Port Klang (Malay: Pelabuhan Kelang or Pelabuhan Klang) is the principal port in Selangor, a state of Malaysia. It also serves as the port for the Klang Valley, Malaysia's most developed region where the capital Kuala Lumpur is located.
There is nothing much to bring a traveller to Port Klang except for the ferry links to Dumai and Tanjung Balai Asahan, both in Sumatra, Indonesia. Port Klang and Klang town is very popular as Food Haven for locals and dynamic entreprenuer business. The largest AEON shopping center in Southeast Asia is operational in 2008 and the largest Wholesale city called GM Klang is projected to commence its wholesale business for products such as fashion apparels, all kinds of bags, ladies accessories, watches, building materials, electrical and electronic devices and more by the mid of 2009. Like most port cities, Port Klang has a seedy feel to it and most of its buildings and structures are maritime-related, such as warehouses, storage tanks and offices.
In maritime terms, Port Klang actually consists of three distinct ports. The port nearest to Port Klang town is known as the South Port. There is also a North Port and the newly developed Westport located on an island just off the coast of Port Klang.
An elevated expressway linking the South Port (and hence Port Klang town) and North Port connects to the Shah Alam Expressway which then leads to the North South Expressway.
By bus and taxi
The Port Klang bus and taxi terminal is inconveniently located about 1km inland from the port area. One can walk the distance but the heat, noise and pollution may make it an unpleasant experience.
The railway station is located just outside the port area across the road from the ferry terminal. KTM Komuter, Klang Valley's commuter train network, links the station with Klang (20 minutes) and Kuala Lumpur (one hour 10 minutes) with trains once every 15 minutes during peak hours, and once every 20 minutes during off-peak hours.
The ferry terminal - with the grand official name Passenger Cruise Terminal - is located in the port area where the Federal Highway (which is a two-lane city road at this point) meets the sea.
While Dumai allows for visa on arrival, Tanjung Balai Asahan does NOT issue visas on arrival and travellers need a visa in advance.
Malaysian citizens do not need a visa for a stay of up to 30 days and can enter at either port.
i.e Terminal to Port Klang City RM60 rtn. Terminal to KL including sightseeing RM240. Terminal to KL RM180. SCT to KL airport RM90 (as of 27 Oct2009). A taxi is required to reach the Port Klang train staion as well.
Walk to get from the ferry terminal to the railway station and bus and taxi terminal. Port Klang town just beyond the bus and taxi terminal and can also be reached on foot.
Chitirai Poornima Hindu Festival - in early May the area around the train station becomes a spectacle of Hindu devotion as pilgrims make their way under various painful burdens and chemical influences to the nearby Hindu temple.
Unless you are here on shipping business, there is not a lot to do in Port Klang except to catch the ferry or to move on to Kuala Lumpur or other destinations.
Like in many other port cities, Hokkien is widely spoken here.
Most locals head out to the Bagan Hailam area for good and relatively cheap (for the Klang Valley) seafood. Restaurants line the road and most are built on stilts over water. Other areas famous for seafood include Pandamaran and Teluk Gong, both south of Port Klang.
The town of Klang, 8 km away, is famous for the pork rib soup bak kut teh and worth a visit if in the vicinity.
Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) is a mangrove covered island off the coast of Port Klang. The entire village is built on stilts and makes for an interesting day trip. About 15 ferries per day (RM7 one way, 45 min, the last boat from the island leaves at 5.30PM on weekdays and at 6PM on weekends and holidays) run from the Pulau Ketam jetty beside (and not inside) the Passenger Cruise Terminal. The island is popular at weekends as people from as far as Kuala Lumpur make the trip for good seafood.