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Where is the most southerly point in mainland Asia?

By on March 6, 2013 in Malaysia

Today I took some visitors to the most southerly point in mainland Asia, which turns out to be about a 90 min drive from where I live… and is in fact at Tanjung Piai National Park (Taman Negara Tanjung Piai), Tanjung Piai, 82300, Kukup, Johor, near Kukup, Johor, Malaysia.


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It is an interesting place to visit as not only is it the most southerly point in mainland Asia, but it is also a national park that is a Mangrove swamp. The place is also a little bit depressing as it makes you realise how much rubbish there is in the sea as the roots of the Mangrove trees act as giant traps for all the floating plastic rubbish. Despite regular clear outs the park is completely littered with plastic bottles, flip-flops, and assorted plastic rubbish that has floated in on the tide and then become trapped.

However, having said that the park still an interesting place to visit and to look around. You move around the swamp on elevated walkways, some of which are in desperate need of repair.

Looking north in to Asia - the most southerly tip

Looking north in to Asia – the most southerly tip

One of the walkway/jetties in the park

One of the walkway/jetties in the park

The park does have some wildlife. I saw some birds…

OK, these look like chickens... But at least they were wild chickens!

OK, these look like chickens… But at least they were wild chickens!

And I saw my first Monitor Lizard

A Monitor Lizard - I actually thought it was dead and somebody had left the body there – but then it moved!

A Monitor Lizard – I actually thought it was dead and somebody had left the body there – but then it moved!

Monitor Lizard on the move...

Monitor Lizard on the move…

I also saw a number of dead Horseshoe Crabs, and a number of live Fiddler Crabs, and heard monkeys crashing through the trees…

Mud Skipper

Mud Skipper

Mud Skipper

Mud Skipper

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