King tide phenomenon continues to attract tourists

Wet but fun: Visitors to the ‘End of the Asian Continent’ at the Tanjung Piai National Park enjoying the king tide phenomenon. — Bernama

PONTIAN: The king tide phenomenon that occurs at the Tanjung Piai National Park here continues to be an attraction for tourists and residents, especially during the school holidays.

Tanjung Piai National Park assistant manager Afendi Abdullah said that it was expected to take place until today.

“It will occur between 10.30am and 1pm, with the maximum tide height happening at about 11.15am.

“We are aiming to get 150,000 visitors and tourists to come here until the end of the year, with 4,000 visitors during the high tide phenomenon.

“For this year alone, as of November, we have received 140,000 visitors to the national park,” he told reporters at the Cuti-Cuti Malaysia Fun Ride programme held in conjunction with the Tanjung Piai High Tide Festival yesterday.

The event was also attended by Tourism Malaysia Southern Region director Muhamad Nasir Pahmi.

Afendi said the king tide phenomenon at Tanjung Piai National Park would occur three to four times a year.

Muhamad Nasir said for this year’s festival, visitors would have the opportunity to participate in side events organised by the Southern Region Tourism Malaysia in collaboration with the Malaysian Children’s Cycling Club and the Batu Pahat BMX Cycling Club.

He said the cycling activity, which was held for the first time, would be included in the annual tourism calendar in the state due to the encouraging response from the public.

“A total of 283 participants from Malaysia, 12 from Indonesia and five from Singapore are participating in this 30km-cycling event in the Tanjung Piai area,” he said. — Bernama

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