Sepetang

Kuala Sepetang is a coastal town located in the District of Larut Matang and Selama, Perak, Malaysia.  Also known as  ‘Port Weld,’ which was named after a former Governor-Sir Frederick Weld during the colonial period.  It is a thriving fishing village, and the main jumping-off point to the river mouth community of Kuala Sangga is a Chinese fishing community at the river mouth specializes in fish breeding in cages.  The Port Weld railway station located at the centre of town and the railway was the connecting railway line to Taiping, the second largest town after Ipoh, the state capital of Perak.  This was the first railway line in the Peninsular Malaysia.  Today the railway tracks have been dismantled, leaving only the Port Weld railway sign.  The ticketing booth has been converted into a Chinese coffee shop, and the shop owner has retained the railway signboard as it is a very precious historical relic of more than 132 years old (as of year 2016).

Visit to the fishing village of Kuala Sepetang is incomplete without trying out the seafood. There is one particular seafood restaurant which is situated on the upper floor of a shop lot overlooking the river.

Kuala Sepetang is also well known for the largest mangrove swamp reserve park in Malaysia covers an astonishing area of 40,000 hectares which is open to the public daily. It has a boardwalk built over the swamp for tourists, and chalets in which tourists can rent to stay the night on the riverfront. There are also charcoal kilns, some of which are open for tourist visits.