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Another visit to the most southerly point in mainland Asia – Tanjung Piai National Park (Taman Negara Tanjung Piai)

By on August 5, 2013 in Malaysia

At the weekend I paid my second visit to the Tanjung Piai National Park (Taman Negara Tanjung Piai), which is the southerly most tip of mainland Asia (blog post on the first trip).

The national park is a Mangrove swamp which you can get around using a number of elevated walkways. It is a genuinely interesting place to visit particularly if you have not been in a Mangrove swamp before as it makes you realise just how impenetrable the local coastline must have been for early explorers.

The park is also a good place to visit if you are interested in seeing some of the local Malaysian wildlife (more on that in a later post), and to get a feel for just how polluted the seas are becoming (again, see a later post).

Entrance to the park - RM10 admission fee for Malaysians, RM 20 for non-Malaysians

Entrance to the park – RM10 admission fee for Malaysians, RM 20 for non-Malaysians

Layout of the walkways

Layout of the walkways

Education centre

Education centre

Walkways - not all the walkways are covered over so take sunblock, a hat, wet weather gear and insect repellant

Walkways – not all the walkways are covered over so take sunblock, a hat, wet weather gear and insect repellant

Walkway to a viewing plaform

Walkway to a viewing plaform

Main walkways through the park

Main walkways through the park

One of three viewing towers around the park

One of three viewing towers around the park

The park has three viewing towers (only two were open on this visit). The towers don’t really give much of a view across the park as they are not really taller than the top of the tree canopy.

Fishing platform and pier

Fishing platform and pier

The most southerly tip of mainland Asia. Note the ships in the background - this is a very busy shipping route.

The most southerly tip of mainland Asia. Note the ships in the background – this is a very busy shipping route.

The most southerly tip of mainland Asia.

The most southerly tip of mainland Asia.

Derelict shelter in the park

Derelict shelter in the park

One of the inspirational signs around the park (nothing to do with Liverpool FC in this case)

One of the inspirational signs around the park (nothing to do with Liverpool FC in this case)

Second pier

Second pier

It is a long way to a lot of places!

It is a long way to a lot of places!

View back from the second pier

View back from the second pier

Some of the erosion protection on the coast line

Some of the erosion protection on the coast line

Some of the erosion protection on the coast line

Some of the erosion protection on the coast line

Some of the erosion protection on the coast line

Some of the erosion protection on the coast line

Coastline

Coastline

Looking back out along the second pier

Looking back out along the second pier

Campsite and activities centre

Campsite and activities centre

Entrance to the female campsite

Entrance to the female campsite

Campsite area

Campsite area

Elevated tent platforms in the campsite

Elevated tent platforms in the campsite

Elevated tent platforms in the campsite

Elevated tent platforms in the campsite

Elevated tent platforms in the campsite

Elevated tent platforms in the campsite

The obstacle course

The obstacle course

The third observation tower

The third observation tower


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Overall the park is certainly an interesting place to visit. The park is open daily from 9 am to around 4 pm, and the best time to visit (assuming you want to see some wildlife) is just after the park opens, and mid to late afternoon.

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