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Pulau Ketam Village Tour from Kuala Lumpur Including Thean Hou Temple

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Pulau Ketam Village Tour from Kuala Lumpur Including Thean Hou Temple

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Discover the laid-back fishing village of Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) during this day trip that also includes a short sightseeing tour in Kuala Lumpur. Experience the daily lifestyle of the the island’s locals as you explore this unique community situated above the water line on stilts. Enjoy a tasty Malaysian lunch before catching the ferry back to Kuala Lumpur, where you undertake a brief coach trip to a mosque and Chinese temple. Your excursion also includes round-trip hotel transport, a guide and entrance fees.
  • Discover the quaint fishing village of Pulau Ketam on this tour from Kuala Lumpur
  • See how houses and roads of this rustic community are built on stilts!
  • Witness daily activities of fisherman and residents
  • Savor authentic Malaysian flavors at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Visit two of Malaysia’s most famous religious landmarks: Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque and Thean Hou Temple
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-up and drop-off service operates only for hotels within the Kuala Lumpur central city limits. If you are staying in the area of KL Sentral, Ampang, Petaling Jaya, Subang, Sunway, Seri Kembangan, Sepang, Putrajaya, etc, pickup service available with surcharge.

Departure Time

8:45 AM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Experience both the rural and urban sides of Malaysia during this morning visit to the fishing village of Pulau Ketam, followed by a ferry ride back to Kuala Lumpur to visit the country’s largest mosque and Chinese temple. It’s a great way to get a sense for the unique contrasts of tradition, religion and modern urban areas that make Malaysia such an interesting melting pot. 

Begin your trip with a pickup from your central Kuala Lumpur hotel. Pickups will begin prior to 8:45am, so expect details from your tour operator during reconfirmation of the exact schedule. You’ll then proceed on a 1-hour drive to the ferry terminal at Port Klang to catch your boat to the small fishing hamlet of Crab Island (Pulau Ketam).

After arriving on the island, set off on foot to begin your exploration of this one-of-a-kind community built on stilts above the waters of the area’s mangrove swamps. As you walk you’ll witness some of the key differences in daily lifestyle between the city dwellers and the island’s residents. Observe locals as they take a break on their front porches, walk past brightly-colored Chinese temples adorned with statues of marine creatures and spot fishermen as they peel shrimp for consumption in the local restaurants. As you might expect of this coastal city, Pulau Ketam is famous for its seafood, particularly crab.

Stop by a local restaurant to have some lunch (at your own expense) savoring the strong, vibrant flavors of Malaysian cuisine, a culinary style that blends a variety of cultural influences. After your meal, catch your included ferry back to Port Klang, where you’ll begin a short coach sightseeing tour of Kuala Lumpur.

Drive first to the ornate Palace of the Sultan of Selangor before heading to the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque. At almost 36 acres (15 hectares) the second largest such mosque in Southeast Asia and the biggest in Malaysia.

Make your final stop of the day at Thean Hou Temple, also among the largest in Southeast Asia. Check out the temple’s complex murals and many decorative details, providing a great example of Chinese artistic techniques. From here you’ll receive a drop-off back at your central Kuala Lumpur hotel.
Stop At:  
Pulau Ketam
After an hour drive from KL to Port Klang, the 30 –minute ferry ride to Pulau Ketam offers an interesting view of the busy harbor and the mangrove swamps of nearby islands. The unique feature of this place is that the entire fishing community lives in a village where even the roads are built on stilts! Fiddler crabs, mud crabs, strange mudskippers and marshland birds, are some of the frequent visitors. Take a leisurely stroll to see how the once desolated village is now a must –stop for most locals and tourists. Not much have changed in this rustic fishing village famous for its fresh seafood, despite its famed, villagers continue to go about doing their daily chores amongst visiting tourists.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque
On the way back, we will drive by the fabulous Palace of the Sultan of Selangor. Occupying about 36 acres of beautiful parkland is the Sultan Salahuddin Mosque or Blue Mosque, famed for having the biggest dome in the country and some of the tallest minarets in the world.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Thean Hou Temple
Stop is at Thean Hou Temple, one of the largest Chinese temples in South –East Asia. The loud, elaborated murals and decorative embellishments are considered as art to some and garish to others.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd.
Tour Operator
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that hotel pickup and drop-off service operates only for hotels within the Kuala Lumpur central city limits. If you are staying at the following hotels, please either make your own way to a hotel in central Kuala Lumpur or contact the local tour operator after booking to arrange pickup service for an additional fee (contact info will be provided on your confirmation voucher):
  • Greater Kuala Lumpur: Majestic Kuala Lumpur, Le Meridien, Hilton, Cititel, Boulevard MidValley, Pearl International, Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya, Crystal Crown, Armada, Holiday Villa Subang, Grand Dorset Subang, Petaling Jaya Hilton, Sunway Lagoon, One World Damansara
  • Sri Kembangan: Palace of the Golden Horses
  • Shah Alam: Holiday Inn Glenmarie, The Saujana, all hotels within the Shah Alam area
  • Putrajaya & KLIA: Putrajaya Shangrila, Putrajaya Marriott, Cyberview Lodge, Equatorial Bangi, Pan Pacific KLIA, Concorde Inn KLIA
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Asian Overland Services
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Long day getting out to Crab Island...
, Apr 2018
Long day getting out to Crab Island, though a very interesting place to see the way the people live, but not the best way to spend your time in KL, especially if your time there is limited. If you have extra time to spend, then yes, I'd recommend. All the other sites our guide brought us too though were very interesting and we enjoyed.
This has to be by far the worst tour...
Allen V
, Jul 2017
This has to be by far the worst tour I have ever been on in my life. Firstly, the guide to pick us up was late by thirty minutes. I then went up to our apartment to retrieve the tour information so I could call to ask what was happening and left my family at the lobby. One minute after I left, the driver arrived and my family packed our gear into the van. After the guide found out I was not there he told my wife to take the bags out of his van as he had others to pick up, and apparently was very terse and rude about it when my wife told him that I would be back in five minutes. That was interesting as my wife told me that there were only four seats left on the van so who else was he to pick up? The driver would not wait for me to return even though he was the one who was late. Eventually after one and a half hours from the original time of pickup another guide arrived with two other people and we were on our way. The guides name was Thomas. When we arrived at the pier the crowd that was there was horrendously massive. We were told to wait while Thomas parked up, he also told us that it was a public holiday which accounted for the size of the crowd. Ten minutes later Thomas got us to line up in the queue but people were pushing past us and shoving us around to try and get to the front. When it came time to board a ferry that arrived all hell broke loose. We were being shoved from all sides by the locals who wanted to get on the ferry, a few times I lost members of my family and the youngest was my eight year old daughter who was shown no mercy by this unruly mob who wanted to board this ferry. This happened on four separate occasions before we were able to board a ferry. By the second boarding attempt I had to resort to grabbing people and shoving them back to prevent my little girl from being crushed. I was separated from my family and tour group each time and further apart during these ridiculous boarding attempts. The mentality of the locals was nothing short of disgusting. Our time on the island was nice, our guide Thomas was very knowledgeable and took the time to answer any questions and allowed us the time and opportunity to soak up the culture and take photos. He also showed us the same courtesy at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque and Thean Hou Temple on our drive to the pier. The island itself was a step back in time but I only wished that the locals would take their environment into consideration as there was rubbish everywhere. The lunch was tasty and ample. When it was time to depart we were faced with the same unruly mob mentality when boarding the ferry to return. This time though a poor woman was unfortunate enough to fall over the edge. I have nothing against Thomas, he made the day with his insight and courtesy, but the experience as a whole was overshadowed by the tardiness of the first guide and the attitude of the locals.
We really enjoyed this day with a...
, Mar 2017
We really enjoyed this day with a fun and friendly and informative guidelines. We really enjoyed our visit to the Blue Mosque, seeing Port Klang and our time at the fishing village. We could have done with more time at Ketam.
A wonderful experience with our...
, Nov 2016
A wonderful experience with our great guide Thomas. The visits on the way to the island were great, and the journey by boat was interesting. The island itself is fascinating, and the food provided in the 'Remember Me' restaurant was great.
It was an interesting trip with...
Sarah M L M
, Mar 2016
It was an interesting trip with stops at the Temple and the Blue Mosque, which was a nice surprise since it wasn't listed in the posting. The lunch at Pulau Ketam was delicious but we had to pay extra for the crab. Considering it's a Crab Island tour one would think that would naturally be on the menu. It's a neat day trip from KL.
The guide was awesome. The village...
Timothy S
, Sep 2015
The guide was awesome. The village was interesting, but pretty dirty. I am glad I made the trip, but its sad to see so much trash all over. I would still recommend this tour, but be prepared for a visit to a real village.
Tour was interesting, the tour guide...
Wayne S
, May 2015
Tour was interesting, the tour guide was ok as well. But my suggestion is for him to talk about the tour and be more informative about the sights. He tended to speak about himself and his old career. He told many jokes that could be insulting to some people. Overall a tour worth doing.
Very interesting. An opportunity to...
Hugh P
, Mar 2015
Very interesting. An opportunity to visit a very special community .
The place was dirty and there was 2...
, Jan 2015
The place was dirty and there was 2 dead dogs on the path. the guide was good and very talkative, would not do tour again
We thoroughly enjoyed our day out...
Dianne C
, Oct 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our day out - our guide was informative, tour was interesting and seafood lunch was great.

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