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Taman Negara, the Premiere National Park in Malaysia, showcases an ancient natural habitat, which includes waterfalls, jungle trails, wildlife, fishing hole’s, camping grounds and much more. The best time to visit the park is between February and December.



Initially established in 1938 as the King George V National Park, it was renamed to Taman Negara which literally means "national park" in Malay. With a area of 4,343 sq km, and encompasses three states - Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu, with Pahang having largest area.

Older than the Congo or Amazon, the tropical rain forest of Taman Negara (National Park) has been developed into a famous ecotourism destination in Malaysia. Attractions here include Gunung Tahan, which is the highest mountain in Peninsula Malaysia. The park is also 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 caves, Lata Berkoh and the rapids.
It is home to Malaysia’s aborigines, the Orang Asli. A shy yet gentle race, they continue to live the nomadic way they’ve lived for centuries. Orang Asli guides can be engaged for excursions to specific areas in the Park, such as the various caves.


Gunung Tahan
The most challenging activity in the park is the trek up Gunung Tahan, Peninsula Malaysia's highest summit, 2,187m high. The recommended time for the 55 km climb and return trip is nine days. All trekkers must be accompanied by guides from the wildlife and National Park Department. 


Canopy Walk
A visit to Taman Negara, however, is not complete until you have done the canopy walk. The height whereby these bridges are suspended with cables and ropes are quite high about 25 metres high and over 400 metres long. The walkway itself has steel piping on the lower part of the bridge to hole the planks in place whereas tow strong, stiff cables hold the ropes attached horizontally, middle and vertically. It lies on the top layer of vegetation and allows you to view the plant and animal species found here. The walkway starts with almost a ninety - degree stairs climbing up to the highest point, approx. 150 feet above sea level.

 
Over the years, although Malaysia has promoted Taman Negara as a popular tourist destination, the government has taken careful steps to ensure the conservation of the park's flora and fauna.

Two of the prominent places that one could stay and enjoy the experience of this tropical rainforest is the Mutiara Taman Negara and the Nusa Holiday Village. From here it is possible to join in on the various activities.


Accommodations
Accommodations include the rest house, chalets, and a hostel. The Mutiara Taman Negara offers from the average to the upscale choice of Malaysian styled wooden chalets and bungalows offering home comforts while in the midst of the jungle. The Nusa Holiday Village offers accommodations ranging from Malay house, Malay cottage , A-frame chalets and hostel dorm with rates catering for the average to
the budget conscious.
 


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Taman Negara - Activities & Places
Orang Asli Settlements, Rapids, Bird Watching, Wildlife & Hides, Fishing, Cave Exploration, Abai Waterfall, Warisan Hill, Kuala Tahan (Taman Negara HQ), Canopy Walk, Teresek Hill, Lata Berkoh, Kuala Keniam / Kuala Perkai

Taman Negara Area Map
Taman Negara Area Map - Zoom in to View Gunung Tahan Area Map, Kuala Perkai & Kuala Keniam Area Map and Kuala Tahan Area Map
 

 

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