Faces of
Malaysia
Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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Taman Negara, Malaysia

Boat Ride to Taman Negara

address: Kuala Tembeling to / from Kuala Tahan
boat-kuala-tembeling-kuala-tahan-taman-negara.jpg, The scenic 2.5 h boat ride between Kuala Tembeling and Kuala Tahan (Taman Negara Headquarters) makes the trip to the park itself a highlight.
view from the comfortable seat on the longboat
The scenic 2.5 h boat ride between Kuala Tembeling and Kuala Tahan (Taman Negara Headquarters) makes the trip to the park itself a highlight.
  • departure from Taman Negara (Kuala Tahan): 9am
  • departure from Kuala Tembeling: 2pm
  • duration of boat ride: 2.5h - 3h
  • don't forget to bring shades, hat, drinking water, food, sun lotion
  • the boat ride is part of the Taman Negara tour package but can also be booked independently
  • simple wooden long-tail boat, sitting on the floor with cushions for butt and back
  • boat has roof to give you some sun cover
  • no toilet on the boat (there are toilets at the jetty in Kuala Tembeling)
  • during the dryer season (march - october) the water level on the river might be low and the boat needs to maneuver around the banks or occasianally might get stuck
  • you might see water buffalos cooling off at the river bank and macaques

long-tail boat
the longtail boat

 

seats
the cushioned floor seats for the 2.5h long journey

 


jetty in Kuala Tembeling
view from Tembeling River of the jetty and the long-tail boats, turn around you can on a virtual ride along the river image: Google Street View

 


Virtual Boat Ride: Halfway between Taman Negara HQ / Kuala Tahan and Kuala Tembeling, boat is moving down-river towards Kuala Tembeling image: Google Street View
 

 


Taman Negara HQ in Kuala Tahan
virtual boat ride: leaving from the Taman Negara Headquarters in Kuala Tahan image: Google Street View

 



Hotels in in Taman Negara
HOSTELS
in Taman Negara
Han Rainforest Resort

Han Rainforest Resort is the biggest accommodation in Kuala Tahan with private rooms of various standards and also dorm room. All package tours that we recommend include accommodation here. 

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort

Upscale Resort, only accommodation at the National Park side of the river, some of the walking trails start here

Attractions
Attractions

Pulau Perhentian Besar, Perhentian Islands

The Big (=besar) Island. The slightly bigger island offers more expensive resort style accommodation. For family travellers or those who like it more quiet and have an extra Ringgit to spend.

Bird Watching / Bird Interpretive Centre, Fraser's Hill

Bird Watching is one of the most popular activities at Frasher's Hill. You can find information on flora and fauna,trails, the history of Frashers Hill and general information about birds at the Bird Interpretive Centre (BIC).