Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

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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
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.

Jai Guest House

Small Budget Guesthouse in  Kuala Tahan

Attractions
Attractions

The Habitat, Penang

The Habitat is a rainforest experience on top of Penang Hill with a guided nature walk, canopy and treetop walks.

Mangrove River Tour, Cherating

A must-do in Cherating is a boat tour into the mangrove forest. The guides are good in spotting various animals, includings snakes.