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.

Pulau Redang

Pulau Redang (or Redang Island)  is a beautiful tropical island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia in the state of Terengganu. Most travellers visiting Redang come on pre-booked packages from one of the resorts on the island. It is a more up-market destination than Perhentian Islands.

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

Liana Hostel

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

Durian Chalet

Family run, outside of the village with basic chalets, the place to stay if you want a quiet place to get away from it all.

Attractions

Canopy Walk, Taman Negara

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

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.

Attractions

A Famosa, Melaka

The remains of a fortress that was built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century. Also known as Porta De Santiago.

Big Tree Foot Hawker Centre, Ipoh

Most popular Chinese hawker food center in Ipoh, especially famous for the Yong Tau Foo stall. It is located in Pasir Panjir, just south of the city center.