Pulau Ketam means “crab island” in Malay, a small fishing island located off the coast of Klang, Malaysia, which able to provide you a chance to experience and explore the unique local lifestyle of fishermen. The fascinating scenery, relaxing environment and those special “floating houses” are just too attractive to be resisted. Definitely worth spending a day or two wandering around in this little charming island, to free your mind and recharge yourself, especially for those who are like me that have been living in city for years.
There are several ways getting to Pulau Ketam, you can find out more about getting to Pulau Ketam here.
First thing we did after arriving Pulau Ketam was to check in hotel, our stay for the night was Sea Lion Hotel, here is my review on Sea Lion Hotel. It was important to get ourselves ready before start wandering around, wore light and comfortable outfit for cycling, applied sunblock, got the island map ready, bring enough water and got our camera ready for beautiful scenery. We rented bicycles from Sea Lion Hotel, spent quite a while choosing for those usable one, quality wasn’t really good.
We started cycling from the hotel, passing by travel agency, fire station, police station and arrived at island’s centre in 2mins, already felt tired and hungry (actually just an excuse to eat seafood…), and decided to try the famous clam omelet. We had our first meal at Restaurant Kia Hiong Heun, ordered clam omelet, fried rice, fried bee hon with squid and fried squid, cost us RM130 in total. The clam omelet and bee hon were really good, all seafood was fresh, satisfied!
Continue our journey exploring the island with our big tummy, trying to cycle away some fat so that could eat more during dinner…
Dinner time, and it was seafood again! We ordered crab, shrimp, fish ball soup, bamboo clam, vege and some breads. Overall all seafood was fresh and tasted fine, portion was generous too, it wasn’t too bad for a meal that cost RM334.60 for a table of 10. There were a few restaurants selling similar dishes, so you can take your own sweet time choosing the one attract you the most.
A bucket with live local crabs in front of restaurants to attract customer.
After dinner, we walked around at market area. It was full of locals having dinner nearby, massage and pub were also available, quite happening at night.
On our way back, we saw a stall selling flying lantern right opposite the hotel, why not. We got 2, just enough rooms for 10 people’s wishes. The huge empty area between jetty and our hotel was the best place for us to release the flying lanterns. Everyone written down wishes on the flying lanterns, released them to the sky so that our wishes can be heard…
That was all for the day and back to hotel afterwards.
We woke up early the next morning to catch sun rise, able to see it from our room and jetty, kind of amazing. Another reason for sacrificing our sleep was to visit the morning market and try out the local breakfast. Nasi Lemak, yam cake, chicken feet rice with mei cai and various of noodle dishes, I will definitely back to Pulau Ketam again for all these delicious local foods! We spent around RM70 for the breakfast, not a bad deal.
We tried also another famous snack in Pulau Ketam, fried ice-cream that was selling at RM3.50 per piece. The bread alike wrapper was hot and crispy, it melted together with the ice cream hidden underneath, it tasted so good with special mouthfeel, thumb up!
We have had a relaxing and enjoyable Pulau Ketam trip, will be back again for a short refreshing escape from busy city life.