Phuket – Part 2 (Chasing the Sunset)

Right after our short nap and solat, we immediately packed our dry pack since we gonna chase the sunset late in the afternoon. Again, we gonna travel all the way up to the view point with our tiny little motorbike that we’ve rented. To be fully recharged since we’ve skipped our lunch earlier, we stopped over at the Jungceylon Shopping Mall which is situated in the Patong Beach. To be exact, on the corner of Bangla Road and Patong Soi 2 which is the busiest spot on Patong Beach. We just realized that ‘Jungceylon’ used to be a name of Phuket way back in 1511 during the prosperous year of the port town. That’s the reason why the design and concept of the Jungceylon Mall resemble the scenario of port with a replica of big traditional ship.

FF making his way on the orange carpet.
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The main reason we’re here is to fill up our stomach. Makan time! Right after browsing through the shopping mall, we finally headed directly to the lower ground food court where there’s one halal stall which is Islamtai Bangja. Check out the selection! Everything looks tempting to us. It takes us quite sometimes to decide on the menu that we wanted to order. Nafsu, nafsu.

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Right after that, we stopped over at the famous Hard Rock Cafe Phuket to get a shot glass for my mum which is just a minutes away from Jungceylon Mall. She’s an avid collector of HRC and Planet Hollywood glass.

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Done with Patong Beach! We rode our motorbike and go further up to Karon Beach. With such a hilly road compared to the road towards Surin Village which is found to be much safer, it really challenged FF riding skills. The roads are narrow with a 45 degrees gradient which served us a magnificent sea view from top. Once we reached Kamala Beach, FF decided to get wet and swim by the beach while I stayed.

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As i don’t have anything else to do and FF is happily swimming there, I strolled down by the beach on my own.

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As mentioned earlier, our main plan this afternoon is to chase for sunset. So, we shall proceed to the Karon View Point or formerly known as Kata View Point. It took us about 15 – 20 minutes passing by Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach. We basically love to see all those unique, private bungalows and high-end hotels along the way. Seriously, its way different in Patong Beach which is full of entertainment with small budget and boutique hotels around. We’ve made a mistake by riding directly to Kata Noi Beach as we missed the junction up to the view point. The junction is exactly in between Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach.

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The road up is slightly dangerous for a small motorbike like us since buses, vans, cars and superbike were driving and riding fast in a steep hilly area. The same roads were used to go further up to the Promthep Cape as well. Promthep Cape is one of the islands most notable natural landmarks with high cliffs an uninterrupted views. The best parts of riding a motorbike is that we could just stop whichever we want. Before reaching, we could see that the road going up offers a spectacular views of the beaches on the Southern part of Phuket island.

Karon Viewpoint (which used to be Kata viewpoint) is one of the most frequented viewpoints in Phuket. From here, it is possible to take in views of Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon beaches. Located between Nai Harn and Kata Noi beaches, the viewpoint is busy most days of the year and is a staple of many tour itineraries. Called locally ‘Khao Saam Haad’ (Three Beaches Hill), the local municipality for some reason has officially renamed it ‘Karon Viewpoint’.

Source: Phuket.com

There’s an ample parking space and large gazebo at the view point too. No worries. We rest a bit longer here experiencing and appreciating the view and the fresh air.

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As we’re still early and there’s no sign of sunset, we decided to go down and spent our time at the Kata Beach. The first thing attracted us is definitely the Surf House (a place where you can ride the waves every day no matter what the weather conditions. In other words, artificial waves), surf school and beach boys carrying the surf boards. It is believe that because of the waves here, it becomes popular among surfers and it hosts a surf competition every year. Again, you can see less crowd here compared to Patong Beach.

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After a long waits, finally here come the sunset.
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There goes our 2 days of short trip to Phuket. If you’re happened to be in Southern Thailand, do visit this island which used to be one of the most famous or major trading routes in between China and India  as stated in the historical calendar plus Thailand’s wealthiest province. There’s more to explore in Phuket especially the beaches on the west coast, nearby island such as the famous Koh Phi Phi, Similan Island, Koh PanYee and others. Unfortunately, time doesn’t permitted us to do so as we’re going to travel all the way to Koh Samui and Surat Thani in this journey.

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

A Short Trip To Kuala Selangor

Assalammualaikum and Hi there!

2nd June 2012, the Agong’s birthday. It’s one of the 10 days of public holiday gazetted in the company I’m currently working. Lucky me! Another 24 hours quality time with FF. Hubby’s are working in the government sector so he could actually make used the 2 days over the weekend meanwhile i had to work 6 days a week. Oh ya, don’t ask me why i was only given 10 days of public holiday throughout the year. Do some reading and please read the Malaysia Labour Law then. Pity me!

FF came up with an idea for a short trip to Kuala Selangor. We haven’t been there together. I was there somewhere in 2006 or 2007. I couldn’t remember. Since we stayed up late the night before, we only managed to leave house just about lunch time. We opt for a quick-lunch somewhere nearby our home before we start our journey and it seems the best decision that we’ve made at that point of time. We drove all the way to Kuala Selangor using the new Latar Highway and we caught in a bad traffic just after the Kuala Selangor / Ijok exit. Oh ya, school holiday, weddings invitation here and there and Agong’s Birthday. Just the right time. We thought we are smart heading there on Agong’s Birthday but we guess everyone else had the same BRILLIANT idea as well.

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It took us almost 1 hour plus to release us from the traffic all the way from the Kuala Selangor Latar Highway exit to the town itself. Phew! Stopped for half an hour at Masjid Jami’ Sultan Ibrahim to perform our prayer there since we reached there around 2.30pm. Dah macam pesta kat situ. Ramai betul orang.

All set and we then headed to Bukit Malawati. Bukit Malawati is actually a hill overlooking Kuala Selangor and the Strait of Malacca. You need to pay RM5.00 (for adult) and RM2.00 (for kids) which covered Bukit Malawati and Taman Ikan Air Tawar. Tram are provided and its only operated on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday. So plan your trip!

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Omg! We just realized how shiny our skin are (compared to the lady next to us)! Baru lepas berjemur kat Cambodia, berjemur kat sini plak.
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This is basically the history of Bukit Malawati taken from asiarediscovery.com –

“Bukit Malawati was once the epicenter of many struggles. Steep in history, the story began in 18th century after Sultan Ibrahim built a mighty fortress on the hill to safeguard the state from Dutch. Soon after, the hill witnessed battles with Dutch. After Dutch conquered Bukit Malawati, the fort was reinforced with Dutch’s cannons and it was renamed to Fort Altingsburg. However, a year later the fort was recaptured and returned to the sultanate during a night raid.”

You can actually see a lots of silver leafed monkeys species on top of the Bukit Malawati who will greet you once you got off from the tram. They roam freely here and you can actually see the mother’s holding her golden babies attached to the body. Besides, there’s also ancient canons and forts, museum, light house, Baitulhilal and others.

The signature of Bukit Malawati, the light house.

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Ancient canons
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Baitulhilal Bukit Malawati Kuala Selangor. This is definitely the place to sight the new moon to determine the beginning of Ramadhan and Syawal. Oh yaaa, Selamat Berpuasa to all!
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The museum on top of Bukit Malawati
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We spent almost an hour here reading and browsing through the Selangor and Kuala Selangor history in details. If we haven’t been here, we definitely didn’t know the how Selangor got his name, the types of cannon found here and others. Just to quench your thirst, you probably could try the local cendol there. Just nice. Hot steaming weather and a cup of cendol while waiting for the next trip of tram, awesome!

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Makam Diraja Kota Malawati
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Making our way down. Such a skillful drivers where he had to make a big u-turn in a small junction.
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Since our tickets covered Taman Alam, the tram stopped over at Taman Alam but none of the visitors get off from the tram since it’s almost 4pm plus and its almost 50 peoples queuing to get into the tram. So, we decided to drop off just in front the entrance to complete the whole visit there.

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The normal view of the old town of Kuala Selangor. We decided to make a big round at the old town before we proceeded back to Pantai Jeram. Our initial plan is to go to Pasar Pasir Penambang where you can actually get a supply of fresh seafood and dry seafood. Pasir Penambang is a Chinese fishing village just after crossing the Kuala Selangor bridge. There are even Seafood Restaurant but we opt for the one in Pantai Jeram as reviewed by most bloggers.
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As mentioned by bloggers, it’s quite difficult to get a place during a public holiday at the Seafood Restaurant in Pantai Jeram. We google around and made a quick phone call for a booking and confirmation. Lucky us! The most reviewed seafood restaurant are Restoran Aroma Ikan Bakar and Restoran Ikan Bakar Pantai Jeram. We just made a random choice by choosing Restoran Ikan Bakar Pantai Jeram this time around. The girl at the counter even gave us a quick direction on how to get there.

Making our way there.
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We went straight to the seafood counter! Seafood fiesta!
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Our booking number. Just imagined, we came as early as 5pm and our lucky number are number “5”. Bertabahlah hoping that it won’t take them long enough to prepare all the foods. If you get here early, you don’t have to worry if you need to perform your prayer. Clean and comfortable surau are provided by the restaurant.
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The view just in front of the restaurant.
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We only waited for 20 minutes to get all of our food. We ordered ketam cili, lala masak pedas, sotong goreng tepung and ikan stim ala Thai.
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Our rating is 3.5 out of 5. We found that the way that they cook doesn’t impressed us much but the freshness of the seafood itself save the whole things. But we managed to swallow everything and again, it’s just two of us at the crime scene. Melantak namanya ni. Just in a split second, the restaurant is full of people’s. Most of them had their family and friends reunion and gathering here where they came in a very big group.

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While waiting for FF to finish his food, i went down to the beach to capture the sunset in Pantai Jeram. Oh ya, the bill came and we ended up paying RM62 which we find very cheap for that 4 kind of dishes.
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We wrapped up the whole journey somewhere at 8pm and headed back home. Since we came from Latar Highway, we decided to go back by using local road heading to Klang. There’s goes our day! A one day trip to Kuala Selangor. Insya Allah, we definitely gonna return here for another visit to Pasir Penambang, Kg Kuantan Fireflies and others. Or its best to stay overnight at the local homestay kan?

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma