When people says 'Ledang,' the first thing that comes to mind is Puteri Gunung Ledang or the Princess of Mount Ledan however, Ledang is not only that. It is the 10th district in Johor, used to be part of Muar district, announced in 2008 and officially changed its name to Tangkak District at the end of 2015. Tangkak is a district that covers about 97 hectares with the population of 136, 852 people based on 2010's data. Located near the border of Melaka and Negeri Sembilan, this district is sometimes thought to be part of the former state instead of Johor Darul Takzim.
With many tourist attractions, the most famous one is definitely Mount Ledang. Standing tall at 1,276 meter, this is the 64th highest summit in Malaysia and among the widely known among climbers. The trail to its peak is clear and easily managed, thus making in it popular for the amateurs and also the most climbed mountain in Malaysia. The summit is between the border of Muar and Melaka. Mount Ledang, or previously known as Mount Ophir, is part of the Tititwangsa Mountain Range (Banjaran Titiwangsa) that divided the west coast and east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
It was known as Mount Ophir thanks to the British cartographers since the 19th century which the name was thought to be originated from Hebrew word – a reference in the Torah, a biblical land of Ophir which King Solomon obtained golds. The name Gunung Ledang, however originated from the Majapahit empire, which means ‘lofty mountain,’ with ledang itself means show-off in old Javanese language. The Chinese traders back then, called it as Kim Sua – the golden mountain as seen from the Straits of Melaka.
Driving or taking bus are the main option to get to Tangkak as the district does not have an airport. For bus, it will cost you less than RM20 per trip to Tangkak from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) KL and it will take about a couple of hours to reach. One can take a flight to Melaka International Airport and an hour drive to reach Tangkak which is much shorter trip than arriving at Senai International Airport (Johor’s airport) that will take about two and half hours.
With Mount Ledang being the most famous attraction in Tangkak, it’s definitely a worth to visit it especially you’re a climber or hiker. To go there, it only takes around 22 minutes from Bandar Tangkak to the Gunung Ledang Recreational Forest. There are entrance fees applicable to every car and people entering the place, with RM 2 and RM 1 respectively. To climb the mountain, another fee must be paid, RM 3 for Malaysians and RM 23 for foreigners for a Day Trip and since you cannot go climbing alone without a guide from the Ranger’s office, another RM140 must be forked out to pay for a guide. Other fees are still applicable for other activities in the forest such as camping.
If climbing a mountain is not your cup of tea, you may enjoy the Puteri Waterfall, a 60m tall waterfall with crystal clear pools. The walk towards the waterfall is cemented, making it easier to access this beautiful, popular picnic place. As it is an attractive waterfall, with the effortless to reach there, the waterfall is rarely empty of visitors.
Other than these trips into the nature, Tangkak is also popular stop to buy textiles. When you go through this small city, you are surely will be greeted with hundreds of shops displaying various patterns, types of fabrics especially those for making a beautiful baju kurung. Here you can choose whatever, whichever types of materials that suit you the best with relatively cheaper price than those you might find outside Tangkak.
This hotel is only 20-minute drive from town of Tangkak. With room starting at RM 51/night, this hotel provides a clean, comfortable room that has become a favourite for people that stayed there, especially with their great service. Despite being small, the hotel still provides the basic necessity for its customer such as air-conditioned room, Wi-Fi, a 24-hour front office and a restaurant, if you don’t feel like looking for food outside.