Pulau Ketam Trip Part Two

There aren’t many landmarks in Pulau Ketam. So, even the basic facilities like the police station and fire station are considered as local attractions.


I am pretty sure [tag]Pulau Ketam[/tag] is a safe place to have a dedicated police station serving the residents.


Bomba Sukarelawan Pulau Ketam was formed in 1972, located not far from the police station. It was a need by the residents of Pulau Ketam because a few fire incidents happened back in the 60s and 70s. Pulau Ketam’s residents form the team of volunteer fire fighters.

pulau ketam chess association

There is also a Chinese chess association within the residential area. I noticed more tourists used this place to rest more than playing chess though, lol. It can be quite tiring walking up and down the island under the hot sun.

pulau ketam fried ice cream

An elderly couple sells fried ice cream right in front of a clinic. Being the only fried ice cream stall in Pulau Ketam they get to monopoly the business, hehe.

pulau ketam

Pulau Ketam’s houses are not really built on land, they are more like constructed on stilts above the water. Quite similar to Chew Jetty in Penang. I noticed there’s no proper drainage and waste system. So, most of them just throw their rubbish into the water. It’s an eye sore, really.

pulau ketam dirty

See? Speechless, lol. I have heard of many stories regarding Pulau Ketam’s dirtiness. But I honestly did not expect it to be this bad, and the stench is quite unbearable too.

pulau ketam public toilet

This is the only public toilet I saw in Pulau Ketam. It’s the first thing you will see as soon as reach the jetty. And yeah you guessed it right, it flushes directly into the sea! Eww? LOL!

pulau ketam

Let’s move to see something not so polluted, lol. As you might have guessed, most people in Pulau Ketam work as fishermen and sell seafood products. Almost each house has a boat big or small parked in front.

peel prawns

After these prawns are peeled, they will be taken to the restaurants or further processed to make prawn crackers. I saw some tourists wanting to buy the prawns as fishing baits. But the ladies won’t sell it regardless of the price being offered.

Peel La la

This lady is peeling the tiny la la to extract the flesh. Based on the amount of la la she peeled and the amount of flesh accumulated in the small plastic bowl, all I can say it’s pure hard work. These la la flesh would be then sold to the hawkers to prepare the popular La La Chien.

pulau ketam CHINESE TEMPLE

The majority of Pulau Ketam’s residents is Chinese and a few temples can be found. Among all buildings, I found that the temples are the cleanest, most beautiful and well taken care of. If you noticed, the statues on the temple are prawns and fishes, pretty unique!

pulau ketam CHINESE TEMPLE

Another temple, which is bigger in size.


A very nice looking arch named the Buddha Door opposite the temple I just mentioned.

bai wu chang

In front of the big temple is a god statue. From the the appearance, I think he’s Bai Wu Chang. Most noted for his long tongue, white face and robes.


Behind this door is a wall of Chinese painting, a small sculptured cave with Guan Yin inside. There’s also a dragon statue which I think is the guard?


Next to the wall is a enclosed corner with live tortoises. I don’t have a clue why the tortoises are there, but it did attract many kids.

pulau ketam boat

In less than a few hours, we have finished walking around the island and decided to return to Port Klang. The ferry is pretty stable and fast, taking about half an hour to 40 minutes to reach the destination.

pulau ketam jetty

Well, in all the trip was so so for me. The sight of rubbish floating on the water under the houses was a real turn off and eye opener for me. But at least seafood was pretty good and cheap (except the crabs) I do hope they improve the basic facilities like toilets and try to keep the island clean.

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  1. cumi&ciki

    sanitation is pretty bad huh? that’s a shame..however, u capture the ppl peeling prawns/lala really well! nice shots

    vk: Thanks a lot! That 2 photos are the ones I really liked in this post.

  2. m0n pEt!t

    I’ve been there before. The place is OMG-ly dirty. You may see the rubbish everywhere, every corner. But the seafood there is truly appetizing. And most important, the facilities of the only chinese primary school there are even better than JB’s. ><

    m0n pEt!t’s last blog post..Ideal Camera for Unsung Photographer

    vk: Wow, is it? Didn’t expect the school in Pulau Ketam to have better facilities than in JB. Rubbish is every corner, true.. I wonder why they can’t have a proper place to collect the rubbish..

  3. ooisengbeng

    Visiting the kelong (greenway Mr vincent) turn up to be the most friendly people I have meet.I reach without any bait for fishing and mr vincent have solve it for me.When reaching the kelong I forgot about cigarretes and he have once again save my day.At night the generator broke down and they come to take us to pulau ketam and return all our payment with their deepest apologize.IF visiting a fishing trip in the kelong I strongly recommend this place also bring some charcoal they have the set for barbecue. It will be greats.
    Pulau ketam we stay in the sea lion hotel very friendly receptionist.Clean room with very very reasonable price.We stroll down the village the road is about only 5 feet wide.The village is like a small china town.The food in Pin Xiang was very very good especially their dry crab best spicy crab I have taste.
    This is the only place without any motorbike and cars.They have ban it due to sfety reasons.Travelling is all by bycle.
    Next time I go there I will try to make arrangement to go with their fisherman for a fishermen trip hunting for prawns.,crab,fish.
    Pulau Ketam turn out to be a chinese fishing village.

    1. Marco

      i have visit greenway before, that time i overnight there, it leave a sweet memory for me with my Girl friend.Now, i am marriage because i propose with her at that night, so romance at that night. We fishing together, bbq together, and chating without any disturd.I should say thanks….greenway.^^
      when my child 1 year old i will be there one more time with my family.bye

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