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Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

Singapore

Singapore is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. At 704.0 sqkm (272 square miles), it is one of the few city-states in the world and the smallest country in Southeast Asia.

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Taman Negara, Malaysia

Kuala Tahan

address: Taman Negara, Pahang
Kuala-Tahan-Taman-Negara-village-road.jpg, Kuala Tahan is the small village just opposite the entrance to Taman Negara NP at the other side of  Sungai Tembeling river. All accommodations are located here.
Kuala Tahan is the small village just opposite the entrance to Taman Negara NP at the other side of Sungai Tembeling river. All accommodations are located here.
  • village located at the confluence of the Sungai Tahan and Sungai Tembiling River (sungai = river)
  • Kuala Tahan serves as Taman Negara's base camp
  • all budget accommodations are located in Kuala Tahan
  • the hiking trails of Taman Negara National Park starts at the opposite side of the river
  • Mutiara Resort is the only accommodation  (= priciest option) on the the National Park side of the river
  • there is a boat shuttle service to cross the river for RM 1 / person
  • Kuala Tahan has several smalls shops, restaurants, launderettes and tourist information shops selling tours
  • bring enough cash, there is no ATM machine in the village!
  • Kuala Tahan can be reached by longtail-boat (3h) from Kuala Tembeling or directly by road (1h)

Kuala Tahan, Sungai Tembeling
view from Kuala Tahan across Sungai Tembeling to Taman Negara National Park
This photo was taking when the water level was very low. At the river bank you can see the floating restaurants and across the river the staircase leading up to Mutiara Restaurant and the entrance to Taman Negara. There is a taxi service to reach the other side of the river for RM1 per person.

river taxi
river taxi
for RM 1 you can use the boat shuttle to get to the Taman Negara side of the river


main road
the bustling main road


tourism infrastructure
tourism infrastructure in Kuala Tahan



Hotels in in Taman Negara
HOSTELS
in Taman Negara
Durian Chalet

Family run, outside of the village with basic chalets, the place to stay if you want a quiet place to get away from it all.

Teresek View Motel

Small multi-storey budget hotel near the jetty in Kuala Tahan

Things to do & see
Bukit Teresek
Easy to reach high point with great views over the National Park ... more
Boat Ride to Taman Negara
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. ... more
Things to do & see
Legoland Malaysia, Johor Bahru
Malaysia's first international theme park in Johor at the southern tip of the Peninsula close to the second Link to Singapore. ... more

Rose Centre, Cameron Highlands
extensive flower garden in a beautiful setting offering good views ... more