Port Klang: Malaysia's Very Own Floating Village

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Port Klang: Malaysia's Very Own Floating Village


I flew over 700 miles to Cambodia just to see its famous floating villages, so imagine how dismayed I was when I found out that Malaysia has something almost similar.

Located on the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia, Klang is only a 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur. What lies beyond is a hidden gem that many have yet to discover.

Port Klang: Malaysia's Very Own Floating Village

Bagan Hailam in Port Klang is known for its Chinese seafood restaurants, but this humble settlement by the murky Klang river has more than just food to offer. Dominated by a fishing community of Teochew and Hokkien Chinese descent, this village is made up of buildings propped up on stilts to up to 10 meters high.

Within this village, one can find temples, schools, restaurants and modest residences constructed mostly using wood. The creeks between the houses are visibly tainted and foul-smelling, yet this very feature adds a unique touch to the whole floating village setting. (I cannot image Kampung Phluk being unpolluted either)


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Cleaner part of the village
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Port Klang: Malaysia's Very Own Floating Village


How to Get to Bagan Hailam, Port Klang
By car: 46 min (53 km) via Lebuhraya Baru Lembah Klang/E1
Best time to get there: Early evening for sightseeing and a scrumptious dinner as the sun sets

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