Salted fish being dried under the sun at Kuala Sepetang, Perak (31 August, 2015)
Kuala Sepetang (GPS: 4.83809, 100.63008) is a coastal town in Perak. Located about half an hour from Taiping, at the mouth of Sungai Sepetang. The town itself is between the mouths of Sungai Reba and Sungai Kapal Changkok, both of which tributaries to Sungai Sepetang.
Kuala Sepetang used to be called Port Weld. That was during the tin-mining days, some hundred years ago, when tin mined in the Larut and Matang areas are sent there to be shipped out. The port was established in 1877, the year that Taiping became the administrative capital of Perak, and with it came the very first railway tracks in the peninsula. That railway line, over a distance of 8 kilometers, facilitated the transport of tin.
After tin mining in the Larut valley went into decline, and then stopped all together, Port Weld, now known as Kuala Sepetang, went into a long slumber. That slumber was only broken in the past decade, as the town discovered a new vigor injected by tourism. Riding on an interest in nature and the environment, Kuala Sepetang is now building a reputation as a centre for eco-tourism.
Nowadays, visitors descend on Kuala Sepetang to visit the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve, the Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory, and perhaps to buy products of the sea such as salted fish, belacan and ikan bilis, and perhaps go on a joy ride by boat through the mangrove forest.
Exit the North-South Expressway at Exit 146 (Changkat Jering Interchange) onto Federal Route 1. Head north in the direction of Taiping until you reach the crossroad at Simpang. Turn left onto Federal Route 74 and it takes you all the way to Kuala Sepetang.
Here I am at the Matang Mangrove Forest (16 April, 2005)
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