Gua Musang is a small town deep in the jungles of central Kelantan. While it has little of interest in itself, it's a convenient gateway for Taman Negara and a good place to break the cross-peninsula haul.
Gua Musang is on the Jungle Railway, which run from the junction at Gemas northwards to Kota Bharu and Tumpat. Daytime trains run between Tumpat and Singapore via Gua Musang.
Several trains per day run northwards to Tumpat, the first is at 05:00, the last at 16:20. Southbound, during the day only the 10.50 AM train to Singapore heads further south than Kuala Lipis, which itself is served by two daily local trains, at 8.50 AM and 7 PM.
Two nightly sleepers head to Kuala Lumpur at 22:30 and Singapore at 00:25. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays there is a more comfortable option for Singapore: the Malayan Tiger Train, which runs as far as Johor Bahru (five minutes from Singapore) at 21:10.
Times correct as of Jan. 2012. Note that times are liable to change, consult KTM, the Malaysian rail operator, for current timetables.
By busBuses from Kuala Lumpur run via Kuala Lipis to Gua Musang; from Kota Bahru they run through Kuala Krai to Gua Musang.
Private tour companies operate shuttle services from the Cameron Highlands for RM 40-50. Inquire in Tanah Rata.
By carOnce only accessible by train, Gua Musang is now at the hub of several roads that run north to Kota Bahru, south to Kuala Lipis and Pahang and west across the Cameron Highlands to Simpang Pulai and Perak (near Ipoh).
Bukit Gua Musang
Pulai - Chinese temple in Pulai, which is purportedly 400 years old. Pulai is an early gold mine town, and a historical Chinese village.
Jungle Railway StationGua Musang is a railway town: Once, trains were the only means of transport to the town. The journey provides a glimpse of village life in the jungle hinterland.
Rock climbingaddress: Gua MusangGua Musang is surrounded by limestone hills and caves, which can provide entertainment for cavers and rock climbers. The area is bolted with 30 routes from 5b to 7a, though there is no equipment hire in the town so trips will have to be prepared for elsewhere.
Nothing special to buy here; however you can buy some local fruits, like durian, rambutans, mangis, mango etc.
BanksMaybank and CIMB have ATMs
KFCHas free WiFi, also fried chicken.
There is beer. On the right hand side of the main street from the station, in the Chinese run mini-market. Look out for a glass-doored fridge with a suspiciously blanked out bottom shelf. What lies behind the card but glorious cold (not to mention expensive) Tiger and Calsberg. RM 7.80 for a small can.
Fresh coconut water has also been reported to be procurable.
phone: +60 99123191address: PT 7746, Jalan Persiaran RayaA good budget option. Clean rooms, hot water, towels, air-con, satellite TV and free WiFi throughout. The cheapest rooms are windowless boxes but still have all the above amenities.
Fully Innphone: +60 99123311address: 75, Jalan Pekan LamaVery close to the station. It's a big shiny Chinese monster. Free breakfast. Wifi.
There are also several hotels with prices around RM50-70 on the strip along the main road south of the main intersection, around the 7-11 and GM Shopping Centre.