Kukup Resort Here I Come!

From Sri Petaling to Kukup.

From Sri Petaling to Kukup.

We set out a little later than we intended but Paul assured me we’ll be there on time. We’d continued our journey after Paul’s had his nasi lemak and coffee at a rest stop along the highway (after about 2 hours’ drive from Sri Petaling). I had my cuppa too. 16 cups a day remember? Lol…

Blue skies and white clouds.

Blue skies and white clouds.

The view was brilliant! Actually, there were just lots of cars on the road and palm plantations on the sides 😉 But the skies were surreal blue with massive white clouds. The tranquil scenery lulled me to sleep. I covered my head with a purple pashmina wrap and nodded off. Every now and then, I would be awoken by the heavy metal music and pretentiously made small talks with Paul. He saw through it of course, and advised me to rest. What a kind soul, bless him 😀

The GPS said we've arrived in Kukup but there's another 45 kilometers to cover. Sigh... I'm gonna be late!

The GPS said we’ve arrived in Kukup but there’s another 45 kilometers to cover.
Sigh… I’m gonna be late!

Kukup is a small fishing village located about forty kilometres southwest of Johor Bahru, in the district of Pontian, Johor, on the Strait of Malacca in Malaysia. It is famous for its open-air seafood restaurants built on stilts over the water. – Info credit: Wikipedia

The yellow building is the ferry terminal where we took a boat to the Kelong and then on to the resort island where we stayed the night.

The yellow building is the ferry terminal where we took a boat to the Kelong and then on to the resort island where we stayed the night.

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I've never seen anything like this in Singapore.

I’ve never seen anything like this in Singapore.

Kukup is an old fishing village established about a century ago with most of its residents working as fishermen. As the predominantly Chinese community village is built entirely above the sea, one would need to be ferried by boat between the island and the mainland. Kukup is famous for its seafood and local products such as homemade “Belacan” & “Cencaluk” thus many Malaysians (from other states) and tourists go there during the weekends for its cheap and fresh seafood meals.

It was during the 80’s as more and more holidaymakers go to Kukup for meals that some of the more entrepreneurial villagers started renting out their houses as homestay to these visitors who wished to spend the night there. Over years, this place has become one of the most popular recreational spot in the state of Johor.

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I'm having a great time!

I’m having a great time!

I have never stayed in a chalet nor travel with such a big group before and up till now, this trip was proving to be very exciting!

The package we had was SGD89 per person and it includes the round-trip bus ride from Singapore into Kukup, Johor, Malaysia. All meals were inclusive for both days, well almost all. Meals included breakfasts (one on your own and one provided), two seafood lunches, one tea break, one BBQ dinner.

The chalet we stayed had mahjong and poker cards for game sessions as well as a home karaoke system. Fishing rods for rent and baits are available. There’s fireworks and sky lanterns (kongming lanterns) too!

Look out for more of what we did in the next post!

Happy venturing 🙂

Benny Ng (organizer) booked our tour from this agent.

Benny Ng (organizer) booked our tour from this agent.

I found this site which seemed reasonable but am not sure if the package is as comprehensive as the one we had. You may check it out by clicking here.

P.S. The shot of me with the dogs’ photo credit: Leonard Lawrence Tan.

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