6 reasons to hit up Tanjung Tuan

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 hit up Tanjung Tuan.

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Bukit Batu Putih hike

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 set your Waze for PD and make towards Bukit Batu Putih.

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Muka Head Lighthouse Hike via Monkey Beach

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?

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4 sublime stays by the Bridge on the River Kwai

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.

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