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“One time is enough”

Tanjung Piai National Park
Reviewed 14 September 2013

Honestly, I wouldn't come all the way here if it wasn't for a company road trip.

A part from being at the southernmost tip of mainland Asia, there is nothing must here. Unless you love reading about the different types of mangrove plants and animals. You need to pay to enter this park. And rubbish is found all over the mangrove. Its not a very good sight and to know that most of this rubbish might have been washed up from the sea or from other tourist visiting the park. Just shows how 'clean' we are in Malaysia.

When we reached the tip, everyone whipped out their cameras and took pictures with the big stainless steel globe just to make our 'mark'. I honestly rather visit other parks.

6  Thank szetwinne
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

If you have enough of the hustle and bustle of the city and you are looking for a quick get away, you will find it just 1,5 hour drive from Johor Bahru city center. This is Tanjung Piai National Park. You can easily reach your destination by car, there is no public transportation. After you left the highway, the roads are small and not well maintained.
The most interesting thing about this cape is, its unique geographical position. This is the southernmost point of Peninsular Malaysia, hence the most southern tip of mainland Eurasia. Must be worth a little driving to be able stand at that spot.
The park covers about 926 hectares, manly coastal mangroves and mudflats. On a sunny afternoon it is just lovely and relaxing walking around, finding cover in the shadow of the trees. You may even bring your lunch and a have a nice picnic with your friends.
Do not forget to bring mosquito repellent and enough water . And a camera of course. Because the park offers huge range of flora and fauna. For animal lovers this is just an ecological haven. Above on the trees you can see different species of monkeys, such as the Dusky leaf monkey. Be patient they are shy, not easy to spot them. Be aware of the birds, especially close to the seaside, for example sea gulls. Look for the various crabs on the muddy soil, so many beautiful colors. You can spot mudskippers as well, or clams and snails.
On a sunny day you may admire the skyline of Singapore and Johor strait.
Truly a refreshing experience, worth spending there a couple of hours. The area offers a huge range of seafood restaurant, thought they are a little bit shabby.

3  Thank AniMari
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

I got a breath-taking view of the southernmost tip of mainland Asia continent at Tanjung Piai, Pontian, Johor, Malaysia.

There are two ways to get there. One is through Pontian, the rural city on the south western end of Johor, Malaysia. I drove through the old kampongs (rural villages) with a mixture of gravel tracks and hard roads. It is better to drive in through this route and then drive out through the city route, so you have both fantastic experience of coming to the biggest continent southern most tip and see how life there goes by.

The kampong route is rather sleepy and it's only a one-way lane (gravel or road), taking you back in time where all you see are sleepy huts, vast plantations, forests and fresh air. It tough anyway, to drive through the old route but satisfying.

At the tip of the continent, there is only one resort (Tanjung Piai Resort), view is fantastic and staff very helpful and kind. I did not stay there but was allowed to roam around and take pictures. Would love to stay there one day.

The place stood still with everything at a distant and your chalet stands on water. Nice restaurant on stilts facing the Riau Islands and breakfast was a simple fried rice or fried noodles.

I did not peep through the rooms and actually not sure how the rooms were. Asked a traveller there and the reply was "the room was good".

I did not visit the boardwalk though, got a 3-month old baby with me. Maybe when he's older, I will return.

Point to note: Monkeys there are smart. They target plastic bags and snatch them away from you. Spotted one eating Cheezels (must be stolen from a guest)!...

2  Thank UmarAlhabshee
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

It's wonderful when you discover a place that exceeds your expectations ( we had none) and Tanjung Piai is one of these great feeling.
We were pleasantly surprised.
We walked along the boardwalk, under the beautiful mangroves.
Initially it smelt a bit funny (muddy) but after a while, you nose kinda got used to it!
It just rained so it was cool and very very pleasant.
We saw monkeys ( lots of them! Scary lot! ) and huge molusses!
For city kids, this is a great place to bring them!
Lots of walking so wear comfortable foot wear.
It's a shame I think not many people visit/ know of this place.

2  Thank MummyYap
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Travelling to the end of Asia means a visit to the most southern tip of mainland Asia. Set in a National Park you take the boardwalk through mangrove swamps to see iguana, monkeys, crabs, birdlife, amazing mangroves and the Malacca Straits. Well worth the visit if only to say you have done it.

1  Thank Jennie d
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