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Gua Musang

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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.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

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.

Times are liable to change, consult and book online here: 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.

By bus[edit]

Buses from Kuala Lumpur run via Kuala Lipis to Gua Musang; from Kota Bahru they run through Kuala Krai to Gua Musang.

There are no bussen from here to Tanah Rata (Cameron Highlands), taxi would kost RM 180. (Feb 2017)

By car[edit]

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).

Get around[edit]

Gua Musang railway station at the foot of limestone hills

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.

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The town is surrounded by interesting limestone rock outcrops like in Guilin or Yangshuo. Though there are less than in Guilin they do not lack size.

Pulai - Chinese temple in Pulai, which is purportedly 400 years old. Pulai is an early gold mining place, and a historical Chinese village.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Jungle Railway, ("). Gua Musang is a railway town, once only trains were the only means of transport to the town. The journey provides a glimpse of village life in the jungle hinterland.  edit

  • Rock climbing, Gua Musang. Gua Musang is surrounded by limestone hills and caves, which can provide entertainment for cavers and rock climbers. The area is bolted with 30 routes from 5b to 7a, though there is no equipment hire in the town so trips will have to be prepared for elsewhere.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Nothing special to buy here; however you can buy some local fruits, like durian, rambutans, mangis, mango etc.

  • Banks, (on the main street over the bridge from the train station). Maybank and CIMB have ATMs  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Drink[edit][add listing]

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.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There's several options. Most have WiFi. A government directory lists them all. Notable options include:

  • My Home Hotel, PT 7746, Jalan Persiaran Raya (1.5 km from the railway station. Head down the main street from the station, turn left at the end, pass the mosque on the right and beat left past the Caltex garage on the left. It's 400m from the Clatex, on the right), 099123191, [1]. A good budget option. Clean rooms, hot water, towels, air-con, satellite TV and free WiFi throughout. The cheapest rooms are windowless boxes but still have all the above amenities. From RM40.  edit
  • Fully Inn, 75, Jalan Pekan Lama (Probably the closest to the railway station. Head down the main street from the station, turn left at the end and it's on the left), 099123311. Very close to the station. It's a big shiny Chinese monster. Free breakfast. Wifi. From RM80.  editBeware that not to take single room without checking as some of the room were almost totally destroyed with wallpaper teared off the wall,bathtub with cracks, electric kettle end up in the fridge.


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