We made a detour to Kuala Sepetang on our way to Taiping.
It was a raining day, with cloudy sky and drizzling the whole day. We stopped by the famous charcoal factory at Matang.
The best time to visit the mangrove charcoal factories is during morning 8am-10am on a sunny day. While the sun is at low angle, you may likely to see sun rays penetrating through the roof and windows, contrasted by the dusty hall.
We have to come back on another day to try our luck.
If you are visiting in the afternoon hours, the high tide will fill up the canals with seawater.
We were lucky to witness the sealing of the baking cone. The worker mixing cement with yellow clay, which will endure the high temperature better than merely cement.
There are only less than a handful of master craftsmen in the region who could build such brick cones. Each cone was built without drawing plan, merely based on experience. Each cone is built using more than 20,000 red bricks.
We saw few tour groups visiting Sepetang. The normal itinerary would be charcoal factor > mangrove forest > fishing village > seafoods > bird watching. We skipped most of these and went for the famous crispy shrimp, one of my favourite in Kuala Sepetang (RM10).
There are also some fishery products for sales in town.
Time to depart from Port Weld (old name for Kuala Sepetang) and head for more food hunt in Taiping town.