• The Arrival

Heavy downpour (as you can see on your right) greeted our group when we arrived at Tanjong Kupang for the custom clearance. 

On our way to Kukup, the coach passed by Gelang Petah, once touted to be THE thriving spot with the opening of the second link, only to struggle until this day to live up its potential. (Could it because of the name in Malay, literary means “broken bracelet” as our guide told us the come about of the name of the town, where a legend suggested that the local chieftain decided to name the place “Gelang Petah” after he broken his bracelet while he was here.) 

Through the small village roads, we finally ended up at Kukup, a small sleepy fishing town at the southern west end of Johor. 

Snapshot of Kukup
Took this picture from the balcony of the restaurant where we had our first meal.

This is probably where all fishes, prawns and other edible sea creatures said their farewell before end up on the gourmet's menu.

As compare to the kids back home here, kids at Kukup seems to be more down to earth.

The absence of PS2 or Xbox didn't deter these boys from having their own entertainment.

Believe it or not, that's Kukup for you!!!

Here on the left, that is the main road of the town, with shophouses on both sides of the road.

(Mouse-over effect: you'll see our group stroll our way to the guesthouse after our dinner.)

  • The Guesthouse

Forget about those cosy ambiences, where you expect hotel staff to greet you or having bellhops to carry your luggage. (Actually, they do by having your belongings place on a trolley and haul them back to the guesthouse) 

Instead, family-operated guesthouses (that was where we stayed, on the right) are there to cater the needs of travellers.

Snapshot at the guesthouse

No thanks to the sore throat, if not I would have enjoyed the BBQ feast served by the guesthouse.

Still, I defied the odd and went to enjoy the feast.

Not bad eh, for quite some time already, I need not have to grill the food myself and just sit back and wait to be served.

  • The Kelong Trip

Kelong (not referring to match fixing in local slang) are those houses built in the middle of the seas, where fishermen stay and work. 

Thank goodness, the weather was cool and the sun was nowhere within the sight, though it was a bit windy. 

At the site, we learned how the fishes are reared and ready-for-sale stuff such as, salted fish and anchovies are easily available on site.

Snapshot at Kelong
  • Pulau Kukup

A last minute arrangement saw us at Pulau Kukup, the largest mangrove swap in the whole Malaysia. 

Snapshot at Pulau Kukup

we had our group photo taken at the waiting area prior heading back to the mainland

Nothing much to see unless you are into wildlife kind of stuff, where you will see types of trees and kinds of inhabitants reside in this natural reserves.

 

  • Plantation

Next, on the itinerary was a visit to a plantation and saw an amazing and rare sight (on the right of the text, hehehe….). 

The plantation owner was there to introduce the type of crops he cultivate and share with us some pointers when choosing the fruits (must be pretty lucky for our group as according to our guide, the owner is an eccentric fellow in a sense that if he is not in the mood, he wouldn’t give a damn who you are.)

 

 

  • Conclusion

    Here's a picture took with our guide.

    Pretty nice and humorous chap (guess that's a must criteria, if you want to be a guide)

    Overall, this trip to Kukup was a pleasant one, though I was rather disappointed with the seafood we sampled there, which was not up to my expectation.

    A simple and slow-paced town, that's Kukup for you guys....