Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Travel: Tanjung Piai - Johor National Park

Tanjung Piai-Johor National Park in Malaysia is situated within the district of Pontian in Johor. Situated in Mukim Serkat, and about 90km from Johor Bahru's city centre, Tanjung Piai offers a scenic view of the Straits of Melaka. 

There is also a National Park there for visitors to observe the habitat of the mangrove dwellers. The national park in Johor is a place where earth and sea, plant and animal life live in blissful harmony. The park covers an area of 926 hectares out of which 526 hectares comprise of coastal mangroves. 

There are two entry points to the National Park of Tanjung Piai - Sungai Belukang and Desa Sri Piai. There is an entry fee of RM3 for adults and RM5 for foreign nationals which must be paid at the Tanjung Piai visitor's complex at the park.

Tanjung Piai is one of the largest mangrove habitats in the world, is also the home to many different species of birds, beady-eyed mudskippers, multi-coloured mangrove crabs, and crab-eating macaques. Also found here is the tree-climbing and scavenging macaque monkeys. 

Tanjung Piai-Johor National Park in Malaysia is dubbed as the southernmost tip of mainland Asia. It is a haven for diverse species of flora and fauna which includes those unique to mangrove areas such as mangrove crabs, beady-eyed mudskippers and crab-eating macaques. 

The park is also considered to be a famous hotspot for birdwatchers to visit during the migratory season. The season usually falls around September and March.

There are a number of platforms at the Tanjung Piai-Johor National Park in Malaysia that have been throughout the park for the benefit of visitors who can enjoy the mangroves in their own comfort and luxury. The park has also become a popular camping destination in recent years.

Whenever you're hungry, you can always head to one of the many seafood restaurants available there for a meal. The restaurants are perched on wooden jetties. Enjoy the beautiful evening sunset, and perhaps, when the sun sets, fireflies would appear and turns the swamp into a beautiful lightshow.