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.

Penang

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

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 Taman Negara

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.

Liana Hostel

Hostel in Kampung Kuala Tahan near the jetty in a scenic location overlooking the river.

Attractions

Bukit Teresek, Taman Negara

Easy to reach high point with great views over the National Park

Kuala Tahan, Taman Negara

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.

Attractions

Ipoh Heritage Trail, Ipoh

The heritage trail through the historic old town center is an interesting walk passing many impressive buildings from Ipoh's boom periodic from 1880s to the 1930s.

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Limestone hill in the north of Kuala Lumpur with a series of caves and cave temples. They are a sacred place for Hindus in Malaysia and the location of the famous Thaipusam celebrations at the end of January attended by up to one million devotees.