Tanjung Piai National Park is a small area of protected mangrove forest in Johor, Malaysia. It is advertised as the most southerly point in mainland Asia – a title which sneakily side steps the presence of Singapore. Regardless of the merit of this claim, Tanjung Piai makes for a worthwhile half day visit, especially when combined with nearby Kukup National Park.
Getting to Tanjung Piai
Tanjung Piai is approximately an hour by road from Iskandar Puteri or the Tuas road crossing from Singapore. It takes around 90 minutes from Johor Bahru city itself or the Woodlands causeway. Having Google Maps or similar on your phone is essential as the place is not well signposted. We’ve often combined a trip to Tanjung Piai with a trip to Kukup National Park, and found it best to head to Kukup first. The advantage of this approach is that you won’t have to wait as long for a boat at Kukup if you arrive earlier in the day.
There are two famous sites at Tanjung Piai that have photos all over Instagram – the long ‘three countries’ pier and the ‘end of South East Asia’ globe. These two points are joined by a large circular boardwalk which passes through mangroves and along the coast. There are views of Singapore all along the coast, and on clear days it is possible to see the islands off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia too.
There is quite a lot of wildlife in Tanjung Piai and having patience, remaining quiet, and paying attention to small details will really help you. You are guaranteed to see long tailed macaques (the usual rules apply when dealing with them), plus birds, crabs, and other creatures on the mud flats. There is also a chance to see mangrove snakes, although you would need to be lucky.