- Posted October 22, 2010 by
Tanjung Resang, Malaysia
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Tanjung Resang, Malaysia's best kept secret
Peninsular Malaysia is a land of countless natural treasures. Living in neighboring Singapore, I've been lucky enough to have visited quite a few of the better known Malaysian spots: Pulau Tioman, Pulau Redang, Kuantan, Pulau Penang, Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, each unique and memorable locations in their own way.
But it's only when I ventured off the beaten track along the Malaysian East Coast recently that I was truly awe-struck by the raw natural splendor of the landscape, the immense variety of wildlife and the kindhearted generous nature of the orang kampung, the village folk that live in this region.
In July this year (2010) I took a few friends on a little road trip. Our objective was to traverse the southern state of Johore Baharu until we reached Mersing, a pittoresque, yet bustling seaside town that gets its name from the Mersing River running through it. We'd been to Mersing on previous occasions, it's the de facto departure point to many of the popular holiday islands that dot the sea there. This time though, after arriving in Mersing, we were feeling adventurous, and so we continued driving.
About 20 minutes after passing by Mersing, we took a turn into a dusty rock-strewn track that was barely discernible against its jungle backdrop. A dozen or so miles on, the track came to an abrupt end, courtesy of a crystal-clear stream that ran left and right as far as the eye could see. Our options were simple, we either turn back or take our chances with a dilapidated wooden bridge that spanned the stream in front of us.
The gamble paid off handsomely, because within minutes, we were cruising along a newly-constructed pristine road that appeared freshly gouged from the rainforest. Not sure what compelled us to keep going and not even sure of where we were, we eventually stumbled upon Tanjung Resang, an area so stunning in its visual beauty, we instantly concurred that it is Malaysia's best kept secret.
Tanjung Resang is located like a natural retreat. Ensconced between an idyllic, almost endless stretch of beach on one side and a jagged dense jungle treeline on the other, it breathes tranquility. If you enjoy Malaysian cuisine, you're in luck because even though secluded, Tanjung Resang is never a far drive to a resort or mom and pop eatery. Try their mouth-watering traditional dishes like nasi lemak, sateh or kueh.
Nature lovers will enjoy Tanjung Resang's many hiking opportunities and the exotic flora and fauna. While there, I saw snakes, monkeys, wild boars, huge flying foxes, eagles and a porcupine. I even spotted a pilot whale surfacing while we were paddling at sea on our SUP boards.
Speaking of the sea, advanced sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts will find Tanjung Resang a treat during the November-February monsoon, as this is when 20-25 knot nor'easterlies blow virtually non-stop. The rest of the year, the prevailing more mild SE/SW winds are blocked by Tanjung Resang's terrain, creating ideal conditions for more recreational sailing, angling and scuba-diving.
Tanjung Resang, Malaysia's best kept secret.