Gua Musang is a small town deep in the jungles of central Kelantan. While it has little of interest in itself, it's a convenient gateway for Taman Negara National Park and a good place to break the cross-peninsula haul.
Gua Musang is on the Jungle Railway, which run from the junction at Gemas northwards to Kota Bharu and Tumpat. Daytime trains run between Tumpat and Singapore via Gua Musang. Several trains per day run northwards to Tumpat, the first is at 05:00, the last at 16:20. Southbound, during the day only the 10.50 AM train to Singapore heads further south than Kuala Lipis, which itself is served by two daily local trains, at 8.50 AM and 7 PM.
Two nightly sleepers head to Kuala Lumpur at 22:30 and Singapore at 00:25. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays there is a more comfortable option for Singapore: the Malayan Tiger Train, which runs as far as Johor Bahru (five minutes from Singapore) at 21:10.
Times correct as of Jan. 2012. Note that times are liable to change, consult KTM, the Malaysian rail operator, for current timetables.
The old station in town has closed down. The new station is about 1 km to the south.
Private tour companies operate shuttle services from the Cameron Highlands for RM 40-50. Inquire in Tanah Rata.
Once only accessible by train, Gua Musang is now at the hub of serveral roads that run north to Kota Bahru, south to Kuala Lipis and Pahang and west across the Cameron Highlands to Simpang Pulai and Perak (near Ipoh).
The old town is small and easily covered on foot. Development is spreading away from the old centre, making the newer parts of town only within walking distance for the committed pedestrian. Bukit Gua Musang can also be reached on foot. There is not much for the tourist in the new town, except a supermarket. Taxis or bike rental may be arranged for accessing more far-flung places.
Pulai - Chinese temple in Pulai, which is purportedly 400 years old. Pulai is an early gold mining place, and a historical Chinese village.
Nothing special to buy here; however you can buy some local fruits, like durian, rambutans, mangis, mango etc.
There is beer. On the right hand side of the main street from the station, in the Chinese run mini-market. Look out for a glass-doored fridge with a suspiciously blanked out bottom shelf. What lies behind the card but glorious cold (not to mention expensive) Tiger and Calsberg. RM 7.80 for a small can.
Fresh coconut water has also been reported to be procurable.
There's several options. Most have WiFi. A government directory lists them all. Notable options include: