Taman Negara Pahang, Malaysia

Are you a nature lover who delights in exploring the lush, tropical world? If so, Taman Negara Malaysia is the ultimate destination for you to revel in the splendor of the earth! In this piece, we'll be unveiling fascinating insights about Taman Negara Malaysia in Kuala Tahan, Pahang - the perfect playground for your adventurous spirit.

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Taman Negara Pahang, Malaysia

Taman Negara Pahang, Malaysia

History of Taman Negara Malaysia

Taman Negara is a national park located in the state of Pahang, Malaysia. It's home to some of the oldest rainforest in Southeast Asia and covers an area of over 2,500 square miles (6,500 km2). The park was established in 1938 as a sanctuary for wildlife and plants threatened by deforestation elsewhere in Malaysia.

Let's delve into the history of Malaysia's largest rainforest. Initially called the King George V National Park in 1938-1939, it was later renamed Taman Negara after Malaysia gained independence in 1957. The Sultans of Pahang, Kelantan, and Terengganu made the official declaration, and now Taman Negara Malaysia stands tall as a tribute to its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.

Things to do in Taman Negara

Taman Negara Pahang offers the ideal setting for outdoor activities, with plenty of things to do that range from enjoying the peaceful and fresh air of the forest to embarking on extreme explorations of the hidden treasures of nature within the park. One highlight not to be missed is the world's longest canopy walkway, which offers breathtaking views of Taman Negara.

If you're up for some wild adventures, you'll love exploring the mysterious and thrilling caves found in this national park, such as Gua Telinga, Gua Daun Menari, Gua Daun Kepayang Besar, and Gua Kepayang Kecil. However, it's important to bring your own flashlight and water, as the exploration can take almost an hour to complete. Additionally, be mindful of your steps and exercise caution while exploring, as the caves can be dark and slippery.

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You can find the world’s longest canopy walkway in Taman Negara Malaysia
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Taman Negara or the National Park of Malaysia is located in the state of Pahang

Taman Negara Wildlife

Attention all animal enthusiasts! Taman Negara Pahang is your ultimate haven to witness the captivating wildlife thriving in the heart of the forest. For a truly immersive experience, stay overnight at Bumbun, strategically located in six spots within the park where animals gather to obtain mineral salt. You'll have the opportunity to observe mesmerising creatures such as Asian elephants and playful monkeys up close. That's not all - with approximately 380 bird species inhabiting the forest, Taman Negara Pahang is a paradise for bird lovers too!

The forest is filled with lush vegetation that includes trees like rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis), mangroves (Rhizophora spp.), rattan palms (Calamus sp.) and various types of ferns. If you're lucky enough to visit during the rainy season then there will be plenty of fresh flowers blooming throughout the jungle!

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Asian elephants spotted at Taman Negara Pahang, Malaysia
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You can find over 380 bird species at Taman Negara Malaysia

Activities & Attractions

Prepare to be enchanted by the unique allure of each Taman Negara Malaysia, nestled in the three different states. In Taman Negara Pahang, be sure not to miss the awe-inspiring canopy bridge, which holds the record for the world's longest walkway. As you stroll along the walkways, suspended 45 meters above the ground and interconnected from tree to tree, drink in the breathtaking views of the rainforest. Meanwhile, Lata Berkoh in Taman Negara Kuala Tahan beckons with its sparkling cascades and swirling pools, offering a natural jacuzzi experience that will soothe your senses. Pack a picnic and bring your loved ones along for a refreshing swim in the river.

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Taman Negara Malaysia is a must-see destination if you are traveling in this country

Where to Stay in Taman Negara

Don't fret if your journey through the park extends beyond a day - Taman Negara offers a range of accommodations to cater to your every need. For the budget-savvy traveller, there are affordable hotels and dorms conveniently located within the park. On the other hand, indulge in the lap of luxury with the opulent chalets and resorts at Taman Negara Resort that promise a rejuvenating respite after a day of exploring the forest. It's worth noting that the park's accommodations are managed by the locals and private sectors, not Jabatan PERHILITAN. And if you're up for a night under the stars, the campsites come at a nominal fee of RM1.00 per night.

Best Time to Visit

For those planning a trip here, it's worth noting that the best time to visit Taman Negara National Park is from February and October. While the temperatures can soar during the months of July to September, making it especially hot, this period still attracts crowds of visitors due to the holiday season. So if you want to avoid the crowds and make the most of your visit, it's best to plan your trip during the milder months. This will allow you to experience the park's natural beauty without feeling overwhelmed by the heat or the crowds.

Entrance Fee

Before you enter Taman Negara, it is a must for you to obtain an entry permit from the Wildlife Department. It only costs RM1.00 per person and an additional RM5 if you are carrying a camera. If you want to go fishing, you will need to add another RM10.00 per fishing rod.

What to Pack

Here are some essential items to pack for your Taman Negara adventure:
  1. Clothing. Pack clothing that can be layered, as the weather can change quickly in the jungle (and it's always best to be prepared). The best thing to do is bring a few light layers and then add or remove as needed.
  2. Supplies. You'll want to bring plenty of water bottles with you on this trip, as well as snacks like trail mix or granola bars (you'll want something filling but not heavy). Don't forget bug spray! If you're going during peak season--which is between November and February--you will definitely need it; there are lots of mosquitos around then due to all the rainforest growth happening at this time of year.

How to Get to Taman Negara Pahang

Taman Negara is located in the state of Pahang, which is about an hour's drive from Kuantan. If you're coming from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, it's about a five-hour drive to Taman Negara National Park. If you're flying into Kota Bharu Airport (KBR), there are buses that will take you directly to Taman Negara National Park or Kuala Krai town, which is just 15 minutes away from the park entrance.
There are also flights available from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (Subang Skypark) to Kota Bharu International Airport (KBR).

From Jerantut

If you're travelling from Kuantan, the journey by car or public transport usually takes around 3 to 4 hours. Once you arrive in Jerantut, you can take a bus or taxi to the Jeti Kuala Tembeling, which is approximately 16 km away. From there, visitors must hop on a boat to reach Kuala Tahan, which takes between 2 and a half to 3 hours. The boat fare costs RM55.00 per person one way, and boats typically depart at 1.00 pm daily.

Alternatively, you can travel by road to the National Park, which is just 68 km away and takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes from Jerantut town. If you prefer to take the train, you can stop at the Jerantut Railway Station.

From Kuala Lumpur

Express buses depart from Kuala Lumpur's Titiwangsa's Perkeliling Bus Terminal and head towards Jerantut, making it a convenient choice for those looking to explore the national park.

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From the Jeti Kuala Tembeling, you have to take a boat to Kuala Tahan to arrive at the national park.

Contact Information

Address: Taman Negara Pahang, Kuala Tahan, 27020, Jerantut, Pahang.
Contact number: +609-266 1122

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