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TRAIL 11: TELUK BAHANG TO MUKA HEAD


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Length: 2.5 km 1˝ hours
Recreational grading : 2.5
Condition:
  • well used (Teluk Bahang to Teluk Aling)
  • natural (Teluk Aling to Teluk Duyung)
    Use: crowded on weekends, some visitors during weekdays.
    Status: forest reserve

    The most popular trail in the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve is from Teluk Bahang to Teluk Duyong and on to Muka Head lighthouse. This is a one hour walk starting from a well trodden path at the back of the ‘End of the World’ restaurant. Follow this track along the coast. It leads past a sandy beach and arrives at a small stream with a suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge you will see a signboard indicating several different destinations. Take the right-hand track which leads to the coast. Then follow the coastal track. After 7-10 minutes you will reach a river called Sungai Tukun. There are several A-shaped huts by this river. Walk across another suspension bridge and follow the coastal path further. The track climbs gently and then descends slowly to Teluk Aling.

    There is a short stretch of sandy beach at Teluk Aling. On the left is the Universiti Sains Malaysia biological field station. There is a jetty which serves as a landing place for boats ferrying students and workers from Teluk Bahang jetty to the field station. It will take you 10-15 minutes to reach this jetty from Sungai Tukun.

    At the end of the short Teluk Aling beach, the track to Teluk Duyong continues. The direction is straight ahead, following the coast until one reaches the next beach. The first 15 minutes of the trek can be rather intimidating for nervous hikers. The gang planks spanning rocks and boulders are improvised from fallen telephone poles or wooden beams. Many of them are so rotten that crossing them involves some peril. You will come across at least three of these crossings. Some hikers refer to this part of the trek as an ‘adventure trail.’ Due to the difficult progress and depending on the number of hikers in your group, the journey could take longer then expected. It normally takes 30-40 minutes to reach Teluk Duyong from Teluk Aling. At the end of the trek there are many big boulders between you and the beach. You can go around them or try some bouldering. Remember that you do so at your own risk.

    The lighthouse is visible from this end of the beach. To reach it, walk the full length of the beach to the other end. Then climb the long flights of steep steps to reach the top. It will take you about 30 minutes to reach the top, where you will be rewarded by a panoramic view of the sea as well as Pulau Songsong and Gunung Jerai (Kedah Peak).

    The lighthouse was built in 1883. Its revolving light flashes every 20 seconds. There is a useable well in the compound of the lighthouse. Ask the guard politely and he will be pleased to show you around.

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