Quick Info: Taman Negara, which literally means “national park” in Malay, is the world’s oldest tropical rainforest encompassing a total area of 4343 km². The most popular access to Taman Negara is via Kuala Tembeling, which is about 10 minutes drive from Jerantut. The 3 hours boat ride offers you a rich experience of the nature and the exotic scenery. Alternatively, you can also drive to Kuala Tahan, which is the gateway to Taman Negara from Jerantut. The town is easily accessible via the East Coast Expressway (exit Temerloh). Click here for more travel information and also affordable travel packages.
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After checking in and refreshed ourselves, we returned to LBK for dinner. It wasn’t nice but as long as it fills up my stomach, I am not complaining. In the midst of the dinner, we were shown an introductory video of TN – be warned though, you won’t be able to see most of the things as shown in the video. 😛
The sky was pitch-black by the time we finished our dinner. We then waited for the guide who briefed us on that night’s activity. We also had to wait a little bit longer for the river taxi which will bring us across the river to Taman Negara.
It wasn’t long when our group was called – yes, besides us, there were 6 other people joining.
FYI, if you can afford and doesn’t like all these kind of hassles – crossing the river, etc, you can opt to stay at Mutiara Taman Negara – the only hotel which is residing in Taman Negara itself.
After registering ourselves with the park’s authorities, armed with torchlight, we slowly made our way into the jungle.
What did we harvest at the end of the walk? Few jungle insects, termites eating demonstration, a very fierce scorpion safeguarding its nest, weird thorny plants and some unidentified animals which we only saw glimpses of the reflection from their eyes while we were at the observation tower.
According to the guide, there were a lot visitors that day and he wasn’t expecting much from the walk. But overall, it was still a nice experience having stepped foot in the world’s oldest rainforest.
The only consolation was some wild boars which we saw roaming around the hotel chalets while making our way back. I mean real wild boars, not the girls. 😛
It was a long day and the arduous journeys we had that day made us really tired and we called it a day right after we returned to hotel. (To be continued..)
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