Tanjung Tuan. You’ve probably heard of it. And if you’ve travelled from the South by plane you’ve probably flown over it. But a lighthouse on a hill hardly sounds reason enough to get in your car, right? Then what about deserted beaches, forest trails and an annual spectacle that attracts nature lovers from across the region. Yes, that’s more like it. Here are 6 reasons why you should go.
For me, hiking is about the journey rather than the destination, and the reward is in summiting or completing the journey. But that’s not true of every hiker. I’ve plenty of hiking buddies who won’t sweat it out for anything less than a peak with a view from the top. If that sounds like you, then you’ll want to set your Waze in the direction of PD and make for Bukit Batu Putih.
At just over 25 square kilometres, Penang National Park is purportedly the smallest national park in the world. Except if you Google “smallest national park in the world” you’ll realise it’s not. Moyenne Island in the Seychelles stakes that claim too, and at 22 acres, the equivalent of 0.09 square kilometres, it’s mathematically a better bet. But hey, who needs superlatives like world ‘s best, worst, biggest or smallest when you have astounding biodiversity, golden beaches and historical attractions that can be visited within a day? Am I right, Penang?
Kanchanaburi province’s exotic mix of natural beauty and historical sites are worth more than the day trip allotted to it by Bangkok day-trippers. Those who stay often opt for the livelier Kanchanaburi, but the tranquil Khwae Yai, where WW2’s most notorious bridge crosses the river holds undeniable charm. These four stylish stays are a convenient 10 minutes walk away of bridge and station.
I love Bangkok, but after 4 days by the peaceful banks of the River Kwai, the city’s traffic, noise and crowds felt oppressive. So I arranged to escape the metropolis for a bicycle tour of Bang Krachao, a small artificial island in the middle of the Chao Phraya River.
Back in January 2017 I stayed at The Sticks in Kuala Kubu Bharu for the first time; it wasn’t my last. But time doesn’t always allow for the luxury of a weekend getaway, and when the heart wants what the heart wants – like a day trip away by the river, owners Michelle and Rubin happily welcome day trippers.
U Inchantree Kanchanaburi wasn’t my first choice of hotel for my River Kwai trip, but I’m glad it’s where I stayed.