Kukup Off The Beaten Path

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    view from the observation tower...
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  • Pulau Kukup - The Mangrove Island
    Pulau Kukup - The Mangrove Island
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    Feeling the force in Pulau Kukup

    by bpacker Updated Dec 28, 2004

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    Quotes from the YODA of Kukup

    If you're ever in Pulau Kukup, do look out for those strange signs with Chinese-Fortune-Cookie messages scattered all around the park. I guess they're there to enhance your mangrove park experience but it makes me feel as though I am on the same swamp planet with YODA. Tsk tsk, pulau kukup park planners, may the force be with you too...

    Click open the picture to see the message, then read my reply : "Ow, ow, OW! On my ear mosquitoes are!"

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    Strange Collectibles for Sale

    by bpacker Updated Dec 28, 2004

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    Balloons of Spiny Puffer Fish

    Now before you think this is YODA and his many clones, let me assure you it's not, it's just a couple of dried pufferfish I saw during the Kelong trip off Kukup. And they're for sale too.The fisherman told me with a toothy grin that this swollen little suckers were going for sale at RM$30 per piece. Now, who would buy this I wonder? These thorny things don't make good footballs nor decorative items. They'll freak out your house guests for sure..

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    Remnants of a Southern Chinese Practice in Kukup

    by bpacker Updated Dec 28, 2004

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    Salted fish simmering in Kukup noon heat.

    Fish is the most common dried seafood in Southern China so when the Chinese immigrated to Kukup a hundred years ago, they brought along an age-old practice that were seen when pigtails were in vogue. Yup, the ancient art of preserving seafood, not cutting queues,as you would have imagine.
    Up till today, you can see preserved cuts of salted fish along the sides of the road, soaking up the sun and beckoning to customers in wafts of salty sea smells...

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    Extending your Visit

    by Aidy_p Written Mar 6, 2008

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    The Mountain Range of Indonesia's Karimun Island

    If you have seen the whole of Kukup and still the wild side of you still beckons, then I'd suggest that you take a boat ride from Kukup to an Indonesian island called Karimbun.

    The one hour boatride will lead you to a bustling port town of Tanjung Balai. There, nature-loving visitors can trek up the lovely mountain of Mount Jantan or sift your feet on the soft sands of Pantai Pelawan beach. Others head there to enjoy flesh trade of the many young girls looking to earn their keeps.

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    Fishing in Tanjung Piai

    by chiabh Written May 21, 2007

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    anglers at THE platform
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    It would appear that many visitors go there for fishing... The fishing paltform is about 600m from the Visitor's Centre and juts into the sea... However, another favourite spot is the platform on which is the monument of the southern-most point of mainland Asia...

    I am doubtful if fishing is encouraged here but there seems to be a number of anglers just doing that... They have their things places on the monument which makes it unsightly for those wanting to take a photo of the globe for rememberance of their visit to the Park...

    It is also dangerous for visitors as the anglers cast their lines into the sea... For unsuspecting visitors, they may be injured if the lines hit them when being casted...

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    Inhabitants of Tanjung Piai

    by chiabh Updated May 21, 2007

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    There are various life forms within the mangrove swamps... You can see fiddler crabs with its distinctly orange and blue shells in the mud among the leaves and mangrove roots... Besides the crabs, the mangrove mudflat is also the territory of clams and mudskippers... At times, you can see visitors (who i guess are nearby residents) in the mudflat looking for crams amongst the roots and wash-up rubbish...

    Along the shores of the coast and from the view of the broadwalk to the jetty, you can see a variety of waterbirds foraging for food in the mudflats... Most come in droves and is a sight to behold... Often seen are egrets, grey herons, lesser adjutants, little herons, chestnut-bellied malkoha and golden woodpeckers...

    Of course, there is the whole gang of monkeys in the forest and magrove swamp that makes up the Park... Monkeys can also be seen on the roof of the Visitor's Centre... There are 2 main species of monkeys here... The more common long-tailed macaque which can be found in many places in Malaysia... and the dusky leaf monkey (aka the spectacled langur) which sports a cute white moustache and white rim around its eyes....

    Don't be disappointment if you do not see any or most of these inhabitants... You will certainly need a lot of time and patience in the Park to enjoy nature and what it has to offer... Maybe just spend the day in the observation tower or just leisurely sit by the gazebo in the jetty... I am sure you will be able to apprecite what nature has to offer in this mangrove swamp...

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    Tanjung Piai Johor National Park

    by chiabh Updated May 9, 2007

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    The Tanjung Piai Johor National Park (or Taman Negara Tanjung Piai) is located in the district of Pontian... It is about 15km from Kukup... The Park covers an area of some 930ha of which about 530ha comprises of coastal mangrove swamps... Located at the southern-most tip of mainland Asia, Tanjung Piai is a haven for a diverse species of flora and fauna, including those unique to mangrove areas such as mangrove crabs, beady-eyed mudskippers and crab-eating macaques... Tanjung Piai is also famous for being a hot spot for birdwatchers to visit during the migratory season which falls around September and March...

    Designated as a Ramsar site in 2003, Tanjung Piai Johor National Park is an internationally important site where the ecological character cannot be changed by human activity either within or in the vicinity of the area... This commitment to preservation has long-term benefits for future generations who can inherit the wetlands in its natural state and continue to benefit from its ecological and economic functions...

    There are two entry points to Tanjung Piai - the main entrance at Sungai Belukang and the second entrance at Desa Sri Piai... The entry fee into the Park is RM5 for adults for Malaysians and RM10 for foreign visitors, payable at Tanjung Piai's Visitor's Complex...The last stretch of the road leading to the Park from Serkat is in a terrible stage with many port-holes and is very narrow...

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    Tanjung Piai Visitors Complex

    by chiabh Updated May 9, 2007

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    The Visitors Complex is accessible by road thru the Desa Sri Piai entrance... At the end of the road is a car park where there is a RM2 charge... The narrow road leading to the Complex from Kampung Serkat is in a desplorable condition with port-holes along the 2km stretch... You can also reach the Complex by taking the trekking track by the sea from the Tanjung Piai Resort...

    By the side of the Complex building, there is a stone monolith that proudly welcomes you to Tanjung Piai proclaims that you are at the southernmost tip of mainland Asia...

    The Park provides various facilities for visitors... There are camping grounds (or rather platforms) for overnight stay to view and study the mangrove swamps at night... There are also team-building as well as meeting facilities... However, no food outlet is availaable, but this can be arrnage with nearby villagers if food in needed... There is also a small souvenir shop in the Complex... And of course, there are the usual toilet and shower facilities..

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    Tanjung Piai Mangrove Swamp

    by chiabh Updated May 21, 2007

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    From the Visitor's Centre, there is a network of broadwalk that radiates for it... The broadwalk goes to the gazebo to the jetty about 800m aways where you can have picnic and enjoy the sight of the sea and the sea breeze... Another broadway leds to the fishing platform and one more leads to the platform which is the southern-most point of mainland Asia... There are also 2 observation towers within walking distance...

    Along the platform, one could stop and see the life on the floor of the mangrove swamp, birds landing and feeding on the sea bewteen the mangrove trees as well as monkeys on the mangrove trees... Along the broadwalk, there are also seats for visitors to talk a rst and enjoy the coolness of the wetland forest... Obe can also see at close hand, the ecology of the mangrove swamp and marvel at the many mature (and tall) mangrove trees...

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    The Southern-most Point of Mainland Asia

    by chiabh Updated May 21, 2007

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    From the Visitor's Centre, the platform housing the southern-most point of mainland Asia monuments is about 800m away taking the left of the broadway to the jetty... The platform is in bad shape with a part of the walkway collapsing into the sea... On the platform is a globe depiting the fact of being the southern-most point of mainland Asia...

    There is a plague stating the fact and one can enjoy the sea breeze as well as the sight... On the left, one can see in the distance, across the sea, the Port of Tanjung Pelapas... Across the sea on the right, you can see Singapore island in the distance...

    There ar many anglers throwing their lines here but I notice that not many fishes were caught... A few shown to us are tiny fishes not more than 6 inches in length...

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    World's Largest Uninhabited Mangrove Swamp

    by Aidy_p Written Mar 6, 2008
    Pulau Kukup - The Mangrove Island

    When you go for an organised tour, there might just be some place that you might miss. The Pulau kukup was just one place that I missed due to the tight schedule that the tour agency was running. Any place that is known for "The World's..." should never be missed! Yup, I'm "The World's Biggest Fool".

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    Certificate of Southern most tips of Mainland Asia

    by chermile Written Jan 6, 2009

    Before you leave Tanjung Piai, please make sure that you must have a "certificate". You can buy that certificate at customer service at Tanjung Piai Visitors Complex. CAn put your name on it...

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