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.

Gunung Mulu National Park

The Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo (near Miri) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with caves and karst formations. The caves are home to over 5 million bats who exit the caves in search for food every evening in a spectacular way.

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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
Delimah Guest House

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

Jai Guest House

Small Budget Guesthouse in  Kuala Tahan

Attractions
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.

Kuala Selangor (Fireflies), Kuala Lumpur

A trip to Kuala Selangor at estuary of the Selangor River usually includes river boat tour see Firefly colonies living in the mangroves as well as visiting Bukit Melawati and a seafood dinner. The Nature Park is also worth a visit.