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.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Taman Negara, Malaysia

Orang Asli Village

orang-asli-village2-taman-negara.jpg, A village at the park border welcomes visitors during the day and offers a fascinating glimpse in the life the Malaysia's indigenious people.
A village at the park border welcomes visitors during the day and offers a fascinating glimpse in the life the Malaysia's indigenious people.
  • the Orang Asli (=indigenous people) in this village belong to the Batek (Bateq Nigerito) tribe
  • Taman Negara is home to two ethnic groups of orang asli: Batek and Semokberi
  • an estimated 1,000 members of the Batek tribe live in Taman Negara, some living in permanent communities
  • the Orange Asli in the interior of the park mostly still live a semi-nomadic, hunting and gathering lifestyle
  • this Batek village moved to the park border at the river side and opened up to visitors from the "outside world"
  • the villagers still live there traditional lifestyle (no electricity, bamboo huts, living off the forest for food - fruits, yams and small animals like monkeys, squirrels etc.) but enjoy some of modern world benefits like a village water take, some are going to Kuala Tahan for school and medical care, get tobacco from the local store, accepting gifts from tourists etc.
  • their “Tok Batin” or headman speaks Malay so they can communicate with the tour guides hence you can ask questions and get answers
  • when you visit the village, an orang asli villager will show you how to use the blow pipe (they traditional hunting tool) and how to make fire
  • the visit to the village is part of the the Taman Negara Tour package
     

 

man with baby
a member of the village carrying his baby on the back

 


interactive view of the village from Tembeling River image: Google Street View

 

the village
bamboo houses overlooking Sungai Tembeling
the village is located next to Tembeling River, Taman Negara National Park starts at the opposite side of the river

 

blowpipe orang asli
demonstration of blowpipe
The bamboo blowpipe is the traditional hunting weapon of the Orang Asli. Visitors also get the chance to try the blowpipe.

 

making fire
how to make a fire the traditional way
 

village life
village life
kids roaming around in the heat of the day



Hotels in Taman Negara

Teresek View Motel

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

Julie’s Hostel

Hostel in Kuala Tahan

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

Sky Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Another roof-top bar in the Traders Hotel (33rd floor) with a breath-taking view of the Twin Towers. Located just across from KLCC.

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