Enjoy the good view from the top of the hill overlooking the Straits of Melaka where the light house is located. From this vantage point, one can see the town of Port Dickson and the outline of Indonesia's Sumatra across the Straits of Melaka. While you are here, use your imagination skill to create the numerous fighting scenes between the...more
The star attraction here in Tanjung Tuan, the light house was built by the British in the 18th century on the highest point of the cape. The site of the light house is said to be the same site where an old light house was built by the Portuguese during their occupation of Melaka in the 16th century which was later destroyed in a war. It is the...more
The entrance to Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve is right at the mouth of Ilham Resort. The forest is worth checking out since it's chockful of forest birds and there's a lighthouse at the very end of the trail. When I was here, a huge tree fell right across the path so I had to crawl under it to get to the lighthouse. Hopefully, the tree has been...more
Come March every year, birders from all over Asia would descend upon Tanjung Tuan to watch thousands of raptors fly overhead from the Straits of Melaka. Well, since I had no wish to join the crowds, I was here during the start of the migration season ( Oct ) . Since it was the fasting ( Puasa ) season, the rooms at the best resort here were pretty...more
Though this is Malaysia's oldest lighthouse, not many people have heard of this white-washed high on top of a hill in Tanjung Tuan, Port Dickson. It's believed to have been built by the Portuguese eons ago, in the 16th century for guiding ships into the harbour and more importantly, for checking on enemy ships passing through the narrowest channel...more
To escape the cold of northern winter, millions of birds migrate to the southern hemisphere. Every year from January onwards, the birds would make their return journey to the northern hemisphere to places like Siberia, Japan or the remote areas of eastern China.Due to its starategic location, Tanjung Tuan is one of the place where the migratory...more
Though I stayed in a lovely resort that included all my meals in Tanjung Tuan, I was thirsting for more exotic fare by the time I had my 3rd meal. The trouble with hotel fare is it has that consistent blah factor, it's almost as though all the hotel cooks in the world conspire to destroy their guests' appetite. Anyhow, hubby and I ventured out of the hotel grounds and found a local restaurant that served the most delicious and affordable seafood imaginable. All for USD$8! The Nestum Prawns was a crunchy delight. Somehow the succulent prawn tasted even more delicious when it's fried with...cereal and spices. Yes, cereal. Somehow, the fibre-rich bits is even more crunchy than bread crumbs so this was one delicious dish. The zesty Mango chicken was just as delicious, if not better than the average fried-lemon chicken. It's simply fried chicken drenched with chilli, vinegar and green mango slices. I won't rave too highly about the beancurd dish, but it was rather tasty as it was fried with enoki and shiitake mushrooms.
Favorite Dish: Hmm, the ceral prawn of course!
Unless you're a lunatic birder like me, go look for large-tailed nightjars ( a fat, nocturnal bird) in the golf course in Guoman Hotel. After such an expedition, you'll be feeling peckish so pop over to the wet market in Port Dickson. You can get fresh ears of steamed or roasted corn-on-the-cob for RM1 or less. They also fresh steamed peanuts and delicious local cakes. Other than these goodies, they also have fresh food stuff and dried goods.
Most bikers in Singapore head up to Malaysia to rev their engines on the North South Highway. Come the weekend, you'll see convoys of Hondas, BMWs, Kawasakis, Yamahas zooming up to destinations to as far as Hatyai.
But while it's fun to ride in Malaysia, it is not without its woes. There are irresponsible car drivers who think nothing about cutting into your lanes at 150km/hr and racing with you since they think it's a dent on their egos to be by-passed by a bike. Well, other than those ass holes, there are also speed traps ( which country doesn't have this?) and you'll be fined if you surpass a speed of 110km/hr. Most of these traps lurk near the Pagoh exit.
In any case, if you're keen to ride from Singapore to Port Dickson, Malaysia. Just use the Malaysian North-South Expressway and head towards KL. Remember to exit at Port Dickson.Tanjung Tuan is about 15km away from Port Dickson.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a birder so I'm not talking about birds when I mentioned nasty winged creatures in a jungle! I'm talking about mossies, hornets, bees...you know the typical creatures that Pixar Art love to use to entertain children.But don't be fooled by Hollywood, kids, these creatures can totally destroy your jungle experience by giving...more
There are many fallen trees in the forested trails of the Tanjung Tuan Nature Reserve. It can be a pain to cross a trail with a tree since you have to look out for scorpions, leeches, snakes on these dead trees. More so when you're carrying a camera, monopod and binos in search of forest birds.more
No leeches here but do wear long-sleeved tops and pants to prevent mossie bites. Of course, I didn't practice what I preached so I went home with lovely welts for sourvenirs.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: This place is surprisingly more urban that you think so there's no need to bring your own toilet paper. Just bring plenty of mosquito repellant. The mossies here are commando-trained.
Photo Equipment: Congratulations, you will be bringing a ton of equipment if you're a nature lover. If you're a birder like myself, bring a decent visual aids like your binoculars, scopes. And a decent camera with telephoto lens so other birders will know you're not lying when you talk about spotting the rare raptor. A hard drive for storing your visuals is good too.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: It rained when I was here so an umbrella or poncho would be good.
In case you're wondering, yes, this fish with a lance attached to its nose is known as a Garfish. Legend has it that these fierce looking fish would fly out of the water and impale folks a long time ago in Singapore! The attacks caused the Sultan of Singapore to search high and low for a solution, commit bloody murder, etc. Stuff a good B grade...more
Though Tanjung Tuan, Malaysia is known for its raptors, you can also indulge in forest birding at the protected nature sanctuary over here. Here's what I saw over here:1)Olive-Winged Bulbul ( Numerous - Blue Lagoon/Lighthouse Area/Coastal Areas)2)Greater Racquet Tail Drongo ( Nature Reserve )3)Juvenile Brown Shrike ( Resting on a fallen tree,...more
There are well-marked treks in Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserves so bring your hiking boots for a decent experience. The trails all lead down the slope so it can be tiring but it's not challenging.