Ulu Muda Eco Park
A remote and isolated forest in the far northern region of the peninsula. An important reserve for many large mammals. The salt licks, in Sira Hangat and others sites, are some of the largest in Malaysia and offer very good opportunity to catch a glimpse of these large mammals. It remains one of the few places where Tapirs are often sighted (in Taman Negara, these shy animals no longer regularly visit the salt licks).
Good birdwatching opportunities is available here. Recent surveys have recorded over 201 species. If you want an alternative to Taman Negara, Ulu Muda is well worth exploring.
Permits are (as a formality) necessary for access into any forest reserves, and you can request for it from the State Forestry authorities. If you are using the services of tour guides, then they will usually obtain permits for you.
No special equipment is needed. However, if you are planning to camp out, there are very limited camping supplies available at Gubir. You are advised to get all you need before you come out here. Generally you should being light clothes and prepare for some jungle trekking.
Several large resorts have established around Pedu lake. If you want to explore Ulu Muda, your best bet is to try for accommodation at the MADA rest house cum resort at Gubir. It is both cheap and convenient. Advance bookings are necessary as they can be quite busy. Several local restaurant are located at Gubir and closer to Pedu lake. Boats and guides can be organised from your accommodation or alternatively, try the village co-op jetty (on Muda lake) where you can hire small boats, guides, life-jackets, etc.
There is also a small car park with 24 hour guards so overnight parking is safe. Your own transport is recommended. To explore the forest trails you are advised to hire an experienced guide. Alternatively, High Adventure Travel (Kedah) runs some interesting nature tours, including jungle treks to observe elephants in the wild.
How to Reach there:
Ulu Muda Eco Park is located on the north-east of Kedah, bordering Thailand. It's a 1.5 hours drive from Alor Setar. You can get there via the North-South Expressway, taking the exit at Gurun (Interchange 173). Follow the trunk road to Sik (TR K10), then north towards Gulau (TR K8) followed by Gubir (TR K13).
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