Gua Musang Things to Do
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...more
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...more
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...more
Gua Musang Restaurants
The stall is located next to Fully Hotel, the best hotel in Gua Musang... It is located in a simple zinc and wooden structure with long wooden stools and table for customers... Judging from its patronage, it is a very popular stall in Gua Musang... The speciality is nasi kukus... This is effectively the normal nasi lemak... You can have the nasi...more
This non air-conditoned restaurant is one of the older establist in town... It is very popular for lunch and is in the middle of the old town... Like all Chinese restaurant in Gua Musang, the speciality is seafood with emphasis on fish dishes... It is noted for it steamed or braised fish head... The restaurant also have fried noodles which are...more
The restaurant is just a few shoplots away from Restoran 166... It is non air-conditioned as well... The restaurant specialises in seafood especially the ikan kelah... Frogs are also a muts have at this restaurant... However, food bloggers do not have a kind word for this restaurant...more
Gua Musang Transportation
Road Journey From Kuala Lumpur
There are 2 ways to Gua Musang from Kuala Lumpur... The most popular road will be thru Bentong... This route covers some 290km... From Kuala Lumpur, just hit the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway to Bentong... It is then to Raub by Federal Route 8... and then onward towards Kuala Lipis... The trunk road by-passes Kuala Lipis and runs directly to Gua Musang...
The alternative is thru the new Cameron Highlands route from Simpang Pulai... The road is generally used by those from the north (ie Ipoh and Penang) wishing to go to Gua Musang, Kota Baru and Taman Negara at both Sungai Relau and Kuala Tahan... This route will be longer than the first alernative by about 100km... From Kuala Lumpur, you have to hit the North-South Highway northwards to Ipoh... Exit at Simpang Pulai, just before Ipoh... Then take the road to Pos Slim and Kampung Raja... Kampung Raja is the turn-off to Cameron Highways... It is then straight from Kampung Raja to Gua Musang...Related to:
- Road Trip
Gua Musang Shopping
Wet Market: Wet Market
The best place to see and buy local agricultural products is the wet market... It is also the place to see the vibrancy of the town... Local produce are available at reasonable local prices, not at touristic prices... I always look around the local wet market in whichever towns that I visit... The Gua Musang wet market, like all Kelatanese markets are manned by the women folks... The wet market opens relatively late at about 10am...
What to buy: As in all wet markets, there are separate sections for vegetables, meat, fish, fruits, flowers and other dry products... Gua Musang is noted for its pulut (both white and black), peas (both red and green) as well gula melaka... These can be bought at the dry sundry stalls in the market...
Gua Musang Warnings and Dangers
Heavy rain and lightning
We almost died on the summit when there was heavy rain and continuous lightning hitting acrossing the mountain top. about 10 of us nearly died or half died on the summit because we have no place to hide ourselves, the only thing we can do is open up our big sleeping mat made of plastic and our hand both raising up holding a big piece of platic covering our body, this way we hope not to get shock by the lightning but still, 10 of us can feel the shock coming up from our legs up to our head about 3 to 4 times.
What an experience
Gua Musang Off The Beaten Path
Stong Waterfall @ Stong State Park
The 7-tiered Stong waterfall, at a height of 305m, is claimed to be the tallest in South East Asia... It is situated in the Stong State Park, near the village of Dabong... The Stong State Park (formerly called Jelawang Jungle) was gazeted as a state park on October 2005 and is situated on the fringes of Malaysia’s massive Titiwangsa range... The jungle itself offers a variety of trekking opportunities and different level of comforts... To start with, there are 4 caves (Gua Ikan, Gua Kris, Gua Pagar, Gua Gelap) near the Dabong railway station where you can explore... There are 3 mountains that climbers can climb with guides viz Gunung Stong (1390m), Gunung Baha (1395m) and Gunung Ayam (1480m)... Stong is well know for it's spectacular sunrise which can be experienced at "Lover's Rock", the giant boulder at the very edge of the fall...
To reach the Stong Waterfall from Dabong, you will have to cross the Galas River and then by road to reach the foot of the waterfall... It is only about 5km journey... At the foot of the Stong waterfall is the Perdana Stong Hill Resort which has since closed... On the top of the waterfall is the Baha’s Campsite... There are also a limited number of huts available for rental at Baha's campsite if you prefer not to camp, and each hut has a double bed in it... There are two trails from the base that lead up to Baha's Campsite - the Jungle Trail and the Waterfall Trail... The later is more scenic and provides you with a more intimate look at the waterfall, but it is slightly more challenging and there is the risk of flash floods on rainy days... The hike from the base to Baha's Campsite will take about an hour...
Dabong is about 48km from Gua Musang on Route 8 to Kuala Krai... If you come from the East-West Highway, take the road to Kampung Jelawang which is 48km south of Jeli... Another option is to take the Jungle Train either from Wakaf Bharu or Gemas to Dabong...Related to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Gua Musang Sports & Outdoors
Kelab Golf Gua Musang
This 9-holes course is a "gem" discovery and recommended by Vter Qahlua... The par-36 course plays to 2,903yds from the blue tees... The course is scenic and undulating with some spectacular limestone hill dotting the faiways... The fairways is of cow green and fairly well maintained except for the tee-boxes which was left uncut, at least at the time when we played... Part of the fairways has been dug up by wild boars as the course borders secondary jungle...
Equipment: The clubhouse has a golfer terrace where drinks and simple snacks are available... It also have a driving range... There is no changing rooms and we have to go back to the hotel for showers... Turfmate is available for play...
The green fees is RM31.50 for 18-holes or RM15.75 for 9-holes... Turfmates cost RM18 for 9-holes...Related to: