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:

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

>> HIKING TRAILS
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.

>> THE BAT CAVE
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.

>> CASCADE
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.

>> OBSERVATION HIDES
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.

>> NIGHT JUNGLE WALK
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.

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