The truth is I’d never even heard of Klang when I signed up for a tour my hostel was running. I just honed in on the key word food and added my name to the list. Next thing I knew, I, along with six others were in a kombi van, west-bound for a city I’d never heard of. Klang is a 50 minutes from Kuala Lumpur and is known for its excellent food and its rich, cultural history.
Our first stop was to Restoran Seng Hat Bak Kuh Teh where they’re famous for the pork dish, bak kuh teh. If you don’t eat pork they also do the same broth dish with eggs or chicken feet. The chicken feet was particularly good. Klang has a sizeable Hokkien population, and this is one of the best places in the world to try one of their signature dishes.
Feeling full from our very early but delicious lunch, we headed to Seraph Awaken where they make fantastic coffee – many of the selections are hand brewed right in front of you. Hibiscus features heavily on the menu in the form of tea, infused coffee or in the ice blocks.
After we’d enjoyed our coffee we headed to the nearby Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery, a museum dedicated to the former sultan of Selangor. If you have a real interest in Malaysian monarchical history then it would be interesting but personally I wouldn’t go there again. It was located in a pretty building though.
On our way back to Kuala Lumpur, we made a short stop off at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque – or simply the Blue Mosque, aptly named for its enormous blue dome.
The dome is in fact the largest dome of any mosque in the world and its four minarets are the second highest in the world. If that’s not enough for you, it’s also Malaysia’s biggest mosque. In other words this is an incredibly important architectural site and I was really happy to pay it a visit.
You are free to walk around the outside however if you want to enter the mosque then there are a few rules. Firstly you need to go outside of prayer time so as not to interrupt those who came to worship at the mosque. You will also need to cover up. For men, this means wearing shorts below the knee. For women you will need to cover everything up and also wear a chador or hijab. A couple of the women in my tour group had their own scarves handy. For everyone else there were robes and chadors supplied. I have to say it was the first time I’ve ever worn any type of religious head covering and it was certainly a different experience – the main sensation being how hot I got walking around under the Malaysian sun. Nevertheless, it was worth it just to admire the beautiful architecture of the mosque.
Once we had finished our tour of the mosque, we got back in the kombi and returned to Kuala Lumpur.
I would recommend a visit to Klang; the food was excellent and the city streets looked beautiful. I wish I’d had more time to look around at some of the buildings, but that’s not always possible when on a tour. If you are heading to Klang, do stop at the Blue Mosque, for it’s a beautiful site.
I hadn’t planned to do any of the things that I did on this tour but that’s the beauty of traveling – sometimes you find places you never knew existed
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
How do you get to Klang?
Klang is approximately a 50 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur, so if you’re not already joining a tour group you could get an Uber or a taxi.
There is a train to Klang via the KTM Komuter and costs 3.60 RM for the 50 minute train ride. ($1.05 AUD, 0,70€, £0.65, $0.85 USD)
How much does it cost?
A shared meal at Restoran Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh is approximately 10RM per person ($2.95 AUD, 1,95€, £1.80, $2.35 USD)
Coffees at Seraph Awaken are typically around 12 RM ($3.50 AUD, 2,40€, £2.10, $2.80 USD)
Entry to the Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery is free (though like I said, I wouldn’t put it high on your to-do list)
Entry to the the Blue Mosque is free including the borrowing of attire