Gunung Arong is a small hill located at Pennisular Malaysia, in the state of Mersing Johor. It stands at 273m and offers a view over the horizon of South China Sea.
It is not known if there are any public transportation services to the vicinity of the area. Getting to the trailhead is best done by car. Gunung Arong is in-between Mersing (17km away) and Endau (22km away).
The summit of Gunung Arong is located at approx GPS coordinates 2°33’41.7″N 103°48’25.8″E (googlemaps) and the trailhead is believe to be located at approximate GPS coordinates 2.573796, 103.803869 (googlemaps).
You should be able to see a small shop selling snacks “in the middle of nowhere” which serve as the registration counter prior to entering the trail. After passing the shop, you will need to take a short walk and eventually reaching the trailhead where you hike into the forest.
The trail is fairly straightforward, relatively well marked and takes approximately an hour to reach the peak. The peak stands at 273 meters and is marked by a concert shelter overlooking the view of Tanjung Resang and the South China Sea. You can do a transverse by hiking down from the other side of Gunung Arong which will lead you to a sandy beach.
There are reports of hikers being stopped at the registration counters and asked to pay an entrance fee before proceeding. A group of 6 hikers was charged RM150 – as of Dec 2013.
Nearby Hospital: Hospital Mersing – +60 7-799 3333 (googlemaps)
General Emergency Numbers: Police / Ambulance Tel: 999 / 112 from a mobile telephone
Fire and Rescue Department (known as Bomba) Tel: 994 / 112 from a mobile telephone
Civil Defence Tel: 991
There are some simple beach resorts nearby Gunung Arong where you can camp overnight or stay in their chalet. You can probably pay to take a shower using their facilities.
1. Sukalayar Sailing Centre Inn & Cafe Lot 1765 Jalan Pantai, Tanjung Resang, 86900, Mersing, Johor Darul Takzim. Tel: +603-4024 6655 (KL Sales Office)
Simple 2 rooms at RM250 a night which can accommodate 6 people.