At the southernmost tip of mainland Asia, the Tanjung Piai National Park is literally a stone’s throw away from Singapore. Stand here and holler, your voice may be carried across three countries – Malaysia, our city state, and the Indonesian island of Karimon.
But don’t be too disruptive either. This gem of a forest reserve is home to almost 1000 acres of rich coastal mangroves and intertidal mudflats, with a shoreline that stretches 9km long. Tanjung Piai is Malaysia’s largest wetlands and one of the few that’s recognized by the Ramsar Wetlands Convention as a Wetlands of International Importance.
Take your family for a breezy walk on the boardwalk and tune your ears to the delicate symphony of an ecosystem filled with abundant life.
You’ll get up close, to observe hermit crabs, seagulls, cockles, mudskippers, monkeys and more. Beware of the long-tailed macaques, they are highly interested in getting their hands on your food, if you’ve brought any along.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sundays 9:00am – 5:00pm (weekdays), 9:00am – 5:30pm (weekends) Admission: RM5.00/adult.
While you’re here, do check out nearby Kukup, famed for its seafood and Rembah beach, for its bird singing competitions.