"A Fishing Village on Stilts" Top 5 Page for this destination Kukup by bpacker

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The edge of Johor's waters

Right down at the edge of Johor's brackish waters, lies a little village that rest on stilts above the water. Now this charming place is called Kukup Laut and it's over here where you'll find houses, temples and restaurants linked by a series of creaky wooden walkways. Yes, this place does have its quaint and rustic charms and it has appealed to me, many other Singaporeans and other unfortunate urban dwellers. There's nothing more we love but to drive out to the water's edge over here for a spot of seafood and sightseeing.

Touring a Mangrove Swamp?

Now, before you think touring a bog is a pretty daft idea, let me just say, very casually that Pulau Kukup Johor National Park is the biggest mangrove swamp island in the world. Taking a look at it will give you an idea of Yoda's swamp planet and life in the wetlands. And no, visiting it won't make you a Jedi but it'll sure hell make you appreciate nature a bit more. Click here to read more about it.

Wierd Encounters of the Kelong Kind

Besides the biggest bog island in the world, there's lots of floating fish farms (Kelongs) that bob up and down on Kukup's waters. And on those farms, you can find pretty strange decorative items for your house. Click here to read more about it.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Delicious and fresh seafood at reasonable prices
  • Cons:Pot holes on roads, hellish if you're a biker
  • In a nutshell:Charming village on Stilts
  • Last visit to Kukup: Jan 2002
  • Intro Updated Dec 23, 2004
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  • Aidy_p's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2008 at 6:08 AM

    I was just going through your kukup entry and kudos to you for a great write-up! Hope to visit that place one day. :)

  • muddybok's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2006 at 11:10 PM

    You have some of the best and funniest pages on VT.

  • flying_dolphin7's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2006 at 5:40 AM

    Hey very nice tips in Kukup .. it's very helpful!! Cya this coming friday VT meeting :) Christine

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2005 at 6:12 AM

    nice kukup page >> want to be there someday. speaking about cap chay, seems yes. but rather to kimlo in my lingo :) i do like this light soup. enak sekali :)

  • rejoice's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2005 at 11:49 PM

    Hi there, Thanks for your comprehensive info on Kukup. Plan to visit Kukup tomorrow and your info helps alot!!!

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2004 at 2:58 AM

    Hi Glenda / aka backpacker girl your Kukup pages is cool. It's fun to learn we are not the only places with flies and bugs, LOL. Cheers from freezing Labrador :-)

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2004 at 7:18 AM

    Kukup is one of the popular places to visit for Singaporeans. My mum, aunties & uncles have been to Kukup twice recently and enjoyed staying there.

  • bkoon's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2004 at 8:12 PM

    Hmmm... it has been a long time since I last went to Kukup for seafood. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  • kenmerk's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2004 at 11:42 PM

    Well,,, where I come from, if you sit in the mangrove and wait long enuf, usually the alligator is gonna get u.... ;o))) Those spicy snacks sure look good tho'...

  • kentishgirl's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2004 at 5:18 AM

    Oh I loved Kukup, I remember eating Chilli Crab in the seafoord restaurant! Bliss!! Well done - Cracking page - bringing back great memories!


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