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The historic Tanjung Tuan – also known by its Portuguese name Cape Rachado – is a gazetted forest reserve popular amongst birdwatchers near and far.

The only coastal-forest in Melaka, Tanjung Tuan’s history, environment and geographical location makes it a unique location for hiking and bird watching.

Gazetted as a permanent reserve forest by the Forest Department of Melaka in 1921 (under the title of Cape Rachado Permanent Reserved Forest), Tanjung Tuan is managed by Kumpulan Melaka Bhd., and is situated approximately 20km from Port Dickson.

The main entrance to Tanjung Tuan.

The old virgin coastal-forest contains a rich and diverse population of flora and fauna (177 species of plants and trees have been recorded), and is known to be the ideal ‘pit-stop’ for migratory birds – especially raptors – on the East Asian-Australia Flyway.

It’s also been designated as an Important Bird Area by international non-profit organisation BirdLife International, and a Wildlife Sanctuary by Malaysia’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN).

Every year, the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) organises the Raptor Watch to coincide with the raptors’ journey back to the northern hemisphere via Tanjung Tuan, with the aim of spreading awareness on the conservation of raptors and their habitats.

Following the main road uphill leads to the Cape Rachado lighthouse.

Walking uphill on the main paved road leads to the iconic Cape Rachado lighthouse – rebuilt in 1863 – and a cliff-top view of the Malacca Straits. The Portuguese established the site after they conquered Melaka in 1511, and the lighthouse was initially built to guide their ships across the Straits.

The Battle of Cape Rachado occurred just off the coast in 1606, and is an important historic site for Melaka. The naval battle between the Dutch-Johor coalition and the Portuguese marked the beginning of a series of conflicts which eventually led to the Portuguese relinquishing control of Melaka in 1641. Several ships were lost during the battle; in 1995, the Dutch ship Nassau was excavated from the area and is on display at Lukut Museum in Port Dickson.

A view of the Cape Rachado lighthouse.

The lighthouse is not accessible to visitors, but a walk around the compound reveals the battle site and a stunning view of the Straits of Malacca.

“We came here because it was said to be ‘photo-worthy’,” says one visitor as she admires the ‘blue lagoon’ with her friends. They discovered Cape Rachado and Tanjung Tuan online after looking for picturesque places to visit in Port Dickson. Birdwatching enthusiasts also note the scenic spot to be excellent for spotting migratory birds.

Signs inside the park educate visitors on the migratory birds that fly through Tanjung Tuan.

Picturesque views of the Straits of Malacca, hidden behind the lighthouse.

The two forest trails near the lighthouse lead to different areas of Tanjung Tuan, while the trail behind the structure descends to a secluded beach where Hang Tuah’s footprint can be found. Following the circuit leads to an old Dutch well, and a wooden staircase brings visitors back uphill, towards the main paved road.

Following the pathway towards the beach will eventually lead to another historic site known as the Mystical Well. Hang Tuah’s footprint can be found by following the stairs by the well.

Following the pathway towards the beach will eventually lead to another historic site known as the Mystical Well. Hang Tuah’s footprint can be found by following the stairs by the well.

The remains of the Old Dutch Well at Tanjung Tuan.

Stairs descending to the beach from Cape Rachado.

A no-frills campsite is also located by the beach and is open to the public. For just RM3, visitors are welcome to camp there, plus camping equipment is available onsite.

The other forest path is located before the lighthouse’s staircase and goes to Bukit Batu Putih; climbing the limestone rocks offers a different view of the ocean.

The view of the Straits of Malacca from the secluded beach.

Camping is allowed for a small fee. The park’s campsite is located near the secluded beach at Tanjung Tuan.

Exploring Tanjung Tuan takes several hours and children and adults of all ages can be seen enjoying the recreational park. Although some paths may be tricky for the very young – and certain elevated pathways may be difficult for those below average fitness – people looking for a ‘forest cleanse’, a dose of history, and a view of the ocean will find them all here.

Hutan Rekreasi Tanjung Tuan,
Tanjung Tuan, 71050,

Open daily, 7am-6pm. Entry fee, RM1.

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In a heart of Taman Negara

What improved approach to get behind to nature  during a holiday, than to stay during a review that is located right in a heart of Taman Negara.

Back in school, inhabitant parks always done star appearances in all my essays about conserving a environment. Little did we know afterwards that we would one day set feet in Malaysia’s premier inhabitant park – Taman Negara.

Touted as one of a oldest rainforests in a world, Taman Negara encompasses 3 states, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu. The park, determined in 1939 as a King George V National Park, boasts a innumerable of flora and fauna.

Nature enthusiasts are firm to get vehement with a series of activities to be indulged in, including a possibility to get adult tighten and personal with a rainforest’s inhabitants.

Taman Negara - Tahan River - River Cruise

At Taman Negara, stream cruises are roughly an unavoidable partial of a experience.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a singular steer of a barking deer extending several metres divided from dual resting tapirs, tighten to a opening of a park.  Tapirs are famous to be nightly and bashful by nature, so this was indeed a surprise.

Staff members of Mutiara Taman Negara Resort were also all abuzz about rumoured elephant invasions on review domain in a past few nights. Sadly, nothing of us was propitious adequate to declare anything solely tracks.

At Taman Negara, stream cruises are roughly an unavoidable partial of a experience. (Be certain to have your caps and shades, and a healthy sip of object retard on.) Our really initial cruise, during midday, was to revisit a Kelah Sanctuary.

Here, a singular and rarely sought-after form of diversion fish, a Malaysian Mahseer or ikan kelah is reared right in a river, as it can’t be bred in captivity.

Due to rain, however, a H2O was ghastly and fish frequency visible. Clambering to aloft altitude on a still under-construction regard deck, we managed to mark transformation in a H2O and glimpses of fish that swam tighten adequate to a surface.

Taman Negara - Canopy Walk

The Taman Negara canopy travel is an refreshing experience.

Next, we motionless to fist in a small travel adult Lata Berkoh, one of a categorical attractions of Taman Negara. What seemed to me like a travel by nature’s really possess barrier march of twines, branches, trunks, logs and streams was apparently usually a low-intensity travel by an easy walking path.

We stopped median due to a high tide, and savoured a sight, that was breathtaking. Gushing, cold H2O with low pools framed by huge angled rocks clearly in existence from a commencement of time, a waterfalls looked like a stage right out of a movies. Swimming is not advisable nonetheless a cruise would have been perfect.

Another renouned H2O activity during a park is quick shooting. Don’t worry, it’s not a kind of sharpened we imagine; watercourse are quick flowing, violent tools of a march of a river. Involving a boatman’s clever manoeuvring of a boat, removing soppy is a stirring part. So, be certain to put your gadgets divided and suffer a ride.

Taman Negara during night

Visitors to a park can also go on a jungle night travel to locate a glance of nightly insects and creatures. From a wildlife regard hide, we managed to mark several barking deers grazing. There’s even an choice to spend a night in one of these regard hides.

With nature’s band personification in a background, we kept a eyes peeled. Aside from a praying mantis and several spiders, we managed to mark dual centipedes mating utterly discretely, behind a signage, appearing to demeanour like a really prolonged centipede.

It captivated utterly an assembly among a group, though thankfully for a centipedes, it began to drizzle. We done promptness though a trees valid to be good shelter. So good were they that we usually realised a border of a surge once we left a park; it was raining cats and dogs in a rainforest!

In an try to get preserve from a rain, we speckled a python resting sensitively in a corner. Quite quiescent to vouchsafing inlet do a thing, we done camp. We witnessed a engaging steer of a barking deer zigzagging by review domain as it poured.

After an hour with no pointer of a sleet ceasing, we done a approach behind by a rain, shower soppy though rather confident with a sights and sounds we took in.

Taman Negara - Mutiara Taman Negara Resort

Exterior perspective of a chalets during Mutiara Taman Negara Resort.

The day after

The subsequent day, a trek valid to be utterly a plea due to a a prior night’s downpour. Good boots are a contingency here.

Having luxuriously requesting object block, we was told it was a wrong pierce as leeches are apparently captivated to a honeyed smell. Common clarity would foreordain that we ask insect repellent instead.

Not being in leech-proof clothes upped a paranoia turn in me, as we constantly checked my legs for a bloodsuckers. (Early showing saves lives!) Spotting a dreaded black dot on my ankle, a crack told me it was not dirt. My initial free-loader punch ever!

Before long, out of breath, we done it to a categorical captivate of Taman Negara: a canopy walk.

The canopy corridor is a longest in a world, adult to 510 metres long. Be forewarned, a 43 metres high corridor is not for a gloomy hearted.

However, it’s one cold thing to condense off a bucket list so reason parsimonious and usually don’t demeanour down. Unfortunately, it was underneath upkeep when we were there with half of it hermetic off and I’m utterly assured we missed a best parts. we will many expected lapse to finish this.

The inhabitant park is stable land, whereby a usually ones authorised to live off it are a Orang Asli who make it their home. Small built, coloured and curly haired, a Batek clan who are steeped in damned live a winding lifestyle.

Visitors to Taman Negara can compensate a revisit to their allotment and see how they live. we privately consider that it is an intrusion of their personal space though many people are intrigued with their approach of life. You can watch them make poison darts for blowpipes and even exam your skills with a blowpipes (sans poison).

Other activities during a park, that we intend to finish one day, would be towering climbing and cavern exploration. Taman Negara has so most to offer, you’ll never run out of things to do.

Taman Negara - Cascade during Sungai Tahan

Taman Negara has copiousness of extraordinary sights.

Cabin in a woods

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort is a usually review we will find on site. Accommodation trimming from tents to bungalows are sparse all along a fringes of a park. The cabin character accommodation offers we simple amenities with sufficient complicated amenities where a timberland is literally during your behind door.

Amenities were rather run down and in need of deputy in a initial quarter, though a review is undergoing a facelift whereby restoration is holding place by stages. The newer phases have a hold of modernity while progressing a country appeal.

All bedrooms come with views though make certain we are prepared to come face-to-face with nature. You are after all in someone else’s backyard.

Here, there are several dining options with a good brew of internal and general cuisine. The restaurants are open all day and we can select a one that suits your wallet best. The review also offers barbeques on request.

Taman Negara - Mutiara Taman Negara Resort - Room Interior

Interior perspective of one of one of a chalets during Mutiara Taman Negara.

Entry permits and several licenses from a Department of Wildlife can be performed during a wildlife counter. You will need entrance permits and licences for cameras and fishing.

If we intend to stay a night during a National Park, Mutiara Taman Negara Resort offers a accumulation of packages for we to select from. – By RACHAEL FRANCIS

To know more, revisit Mutiara Taman Negara’s central website.

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