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All About Kuala Sungai Baru
Located at the mouth of the River Sungai Baharu on the coast of the Straits of Malacca, this small beach town is distinguished by its traditional wooden kampung houses that hover over the water on stilts alongside Malay fishing boats. Indeed water plays a major role in the economy of Kuala Sungai Baru, with the Malaysian Maritime Academy just a 10-minute drive north along the coast. The village has a selection of sandy beaches worth exploring, including the Teluk Belanga Beach, with views stretching across the Straits of Malacca towards the rolling hills of Indonesia. Kuala Sungai Baru is surrounded by a flat, verdant landscape filled with green fields and exotic trees; the main road running through the heart of the village features a selection of multi-colored shopfronts alongside cafes and restaurants.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Kuala Sungai Baru?
Located just north of the equator, Kuala Sungai Baru enjoys hot temperatures throughout the year. The town is next to the Straits of Malacca, so humidity levels can get very high and rain is always possible. You’ll see the highest rainfall during October and November, and the lowest amount of rain from January through March. Monsoon season for the west coastal region runs from May through September. Regardless of when you visit, you should always have an umbrella handy, and be sure to pack sturdy shoes.
What are the top things to do in Kuala Sungai Baru?
Pulau Konet island
As the tide rolls out, head across a strip of sand or “tombolo” to reach the small island of Pulau Konet, just off the coast of Kuala Sungai Baru. The island is filled with trees, red laterite rocks, and sandy beaches. Be aware that you need to pay close attention to the timing of your return, as the water rises once again and cuts the island off from the mainland.
On a headland overlooking the Straits of Malacca, around a 15-minute drive north of the coastal road out of Kuala Sungai Baru, you’ll find the remains of the Dutch Fort. Also known as Kuala Linggi Fort and Kota Bukit Supai, the fort has a history dating back to the 18th century. Although the main buildings have long gone, you can explore the laterite stone walls and a number of reproduction cannons.
Pengkalan Balak Beach
Travel just a few minutes south on the coastal road to reach a traditional Malay fishing community at Pengkalan Balak Beach. Take advantage of the long stretch of golden sand, where locals come to take in the sun, go fishing, and camp with tranquil views across the sea.