Gunung Nenek Semukut

This isolated village certainly has not lost its old world's charm. In fact, Mukut radiates a traditional Malay village atmosphere that weathervanes the test of time, what more with the recent surge of tourist arrivals to this magical island of Tioman.

While the beach in Mukut is just as good as everywhere else in Tioman, the main attraction here, without doubt, goes to the towering twin peaks of Gunung Nenek Semukut. At a maximum height of 690 metres, the two monoliths are regarded as the highest free-standing natural structure in Malaysia. In addition, only a few climbers had conquered its top, making it one of the most coveted mountain peaks for adrenaline-seekers.

To me, it is almost impossible to view the twin peaks from afar due to frequent cloud covers. In fact, even if the sky is extremely clear of any clouds typically in the months of May until August, these two mythical peaks almost unfailingly have themselves shrouded in thick clouds, as if they possess a weather system of their own.

If I count correctly, passing over the water channel of southwestern Tioman for the 3rd time finally gave the chance of a partial glimpse of these majestic peaks. Even so, the threat of a massive cloud blanket was still imminent. Third time lucky, one must say, but in an evening of April 2007, the sky fortunately cleared up for a glorious view of the twin peaks basking under the red-orange hues of the setting sun.

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