The Iskandarian was once again privileged to be invited to participate in a media familiarisation trip organised by Tourism Malaysia in conjunction with the Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 campaign. This time around, the trip brought us to the state of Selangor.
We were part of a convoy of media practitioners from the southern region (Johor and Melaka) and arrived at Kuala Lumpur to be checked in at the Red by Sirocco Hotel – a cosy city hotel that has wonderful panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur’s cityscape.
Upon checking in, we quickly freshened up and got ready for the first event on the itinerary which was the media appreciation dinner organised by Tourism Malaysia. The dinner was held at the Glass House, which is located at Seputeh, Kuala Lumpur. The Glass House is an amazing bare-walled event space that’s perfect for such dinner events and especially weddings as it has marvellous interior decor as well as its signature large glass windows, making it Instagrammable.
The next morning an adventure at the Sky Mirror awaited us.
The Sky Mirror is one of the latest attractions in Kuala Selangor which is located approximately 15 minutes from Kampung Sasaran, Kuala Selangor. The Sky Mirror is dubbed Malaysia’s Salar De Uyuni. The largest Uyuni Salt Flat surface is actually found in Bolivia. An endless sheet of hexagonal tiles (created by the crystalline nature of the salt), dotted with pyramids of salt, Bolivia’s salt flats are a dazzling display of nature’s magic, and we have our very own right here in Kuala Selangor, Malaysia!
Who would have imagined, a natural occurrence such as a sand bed in the middle of the sea could be a tourist attraction. Similarly, avid photographers are flocking to the Sky Mirror to first-hand capture creative shots from the beauty of nature itself.
The reflective effects of the Sky Mirror do not happen often. Its occurrence has been charted out by the locals according to the Chinese lunar calendar. So mark your calendars on the first, second, 14th, 15th, 16th and 30th of the month between 10.30am to 11am. We had to take a 30-minute boat ride from the Pekan Lama Jetty to reach the Sky Mirror, which costs RM80 per pax. For more info or bookings, contact YM Lim at +6019-266 6665.
After posing and snapping countless creative captures, we were set to sail back to the mainland! Our adventure had only just begun. A half hour bus ride to the next location brought us to a humble village nestled in the middle of a paddy field. The Rumah Inap Desa Sungai Sireh is a local agro and village tourism initiative run by the locals at the village. The Ministry of Tourism certifies the Homestay at Sungai Sireh Village as they comply with the rules and regulations set, and promote local activities organised by the village people for tourists. Some of the activities include Batik painting, a tour of the village and paddy field on a tractor-wagon or bus, catfish fishing from a pond or catching it with bare hands, and paddy planting.
We had spent so much time having fun and enjoying the activities and did not realise that we were slightly behind schedule. In addition, the inclement weather towards the late evening did not help with the logistics to go to Kampung Kuantan to see Fireflies. So, right after dinner, we went back to the hotel to wash up, pack up, and tuck in for the night with wonderful memories. We’re definitely coming back for the fireflies next time!