Faces of
Malaysia
Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Pulau Lang Tengah

Pulau Lang Tengah is a small postcard island with only 3 resorts located halfway between Perhentian Island and Pulau Redang.

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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

map and location of Orang Asli Village



Hotels in in Taman Negara
HOSTELS
in Taman Negara
Liana Hostel

Hostel in Kampung Kuala Tahan near the jetty in a scenic location overlooking the river.

Agoh Chalet

Budget Accommodation in Kuala Tahan near the jetty

Things to do & see
Orang Asli Village
A village at the park border welcomes visitors during the day and offers a fascinating glimpse in the life the Malaysia's indigenious people. ... more
Boat Ride to 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. ... more
Things to do & see
Jalan Kota / Coronation Park, Melaka
A street full of museums and the adjacent Coronation Park with a displayed first airplane of the Malaysian airforce ... more

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang
Mansion built by Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of 19th Century has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases & 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. Received UNESCO Most Excellent Heritage Conservation Award in 2000 ... more