Discover the wonders of an ancient rain forest. Taman Negara, Malaysia’s Premiere National Park, is a huge area of wild and virgin tropical rainforest rich of amazing flora and fauna.
Taman Negara National Park is Malaysia’s Premier National Park and is the largest National Park in the country. The 4, 343 square kilometer area of wild and virgin ancient rainforests was gazetted as a National Park in the year 1938. It covers three states in Peninsular Malaysia namely: Kelantan, Terengganu, and Pahang in which the protrusion is the largest.
Taman Negara National Park was previously known as King George V National Park. Since then, it was meticulously conserved and guarded as it is among the last remaining frontiers of rainforests and is one of the primary rainforests in the world.
According to research, the Taman Negara National Park has never been influenced by ice ages and other big changes in the planet over time.
It has a variety of wildlife that may be seen and photographed from various observation “hides” that are specially constructed around the salt hides that are frequented by nocturnal animals. Among these hides, the Tahan Hide is the most popular hide among guests and even to locals.
There are also several limestone hills in the area that was kept undisturbed for the several hundreds of years that passed by. Popular caves such as Gua Telinga, Gua Kepayang, Gua Daun Menari, and Gua Luas, may also be found in the vicinity.
Taman Negara has many highlights that enchant its guests to just not get tired of exploring and experiencing the exotic beauty and the activities in the National Park.
The Canopy Walkway is a must try the activity in Taman Negara. This suspension bridge is one of the largest rainforest walkways in the world and spans 500 meters high above the ground.
It is connected from one tree to another tree. This may get scary but I suggest you take a deep breath, calm down, and try to enjoy the view for this is an opportunity one must not miss. Guests may opt to trek or to take a boat ride to the canopy walkway.
Jungle Trekking offers many opportunities for the guests to experience first-hand the exotic beauty that is possessed by the Taman Negara at its best.
Well marked trails in the Park are Tahan Trails, Teranggan Trail, Neram Trail, and Bukit Teresek. These trails are all equally fascinating despite the different adventures each trail offers.
Bukit Teresek is another interesting and challenging activity that would test the endurance of the guests in climbing their way to the top of the hill.
At its peak, guests may get a great view of the Tembeling River at the first point.
To reach the secind point, guests will have to walk for another 10 minutes to have a view of the Tahan River from afar. And during a fine weather, they could also see the Tahan Mountain.
Lata Berkoh takes about 45 minutes to reach by a four-seater boat from Kula Tahan. It is an adventurous river trip up the Tahan River through swirling rapids and fast flowing rivers.
Guests have to walk 800 meters through the trail from where they were embarked to reach the falls. The waterfalls offer its visitors an invigorating experience of swimming in a cool deep pool and the area around the waters is a perfect spot for picnics.
On the way back, it is highly suggested that you stop over at Lubok Tenor which serves as a sanctuary for the famous Masheer fish which you can either feed, swim and touch.
Orang Asli, which means “original people”, “natural people”, and “aboriginal people” in Malay, are the indigenous peoples of Peninsular Malaysia. There is a total of 18 Orang Asli tribes which are categorized into three main groups according to their different languages and customs.
The three main groups are: Semang – (Negritos) this group of people are generally confined to the northern portion of the peninsula; Senoi– this group of people are found in the central region of the peninsula; and Proto-Malay – (Aboriginal Malay) this group of people resides in the southern region of the peninsula.
The Semang and Senoi groups are Austroasiatic – speaking and are autochthonous peoples of the Malay Peninsula. The Proto – Malays, on the other hand, speak Austronesian languages and are believed to have migrated to the area between 2500 to 1500 BC. To know further about these groups of people, there is an Orang Asli museum at Gombak that is about 25 km north of Kuala Lumpur.