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After bathing, our dirver drove us straight to Taman Buaya (Crocodile Farm) in Teluk Sengat – a small town situated along the Johor River bank. The farm was really very big with hundreds of big and small crocodiles. The farm entrance fee was RM10 pax. We paid an additional RM10 for 3 chickens to see crocodile feeding.

RM10 for 3 chickens! I thought it was a deal until i saw the chickens. Real dead, smelly and almost rotten. Trick from me: if you visit the farm, let other groups buy the chickens so that you can watch free crocodile feeding=) Dun be like me, i paid for others to watch as well. See so many people in the photo, i don’t know them. Visitors were not allowed to feed the crocodiles themselves. All feedings were done by the farm’s workers. There were many old crocodiles. This one without any teeth was about 125 years old.

We spent about an hour in the farm. After which we went to a local restaurant for dinner. We patronised a restaurant recommended by a staff (English speaking Chinese aunty in her early sixties) of the farm. She claimed that it was the best zi cha in town. Later it turned out to be a halah restaurant in disguise of a Chinese zi cha stall. The restaurant was ran by Malays and the cooks were all Malays. The food was so so, definitely not the best in town. We were shocked when the same Chinese aunty turned up to collect the dinner bill from us. Hmm…if you happen to visit the farm, remember to look out for this “entrepreneur” aunty. After dinner, we rushed back to Kota Tinggi town for the firefly river cruise.

There are a number of firefly river cruise operators in Kota Tinggi town. All of them are located along the bank of Johor River. The cruise is quite popular so it is advisable to make a telephone booking a few days prior. The first cruise departs aound 730 pm. It lasts for 45 mins and costs RM20 pax. The boat has a sitting capacity of 40 pax. The boat will venture upstream into the mangrove swamp areas where the fireflies reside. Upon reaching the fireflies zone, the boatman will throttle down the boat engine and crusie slowly around the area. From a distance the fireflies look like miniature flashing LEDs on mangrove trees, producing a christmas tree effect. We ended this trip with the firefly river crusie and reached back Singapore Customs around 1030 pm.

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