Sky Mirror Malaysia looks like something straight out of a fairytale. We’ve been here a couple of times and it never gets old, seeing how perfectly the beautiful blue skies are reflected on the glistening water.
Being here will make you feel like you’ve been transported to a mirror-like dimension, and it’s not hard to see why. So to share this experience with you, we’ve curated this travel guide, where you’ll learn everything you need to know to make sure you make the most out of your time here!
From fun facts, to where to stay, how to get here and more, we’ll discuss everything in detail to get you prepared for your visit. So without further ado, let’s get started!
Best Time to Go
One thing you should know about Sky Mirror Malaysia is that it’s not available every day. The best time to go to Sky Mirror Malaysia is only during the days when the phenomenon will appear, which is twice a month.
The only times that this attraction will be available are during the full moon and new moon period. This means that you have to plan strategically to make sure that your visit won’t go in vain.
Alternatively, you can check out the curated tours posted on the official Sky Mirror Tour website, to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Things to Know
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (RM)
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Language: Malay, English
Calling Code: +60
How does Sky Mirror work?
Sky Mirror is located in the middle of the straits of the Malacca Sea. It’s sort of a hidden island/sand bar that only appears on low tides, and anytime it does emerge, it will take 60 to 90 minutes before submerging again.
During the time it does appear, it causes phenomena where shallow waters cover the entire island, making the ground look like a flawless mirror. This, paired with the fact that it’s in the middle of the Malacca Sea, makes it look like something straight out of a fantasy book.
How to Get to Sky Mirror Malaysia
Guests can only go to the Sky Mirror via two of the jetties located in Kuala Selangor. These jetties will take you to Sasaran Beach where you’ll find the beautiful optical illusion of the Sky Mirror.
As for getting to Kuala Selangor itself, here are some ways you can follow:
Trains: There is no direct train ride that goes from KL to Kuala Selangor. You could, however, ride the KL Sentral and drop off at Klang. From there, you can make your way to the Lorong Stesen Bas and catch a bus that’s bound for Terminal Bas Kuala Selangor.
The train ride will cost around RM4.48 to RM5.70 and will take about 1 hour and 7 minutes. As for the bus ride, it will cost around RM5 and take about an hour.
Buses: If you want to save money, you can take a bus from KL to Kuala Selangor. Keep in mind, however, that your travel time will be a lot longer, as you’ll have to make a stop at Klang first.
Start your trip by riding a bus at the Opposite Pasar Seni bus station that’s heading to Lorong Stesen Bas in Klang, Selangor. These buses arrive every 20 minutes and will cost around RM18.75.
From Lorong Stesen Bus, ride another bus but this time, one that’s bound for Terminal Bas Kuala Selangor. This second trip will cost about RM5 and will take about an hour on top of the 47 minutes or so bus ride from KL, putting the total travel time at 1 hour and 47 minutes.
Taxis: If you want the fastest way to get to Sky Mirror Malaysia without having to drive on your own, you can easily hail a taxi. The trip will last around an hour and the fare will range from RM154 to RM187, depending on the traffic.
Private car: If you prefer to have a more private trip on your way to Sky Mirror Malaysia, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s only an hour’s drive away from KL. If you don’t have a car, you can get in touch with one of the car rental services in KL, and they’ll fix you up with what you need.
Alternatively, you can also download the Grab app, which is sort of South East Asia’s version of Uber. Finding a driver that’s willing to go from KL to Kuala Selangor may be difficult though as not all of them are willing to take the trip.
Where to Stay in Sky Mirror Malaysia
101 Sky Mirror Homestay
Address: 1-01 Jalan Sultan Mahmud Villa Malawati Apartment, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-380 0357
If location is at the top of your priority, we recommend staying at 101 Sky Mirror Homestay. This nice and cosy place is conveniently located nearby the official jetty that you have to ride to reach the attraction itself.
This is our go-to place to stay when visiting the beautiful Sky Mirror, and we can say with confidence that they offer more than a convenient location. For starters, each room comes with free wifi for all guests so you can stay connected online without paying for data roaming.
Since this is more of a residency than a hotel, each room can be decorated differently. However, you can rest assured that each room will come with all the necessary amenities such as air conditioning, warm water, flat-screen TVs and more.
There was even this one time when we got to book a room with a gaming console! This allowed us to stay entertained even when we were indoors.
Address: Jln Peninsular Utama 1, Pasir Penambang, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-3277 2172
A nice three-star hotel that we think deserves its flowers is this place called Apps Hotel. We loved our stay here when we went on a vacation in Kuala Selangor back in the day because it was highly affordable.
For a budget hotel, we were treated to such a premium stay, which can be attributed to the quality of their rooms. We stayed in one of their family rooms, which had more than ample space to accommodate all 4 of us.
We also loved how our room had a nice view of the nearby Selangor River, as it added more value to the money we spent to stay here.
De Palma Resort
Address: Jalan Tanjung Keramat, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 16-986 5083
If you’re like us who always want to be in the middle of all the action, we recommend booking a stay at De Palma Resort. It’s located at the heart of Kuala Selangor and is a stone’s throw away from the jetty that will take you to Sky Mirror Malaysia.
Aside from that, you’ll also have the pleasure of being nearby other attractions such as the National Park, City Centre, Bukit Melawati Hill and more.
Location aside, this place is still a solid option because of its amenities. We got to enjoy free wifi on their premises as well as a powerful air conditioner and a huge flat-screen TV inside our rooms.
We were also surprised to see how beautifully decorated each room was, which made our stay extra pleasant. On top of that, they offered different kinds of suites that could accommodate different groups, which is a great option to have when travelling with friends.
Vi Boutique Hotel
Address: Pasir Penambang, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-3281 2219
Another affordable accommodation option we recommend in Kuala Selangor is Vi Boutique Hotel. We were a bit sceptic before checking into this hotel when we first visited it because of its cheap price, but it’s safe to say that it exceeded our expectations.
Starting with the rooms themselves, we loved how spacious they were, as it was able to accommodate our group with some space to spare. Furthermore, it was a comfortable stay thanks to their soft and plush beds, air conditioning and most importantly, clean premises.
It also has a nice pool, which we had the pleasure of dipping our toes in when we stayed here during our last trip to Kuala Selangor. We also appreciated that they had a 24-hour receptionist, as they were able to meet our needs throughout our stay on their premises.
Where to Eat in Sky Mirror Malaysia
Restoran Medan Ikan Bakar Pantai Jeram
Address: Jeram, 45800 Jeram, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-236 2467
After taking majestic photos at the Sky Mirror, we recommend getting back to shore and checking out Restoran Medan Ikan Bakar Pantai Jeram. This place is located just on the coastline of Pantai Remis, and its seafood offerings are as fresh as they come!
We loved our experience in this seafood restaurant because of two key factors: quality and affordability. On top of that, they’re also halal-friendly, so plus points for that as well.
There were tons of dishes that caught our attention but we eventually ended up with their grilled fish and chili crab. It’s safe to say that we were right in making this decision, as we highly enjoyed feasting on these fresh seafood items.
Restoran Tian Wai Tian
Address: 143, Taman Pinggiran, Pasir Penambang, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-3289 2507
When you return to the Sky Mirror Jetty in Kuala Selangor, there’s this great Chinese spot we recommend called Restoran Tian Wai Tian. It serves high-quality seafood and authentic Chinese dishes that we think you’ll love.
One of the things that stood out for us (aside from the food itself) is the ambience. We felt like we were visiting a friend with how cosy and homey the atmosphere is here, which made us enjoy our dining experience even more.
As for the dishes themselves, they’re great as well! Not to mention that they were also affordable even though the portions were massive.
Auntie Foo Cafe at Kuala Selangor
Address: 1, Jalan Raja Abdullah, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-3281 1939
Another great restaurant we tried when we returned to the official Sky Mirror Jetty is Auntie Foo Cafe. This place is great, as it can cater to a broader audience by not only serving local delicacies but Western food as well.
They also serve a superb version of ice cendol, which the kids will surely love! It’s creamy, sweet and filled with different toppings–three factors that make a great dessert.
The ambience is pretty chill as well. In fact, we found ourselves spending an hour or so in this restaurant because of the atmosphere.
Photography Tips When Visiting Sky Mirror
Of course, the first order of business, when you arrive here, is to take tons and tons of photos. It’s not always that you get to witness a beautiful phenomenon such as this so we recommend taking as many photos and videos as you can!
We’re not talking about plain photos where you just stand either! We highly recommend taking advantage of the naturally formed mirror to take some of the most creative shots and do different poses.
Just be sure to make the most out of your time because usually, you’ll only have a window of about 60 to 90 minutes before the tide rises again. Don’t worry though as you’ll be under the supervision of professionals who will tell you when it’s time to go.
To help you make the most out of your limited time in Sky Mirror, check out some of our photography tips below:
Play with perspective
One of the most common things that you’ll see other people try with their photos is playing with perspective. This simply means making small things huge and vice-versa, but you can be as creative as you want to take this technique to the next level.
For instance, one friend could step closer to the camera to make them look gigantic while you and the rest of your group pose far away. From there, the possibilities are endless–our favourite is when the person closest to the camera pretends to step on their friends.
Use props creatively
Another way you can play with perspective is by bringing props into your shots. One creative thing we saw was when someone brought a miniature Eiffel Tower and they placed it near the camera to make it look massive.
They then posed far back from the camera to take a romantic shot for the ages. What makes this extra special is the fact that both the Eiffel Tower as well as the couple were perfectly reflected on the surface of the Sky Mirror.
Another prop you can use will often be provided by your tour operator, which is the umbrella. Depending on your creativity, you can do just about any pose you can think of with it!
If you’re like us who love gimmicky photos, we recommend holding onto the umbrella and making it seem like the wind is blowing you away. This simple pose can turn out great, especially if done right so don’t be afraid to practice and take multiple photos.
It also helps that the umbrella itself is rainbow-coloured which adds more beauty to the overall awesome show that you’ll end up with.
Do some yoga poses
Since the mirror-like optical illusion oozes zen vibes, it’s a no-brainer to try some yoga poses in your photos. Not only will you end up with the most majestic poses but you’ll also get your daily dose of exercise–trust us on this one, you’re gonna hear a crack or two during these poses.
You can even take it up a notch and time your jump just as the camera shutter clicks so that it would look like you’re levitating. This is one of our favourite poses to do here because the reflection will also make it look like you’re actually floating.
Make a pinwheel with your friends
One of our absolute favourite poses to do as a trio is creating a pinwheel illusion with the water’s reflection. It’s a bit difficult to achieve at first but with proper practice, you’ll end up with a pretty cool photo you can show off with your friends online!
First, determine who among you three is the strongest and place them in the middle, they’ll need to muster up some strength for this one. As for the two others, they’ll hang on each hand of the person in the middle, thus creating a pinwheel effect–cool right?
Form a human pyramid!
If you’re with a large group and you’re looking to do something creative, we recommend forming a human pyramid! For this specific pose, you all need to put in an effort as there’s no easy way around it but trust us, it will be worth it once you see the outcome!
If you want our advice, get the strongest out of the bunch and have them on the lowermost part of the pyramid. This way, you’ll have sturdier support for your pyramid and avoid falling over before the camera snaps a photo.
Go for creative jump shots
When in doubt, jump! It’s one of the simplest things you can do yet the results are always awe-inspiring.
Whether you’re flying solo or with a group, you can do this pose to add a bit of flair to your tourist photos. Honestly, we aren’t normally fans of jump shots, but with how the water perfectly reflects us while we’re in the air, we can’t help but try it.
Jump after jump, we were always impressed with the results because it would seem like we were floating in the air. Plus, it also helps that the background consists of an endless sea of clouds and water.
Which Nearby Attractions to Visit in Sky Mirror Malaysia
Melawati Hill is a great place to visit if you want to get a glimpse of the past while admiring the present. This hillfort was constructed by local Malays during the 16th century, and we’ve got to say, it still holds up pretty well today!
We recommend stopping by this attraction during your visit to Kuala Selangor because of its beautiful sights. For instance, some of the remnants from the old days can be found here including an old lighthouse and Fort Malawati.
We want to highlight the lighthouse more, as this towering structure is something to behold. It features an all-white appearance and stands 27 metres high–talk about impressive craftsmanship right?
Lastly, if you’re lucky enough, you can even witness the cute species of Silvered Leaf Monkeys to make your trip extra memorable!
Kuala Selangor Nature Park
If basking in the natural beauty of Sky Mirror Malaysia isn’t enough for your daily dose of the great outdoors, we’ve got just the place for you! Located just a few kilometres nearby the jetties is where you’ll find the famous Kuala Selangor Nature Park.
Here, you’ll get to be surrounded by countless trees and greeneries, giving you the sense of serenity that you never knew you needed. Trust us, nothing beats under the lush beautiful forest with nothing but the sound of leaves crumpling and birds tweeting–it’s free therapy!
In total, this natural park spans 2.9 square kilometres and is divided into three types of biomes if that’s what you like to call them. This includes the lake, mangrove forest and a secondary forest, all of which house different species of wild animals, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!
There are also a bunch of trails that you can follow to challenge your trekking skills. Don’t worry though as they’re nowhere near the calibre of the toughest hiking trails in Malaysia such as Bukit Kutu and Mount Santubong.
Kuala Selangor District Historical Museum
We don’t know about you but when we visit a new place, we always try our best to learn more about it. That’s why we recommend visiting Kuala Selangor District Historical Museum before or after you go to Sky Mirror because you’ll pick up quite a few things about this town.
You won’t have a hard time finding something here that will fascinate your eyes, as everything that’s featured here is part of history. It’s a great place where you can just get lost and be an open book, as you absorb new things that will make you appreciate the town even more.
We also like how accessible this museum is, if that makes any sense. We say this because it’s separated into seven different sections that are chronically arranged to tell a cohesive story about Kuala Selangor’s upbringing.
Exhibits here include dioramas, audiovisuals and kiosks, all of which are highly interesting to witness. Plus, the best part about this place is that admission tickets are completely free–just be sure to visit it during its operating hours.
Kuala Selangor District Historical Museum is open every day except Mondays from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Kampung Kuantan Fireflies Park
Living in Selangor is like being a part of a kid’s fantasy or a fairy tale. We say this because not only will you be able to witness a gigantic mirror, but you’ll also get to cruise through a firefly-filled river.
Kids will love going to this attraction because of the beautiful sight of glowing fireflies. You can do this by riding a wooden boat through the river of Selangor, which is great for both your experience and the environment.
What to Expect from Selangor Weather
Selangor is to visit all year long because of its pleasant weather. However, do keep in mind that this state is one of the most humid areas in Malaysia as a whole, so expect to break a sweat once or twice during your visit here.
Then again, it won’t hurt to check the weather before your visit to ensure that the sea is calm and the skies are bright and blue.
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