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.

Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

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

Teresek View Motel

Small multi-storey budget hotel near the jetty in Kuala Tahan

Danz Eco Resort

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

Attractions

Boat Ride to Taman Negara, Taman Negara

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.

Bukit Teresek, Taman Negara

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

Attractions

Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur

Oldest malay residential area in KL with still authentic traditional Malay wooden houses and the the backdrop of the close-by downtown skyline

Teluk Chempedak (TC) Beach, Kuantan

Teluk Chempedak, also called TC, is a beautiful beach facing the South China Sea, one of the main attractions of Kuantan