A Trip to Pulau Ketam (Crab Island),Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

My first trip to Pulau Ketam (Crab Island), Klang, Selangor, Malaysia.

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I had never visited this place before however, I know Pulau Ketam is located on an island near Port Klang, Selangor Malaysia. It is an offshore island and people have to take a ferry from Port Klang to Pulau Ketam. You have to go to Port Klang – South Port to take the ferry to Pulau Ketam.

South Port

Port Klang was known as Port Sweetenham and was renamed as Port Klang. Port Klang also has a KTM Komuter station where people can take a train from KTM train station or KL Sentral to Port Klang.

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You can buy the ferry ticket from the ferry terminal or buy the ticket on the ferry. Currently, each ticket costs around RM7 for a 45-minute ferry ride. If you are lucky enough, you may be able to spot dolphins during the ferry ride.

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Here’s the available timings for the ferry rides from Port Klang to Pulau Ketam and vice versa.
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Selamat Datang ke Pulau Ketam! Welcome to Crab Island! There are two villages on Pulau Ketam; Kampung Pulau Ketam and Kampung Sungai Lima.

I stayed the biggest hotel in Pulau Ketam – Hotel Sea Lion in Pulau Ketam within Kampung Pulau Ketam! It is located very near to Pulau Ketam Jetty. The owner of this hotel – Mr Andy Cha, is the village head of Pulau Ketam. He’s very friendly person and I enjoyed my stay in this hotel.

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You can visit its website at http://www.sealion.com.my/index-sealion.html for its different packages and room types. 1 of the packages do allow people to have private karaoke party too!

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Stayed in a room facing the jetty and the sea view. When there is low tide, you will love the sight of crabs moving about. It is not just one or a few, it is more than hundreds of crabs! Thus this place is named after crabs. This is only a small section of the area being taken by my digital camera.

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Touring around the island is a must. People either walk, cycle with bicycles, take a boat ride or ride motorised bike within the island. No sight of cars and traffic lights at all! It is best to wear a comfortable pair of flat shoes to move about on wooden planks or concentrate ground. You can rent a bicycle at RM5 per day.

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You will see a lot of salted fish and dried prawns on this island too. It is a good place to purchase a lot of dried sea products on Pulau Ketam at an affordable price.

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Seafood meal is a must in Pulau Ketam, especially Ketam (Crab). Fresh from the sea.

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Best to have a steamboat dinner there.

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It is also good to explore part of Pulau Ketam with a boat ride to see the different village settlements (Chua Chu Kang, Hokkien village, Teochew village, Hainan village) and the

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Temple in Pulau Ketam, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

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Enjoyed my stay in Pulau Ketam. It is quite different from the bustling cities of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia and Singapore. A form of quiet, kampong life on an island. No traffic lights. Happy people with not much worries. It was good to experience such simple life and learnt a lot. People must be contented with what they have in life.

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Hope to come back to Pulau Ketam again! Will update part of this post with Chinese Characters!

My railway track walking adventures part VIII

Sorry for the lacking of updates as I was busy with my project and studies then.

Level Crossing at Sungei Kadut Road!

Welcome back to my railway track walking adventures part VIII (8). This part of the journey will be from 4th level crossing located near Sungei Kadut level crossing to Kranji area.

 reached 4th level crossing at Sungei Kadut Road after a long walk from Ten Mile Junction to Stagmont Ring Road to here along the canal area. It was not an easy walk though.

One of the most dangerous roads I even crossed in my life here. As this place is an industrial area.

Part of the remains of the level crossing dumped at the side of the railway track.

Signalling office for KTM staff.

An area of serenity after crossing the road.

Oh, the hut was the staff’s office area to rest.

Message from KTM train staff who stationed at Sungei Kadut road crossing on the door written in Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language).

Abandoned buildings near the KTM railway tracks…

Beautiful view … Walking along the way.

Approaching next (the 5th) level crossing real soon….

1842 – Structure of the concrete tunnel.

761.5KM away from Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia.

5th level crossing- demolishing. What a pity.

5th level Crossing area at Kranji Road = marks the end of the KTM from Tanjong Pagar to Kranji adventures

As I had no time to explore further up to Kampong Fatimah (old swampy kampong area) before reaching the new Woodlands Train Checkpoint. My walking adventures from Tanjong Pagar to Kranji area ended here as the pathway had to be closed for the removal of tracks.

Summary of my walking adventures (chorus from Nickelback’s photograph):

Every memory of looking out the back door,
I had the photo album spread out on my bedroom floor.
It’s hard to say it, time to say it,
Goodbye, goodbye.
Every memory of walking out the front door,
I found the photo of the friend (the place) that I was looking for.
It’s hard to say it, time to say it,
Goodbye, goodbye.

Shall stop my part VIII(8) of my KTM railway track walking adventures here. 

However, this won’t be the end of the railway track walking adventures as there is still part of the KTM railway tracks left behind from the old Jurong line in Singapore. I even spotted 1 canal bridge near German Centre along Jurong east area at AYE while I was on the bus. There’s some construction near part of the old railway tracks. Some of the railways tracks may be gone for good for Singapore development while some will still remain as part of Singapore history.

I also took buses past Ngee Ann Poly area regularly as I reminded me that the old Jurong line used to pass by the area near the Corona florist shop towards Sunset way direction. I wish to explore those areas when I am free. 

However due to the recent developments in Singapore, we may not be able to see much of the Jurong Line left in Singapore. It will be hard to see the old railway tracks as some of the tracks were either removed or covered up by grasses.

Beside the old Jurong line, there are KTM railway tracks in Peninsula Malaysia (of course not for walking). You can consider to visit Ipoh and/or KL Sentral train station/(s) You can consider taking a train from 1 area in Malaysia to another area. Do take note of the train timings. I was glad that I managed to take KTM train from Malaysia to Tanjong Pagar, Singapore. I may want to take KTM train to explore and enjoy the scenery area the tracks.

For my other parts of KTM railway track walking adventures, feel free to read them:

1. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part I (Summary of my journey)

2. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part II (from Silat Avenue near Spooner Road Depot to Alexandra Hospital)

3. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part III (from Alexandra Hospital to Buona Vista)

4. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part IV (from Buona Vista to Bukit Timah Station)

5. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part V (from Bukit Timah Station to the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall)

6. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VI (from the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall to the 2nd Crossing near Ten Mile Junction)

7. My KTM Railway tracking walking adventures in Singapore part VII (from the 2nd Crossing near Ten Mile Junction to 4th level crossing at Sungei Kadut)

Stay tune for more updates!

My railway track walking adventures part VII

10-mile junction

Sorry for the lacking of updates as I was busy with my project and studies.

Welcome back to my railway track walking adventures part VII (7). This part of the journey will be from 2nd crossing located near Bukit Panjang – Ten Mile Junction to Sungei Kadut level crossing .

Heard that the new Bukit Panjang MRT station for Downtown line will be located near 10-Mile junction.

Quite a lot of HDB flats around this area.

767 Km away from Butterworth!

Approaching the canal near Senja area & needed to cross the bridge across Pang Sua Canal. I was horrified to walk across such canal bridges. Luckily it was safe to walk across.

Pandrol 7747? What is this?

1853? along Pang Sua Canal area.

Pang Sua Canal

Back on the land

Now walking along near Woodlands Road.

Signal light – Gate Crossing approaching?

School near the railway tracks?

I was wondering what school was that. It is West View Primary School.

Flowers…

Beautiful flowers growing well. I did not know whether the flowers still can survive well there after the rocks were removed.

Walking on the tracks

766km away from Butterworth!

Approaching near the highway – That’s Kranji expressway ahead!

Approaching the 3rd crossover soon?

Barriers near 765.25km mark?

Tracks removed?

Some of the metal tracks were being detached near the barrier area.

This is Stagmont Ring road area. It is quite near Yew Tee area. The 3rd Crossing had been removed & became normal looking road. What a pity! Heard that Stagmont Ring road used to be a camp area. Now it is just a small portion of the road left behind.

Old hut house near Stagmont Ring Road

This hut looked quite old and deserted. It was a signalling station for the level crossing there.

Still at Stagmont Ring Road area.

Why this signal light was so tall? Can anyone tell me why?

Another crossing approaching?

Near Chua Chu Kang north area.

Wondering whether I was approaching near the industrial area along the railway tracks…

Now at the green area with no sight of houses or buildings nearby…

So many rocks!

Still had not reaching the 4th crossing yet!

Signal light approaching!

Reaching the 4th crossing near Sungei Kadut soon?

1847? This looked interesting

Another canal & a bridge to cross….

Some buidings ahead….

Still near the Pang Sua Canal area, I guess while approaching Sungei Kadut industrial area.

763.75 Km route marker…

Level Crossing at Sungei Kadut Road!

Finally reached 4th level crossing at Sungei Kadut Road after a long walk from Ten Mile Junction to Stagmont Ring Road to here along the canal area.

Shall stop my part VII (7) of my KTM railway track walking adventures here. Stay tune for more updates.

For my other parts of KTM railway track walking adventures, feel free to read them:

1. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part I (Summary of my journey)

2. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part II (from Silat Avenue near Spooner Road Depot to Alexandra Hospital)

3. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part III (from Alexandra Hospital to Buona Vista)

4. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part IV (from Buona Vista to Bukit Timah Station)

5. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part V (from Bukit Timah Station to the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall)

6. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VI (from the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall to the 2nd Crossing near Ten Mile Junction)

Stay tune for more updates!

My railway track walking adventures part VI

Truss bridge near the Rail Mall

Welcome back to my railway track walking adventures part VI (6). This part of the journey will be from the Rail Mall till the 2nd crossing located near Bukit Panjang – Ten Mile Junction. Sorry for the lacking of updates as I was busy with other things.

This part of the journey started on another day at the Rail Mall as it was too late to trek all the way from Tanjong Pagar to Kranji area as it was 6.30pm and the sky was getting dark if chose to continue the journey then. The Rail Mall is a place where people can rest and makan (eat). It is located near Dairy farm and Salvation Army at Bukit Panjang area.

Wait a minute. Did I mentioned about Bukit Panjang? Yes,  it locates near the Rail Mall. There is a famous landmark there along the railway track. Its logo is blue and green in colour and every year this company is always the title sponsor of the Singapore Biggest Marathon event in Dec.

Sorry about the picture as it looks quite small from the picture taken while walking on the railway track. Yes, it is the Singapore 1st Standard Chartered bank at Bukit Panjang area. Opposite the bank is Salvation Army which people can donate their old stuff for sale to raise funds. You also do see quite a lot of construction as LTA is building Downtown line along this part of the railway track.

See those construction items along the railway track. As you notice along the railway track in this area, the roads were built along/very near the railway tracks compared to the southern part of the KTM railway tracks in Singapore. There are also quite a number of schools along the Bukit Panjang/Upper Bukit Timah part of the railway track. Such as CHIJ Bukit Timah, Assumption English school, Fajar Secondary School.

Cashew Road, Chestnut Avenue, Hazel Park. As you notice some of the roads at this area are named after nuts. Haha.

Hmmm…. I wondered what this signal light along Cashew Road area indicates what? The sign shows a gate ahead and there’s a green & red light ahead. What does that means? Stopping/allowing the train to move …

There’s a black & white striped sign located near the Hillview camp site. What does that mean? I guessed it must be related to the sign with a gate.

I was wondering why there were bricks along the track then. I guessed there might be a tunnel or a hole below the track.

As I walked further to the north, I saw 1 station located near Gombak Drive and Bukit Panjang Link. This was 1 of the stations where staff had to give signal to the train to cross over the road safety using the gate to stop the vehicles (cars, trucks and bus 177 and etc) from going to /or of Gombak Drive.

Here’s crossing number 1 located along Gombak Drive. Haha. The gate was demolished when I visited there then. Now I guess the metal rails on this road are removed and become a normal looking road.

The dismantled gate.

The site where the gate poles were located at.

After passing the 1st crossing, I reached this building. I think that was an abandoned Bukit Panjang Station where people could alight from the station to their destination around Bukit Panjang area many years ago before it was closed due to low usage. There was not much furniture unlike the Bukit Timah Train Station. No roof top too.

But there was a small building nearby. I was not sure whether it was the washroom for the KTM staff who controlled the crossing gate nearby.

As I walked further to the north, I saw another similar sign to the 1st signal light. Another crossing ahead I guess.

2nd crossing approaching soon…

Reaching the end of the Upper Bukit Timah Road area…

So strange to see such a plot of land for gardening. But the crops had been removed.

Saw above ground rail line ahead. Guessed it is part of the Light Rapid Transport (LRT) in Bukit Panjang area.

Another small house near the 2nd crossing site.

Control station for the 2nd gate crossing.

Off to cross the 2nd crossing…

Shall stop my part VI (6) of my KTM railway track walking adventures here. Stay tune for more updates.

For my other parts of KTM railway track walking adventures, feel free to read them:

1. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part I (Summary of my journey)

2. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part II (from Silat Avenue near Spooner Road Depot to Alexandra Hospital)

3. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part III (from Alexandra Hospital to Buona Vista)

4. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part IV (from Buona Vista to Bukit Timah Station)

5. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part V (from the Iron truss bridge near the Bukit Timah Station till the other Iron Truss bridge near the Rail Mall

6. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VII (from Ten Mile Junction to level crossing at Sungei Kadut road)

Stay tune for more updates!

My railway track walking adventures part V

Hi Readers, welcome back to my KTM railway track walking adventures in Singapore part V. This part of the blog will be between the 2 truss bridges (from Bukit Timah Road  till Upper Bukit Timah road near The Rail Mall). Only left with Last few days for the public to visit this 3km long track till end of July 2011.

The Truss bridge located at Bukit Timah area is located near King Albert Park and the old Yeo Hiap Seng Factory site (located near Rifle Range Road but the developer will be building condo at the old Yeo Hiap Seng Factory site).

Please do not vandalise the bridges when you walk past it.

Why 1871? Can anyone tell me more about it? Was the bridge built in the year 1871?

toilets!

Can visit the portable toilets along the way at Rifle Range Road Area.

Why 75km/J? Does it got to do with the train speed as the truss bridge and Bukit Timah train station is nearby?

Now under the flyovers near Jalan Anak Bukit area and PIE and heading towards Upper Bukit Timah Road area.

Tracks along Upper Bukit Timah Area… Heading to Hindhede road soon.

Approaching on the top of the Hindhede Road. It is quite near Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Visitor Center.

1868. This may be built earlier than the truss bridge at Bukit Timah Road. Hindhede Road is seen below.

That is the road that is leading towards Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Look out for special guests along the way when you reach Hindhede area.

Now near the Hindhede Walk area and the nature reserve. Special guests approaching. Please do not feed them at all.

Beautiful Scenery of Upper Bukit Timah Area (Looks like oil painting right? as I used gif to save this picture)

Hello traffic light! Good to see you after a long distance of walking

Yes, they were the special guests that I was telling you all about. Cute right?

So sweet of them. One was helping to scratch salt from another monkey’s  body.

Still not reaching the other truss bridge at the Rail Mall area yet. About 2 more KM to go… (there’s still a long long way to go – felt like singing We will get there by Stefanie Sun)

Still not there yet but there was a bridge while walking towards the Rail Mall.

Still not yet reaching the Rail Mall area.

Approaching the Rail Mall and the next Truss Bridge along the Rail Mall.

They just built those steps in early July for people to enter/exit the train tracks

1861 on the structure of this truss bridge along the Rail Mall. Please do not vandalise the beauty of the bridge.

So do exercise with caution while walking on the truss bridge.

Truss bridge near the Rail Mall

It was getting late as it was 6.30pm so I ended my Jul 9  journey on the track at the Rail mall. My next part of the journey started from the Rail Mall till Kranji Road but I did not have the time to go further off to the mangrove regions of the railway tracks from Kranji Road till the cut off point before approaching the Woodlands Train Checkpoint.

For the other parts of the railway tracks, please feel free to read up the links below:

1. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part I (Summary of my journey)

2. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part II (from Silat Avenue near Spooner Road Depot to Alexandra Hospital)

3. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part III (from Alexandra Hospital to Buona Vista)

4. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part IV (from Buona Vista to Bukit Timah Station)

5. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VI (from the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall to the 2nd Crossing near Ten Mile Junction)

6. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VII (from Ten Mile Junction to level crossing at Sungei Kadut road)

Stay tune for more updates on my adventures on KTM railway tracks in Singapore!

My railway track walking adventures part IV

Welcome back to my KTM railway track walking adventures part IV in Singapore. This post is the continuation of my KTM railway track walking adventures part III in Singapore. This blog post will be starting from Buona Vista area till Bukit Timah – Clementi Woodlands.

As I walked under the tracks under Commonwealth Avenue West Road, I knew that I was reaching Holland HDB flats. Walked past an area that was very near  Buona Vista Bus Terminal (where 1 of my favorite bus 48 goes there – Haha)

Pardon, if my pictures were not as well taken due to rushing to complete as much distance for the journey. The picture was taken near the Civil service college.

There are so many overhead bridges connecting from one side of the train track to the other side of the train track. (The HDB flats should be at Ghim Moh area while the other side should be North Buona Vista Road with more private houses).

A vacant school? Near Mount Sinai area. It should be the old Raffles Junior College (RJC) before it shifted to Bishan.

Approaching another landmark soon… There’s a white ‘bridge’ ahead.

And that landmark building is ….

Cold Storage at Jelita (near Holland Road). Too bad no short cut way to go there and shop for food & water.

Now going under Holland Road…

Houses at the right side of the track. Look there’s another bridge ahead. I wondered where this bridge will link to.

I really do not know where the bridge leads to…

Should be reaching clementi woodlands soon as well as bukit timah station.

Into Clementi Woodlands…

It looks like there is a path leading to somewhere. I am not sure whether it was the path towards the old Jurong Line (I heard Jurong Line was partly dismantled).

I always thought that the area opposite Ngee Ann Polytechnic is a forested area for training the army people from the Maju Camp but I did not know that the fact there there was indeed malayan railway passing by in the Clementi woodlands area.

So many wooden planks. These maybe the dismantled tracks.

Reached the multiply tracks area. So happy. I heard the Jurong Line used to operate from Bukit Timah Line to send raw materials from Malaysia to Jurong Port area but the Jurong Line was closed due to low usage.

Multiple tracks are used for the trains to park at the station while waiting for the next train from the opposite direction to pass the area as most of the train tracks are travelling on a single rail system.

Bukit Timah Station. It was used as a looping station and mechanical lever were used for the signalling for the trains. It was also the place where the station master exchanged key token with the train driver. Right Now, people cannot enter this area.

The station sign at Bukit Timah Station at 772.75 Km away from butterworth.

Of course, I did put my feet on the wooden plank. I even attempted to bare foot on the track at Bukit Timah only (but wont be showing my bare foot due to my bad suntan)

Approaching near Bukit Timah Road… Near the Truss Bridge between Bukit Timah Road & Dunearn Road.

Shall end my part IV of the post here. Next part of the post will be between the 2 Truss Bridges from Rifle Range Road to The Rail Mall.

For recaps of my past KTM railway track walking adventures in Singapore, feel free to click the links below:

1. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part I

2. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part II

3. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part III

4. My KTM railway track walking adventures in Singapore part V

5. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VI (from the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall to the 2nd Crossing near Ten Mile Junction)

6. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VII (from Ten Mile Junction to level crossing at Sungei Kadut road)

Stay tune for more updates!

My Railway track walking adventures part III

Hi Readers! Welcome to part 3 of my KTM railway track walking adventures in Singapore. It is a continuation from my previous blog post.

Alexandra Hospital (Not a good shot)

For this part of my railway tracks walking adventures, I will continue off from Alexandra Hospital as the train tracks go north-west direction (not along the AYE – Ayer Rajah Expressway) after passing by Alexandra Hospital area to Buona Vista.

Let’s move further on as the tracks were heading to the private housing area near Portsdown road to Tanglin Halt HDB flats and Biopolis.

Such a rare sight to see private bungalows along the stretch of this area from Alexandra till before reaching Commonwealth area.

Some works going on at the site quite a distance away from the tracks. Approaching the HDB flats at Queenstown area.

Approaching Queensway!

So happy to see the sight of buses while walking along the tracks. I also passed by a mosque along Jalan Hang Jebat.

Abandoned Hut along the way to Queensway/Commonwealth

Abandoned hut

Heading to beneath of Portsdown Avenue...

The abandoned hut is near Queensway, and Portsdown Avenue.

Wow, the place is quite big!

It looks quite big and spacious right?

There's still a long long way to go... ( do you remember what I quoted here was part of the lyrics of 1particular NDP song)

It was only less than 5km away from Silat Avenue. There’s indeed a long long way to reach Bukit Timah Station.

Rare sight to see so much greenery in Singapore with beautiful houses. Passed by Sri Muneeswaran Temple as well.

Finally reached Commonwealth area.

How long more to walk?

One of the blocks which is built quite near to the tracks..

I wondered why there is a blue sheltered area near the route marker 776.75km near Tanglin Halt area…

Graffiti near Biopolis area

Heading to Biopolis area… So cool to see so many different buildings of Biopolis while walking on the tracks.

Tracks under Buona Vista MRT line

Buona Vista MRT line was built in 1980s while the KTM trains were still in operation then. I wondered how they managed to build the structures if the train was moving…

Reaching Holland area soon… (To be continued… on my next blog post)

For my other blogposts on my KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore, feel free to read up by clicking the link/(s) below:

1. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part I (summary of my railway track journey)

2. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part II (from Silat Avenue near Spooner Road Depot to Alexandra Hospital)

3. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part IV (from Buona Vista to Bukit Timah Station)

 

4. My KTM railway track walking adventures in Singapore part V (from Bukit Timah to The Rail Mall)

Stay tune for more updates!