What to do in Taman Negara
The National Park in Pahang was established in 1938-1939 and was initially named as King George V National Park (Taman Negara King George V) and later being renamed as the National Park (Taman Negara) after the independence of Malaysia.
The area of the National Park is approximately 4,343 km square feet, covering the states of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu is make the question of what to do in Taman Negara get many answer in our mind!
The age of tropical rainforests in the National Park are over 130 million years old and older than the Amazon and Congo rainforests.
It is home to 15,000 species of plants, 150,000 species of insects, 25,000 species of animals without a spine, 675 species of birds, 270 species of reptiles, 250 species of freshwater fish and 200 species of mammals.
This is known to be the main destination for both local and foreign tourists as it is can be considered as an “all in one” package where there are many activities to do at one place.
The journey from Kuala Lumpur to the National Park will take about 3 hours. There are 4 entrances that you can use to enter the National Park: –
- Kuala Tahan, the most popular entrance.
- Relau River, near Merapoh, Pahang which is also close to the highest mountain in the Peninsula, Mount Tahan.
- Kuala Koh in Kelantan, which opened in 1995.
- Tanjung Mentong which is located on the south shore of Lake Kenyir in Terengganu.
Before you enter the National Park, you must obtain a permit at the National Park Headquarters (Ibu Pejabat Taman Negara). Apart from that, you also have to apply the rule of “what you bring in, you bring it out with you” except for the food leftovers since it can be decomposed on its own.
This is the main rule to be applied by everybody who is visiting the National Park to ensure its cleanliness and safety of the forest from any harm or damage.
One of the reasons that makes the National Park as among the best places to visit to by the local and foreign tourists is due to the variety of activities and ecotourism such as: –
- Jungle trekking: This activity takes about 20 minutes or up to 7 days depending on the destination chosen.
- A walk through the Canopy Bridge: It is known to be the longest suspension bridge in the world.
- Activity with the wildlife: Observing the wildlife activity in the parks (such as huts) provided.
- Explore and overnight: Have a great experience exploring the caves available and enjoy the experience of spending the night in the cave.
- Visiting the aborigine village: Experience the lifestyle of the aborigines and get to learn their survival skills, way of life such as shooting the blowpipe and making handicrafts.
- A trip through the flora and fauna to Lata Berkoh: Enjoy the magnificent flora and fauna that can be found throughout your trip to Lata Berkoh.
- A moment with the king of freshwater fish: Get the chance to hand-feed the king of freshwater fish, Ikan Kelah and try your luck to catch one only at the permitted locations.
- Captivate the Mount Tahan peak: Climb the highest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia, Mount Tahan and capture the moments once you are reaching its peak!
- A moment with the elephants: Visit the elephants and pamper them at the Elephant Conservation Center in Kuala Gandah.
- A moment with the birds: Meet hundreds of species of birds.
- A moment of leisure: Have a nice picnic while enjoying the breezy waterfalls and the stream burbles as it travels along its bed, bubbling over rocks and branches.
Isn’t it interesting? What’s more, don’t miss the opportunity to add the National Park in your next vacation destination!