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.

Sandakan

Sandakan is a starting point for ecotourism destinations such as the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary,Turtle Islands Park, Kinabatangan River and Gomantong Caves.

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 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.

Attractions

Bukit Teresek, Taman Negara

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

Canopy Walk, Taman Negara

Taman Negara's spectacular canopy walk is 530m long and up to 40m above the ground

Attractions

Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur

Masjid Jamek is the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River and was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback.

Penang Bridge, Penang

A 13.5km long bridge linking the mainland with Penang. It was opening in 1985. Before all traffic depended on ferry services