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

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.


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