Nenggiri River flows from the backcountry of Kelantan. From the highlands it meanders its way through a series of
rapids and later joins the Kelantan River at Kuala Krai. A section of the river, from Kuala Betis to Kuala
Setelu, has become the playground of adventure and nature lovers. This
remote area will probably remain unchanged for some years to come. Vast
tracks of virgin jungle line both sides of the river broken occasionally
by an orang asli settlement and limestone outcrops. Some of Malaysia's richest
archaeological caves are to be found along the river: Gua Cha, Gua Chawan and
Gua Jaya. These caves are archaeologically important as unlike other caves
throughout the Peninsula, they have been undisturbed by guano collectors.
The most interesting way to get to Gua Musang is by train from
Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baru or Singapore. From Kuala Lumpur, it takes eight to nine
By road, Gua Musang takes three hours from Kota Baru and about five hours
from Kuala Lumpur. T
here are express coaches and taxis from Kota Baru and Kuala
There are also daily flights to Kota Baru.
From Gua Musang, a
pre-arranged transfer can be made to the starting point of the rafting
expedition in Sungai Nenggiri at either Kuala Betis, some 40 minutes away, or
historical Gua Cha, about 90 minutes via the trunk road.
Gua Musang is set to be a hub for eco-tourism with budget travellers as the target market.
Hence, there is an absence of star-rated hotels
in the sleepy town. Among its limited range are more presentable lodgings at
Kesedar Inn (09-9121229) and Fully Inn (09-912331).
Your adventure begins after your arrival at the timber town of Gua Musang (Pahang/
Kelantan border); from there, you travel by off-road vehicles to Kuala Betis,
the usual Put-In-Point.
'board’ the inflatable rafts for some white-water actions.
You raft along the
53km of the little known Nenggiri River that flows from the backcountry of
En-route you stop to visit GUA CHA Archaeological Site with its
mysterious cave and imposing limestone.
Rafting down the river either on bamboo raft or
rubber inner tubes is the best form of traversing this section of the
Just float down, or paddle if you want to go faster.
A trip of 2/3
days and 1/2 nights will be adequate to cover this section.
the atmosphere while being accompanied by cacophony of sounds from
animals and birds in a jungle environment.
If you are lucky, you may be
able to sight them because they are mostly nocturnal creatures.
You spend a night camping in a jungle
environment and here you will be sleeping by the ever-present cacophony
of the sounds of insects, frogs, birds and an occasional hooting of monkeys.
river trip ends at Kampong SETAR from when you return by land to Gua Musang, the
end of the river journey and adventure to remember.
The Nenggiri rafting expedition is one of Gua Musang's main eco-tourism
offerings together with the impressive Taman Etnobotani which has made its name
as one of the country's top sites for rock-climbing.
In a move to further promote the expedition, Kelantan Selatan Development
Authority has made the Nenggiri Challenge an annual affair.
Those interested in taking on Nenggiri on their own should contact Kesedar at
09-9121788 or email email@example.com.
Designed in contemporary Malaysian style, this hotel provides
luxury for both business and leisure travelers. All the rooms are fully
furnished, with attached bathroom, satellite TV, hot water shower, air
condition and of course access to the internet, keeping you connected to the
outside world. The hotel also provides beverages at the counter, giving you
a lot of options to eat all day long. Just as the name states, My Home
Gua Musang Hotel ensures luxury and full on service at an affordable
The Moonriver Lodge is halfway between the Cameron
Highlands and Gua Musang. Highly recommended for retreats, teambuilding,
educational camps, family travels or getaways from the urban world,
Moonriver is strategically positioned on a highland farms of Malaysia.
Moreover, a mere 10 minutes away is Cameron Highlands, one of Malaysia's
most extensive hill station. Besides offering a unique forest farmstay
experience, at Moonriver guests can indulge in a host of activities with
educational value, where one can learn and bond. The Lodge provides indoor
and outdoor classrooms, equipped with projector and DVD players for
night-time videos, Karaoke or slideshow presentations. As for accommodation,
all rooms are comfortable and basic equipped with beddings, ceiling fans,
indoor or outdoor toilets and shower facilities. After a fun filled day,
guests can indulge in the local malay food, freshly cooked and prepared
using as much natural and organic garden produce at the in-house restaurant.