Tanjung Harapan, Port Klang

Tanjung Harapan translates as ‘Cape of Good Hope’ but apart from being next to the sea I cannot imagine the Malaysian version has much in common with its more famous South African namesake.

This may be a shack but it still enjoys satellite TV.

Tanjung Harapan is a 2km  stretch of tree-lined shoreline bordering the Port Klang Golf Resort and is a calm oasis amid the bustling industrial estates and shipping terminals of the surrounding North Port of Port Klang.

Container terminal at Port Klang.

People come here (mostly Malaysians) to enjoy the sea breezes, stroll along the walkway, to fish or to dine at one of the seafood restaurants which are built on stilts above the water’s edge.

Medan Muara Ikan Bakar seafood restaurant.

In an attempt to spruce up the area and make it more attractive to visitors they have constructed a replica Bugis schooner and embedded it in concrete on the walkway.

Bugis schooner at Tanjung Harapan.

Being a hot afternoon, I took a refreshing guava juice from one of the mobile vendors. The stall next door sold an excellent spicy fried egg sandwich (better than it sounds!).

Guava juice seller at Tanjung Harapan.

There is a grey sandy beach but not really suitable for swimming – too many discarded sharp objects and lots of rubbish. Someone had left a gold coloured figurine half buried in the sand looking like a Hindu version of King Canute, defying the waves to wash him away. I wonder if he is still there.

Welcome to Tanjung Harapan.