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Hidden Traditions of Kuala Sepetang

Perak
Duration
8 hours
Capacity
6 - 20 travelers
Booking notice
3 days
Standard price
MYR 110.00/Pax
Yee L. I speak English, Mandarin
Experience the small-town traditions of Kuala Sepetang in Perak, and meet the locals who work hard to preserve their trades.

Kuala Sepetang is a fishing village in Perak that, unknown to many, is filled with traditional trades and culture. The village is famous for its charcoal factories, mangrove swamps, fresh seafood and other unique trades that have lasted across generations. In this tour, you will learn about the art of smoking charcoal, making dragon joss sticks, cultivating local mushrooms, and other fascinating local customs. You will also explore the peculiar yet peaceful village of Kuala Sangga. For lunch, you will enjoy a delicious seafood lunch with the signature fish congee.

Come explore Kuala Sepetang's hidden traditions and charm with Tia, up close like a local.

Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • 08:00 AM Meet at Kuala Sepetang
  • 08:30 AM Charcoal factory exploration, batik making and workshop
    Summary
    The charcoal factory in Matang is owned by Mr. Chuah, who loves to share his story and passion towards the art of producing charcoal. Charcoal making is long and laborious, as every single process in a charcoal factory is manually done by human power.

    You get to see for yourself how charcoal is produced, then it's time to get your hands busy! Batik making using the tannin in mangrove bark has been a long-standing but lesser known tradition in Kuala Sepetang, and you get to try it for yourself. You also get to experience debarking to understand the hard work that goes into this trade too. Have some charcoal baked sweet potato at the end of the tour.
    - Batik making using mangrove wood is a little known tradition in Kuala Sepetang
    - Tia shows a batik cloth made using mangrove bark as a natural dye.
    - You get to experience debarking at the charcoal factory
    - Charcoal kilns at the factory
  • 11:30 AM River cruise to Kuala Sangga and eagle sight seeing
    Summary
    Kuala Sangga is a peculiar fishing village built upon stilts, the peaceful village is a 30-minute boat ride away. See how locals make a living, have a drink at the local kopitiam and witness eagle feeding.
    - Locals at Kuala Sangga
    - Kuala Sangga, the peculiar fishing village
    - Coffee + Milo drinks made with rainwater
    - Eagle feeding at Kuala Sangga
  • 12:30 PM Have Seafood Porridge for Lunch
    Summary
    Try the local delicacy of Kuala Sepetang.
    - Fish porridge is a local delicacy in Kuala Sepetang
  • 01:30 PM Visit mushroom factory
    Summary
    Learn about the process of cultivating mushrooms in this family-run local business.
    - The farm owner shares the methods of cultivating mushrooms
    - Mushrooms in abundance at the farm
  • 02:30 PM Dragon Joss stick workshop
    Summary
    Learn to make joss sticks from a master in the trade.

    Joss sticks are made from a special powder, which consists of ground-up chips and bark of the local tree called kayu teja, also known as the wild cinnamon tree or joss stick tree. After mixing with water, a sticky dough is produced which is fashioned into decorative items for the dragon joss sticks. The dough is first compressed by machines and then stretched through metal rollers to the required thickness.

    The dough is then laid on wooden slabs and special shaped metal cutters are used to cut out required shapes like dragon claws, figurines, dragon whiskers, phoenix tails and so on. In other words, this is like making cookies at home!
    - Making dragon joss stick is a tedious process
  • 04:00 PM Tour ends
    Summary
    If you are still hungry, have a delicious bowl of local curry mee accompanied by ice kacang. Then it is time to head home!
    - Curry mee and ice kacang
Activity
Local Living , Hands-on Fun , Educational Fun
Transportation during tour
Others
Extra conditions
Flexible plan , Children friendly

Others

  • Travel notes
    Bring sunscreen as it will be sunny at Kuala Sangga.
3 Reviews
October 2017
Such an incredibly awesome tour! It was memorable, fun filled and well organized, I thoroughly enjoyed every single moment with Yee Ling!
October 2017
Awesome trip. Tia is a very knowledgeable tourist guide. She tells us stories of the people and the place. The people of each place gives us insights of art and culture that they are sustaining at this tech era. Getting my hands onto charcoal making and joss stick making, learning the complicated process and technique, is an experience that I cannot find else where. Thanks Tia! Thanks LokaLocal. Will be back with my parents!
October 2017
It’s surprising to know that there is still a place like Kuala Sepetang, where local traditions are well-preserved and close to the heart of its people. Thanks to Tia, we got to meet charcoal makers and joss stick makers who showed us the technique behind each craft. The best part is that we get to try them out as well! The experience has been incredibly different and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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