Taman Negara Off The Beaten Path

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    Protected Marine Life

    by bpacker Updated Nov 3, 2005

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    RM100 Fish Burgers Swimming by

    Just below the calm brown waters of Kelah Fish Santuary in Taman Negara lies hundreds of fish. To the casual observer like me, they look like fish burgers swimming by but to an angler, these buggers are the prized "Kelah" , a much sought-after fish for its fighting prowess! Kelahs are also sought after by food connoisseurs for its delicate taste. If that still doesn't impress you, let me just say casually that these fishies can be sold for about RM100 per kilo in M'sia and about RM250 in Sarawak! But hold on your horses and don't bring along a fishing net, the fish is protected here. Catch them and you'll be sent to jail.

    Where
    Kelah Fish Sanctuary , Sg Tahan

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    Caving in Gua Telinga

    by bpacker Updated Jun 6, 2005

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    Gua Telinga, Taman Negara

    Gua Telinga cave is touted as one of the 'must-dos' in Taman Negara but I've refused to put it in my must-see list as not many people would be able to crawl throught the narrow claustrophobic passage filled with squishy bat dropping ( eeks! ). Yes, there are bats in there as well as 6-7 other types of animals. If you do enter, you'll see the :

    1)Roundleaf bat - You can see thousands of these insect-eating bats honeycombed in dark sections of the cave.

    2)Dusky fruit bat -You can see these icky things when you enter the cave.

    3)Giant toad - We saw one of these, sitting motionless on a rock. It was bigger than our fists.

    4)Black-striped frog - Listen for the distinctive call and look for these deeper into the cave.

    5)Whip-spider - Now, these are not really spiders as they have large claspers on the head for grasping prey, and a pair of very long feelers.

    6)Cave cricket - Small wingless insect, pale creamy-brown with a hump back and very long antennae.

    Photo Note: This shot was taken by Adrian, on his Nikon Coolpix 3200, a small but extremely competent camera.

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    Another protected marine species?

    by bpacker Updated Feb 21, 2005

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    Hmm, another big fish

    No, these are 2 homo sapien who held their breath for a underwater shot. I'm just sorry I couldn't frame them properly, arrgh.

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    Photo Note: That's 'Uncle' and Alice..

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    Call my bluff @ Lubok Simpon

    by bpacker Updated Feb 13, 2005

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    This was Jane's idea of rock music..

    Well, what's your guess? Our guide had us believing that rocks naturally defied gravity until one of us, Jane of the Jungle went to tipple the rock.

    Yes, there is some crazy sod out there who lined up the rocks in formation in their spare time. Don't ask me whether it was the forest rangers, the baboons or tourists like us.

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    Tembiling Jetty

    by bpacker Updated Jan 31, 2005

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    View from Tembiling Jetty

    Ever noticed how beautiful it is at Tembeling Jetty? You know, the place where you board a boat to Taman Negara. Click here to see more beautiful pictures.

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    Holey Leaves

    by bpacker Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    Once in a while, it pays to look up in the dense jungle, you'll see interesting things, like this holey, enormous leaves.

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    Strangler Vines

    by bpacker Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    See the slient strangler?

    The vines pose a much bigger threat to their host - the big prehistoric trees of Taman Negara. Like a telemarketeer, this annoying vice like creature will creep on their host with a vice-like grip and demand for attention,erm, in this case, sunlight.

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    Killer Vine?

    by bpacker Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    The tree found its long lost love at last..

    See what I told you? Don't go abusing the vines unless you want to be eaten like a Big Mac. Here's our guide after he swung on one vine too many. But seriously, this good-humoured chap was just enacting a scene from the "Little Shop of Curiosities". These vines pose a bigger threat to..

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    Swinging on a Vine

    by bpacker Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    Ma, can I bring this home?

    Other than gigantic leaves, the creeping vines around in this prehistoric jungle are enormous . It can even bear the weight of a small child. But honestly, don't go swinging off the vine after you've seen this picture if you weigh like Fat Bastard*, for crying out loud.Like the corals in a marine park, the greenery here is protected.

    *scottish lump of fat seen in Austin Powers

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    Standing Rocks of Lubok Simpon

    by bpacker Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    Standing Rocks, Lubok Simpon, Taman Negara

    As we approached the swimming hole in Taman Negara, we noticed a strange phenomenom. Somehow, all the rocks were standing at the river bed. Was this a natural occurence? Read on to find out.

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    Umbrella Leaves

    by bpacker Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    Ever noticed how big those leaves are in Taman Negara? I didn't but this sharp-eyed boy did. Well, big leaves beget big*...

    *a)Trees
    b)Bugs
    c) Toilet paper ( not kidding, some folks actually use these for sanitation )
    d) All of the above

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    Doddling on your friend's back

    by bpacker Updated Feb 1, 2005

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    Getting a tattoo at Lubok Simpon

    If you grind a piece of clay long enough between two rocks, you just might create enough ink to create a butterfly tattoo on your friend's back. You'll find lots of clay pebbles on a river bank.

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