Faces of
Malaysia
Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

address: Kuala Gandah, Lanchang, Pahang, 28500, Lanchang, Pahang, Malaysia - Tel: +60 9-279 0391
Kuala-Gandah-Elephant-Sanctuary.jpg, Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary about 100km (2 hours driving time) east of Kuala Lumpur has been translocating elephants since the 1980s. The sanctuary is open to public.
Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary about 100km (2 hours driving time) east of Kuala Lumpur has been translocating elephants since the 1980s. The sanctuary is open to public.

Opening hours
9am - 4.45pm




No more elephant rides and bathing with elephants

The main attraction used to be riding on the elephant and bathing with the elephants on the river. As of October 2012, these activities have been put on hold as the Wildlife Protaction Act 2010 is enforced. Read more:
Elephant conservation centre suffering after new wildlife Act enforced

Links:

official website


swimming with elephants
swimming with the elephants in the river

 

How to get to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
There is no public transport to the sanctuary so you depend on your own car or book a tour.


busy on weekends & holiday
the Elephant Sanctuary can get very busy on weekends or public holidays (like on this picture)


feeding the elephant
feeding the elephant


Elephant show

map and location of Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Tours:

Taman-Negara-Elephant-Sanctuary.jpg

3 days 2 nights tour to Taman Negara (from Kuala Lumpur) with a stop at the Elephant Sanctuary in Kuala Gandah

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price from:
RM970
Elephant-Batu-Caves-Tour.jpg

day trip to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, includes visit to Batu Caves

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price:
RM230
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This daytrip includes a visit to Batu Caves, the Elephant Conservation Centre and the Fireflies Tour

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price from:
RM430


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Batu Caves
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Sepang F1 International Circuit
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Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur
Masjid Jamek is the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River and was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback. ... more

Ipoh Heritage Trail, Ipoh
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