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.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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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



Hotels in in Taman Negara
HOSTELS
in Taman Negara
Julie’s Hostel

Hostel in Kuala Tahan

Teresek View Motel

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

Things to do & see
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
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
Things to do & see
Imbi, Kuala Lumpur
old residential area with a significant Chinese population near Bukit Bintang with many popular Chinese restaurants and food stalls ... more

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