Thursday, 4 September 2014

Tanjung Piai - Southernmost Tip of Continental Asia

Tanjung Piai is just another seafront cape like any shoreline where land meets the sea. Geographically it is more than a cape. It is actually the southernmost tip of continental Asia and Eurasia. Being that significant landmark it has been gazetted as a National Park so that it can be preserved for future generations. Besides Tanjung Piai, Pontian district has another National Park at Kukup.

It comprise of an area about 526 hectares of coastal mangrove typically of the Rhizopora Apiculata-Bruguiera cylindrica or locally known as Bakau Minyak- Bakau putih. Some 20 true mangrove and 9 species of mangrove associated species are found here. 

Walking along the walkway made of elevated wooden platform among the mangrove trees, visitors might be able to see different habitats including wide-eyed mudskipper, funny macaque wild birds and other mangrove habitats.

 The park is rich in fauna and home to not less than 41 species of birds, 7 species each of mammals and reptiles, 1 amphibian species and a host invertebrates. The mangrove at Tanjung Piai is protected under the Johor Wildlife Park Enactment since 1989.  

On a bright day visitors can watch the beautiful sunset over the Straits of Malacca. 

Walking around, visitors are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes. Women wearing stilettos and heels might encounter some injury of the sharp heels slips between the planks. .  

The national Park is about 75 km away from Johor Bahru at a lattitude 01.16° North and longitude 103.30.46° East.
Entrance fee is RM 3.00 for Malaysians and RM 5.00 for foreign visitors and payable at the park visitor complex at the entrance. 

Visitors must observe the following rules and ethics while inside the Tanjung Piai Park

Visitors who want to spend more time at Tanjung Piai can stay at Tanjung Piai Resort not far from the mangrove reserves. Tanjung Piai Resort is built on stilts, a reminiscent of old fishing village. Staying at the resort you can enjoy the sea breeze and breathtaking view of the sea frieghters and Singapore skyline in the distant. 

Besides Tanjung Piai Resort there are homestays as an alternative. 

Getting Here

By Bus or Taxi
Currently there is no direct bus service to the Tanjung Piai Johor National Park. Taxi service is available from the Pontian bus station in the town centre to Tanjung Piai's entry point in Sungai Belukang. Be sure to book your return passage back to town in advance with your cab driver.

By Car
From Kuala Lumpur, take the North-South Expressway (NSE) south past Machap, then take the Simpang Rengam exit (Interchange 247) onto the highway headed for Tanjung Piai, via the Benut–Pontian– Kukup highways (Highway 96, Highway 5 and Highway 95). Once near Kukup, follow the signboards leading to Tanjung Piai.

Who To Contact

Tourism Malaysia Johor
L3-26 Aras 3, Bangunan JOTIC, 2 Jalan Ayer Molek, Johor Bahru 80000, Johor, Malaysia

Phone: +607-222 3590/3591
Fax: +607-223 5502
More Info about Tanjung Piai
Laman Artikal DBP

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