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.
Located on the other side of Padang Pahlawan just behind Melakaraya, Rosa Malacca’s modern boutique hotel is everything Bandar Hilir’s UNESCO Heritage city isn’t. And that’s what you’re gonna love about it.
Bears. They’re so cute and fluffy. Until you see their claws.
You could say the same about the aptly named Bukit Beruang in Melaka. Directly translated from Malay to English as Bear Hill, at a mere 116.3 meters tall, it may sound tame but, depending on your route to its peak and back, it’s ferocity can vary.
Located approximately 20 minutes outside of Bandar Hilir (depending on traffic), Pantai Klebang is popular stretch of Melaka beach, known for its delicious coconut shakes and food truck businesses. It is also the site of some extensive, albeit photogenic, land reclamation.
I had taken my nephew Kimi and niece Lily to Tanjung Tuan Recreational Forest for MNS’ annual Raptor Watch event with the promise of a day at the beach. After a short hike we arrived to find that the tide was out. That was the beginning of our discoveries….
After three days spent counting raptors at Tanjung Tuan, the MNS birders I volunteered with suggested I return for Raptor Watch. As it’s the kind of thing I thought my nephew and niece would enjoy, I roped them in for the ride.