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.

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.

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

Danz Eco Resort

Located outside of the village in a secluded area by the river offering acccommodation in 10 capsules

Tahan Guesthouse

basic guest house in a green and colorful setting near the mosque, 10min from the jetty

Attractions

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.

Orang Asli Village, Taman Negara

A village at the park border welcomes visitors during the day and offers a fascinating glimpse in the life the Malaysia's indigenious people.

Attractions

Kampung Kling Mosque, Melaka

Masjik Kampung Keling is one of Melakas oldest mosques built in 1872. The architecture resembling a pagoda is influenced by Sumatran, Chinese, Hindu and local designs.

Datai Beach, Langkawi

Langkawis most exclusiv beach in the north-west of the island. Home to the super-exclusiv Datai and Andaman Resorts