Into the green we go in Taman Negara


Bring along binoculars for some bird (or animal) watching while you are at Taman Negara, Pahang. — Photos: Tourism Malaysia

Taman Negara is home to an ancient rainforest, where one can find a treasure trove of plants and animals. There are also fast-flowing rivers and scenic views which have always managed to capture the hearts of those who venture into this green enclave.

Serving complex and lavish ecosystems, Taman Negara is popular among nature lovers, photographers and hikers. Visitors flock here mostly during the dry season, which is between July and September.

Outdoor enthusiasts would definitely find much to do in Taman Negara. You can either pitch your own tent or choose to stay in nice cabins and resorts, as well as participate in challenging and exciting activities.

One of the world’s longest canopy walkways can be found here to. The 530m-long suspension bridge soars 40m above the forest floor. Traverse through its length and you will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the biodiversity in the virgin rainforest.

The canopy walkway is certainly something that cannot be missed when you’re at Taman Negara.

Take a short hike up from the canopy walkway site and surround yourself in the wilderness. You can enjoy the “verdant carpet” of Mount Tahan from the peak of Teresek Hill.

If you are hungry for more adrenaline-pumping adventures, put on your trekking boots and explore a series of trails. Lubok Simpon, Bumbun Tahan, and Gua Telinga are just some of the routes you can explore.

Include a night jungle walk in your itinerary too if you fancy the idea of stalking nocturnal animals like tapir and wild boar in their natural habitat.

You can also take a boat to an orang asli settlement for a glimpse of indigenous life where you will be taught how to use home-made hunting weapons (bamboo blowpipes) as well as how to start a fire.

Explore Sungai Tahan by riding motorised canoes up to Lata Berkoh.

You would probably need to spend at least two nights in Taman Negara for a completely enriching experience in the jungle. Once you have explored this ancient rainforest in Peninsular Malaysia, consider putting Bornean jungles on your bucket list.

When visiting, keep in mind to take “nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints” as highlighted by the resort’s signboard.

Getting there

Taman Negara is three-to-four hours’ drive from the Klang Valley. If you’re taking the bus, head to Jerantut, Pahang first and then either get a taxi from the station (it can cost up to RM150 for a one-hour journey) to Taman Negara or make your way to the Kuala Tembeling Jetty. From the jetty, you would need to go on a two-hour boat ride to the park.

Alternatively, you can take the train to the Jerantut Railway Station instead of a bus. Of course, if you’re staying at a resort, do contact them for shuttle options.

Taman Negara

27000, Kuala Tahan,

Pahang

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