Gua Musang Things to Do

  • view of old town from railway station...
    view of old town from railway station...
    by chiabh
  • banks in old town...
    banks in old town...
    by chiabh
  • part of the new town...
    part of the new town...
    by chiabh

Most Recent Things to Do in Gua Musang

  • chiabh's Profile Photo

    Old and New Town

    by chiabh Updated Nov 7, 2008
    view of old town from railway station...
    4 more images

    Gua Musang has developed from its early days as a logging town to what it is today... It is the crossroad from the west coast to kota baru... Growth of the old town (or Pekan Lama) is limited by Bukit Gua Musang and the railway tracks... The town was remotedly cut off from the rest of the country except by rail... However, in 1986, the Federal road network joins Gua Musang with the rest of the country...

    Typical of Malaysian towns, when land is not available in the town, the town will expand outwards and sometimes, the town centre will also move... This is also true for Gua Musang but however Pekan Lama is still the town centre as well as the commercial centre... Banks in Gua Musang include Maybank, CIMB bank, Public Bank, Bank Islam and Bank Rakyat... The Chinese restaurants are located in Pekan Lama... The bus terminal and wet market are located in the new town area...

    The new town area is also the stretch of road leading into Pekan Lama from the south... Both the Econjaya Supermarket and the Ten Ten Supermarket are located on this road...

    Next to the old town is the Chinese village... As with typical village throughout the country, the village roads are narrow and the hoses are mainly build of wood and planks... Malay kampungs (or villages) are scattered around the town... There are also new housing estates but these are away from the town area...

    Related to:
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • chiabh's Profile Photo

    Railway Station

    by chiabh Updated Nov 6, 2008
    the front view of the railway station...
    4 more images

    The railway played an important part in the development of Gua Musang... Until the mid-1980s, the only means of transport to and from Gua Musang is by train... The portion of Route 8 passing thru Gua Musang from Bentong to Kota Baru was only completed and opened in 1986... Transportation of people and goods has always been by rail even to this day... Local trains run from Gua Musang to Kuala Lipis in the south and to Wakaf Bharu (near Kota Baru) in the north, stopping in many small railway stations... The railway station is the centre of activity in the small town as the inhibitants still travel by train to and from the nearby towns and villages... In the early days, vendors display and sell all kinds of goods on the railway platform itself...

    The single storey station is located at the end of Jalan Besar of Gua Musang old town... The railway track is sandwiched between the town and the limestone hill of Bukit Gua Musang... There is a small store that caters to the travelling public and a small cafe for snacks and breakfast... Local cakes and nasi lemak are available here as well... On the platform itself, there is an aquarium where the ikan kelah is displayed... The ikan kelah is a protected fish from the nearby Sungai Relau in the National Park (Taman Negara)...

    Related to:
    • Trains

    Was this review helpful?

  • chiabh's Profile Photo

    Guanyin Temple @ Kampung Pulai

    by chiabh Updated Nov 6, 2008
    the temple facade...
    3 more images

    The Guanyin temple is know widely as the Water and Moon Temple (its Chinese name) or phonetically as Shuiyuegong Temple... All activities in the village centre around the temple which is said to be the oldest temple in the country... While the Chinese Hakka has settled in the village for at least 600 years, the temple itself is said to be more than 400 years old...

    The temple itself have a large court yard where religious activities are held... There are also steps that go down to the Galas River in front of the temple... According to the temple caretaker, the Galas River used to be a fast flowing river but now it is more like collection of small pools with no flowing water...

    The temple celebrates the Guanyin birthday on the 19th day of the 2nd month of the Lunar month where the village is crowded with devotees and worshippers from all over Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand... Some come from as far as Indonesia, Hongkong, Taiwan and China... Vegetarian food were served during this period...

    Related to:
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • chiabh's Profile Photo

    Taman Negara @ Sungai Relau

    by chiabh Updated Nov 5, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    the road to the park headquarters..
    4 more images

    Located on the western side of Taman Negara, Sungai Relau is one of the entry points to Taman Negara... Other entry points to Taman Negara include Kuala Tahan (in Pahang), Kuala Koh (in Kelantan) and Tanjong Mentong (in Terengganu)... The park headquaters is about 7km from Merapoh and 30km south of Gua Musang... The access is thru a tarred road cutting across an oil palm estate... The park have a 40-bed hostels, 13 room rest house and camping facilities for those who want to have a rest either before or after the trekking or just to enjoy the serenity of the park... There is also a 60-bed hostel and camping ground at Kuala Juram...

    The park has been opened to the public since 1993... This entrance is the main embarkation point for mountain climbers to Gunung Tahan, which is 46km from the park... This shorter trail to the peak will take 2 days trekking compared to 5 days from Kuala Tahan... Trekkers can take the 14km jeep ride to Kuala Juram at RM50 to begin the climb to Gunung Tahan...

    Related to:
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • chiabh's Profile Photo

    Bukit Gua Musang

    by chiabh Updated Nov 5, 2008
    bukit gua musang...
    3 more images

    Gua Musang is surrounded by limestone hills and caves, which have become popular with cavers and rock climbers... The hill that is next to the town and besides the railway station is Bukit Gua Musang ~ where the legend of the town on foxes orignates... Bukit Gua Musang is a barren 105m high hill of rocks with deceptive stone-steps running to the top... It has a hugh cave running into the hill... From a distance, the hill looks like a stone pillar with a big crack which nearly splits it vertically into two equal halves... The railway track runs between the hill and the town...

    The climb is rather easy and straight forward... The starting point of the climb is to the right side of the train station in a small village across the railway track... It will take about an hour to reach the cave and an hour to decent... At the cave opening, a bird eye view of Gua Musang town can be seen... There are a lot of graffiti in the cave from past cave climbers...

    Related to:
    • Mountain Climbing

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Gua Musang

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

69 travelers online now

Comments

Gua Musang Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Gua Musang things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Gua Musang sightseeing.

View all Gua Musang hotels