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Monday, May 11, 2015



Have you seen fireflies yourself? I guess you might not if you live in a populated air-polluted city. Then, Malaysia might be able to present a new experience for you. This little country has lots of lovely bugs known as fireflies to mesmerize its tourists.

1. Kuala Selangor, Selangor State

Captured from Youtube/Anuar Ismail

This is basically the most well known place among all, and in order to preserve these little bugs, you will be facing darkness after boarding the firefly watching ferry. However, it won't take long for you to realize why it is necessary to be in darkness once you see those tiny little lights floating right in front of you.

2. Kota Tinggi, Johor State

Captured from Youtube/apgclh
In recent years, the number of visitors in this place has been growing rapidly, and it's become one of the largest places to see fireflies. Seen at a distance, these beautiful bugs shimmering brightly in their charming buttocks look as if stars falling from the sky.

3. Cherating, Kuantan, Pahang State

Cherating is locally known for its beach, but never did people know that this place could be a great spot to catch a glimpse of fireflies! By someone's account, a guide named Hafiz is capable of “awaking” these shy creatures and have them flying towards you. Mysterious as it sounds!

4. Kampung Dew, Taiping, Perak State

Captured from Youtube/Kai Zuleta

Kampung Dew is one of the largest firefly breeding and watching places in Malaysia having a lot more fireflies than Kuala Selangor (#1). When I was staying in Taiping, I sometime spotted these mystifying creatures flying out in the dark even near my house far from water. Only one who witnessed can share this overwhelming feeling.

5. Nibong Tebal, Penang State

You could actually find 4 different species right here at Nibong Tebal. The tour boat ride starts at 6 pm and takes approximately 40 minutes. Besides that, you can also succumb yourself in the beautiful nature and experience catching octopuses here too.

6. Weston, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah State

Weston is known as the largest and most popular spot for firefly watching in Sabah. Once dusk arrives, lights by the river will brighten up, lighting a path for its visitors. Using a torch, the tour guide will do some “rhythmic flashing” that eventually lures the fireflies towards the tourists.

7. Kota Belud, Sabah State

This Sabah’s number 2 spot for these beautiful creatures is slightly nearer to town than Weston. With various species of fireflies clustering this place, you might also catch a glimpse of the long nose monkeys as well as the stunning sunset!

8. Kuching Wetlands National Park, Sarawak State
BorneoPostOnline/Jeffery Mostapa

To reach this reserved park in Sarawak, visitors will need to take a 3 hours boat ride, passing through forests before the sunsets. On the way you will see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins, various kinds of monkeys and all kinds of birds that lives in Sarawak. When dusk starts to kick in, you will be able to see what you've come for, the fireflies!

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Written by Elley

Born, fed and grew up in Malaysia and have a strong interest in Korean language & culture too. Love travelling and taking pictures that doesn't seems attractive to others and believe that determination brings success in the future.

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