Faces of
Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

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.

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

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort

Upscale Resort, only accommodation at the National Park side of the river, some of the walking trails start here

Han Rainforest Resort

Han Rainforest Resort is the biggest accommodation in Kuala Tahan with private rooms of various standards and also dorm room. All package tours that we recommend include accommodation here. 

Attractions

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.

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

KL City Walk, Kuala Lumpur

Pedestrian strip mall with fashion boutiques, bistros, cafes, signature culinary and service retailers. KL city walk is located along a 500m long strip between Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Pinang, near the Twin Towers.

Long Beach (Pasir Panjang), Perhentian Islands

Most popular beach on the small Island for backpackers with many chalets and restaurants, snorkel spots right at the beach