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Tanjung Piai National Park is tipped (pun intended) as the Southern Most Tip of Mainland Asia, and that’s the promise on the Malaysia tourism website linked here. That’s exactly what I did when we visited the place some time ago. I must say I enjoyed the tranquility while resting my eyes one hot and humid Sunday afternoon.
It was slow Sunday afternoon when the husband and I decided to head into Johor for a quick day ride. We soon found ourselves wandering around the Tanjung Piai area which is about 90km south of Johor Bahru’s city centre. We enjoyed the search for the area; the real bonus being the scenic ride in.
True to form, we got a little lost navigating to the correct location, and to add to the thrill, the partner decided to take our 2013 Triumph Tiger 800 ABS off the beaten track a little too!
Getting there may be tricky if you miss the entrance sign to the National Park because you might end up at the Tanjung Piai resort instead. You will arrive at a large open-space car park at the entrance of the national park. Strangely, motorcycle parking there is limited if you only include the designated motorcycle lots. Think I only counted 5 lots or so. There were three hawkers selling snacks, water and trinkets.
I got myself a souvenir of a lanky brown monkey with the words ‘Tanjung Piai’ emblazoned on its back.
Gazetted as a National Park, Tanjung Piai Johor National Park is a headland located within the national park mostly comprising mangrove and mudflats. As a conservation site, the national park authorities have put up signages with information about varying species of fauna and mangroves for educational purposes. Visitors can expect to see a variety of mangrove wildlife such as mini crabs, mudskippers, funny macaques and wild birds at the park. The park is accessible to the public and visitors are required to stick to the wooden boardwalks and not try walk in the swampy mudflats. Visitors are allowed to fish at the jetty.
A portion of the park was under renovation when we visited so we did not get a chance to stand at the southernmost tip also known as Cape Piai.
We encountered a small family of four at the vistor centre, and another three people resting at the jetty when we visited. I enjoyed how quiet the jetty was but I guess it must have been quiet because a small portion of the place was under renovation.
There are plenty of photo-taking opportunities both inside and outside the park. Shutterbugs will want to bring along good cameras to capture the wildlife and fauna in the park. For me, I was happy posing with this large structure located just at the entrance of the visitor centre.
Opening Hours and Entrance Fees are as follows:
Do be careful of your belongings as monkeys are almost everywhere in the park. Bring some bottled water and wear a pair of comfortable walking shoes to enjoy truly enjoy the mangrove.
Click here for a direction map from Tuas Checkpoint to Tanjung Piai National Park. Happy trails and safe travels!
And as always, keep the rubber side down.