Faces of
Malaysia
Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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
Delimah Guest House

Homestay-type accommodation in Kuala Tahan village, named after owner Delimah

Xcape Resort Taman Negara

Resort with bungalows, restaurant and swimming pool in Kuala Tahan. With a big parking lot in front, it is mainly catering for tour groups.

Things to do & see
Orang Asli Village
A village at the park border welcomes visitors during the day and offers a fascinating glimpse in the life the Malaysia's indigenious people. ... more
Canopy Walk
Taman Negara's spectacular canopy walk is 530m long and up to 40m above the ground ... more
Things to do & see
Luna Bar, Kuala Lumpur
Super-chic breezy rooftop bar with a pool in the middle (but you cannot use it unfortunately) and one of the best night views in town ... more

Lake Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur
Lake Titiwangsa - also known as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa - is a recreational park and lake north of downtown Kuala Lumpur with good photo opportunities and the adjacent Istana Budaya, an arts and culture centre. ... more