Field Tours

  • Option 1: TAMAN NEGARA NATIONAL PARK

    Taman Negara Taman Negara Taman Negara

    Taman Negara was established at the Main Range or Banjaran Titiwangsa, Malaysia, in 1938/1939 as the King George V National Park. It was renamed to Taman Negara, after Malaysia (formerly ‘Malaya’) gained independence in 1957, which literally means "national park" in Malay. Taman Negara has a total area of 4,343 km² and is reputed to be the world's oldest tropical rainforest, estimated at 130 million years old. The national park is home to around 14,000 species of plants and trees more than other forest in the world. Basically, there are over 2,400 species of flowering plant, 200 species of mammals, 350 species of birds, 67 species of snakes, 55 species of frogs, 80 species of bat, 30 species of rats and 109 species freshwater fishes. The park is home to some rare mammals, such as the Malayan Tiger, Crab-eating Macaque, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Great Argus, Red Junglefowl, Malayan Gaur (seladang) and Asian elephant. Among the birdlife, the rare Malayan Peacock-Pheasant is still found here in some numbers. Tahan River has been preserved to protect the Malaysian mahseer (ikan kelah), a type of game fish.

    Kota Gelanggi Cave complex is of historical importance, first recorded by Cameron in 1882 in the Royal Asiatic Soc. Journal. Since then many other people have written about the caves, but have been inconsistent with the naming. Various archaeological digs, especially those conducted by the Muzium Negara Department of Museum & Antiquities have revealed human remains dating 1500 years. Explore the 150 million year old historical and mythical cave complex and its unique fauna, flora and rock formations. The magnificent cave chambers are among the best in this region. The caves that are open to the public are Gua Terang Bulan, Gua Bersanding, Gua Tongkat and Gua Balai (a campsite), Gua Gajah, Gua Penyu, Gua Ular, Gua Angin, Gua Tanggal 99, Gua Hijau and Gua Kelawat. Climb the hill steps to the lit-up Terang Bulan Cave. Once beneath the sea, the scalloped profile on the soft limestone can still be seen on the cave walls. Gar pools, stalagmites, stalactites, flowstones and curtain walls can be seen here. Other relics include pottery, hunting tools, weapons and ornamental pieces.

    Travel Itenary

    DAY ONE – Jerantut – Taman Negara (Lunch, Dinner)

    06.00am                – Depart Melaka

    12.00pm                – Welcome to Jerantut and lunch

    01.00pm                – Bus transfer to Gua Gelanggi for Cave Exploration

    05.00pm                – End of tour and transfer to Taman Negara

    06.00pm                – Welcome to Taman Negara and room check-in

    07.30pm                – Dinner at floating restaurant

    08.30pm                – Taman Negara Documentary, Night Jungle Walk, Tahan Hide visit

      

    DAY TWO – Taman Negara (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    08.00am                – Breakfast at floating restaurant

    09.00am                 – Walk on the world’s longest hanging bridge – The Canopy Walkway Jungle Trekking to Teresek Hill

    01.00pm                – Lunch at floating restaurant

    03.00pm                – Rapid Shooting – Shooting the 7 major rapids towards Sg.Trenggan Orang Asli Settlement visit

    07.30pm                – Dinner at floating restaurant

    08.00pm                – Night Safari (additional)

      

    DAY THREE – Taman Negara – Jerantut (Breakfast, Lunch)

    08.00am                – Breakfast at floating restaurant

    09.00am                - Boat to Lata Berkoh (additional)

    12.00am                - Lunch at floating restaurant and return to Jerantut

    01.00pm                – Arrive at Jerantut. End of Tour

     

    Inclusive:

    1. 2 nights accommodation
    2. Permit, Canopy Entrance Fees, Orang Asli Village Donation, Gua Gelanggi Entrance Fees
    3. 7 meals (2B, 3L, 2D)
    4. Cave Exploration with guide
    5. All transfer (Melaka-Jerantut-Taman Negara-Jerantut-Kuala Lumpur/Melaka)
    6. Friendly Guide

     

    Duration: 3 days 2 nights

    Departure Date: 23-25th August 2014

    Minimum number: 15 pax

     

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    Mutiara Resort

    Woodland Resort

    Local Village

     

    Chalet

    Chalet only

    Dorm

    Room

    RM

    USD

    RM

    USD

    RM

    USD

    RM

    USD

    By

    15 Jun

    Upon request Upon request

    873

    291

    707

    236

    790

    263

    After

    15 Jun

    961

    320

    777

    259

    864

    288

    Note:

    1.    Dormitory rates are for 4-8 pax shared basis and chalet/room rates are on twin-shared basis. Local resort is Woodland Resort or equivalent.  Air-conditioned dorms/rooms at local resort or village are limited. Book early!

    2.    Month of August is peak season and choice of accommodation is subject to availability.

    3.    Rates include land transfer from Melaka-Taman Negara-Melaka, with complimentary drop-off at KL Sentral/Chinatown Kuala Lumpur.

    4.    Ad-hoc departure (earlier or later than tour itinerary schedule) can be arranged and transport cost is payable by participants.

    5.    Excludes optional tours, meals, etc. not mentioned in the tour itinerary

    6.    10% Deposit payment will be forfeited in the event of any refund made within Cancellation Provisions

    Interested participants are required to make a 50% booking fee to secure your place in this trip. Deposit paid is non-refundable. Kindly contact Ms Jen Chong for more information & payment details. Email id: jencharm512@gmail.com.

     Other Misc. Information

    1. There are no ATM, bank, nor money changer at Taman Negara.  Some resorts accept credit card (e.g Mutiara Taman Negara Resort, Rainforest Resort, and Woodland Resort but with an additional charge of 3 – 5 %

    2. Things to bring
    - Touch light or flash light
    - Insect Repellent
    - Comfortable Walking Shoe
    - Rain coat (in case it rains)

    3. Do not bring too much luggage into Taman Negara.  1 backpack + 1 small bag is ok. Big trolley bags are not advisable least one ends up hand-carrying a heavy luggage along rocky & stony paths. Extra bags can be stored at luggage storage room at Hotel Sri Emas, Jerantut.  It’s free!

     

    Option 2: ENDAU ROMPIN NATIONAL PARK

    Endau Rompin Endau Rompin

    Endau Rompin, straddling the Johor/Pahang border, is the second National Park after Taman Negara. It covers an area of approximately 80,000 hectares of rich and exotic flora and fauna, encompassing the watershed of the rivers Endau and Rompin, from which it derives its name. In other words, this place is huge.
    The park is home to a vast species of birds, mammals, frogs, insects and exotic varieties of orchids, herbs, medicinal plants and trees. It seems that every time a scientific expedition returns from Endau Rompin, they discover new species. Regular treks through the jungle will give adventurers sightings of leaf monkeys, long-tail macaques, white- handed gibbons, elephants, deer, tapirs and the occasional tiger and leopard. For adventure lovers and river trekkers, there are exhilarating rapids and fairly substantial waterfalls.

    To protect the pristine environment, only limited areas of the park are open for ecotourism. Entry to the park requires a special permit from the Johor National Park Corporation.

    Travel time: 4 hours from Melaka

    Departure Time: 6.00am from Melaka

    Travel Itenary

    Day One Melaka-Kahang (Lunch & Dinner)

    • Registration at Kahang Office at 10.00am  and continue journey to ERJNP (2 HOURS).
    • Check in at visitor complex for park safety, rules & regulation briefings
    • Lunch
    • Free Own Leisure Time
    • Dinner
    • Overnight in Family Chalet / Visitor Complex

     

    Day Two Endau Rompin (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

    • Breakfast
    • Meet local guide and boat ride to Pacau Jetty
    • Trekking to Kuala Marong-Upeh Guling Waterfalls-Crystal Clear Water Tasik Air Biru
    • Lunch
    • Return to Kg Peta by boat from Pacau Jetty
    • Dinner
    • Overnight in Family Chalet/Visitor Complex

     

    Day Three Endau Rompin-Kuala Lumpur (Breakfast)

    • Breakfast
    • Walk through the Pantai Burung Trail (swimming activity)
    • Check out & depart for Kahang
    • Transfer back to Melaka

    Inclusive

    • Transportation with guide
    • Meals and accommodation stated above
    • Entrance fees & permits
    • Package includes conservation fee
    • Insurance
    • Boat ride
    • 4WD transfer Kahang-Peta-Kahang
    • Also optional tours – Animal traps & blowpipe Demo, Ethnobotany & Arboretum Park

     

    Duration: 3 days 2 nights

    Departure Date: 23-25th August 2014

    Minimum number: 9 pax

     

    Option

    Min Pax

    Malaysian

    Non-Malaysian

    Dorm

    Chalet

    Dorm

    Chalet

    RM

    USD

    RM

    USD

    RM

    USD

    RM

    USD

    3D2N

    9

    1453

    454

    1501

    469

    1561

    488

    1549

    484

    3D2N

    12

    1240

    388

    1288

    403

    1348

    421

    1336

    418

    3D2N

    20

    1051

    328

    1099

    343

    1159

    362

    1147

    358

     

    * Chalets-6 units available

    * Dormitory (72 beds, 36 Male & 36 Females)

    Interested participants are required to make a 30% booking fee to secure your place in this trip. Deposit paid is non-refundable. Kindly contact Ms Jen Chong for more information & payment details. Email id: jencharm512@gmail.com.

    Other Misc Information

    1. Clothing
    • Light, comfortable and tough
    • Suitable swimming wear
    • Raincoat
    • Light bath towel
    • Plastic bags to keep your personal items dry
    • Personal effects

     

    1. Footwear
    • Shoes or sandals suitable for hiking-be prepared for wet, muddy conditions and river crossings (the ‘Adidas Kampung’ performs well. Sold for RM 7 a pair at Kahang Town)
    • Rubber slippers
    • Socks
    • Leech socks (available at RM 12 a pair at Kahang Office)

     

    1. Other items
    • Torchlight
    • Toiletries
    • Insect repellent
    • Water bottle
    • Knapsack
    • Camera
    • Trail food like biscuits or dried fruit (e.g. raisins)
    • Survival First Aid Kit
    • Light sleeping bag, suitable for use in summer  (if camping)
    • Reading material (entertainment is limited)

     

    Option 3: TIOMAN ISLAND

    Tioman Island Tioman Island Tioman Island

    Tioman Island (Pulau Tioman in Malay language) is located some 32km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The island is some 39km long and up to 12km wide. Tioman was first discovered by Chinese and Arab seafarers and traders around a thousand years ago. They used it for replenishing their fresh water resources and as a navigational aid. Its beaches were depicted in the 1958 movie South Pacific as Bali Hai. In the 1970's, the TIME Magazine selected Tioman as one of the world's most beautiful islands. The densely forested island is sparsely inhabited and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a popular scuba diving spot. Tioman is surrounded by smaller islands, which offer great diving and snorkeling sites. The best known of them is Coral island to the north. The highest peak is Gunung Kajang, towering over the jungle at 1038m, and can be seen as far as Mersing. 98% of Tioman is covered by a dense, very old jungle which is protected by law. This provides us with plenty of fresh air and clean water streams. There are some 8 villages on the island and around 18 beaches, most of them still very pristine and only accessible by boat.

    Itinerary for 3D2N

    Day 1

    0500       Depart Melaka for Mersing

    1030       Arrive Mersing jetty

    1130       Ferry departs (Note: ferry timing depends on the tide & is subject to change)

    1330       Arrive at Salang Jetty

    1340       Check into resort followed by buffet lunch

    1530       Free at leisure

    2000       BBQ Dinner

     

    Day 2

    0800       Breakfast

    0900       Depart for Juara Turtle Sanctuary http://www.juaraturtleproject.com/test/

    1200       Lunch (Packed lunch)

    1330       Snorkeling

    1430       Return to Salang & Free at leisure

    1900       Dinner at a local restaurant

     

    Day 3

    0530       Wakeup call

    0600       Breakfast

    0635       Checkout & walk to jetty

    0700       Ferry departs Salang (Note: ferry timing depends on the tide)

    0900       Arrive Mersing & transfer back to Melaka

    1300       Lunch at Muar

     

    Optional Activities

    Rainforest Trekking:
    Salang Bay to Monkey Bay (approx. 1 hour per way)

    Salang Bay to Turtle Bay (approx. 1 ½ hours per way)

    *Currently there are no guides to bring you into deeper parts of our tropical jungle.

     

    Sea Kayaking:
    Sea kayaking is a fantastic adventure. If you’re fit enough, you can kayak all the way to famous Monkey Bay or Turtle Beach. Costs are in the range of MYR 15.00 per hour

     

    Beach Volleyball:
    join the local boys and girls for a round of beach volleyball? There are 2 nets available in Salang Bay and games are on every day after 5pm.

     

    Snorkeling:
    The house reefs in Salang Bay offer some fantastic snorkeling and all you need to do is rent some snorkeling gear and jump in the water.

    There are many local snorkeling operators in each village on Tioman Island. Prices depend on the number of people and the snorkeling site. Usually it costs about RM100 per person for a half day trip. They are offering different snorkeling tours such as:

    1. 2 hours snorkeling boat trip to nearby snorkeling sites
    2. Half day snorkeling trips to Coral Island and other destinations

     

    Round the island trip:
    Many local operators offer round the island trips. During those trips, they bring you by speedboat to the other side of Tioman to the tranquilly village of Juara. From there you go all the way south direction Mukut to visit the waterfall before having lunch in Paya Village. They then stop for some snorkeling at Renggis Island and at the Tioman Marine Park before returning to base. Costs depend on the number of passengers and are in the range of RM 100.00 per person.

     

    Rock Climbing:
    Rock climbing is available in the south of Tioman Island. Unfortunately it can be quite costly just to get there by speedboat.

     

    Duration: 3 days 2 nights

    Departure Date: 23-25th August 2014

     

    Option

    MinPax

    Fan + cold shower

    Aircond  + cold shower

    Aircond + hot shower

    RM

    USD

    RM

    USD

    RM

    USD

    3D2N

    9

    942

    294

    1014

    317

    1086

    339

    3D2N

    12

    810

    253

    882

    276

    954

    298

    3D2N

    24

    712

    222

    784

    245

    856

    267

    4D3N

    9

    1203

    376

    1311

    410

    1419

    444

    4D3N

    12

    1042

    326

    1150

    359

    1258

    393

    4D3N

    24

    881

    275

    989

    309

    1097

    343

     

    1. Rates quoted apply to standard rooms with double bed and subject to availability. 3D2N Package includes meals as per itinerary above, 2-way ferry transfer, marine park fees.  4D3N excludes lunch & dinner on Day 3.

    2. Visit to Juara Turtle Sanctuary & snorkeling trip. (Note: Asah Waterfall is omitted as it's too far to the south and apparently not worthwhile visiting)

    3.  Note that it is low tide most of the day during the proposed dates the tentative ferry timings are:

    • 23 Aug: Mersing-Tioman 1130 hrs
    • 25/26 Aug: Tioman-Mersing 0700 hrs

     

    4.  Optional Dive Packages

    1. PADI Discover Scuba Dive gives a glimpse into scuba diving and takes around 3 hours to complete. Cost RM200 (from the pool/shore) with RM165.00 for extra boat dives
    2. Diving for certified leisure divers (day trips only):

       

      1. 3 boat dives @ RM325/pax
      2. 6 boat dives @ RM600/pax

    Diving includes equipment rental, guide and lunch on board during day trips

    1. PADI Open Water Course @ RM1050 and it takes 4 days to complete.

    5.  Proposed Itinerary 3D2N. For 4D3N, the 3rd day will be own activities.

    Interested participants are required to make a 30% booking fee to secure your place in this trip. Deposit paid is non-refundable. Kindly contact Ms Jen Chong for more information & payment details. Email id: jencharm512@gmail.com.

    Useful Information

    Weather

    The weather on Tioman Island is fine all year around. On most days you can expect sunny skies and little wind. Average air temperature is around 32 Degrees Celsius. Water temperatures are between 27 to 29 Degrees Celsius.   Use of sunscreen is recommended throughout the day.

    Since Tioman Island is in the tropics and covered in dense rainforst, regular tropical rain showers are common. They usually last just an hour or so.

     

    Money:
    You can pay for diving in Malaysian Ringgit or by credit card. Most of the resorts accept credit card payments but meals and beverages have to be paid in cash. Note that there is a 3% bank charge for credit card payments.

    Foreign currencies are best exchanged on the mainland prior to your visit to Tioman Island.  Exchange rates on the island are very poor.   There is only one ATM on the island in the village of Tekek (next to the airport), which is in the centre part of Tioman Island and only accessible by boat.

     

    Vaccination & Health
    No special vaccinations are required. There is no Malaria or other tropical disease present on Tioman Island or on Peninsular Malaysia.

    Sandflies and mosquitoes are common in Malaysia so bring some tropical insect repellent (i.e. containing some 30% DEET) and after bite ointment along. Sandfly bites can be nasty and can get infected if scratched open. Antiseptic cream is recommended.

    There is no decompression chamber available on Tioman Island and the closest is in Singapore (some 6 hours transportation). Ensure one has no health issues before attempting to dive

    Electricity:
    Voltage is 220V to 240V. You might want to purchase an adaptor for your electrical items.

    Phone and Internet:
    If you want to stay in touch with your friends and family, then best purchase a local phone card. With these cards you can make international phone calls at very cheap rates.

    The few internet cafes available on Tioman Island, usually only offer dial-up connection. Not worth trying to Skype with friends or family. There is one internet cafe in ABC (Ayer Batang) on Tioman Island which offers high speed satellite internet.