Malaysia National Park

Taman Negara National park spread out over 4343 sq. km of the formidable Titiwangsa Mountain Range ,one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. A sanctuary to hundreds of species of birds, butterflies, insects, fish and plants. Home to Malaysia’s friendly aborigines, the Orang Asli. A shy yet gentle race, they continue to live the nomadic way they’ve lived for centuries although fully aware of the country’s fastest-paced progress.

Taman Negara National Park was established in Malaysia in 1938/1939 as the King George V National Park. It was renamed to Taman Negara after Independence, which literally means "national park" in Malay. The total area of Taman Negara is 4,343 km².

Taman Negara Pahang is the largest at 2,477 km², followed by Taman Negara Kelantan at 1,043 km² and Taman Negara Terengganu at 853 km².

The park has been developed into a famous ecotourism destination in Malaysia. There are several geological and biological attractions in the park. Gunung Tahan is the highest point of the Malay Peninsula; climbers can use Kuala Tahan or Merapoh as their departure point. Taman Negara is the home of some rare mammals, such as the Indochinese Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Malayan Gaur (seladang) and Asian Elephant. Tahan River has been preserved to protected the Malaysian mahseer (ikan kelah in Malay), a type of game fish.

Others attractions found near Kuala Tahan (Park headquarters for Pahang) include a canopy walkway, Gua Telinga (cave system), Lata Berkoh (rapid). Visitors can enjoy the tropical rain forest, birdwatching or jungle trekking (e.g. Tenor Rentis) and the river views along the Tahan River.

All visitors to the park must get permits from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. There are many hostels and hotels nearby.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Attractions & Activities

For general visitors, a two-night trip will allow a fair view to the National Park. Some 'must-go' sites include:

The longest canopy walkway in Asia. With twenty-five meters above the ground, you will be almost riding on top of the forest.

Among the many hiking trails going up the slopes, Bukit Terasek is one of the excellent stopping points to view the spectacle of the Tahan River.

Gua Telinga, also called the Ear Cave, is one of the many caves in Taman Negara, which is only 20 minutes boat ride, plus 20 minutes walk from the Headquarters. Inside the cave it is dark and slippy, and live with hundreds of Large-nosed Fruit Bats.. Not necessary a nimble climber, but you will need a torch and your gut! With luck, you may see cave racers and some huge frog. Surely you will regret if this site is missed.

Suggest to leave it as the last spot where you can enjoy a relax swim on the natural swimming pools and let the water falls to do you a massage. A place to wash your sweat and mud, and emboss the final memorials onto your travel album.

Stay quietly at one of the observation hides during the dawn and the dusk, you may see batches of animals coming for fresh water on the plain.

An experienced and licensed guide will take you to the jungle in the late evening. With patient, you may find grow-warms, grow-plants, spiders, scorpions and others.


Eating is cheap and convenient. A buffet dinner at the Resort restaurant costs about RM50. A plate of fired noodle at the cafeteria costs less than RM10. There are floating-restaurants run by the local people and offering typical simple Malaysian dishes, which are definitely worth a try. The last resort is to get your snacks, instance noodles, drinks and ice-bars from the mini-store.


The Taman Negara Resort (often called the Headquarters) is the main official resort of the National Park. It provides over 100 rooms in three categories (hostel, guesthouse, and chalets), many campsites, a cafeteria, a restaurant-and-bar, a mini-store, an information center, a library, conference rooms, and a stage for special performance! It is also where you can find licensed tour guides to lead your adventures. Most activities start off from the Headquarters.

Nusa Camp is another facility, which contains 16 rooms and 10 hostels.

Along the main Tembling River, you may also find locals offering accommodations. The major pro is the lower cost, but the con is the distance to the Headquarters.


You will walk most of the time. But to save your time between sites, "long-boats" will be your main and only transport. For traveling on the main Tembling River, you will take a 14-seater long-boat. For surfing along the narrower and shallower branch rivers, a 4-seater long-boat will be most suitable. Both types are equipped with engines. Larger boats have a built-in sun-proof shelter.


The Park Management and the Official Resort together provide comprehensive facilities for different kinds of visitors - from young school kids to serious hikers and birdwatchers.

How To Go ?

Until year 2000, the only route for general visitors to reach Taman Negara Resort is to take a 3-hour long-boat ride from the Jerantut jetty. There are long-boats departing both sides at 9:00am and 2:00pm daily. DON'T FORGET to book your return transportant in advance.

It is not difficult to find local travel agencies or arrangements from the hotels to take you from Kuala Lumpur to the Jerantut jetty by road. The journey takes 3 to 4 hours. So, either depart KL in the morning to catch the afternoon long-boat, or stay overnight at Jerantut and catch the morning long-boat. Jerantut is a nice small town and the major stopover for Taman Negara travellers.

Strongly recommend to book your accommodations in advance. A group of school kids may occupy half of the rooms at the Headquarters.