sparkling river, lush, unspoilt greenery, unique plant and animal-life
Sandflies, Dung from Bats, Elephants and every other animal
I don't usually go anywhere more than once but Taman Negara is a place I'd like to do again!
Clearly one of the 'high' lights of a trip to Taman Negara is the canopy walkway. Going up a short stair case at the start, one has no idea how far above the ground you are going to be, until suddenly you are in the tree tops. There are spectacular views across the path and the walk itself is a thrill - swaying stretches of bridge seemingly held...more
One of the many activities on offer at Mutiara Taman Negara Resort is a night walk through the jungle. The guides at the resort have an amazing knowldge of their park and somehow manage to find all sorts of creepy-crawlies in the dark. Walks last for about 90 minutes and while it is unlikely that you will see any large animals - these can sometimes...more
Below is the timetable, Boat Counter Fare per Person Departure TimeOne Way Return From Kuala Tembeling From Kuala TahanHans Travel RM 25 RM 50 2.00 p.m. 9.00 a.m.NKS TravelSPKG TravelMutiara Resort RM 28 RM 56 1.00 p.m.See more at http://www.tamannegara.asia/dailycoach.htmlAbout you luggage, There is no porter service to take care of your...more
The prices at this restaurant is slightly more expensive than those at the floating restaurants but at least its food is good. It serves local and Malaysian style Western food.We had paid for a room and food package and when there, we ate buffet style meals everyday, joining those who had paid for group bookings. We were also served extra dishes...more
Night safari is riding on the back of a 4-wheel drive into an oil palm estate at 9 pm. Costs RM40 per person. On our trip, there were actually only 6 paying passengers but others like the co-partner of NBK Tour and 3 other employees got in too so it was quite a squeeze. Our trip almost got cancelled bec it drizzled. Luckily my friend and I had...more
Walking around at night in the jungles of Taman Negara, Malaysia is an activity not for the faint-hearted. But once you get around your jitters, you'll discover a whole host of animal lifeAlright, this is something like trick or treating in Halloween. You're dressed in clothing you won't normally wear ( anything long to ward off leeches and...more
The nights can be really quiet at Taman Negara. You can choose to enjoy the peace and quiet and listen to the jungle- but if you find this too boring for you, what else can you do?My suggestion is this: get on a boat from your resort to the other side of the river and strike up a conversation with other travellers and visitors to Taman Negara....more
One of the many highlights of a trip to Taman Negara is actually getting there. Buses from Kuala Lumpur take close to 3 hours to get to Kuala Tembeling jetty which is just past the small town of Jerantut. The bus trip itself is nothing inspiring - it is the next stage that will leave you in awe.From Kuala Tembeling, there is a two to three hour...more
Daily departure from Hotel Malaya, Chinatown at 8am. Cost RM30The bus makes one stop in Mentakab Mobil petrol station for about 10 minutes and then straight to Jerantut town.2 choices, bus to Taman Negara (1 & 1/2 hours) or long boat ride from Kuala Tembelling Jetty (3 hours)Cost RM22more
The boat schedule from Ping Anchorage, the travel agency that I bought my KL-Taman Negara bus tickets from is as follows:Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan 09.00 hrs, 13.00 hrs and 14.00 hrs (Sat-Thu) 09.00 hts, 14.30 hrs (Fri)Kuala Tahan to Kuala Tembeling 09.00 hrs, 14.00 hrs (Sat-Thu) 09.00 hrs, 14.30 hrs (Fri).But on our trip, we only departed from...more
If you want to stock up on high carb munchies for those long hikes, if you forgot to bring along a flashlight, or if you need a trail map, step into the camp store near the boating registration desk at the park HQ.
As an alternative, or for different colored goodies, there is also a floating-raft-store just across the river from the park HQ jetty.
What to buy: Flip flops for the showers.
Batteries for the flashlight.
What to pay: More than in a town, but it would be hard to drop big bucks here.
If you are staying at the Mutiara resort and would like to get to the village, or vice-versa, simply take one of the little shuttle boats across the river. You don't buy a ticket, just drop your coins in the tin can near the pilot's seat. The cost: 50 sen (about US 15 cents).
Since it is a national park, the wild beasts such as tiger, jaguar, and other predators are abundant here.My experiences in Taman Negara during one of our day trip to Gua Daun Menari (Dancing Leaf Cave) almost scared the *** out of me. You may hear thunderous roars of tigers across the valley and you will never know some of those beasts could be on...more
Many foreign tourists go to Taman Negara without booking rooms so they had to stay at those that overlook the Kuala Tembeling river (separates Taman Negara from Kuala Tahan). These places are cheaper (but not always). When I walked past them and looked into the rooms thro open doors, I was thankful I chose a better place (Rainforest Resort)! The...more
Paying for a guide to get to Canopy Walkway and Teresek Hill. If you pay for a guide, he will explain to you some things about the Canopy Walkway, the jungle flora and fauna, and if he is smart, he will register you for the Canopy Walk much earlier so that you don't have to wait for ages to use the Canopy Walkway! There is always some waiting and...more
Many people may try to soak a few bucks off your back when you are on your way to the park, especially at Jerantut, which is a place that wants to earn some cash from the park.Tell them politely that you go your own way, thank you. Many other people may just be friendly helping you.Well, it's nothing serious, really. Even if you take a taxi all the...more
Wished I brought a waterproof haversack when I was here. It could have offered protection for my clothing during the wet 2.5 hr journey by boat there. ->Bring lots of sleeveless, breathable cotton tops if possible. You'll be sweating buckets in this humid jungle sauna.->Good long treking pants made of washable material. This will ward off...more
Bring good hiking shoes when you're in Taman Negara because slippers DO NOT offer sufficient protection, even if they are branded TEVAs. Why? Well, your feet will be exposed to lots of blood-lovin' pests called mosquitoes and leeches and the terrain there is bloody awful. Expect broken bridges, staircases, etc due to restless elephants.Photonote:...more
The park has a number of blinds or hides ("bumbun" in Malay) for visitors to use for night observation of wildlife. These are built off the ground and are constructed of wood so as to blend in with the environment. The hides provide salt-licks for foraging animals, so your chances of seeing deer and tapirs is pretty good. I saw a family of deer in...more
Like Murphy's Law says anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time. It's a chain reaction, we were slow, we were late to get out of jungle, guides rush us, girl sprained her ankle and shoe gave way.Now that we are late, the sky getting dark and we have at least 1 hour boat ride downstream in the dark. Want to know how...more
As we leaving the cave, some of us sensed that our guides are really nervous and they keep depressing the empty drinking bottles. Later we came to know that they are actually producing sound that they believe can irritate and drive away wild beasts. Sure or not? (ask in Manglish/Singlish)Then they (guides) start to walk very fast, so that we will...more
Gua Telinga (Ear Cave) is one of the caves that you must explore when at Taman Negara. Anyone who is reasonably fit will be able to conquer this cave. It is of low to medium difficulty and there are stretches where you have to climb, squat, crawl up and down and slide. If you are from the city and have not tried any caving, you should still have a try. We had a bunch of people (all from the city) who tried it and everyone who did were so happy that they did, because it was a great experience and they felt that they had achieved something.
Equipment: Ladies, if you are not the sporty type or squemish, you may wish to wear plastic or rubber disposable gloves, because the cave floor is rather slimy, muddy and a bit smelly. Long track pants are also advisable, so that your knees aren't covered with mud. Bring along a torchlight and you'll need a guide to get you in and out of the cave.
Last but not least, be prepared to get dirty!
The river has a life of its own. As a city girl, I had never encountered something so lively and beautiful, with a hint of danger as this river. I enjoyed the "inconvinience" of having to take a boat to get to places. I enjoyed watching the river sparkle when the sun-light touched upon its surfaces. The way the light made the river look different...more
Honestly, this place can be fun if you're do all the jungle activities with a big group of people and a good guide. Doing it by yourself can be quite a hassle and it'll turn out to be a more expensive affair. You can contact www.tahan.com.my for a good package deal at reasonable prices. Our 3d4n deal (full board+ all tours you see on this...more