answer an questions you may have, provided you ask politely and that he is around.

The factory is an interesting place to visit. The place is hot and the air is smoky due to the burning of the charcoal. In fact, part of the process involves putting the unfinished product into an igloo-like oven. It is really huge and a sight that it not easily forgotten.

Charcoal Making Factory & the Mangrove Forest

Delicious Seafood!

Besides the 2 interesting stops, Kuala Sepetang is also a great place for seafood. This is because there are fishing villages nearby. Hence, whatever seafood that you order is guaranteed fresh. And the prices are definitely suitable for all budgets including for the backpacker! My favourite restaurant there is Restoran Tepi Sungai, which literally means Riverbank Restaurant in English.

For those who would prefer halal food, there are many stalls at the roadside selling Mee Banjir Udang (which means Prawn Flood Noodles, literally) . I have not tried it personally so I can't recommend it. Nevertheless, as I pass by the stalls, it is clear which stall is the most popular one as nearby the roads, would be double parked with cars from all over Malaysia. With the huge number of customers, it is obvious that if I were to someday try this unique noodle, I would choose the shop with the most cars!

Another off the beaten path experience can be found at Pulau Ketam.

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rasfan 6 years ago

i just came back from Kuala Sepetang.. nice place there.. here some of my photo at my website http://www.mohdrasfan.com/?p=1529


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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore Author

wow! Nice pictures Rasfan!


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Mr Nice 6 years ago from North America

Hi lilian_sg,

I love Nasi lamak, Nasi goreng and some other Malaysian dishes too. This summer I will be visiting Hong Kong and Thailand. I wanted to see Singapore also therefore; I have plans to visit Singapore too. May be you can give me some info.


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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Hi Mr Nice,

Sorry for late response. You can look at my hubs or my Suite101 page. If there are any questions, just ask. I'll try to answer.


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KenWu 5 years ago from Malaysia

Heard of this place before but have yet to visit it. This sparks me up for a visit next coming holiday.


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lilian_sg 5 years ago from Singapore Author

Hi Ken,

I would say that if you are nearby or passing by, why not just make a stop for dinner? =)


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KenWu 5 years ago from Malaysia

Not quite nearby but will plan to go there. Remaining in city drives you crazy, so must go visit some bit rural places. :)


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Ingenira 4 years ago

Sounded like a good place for weekend getaway. Thanks for sharing !


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lilian_sg 4 years ago from Singapore Author

Yes, it is indeed a good place for a short getaway especially if you love seafood!


Thes 4 years ago

You've missed quite many good food. The next time you go to Kuala Sepetang in the afternoon, eat the curry mee, assam laksa and red beans ice blended at the 'railway station'. The first railway station in Malaysia was built here, fka Port Weld. Unfortunately, you can no longer see the railway track now. At the same place, remember to pack some handmade buns (??). If you still can't find the place, ask the locals to direct you to the soya bean milk stall, it's the only one here. The noodles stall is just a stone's throw away from the soya bean milk stall, you can see it.

There's a Malay coffee shop called 'Ah Sang' sells very nice mee rebus.

If you want to buy souvenir, get the dried shrimps. I bet you can't find the same good quality ones elsewhere. They're made of fresh prawns. You need to ask the locals because they man the business from home. If you're lucky enough, you can buy fresh fish. They're very inexpensive.


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lilian_sg 4 years ago from Singapore Author

Wow! Thanks for the additional tips =) You must have visited Kuala Sepetang many times...


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WalterPoon 3 years ago from Malaysia

Hi, the ID lilian_sg sounds so Singaporean. Anyway, I am also Malaysian. The words "mangrove" conjures in me thoughts of mosquitoes, LOL, but you make it sound so exciting. Maybe I should take a look at why Kuala Sepetang's mangrove swamps are so unique when I go for its seafood, hahaha.


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lilian_sg 3 years ago from Singapore Author

Haha......I wanted another ID initially but it was taken and as I am based mostly in Singapore I just added the sg =D Anyway, during the time when I was there, there wasn't much mosquitoes surprisingly! Do take a look if you are nearby.


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WalterPoon 3 years ago from Malaysia

The idea of mangrove swamps doesn't quite fascinate me. In 1989, I went to Taman Negara, armed with mosquito coils and Tabard Insect Repellent, only to be pleasantly surprised that there was not a single mosquito there! Like a mountain tortoise.... ooophhhhhssss, shouldn't it be something else, I thought that Taman Negara must be a jungle with thick undergrowth, only to find that there was hardly any undergrowth because the sunlight could hardly penetrate the tree canopies.


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lilian_sg 3 years ago from Singapore Author

Oh..that's interesting. I've never been to Taman Negara before. I've been to the Kinabalu National Park though. It was a simple walk thanks to the boardwalk. I chose to do that instead as it is not my style to trek up Mount Kinabalu ;)


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WalterPoon 3 years ago from Malaysia

Taman Negara, with all its fog at 6.00 am in the morning, offered me a glimpse of what paradise is like, LOL. I haven't been back since and I wonder whether it's still the same.

Langkawi... it was so beautiful and peaceful in 1978 but when I went back sometime in the late 1990s, it was just like any other place. So much to say about Langkawi in 1978 but better not say it here. This hub is about Kuala Sepetang... luckily, I still remember, LOL.


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lilian_sg 3 years ago from Singapore Author

Haha...thanks for refraining! Appreciate your comments =)

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