Gua Musang, Malaysia · 2 hotels available
Gua Musang Airport or also known as Fort Chabai, a landmark of an obsoleted light aircraft carrier airport situated inside the thick forests in the district of Gua Musang in the state of Kelantan, which is about three hours away from the state capital Kota Bharu.
The airport was not used for commercial purposes, instead it was utilized as a military logistics support under the management of the Allied Forces. Once in active service during the Malayan Emergency from 1948 till 1960, it is now abandoned due to better military bases being built later on. Together, the area is bordered at the south by Pahang, Terengganu at the east and Perak at the west with the Kelantanese districts of Kuala Krai and Jeli to the north.
Formerly known as a small railway town where trains are the only means of transportation available to reach here, nowadays Gua Musang as well as the nearby area is experiencing a lot of development to make it the second biggest town after Kota Bharu. It will not be a surprise if an airport is to be introduced again in future in order to ramp up the local economy.
There are flights to Sultan Ismail Petra Airport of Kota Bharu from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) which are provided by both Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. Upon touchdown from the airport, guests may hail up a taxi or other public transportation to go to the landmark.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive through the Kuala Lumpur-Gua Musang Highway and exiting at Central Spine Route 8 before continuing the journey towards the landmark. The journey could take up around three hours and forty minutes depending on the traffic situation.
From Kuala Lumpur International Airport, visitors can catch the Express Rail Link (ERL) train which goes to KL Sentral/Bandar Tasik Putrajaya/Cyberjaya/Salak Tinggi/KLIA route. There, one can board the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) ETS southbound coach and stop by the Gemas station before changing to the East Coast Line heading to Gua Musang station.
There is a bus station in Gua Musang that can be accessed by entering Bandar Baru Gua Musang. Take the trip directly to Gua Musang from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) terminal using express bus services such as Transnasional Express, Darul Naim Express or Express Mutiara before opting for local route bus or taxi to go to the landmark.
A major natural attraction in the area, Gua Musang Caves can be easily found nearby the train station. The peak takes an hour to reach, attracting cavers and adventurers alike that would appreciate the drawings found inside the cave as well as the high-level view of the town of Gua Musang.
Built in 1988 and finished in 1991, the mosque serves the Muslim population of the town, acting as the religious center for the locals. At a cost of roughly two million ringgit, the mosque architecture is nothing less than amazing, with a square design with a combination of blue and white colors as the main motive. The walls of the mosque utilizes a lot of glass windows to allow wind for ventilation and sunlight. The design is strongly influenced by Middle East elements, with a flat roof and minaret. It is located about three kilometers away from the town. It is commonly used by the residents of Muslim faith for various religious activities such as sermons, the mass obligatory of five-time a day prayers, Quran and hadith studies, breaking fast and many more.
Located at PT7746, Jalan Persiaran Raya, Taman Mesra, Galas, Gua Musang, this is a basic one-star hotel that is kind to the wallet. Facilities available for the guests include television, shower, luggage storage, family room, public WiFi air conditioning and 24-hour receptionist.