Friday, November 23, 2007

Gunung Belumut

To the northeast of Kluang town in central Johor lies Gunung Belumut Recreational Forest. Gunung Belumut in Malay means “covered or blanketed in moss”.

To get here, head for Kluang town. The entry to Gunung Belumut is along Kluang - Jemaluang trunk road. From the trunk road you have to pass through Felda Ulu Dengar oil palm plantation to reach the park. The waterfalls here cascade at low and moderate heights with the base quite flat. It is popular with among families during holidays.

It is 1010 m in height, putting it among the highest in Johor. This distinctive mountain is also the most prominent landmark in the district of Kluang. The climb to the summit will take about 4-6 hours, making it quite necessary to camp overnight.

We had been there twice, first time before we had a daughter and the second one, with our, 1 and a half year daughter and her first “lifebuoy”.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Pulau Kapas - The Picture

Here are some pics from our vacation.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Kapas Island (Pulau Kapas), Terengganu

Kapas Island (Pulau Kapas), Terengganu

Last holiday in June. We went to ‘Pulau Kapas’. Pulau Kapas or Cotton Island inherited its name from the native because of its incomparable white beaches. Surrounded by crystal clear ocean.

Kapas Island is located 5km offshore in the state of Terengganu, east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. From Kuala Terengganu airport, a leisurely 30 minutes drive will take you to Marang jetty and a further 10 minutes boat-ride is all it takes to reach Kapas Island Resort. Where a myriad of corals, shell fish and turtles flourish in the waters. The waters around the quiet and secluded beaches offer ideal spots for snorkeling and scuba diving. Basic but comfortable accommodation is available. However, Kapas Island is not recommended for visiting during the monsoon season between November to March.

FAQ about Kapas Island

Q1. I want to go to Kapas Island , do I need to go to Kuala Terengganu?
For Kapas Island, you just follow the route to Kuala Dungun AND you don't need to go to Kuala Terengganu IF you're driving BUT if you're taking the express bus you have to go to Kuala Terengganu and from there you have to take a taxi to Marang.

Q2. Where can I park at Marang. Is it safe ?
There're a lot of car park operate in Marang. It is safe to park here. Recently I’d charged RM3 for 5 hour.

Q3. What is the best time to go for island holiday ?

The best time is between March - October and pls get advice regarding the weather condition before you go. Try to avoid school and public holiday. Check out travel tips.

Q4. Where is the airport strip ?
The airport is located 20minutes from the main town of Kuala Terengganu

Q5. Any interesting place to visit at Kapas Island?
Yes, Pulau Raja (Raja Island) the small island just off Kapas best for snorkelling. You can go there by boat. Just ask any boatman at Kapas Island to go there…!

Q6. What is the ferry schedule if I want to go to Kapas Island and how much ?

Most boats leave around 0900am and the cost is : Marang Jetty to Resort by slow boat RM15/person (return) (25minutes) Marang jetty to Resort by speed boat RM25/person (return) (10 minutes)