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Taman Negara National Park, everything you need to know


Taman Negara Nationwide Park covers an space of ​​greater than 4000 sq. kilometers and is dwelling to one of many oldest tropical forests on the earth (the second in actual fact, because the oldest is believed to be in Australia). Its forests are estimated to be over 130 million years previous. It was established as a nationwide park in 1939 by King George V and renamed to its present identify after the nation’s independence. In truth, Taman Negara means nationwide park in Malay.

It is without doubt one of the largest parks within the nation and has territories within the states of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu, that is vital as a result of every has its personal laws working semi-independently. The biggest and greatest recognized a part of the park is in Pahang state (Kuala Tahan entrance) with virtually 2,500 sq. kilometers adopted by the realm in Kelantan (Kuala Koh entrance) that has a little bit greater than 1000 sq. kilometers.

The Taman Negara can also be dwelling to the longest Cover stroll on the earth and a few specimens of Malay tigers. If what you need is to take pleasure in nature, I guarantee you that there might be no higher place within the peninsular a part of the nation.

The best way to get to Taman Negara with public transport

As we mentioned properly, the park is large, so there are other ways to get to completely different entry factors. Probably the most generally visited by vacationers is Kuala Tahan. From Kuala Lumpur there’s a journey to Jerantut that lasts about three or three and a half hours and from there you may make a part of the journey by boat to Kuala Tahan in a journey of between two hours and three hours roughly.

It’s doable to take a bus leaving from Kuala Lumpur on the Bersepadu Selatan terminal to Jerantut any day of the month, in addition to it’s doable to take a KTM (prepare) to the Jerantut Railway station.

If in case you have a rental automotive, as in our case, you might be about 2 hours from Jerantut.

Tour for Nationwide Park guests

Additionally it is doable to ebook a tour within the capital that I took care of the entire course of, (within the capital or in most vacationer locations besides Penang which complicates the connection) together with the times or days within the park. The costs of the excursions from Kuala Lumpur range in accordance to what’s being employed since many individuals embrace packages of a couple of night time within the park with sure actions and guides.

In any case, what we might see roughly began at round RM 300 per particular person (about € 64) with transport and lodging included. If you’re solely focused on transportation, there may be often the choice of bus and boat for about 70 – 100 RM per particular person (€ 20)

How a lot does it value to go to Taman Negara by yourself?

In the event you journey by yourself it’s far more accessible than should you do it with a tour however the logistics clearly depend upon you. You’ll have to cowl the prices of transportation (the bus or prepare to Jerantut), your keep in Kuala Tahan and the fee of the doorway permits to the park, that are extraordinarily low cost.

Many individuals additionally rent “jungle excursions” and other forms of issues which might be pointless, particularly should you solely wish to spend a day or return to the lodging every day. For this kind of hike you do not want a information and might be performed totally free. We’ll clarify it to you beneath.

To spend greater than a day and spend the night time contained in the park as such, you do require permits and guides with you.

  • Bus from Kuala Lumpur to Jerantut RM 20 per particular person
  • Bus from Jerantut to Juala Tahan (it’s not essential to do it by boat however it’s lengthy and tedious) 7 RM (in some circumstances it’s extra handy to make the journey to Jerantut. There are two choices, the native bus (7 RM) and the minibus or minivan for about 70 RM per particular person
  • For instance, in Cameron Highlands they provided us the boat trip included for RM 70 per particular person.
  • In the event you come to Kuala Tahan by yourself, you need to apply for the allow on the opposite facet of the river (the place you enter the park) it prices 1 RM.

Entrance price and permits for Taman Negara

Grownup 1 RM
Photograph license 5 RM (by digital camera)
Cover Stroll 5 RM
Fishing allow 10 RM

In the event you arrive by Kuala Koh (like us, you’ll be able to see the odyssey beneath) you merely course of it on the entrance.

To exit by yourself you are able to do it by the identical route or go north. There are buses from Jerantut to Kota Bharu each day even direct to the port of departure to the Perenthian Islands.

The best way to do the stroll contained in the Taman Negara by yourself

Many excursions will give you the Jungle Stroll for about RM 60 per particular person and it’s not needed as a result of you do not want a information to do the straightforward tour from Kuala Tahan. The stroll often lasts about 5 hours and consists of steps by means of the Cover stroll. It’s properly signposted, marked and maintained so you do not have to overlook out. We have no idea first-hand as a result of beneath you will notice that we entered the opposite method, however we’ve got direct testimony from a traveler we met in Penang and he did it fully on his personal, telling us the next:

  • Upon getting into the park they offer you a map with the paths
  • The cover walks are solely open till about 2 pm so go early, on Fridays they shut at midday and on Sundays it’s closed.
  • The one route you are able to do and not using a information is the “regular” one which passes by means of the cover walks, Bukit teresek and Lubuk Simpon. The remainder of the routes need to be performed with a information or at the very least be an skilled particular person in this kind of terrain.
  • The animals within the park are principally nocturnal, so you will not see a lot of it. In fact, the jungle is thick so attempt to be silent and revel in it.

Keep in mind to all the time carry Maps.me on the cellphone to see the route, sufficient water for the stroll and a few snacks.

The place to sleep to go to the Taman Negara

If you’re touring independently, it’s not possible to make the journey with out spending at the very least one night time within the space.

In the event you arrive by Kuala Tahan All lodging might be discovered there, what’s extra, there is not far more to Kuala Tahan than lodging. We go away you with the choices on the map. Do not forget that if you’re going to reserve one thing in some unspecified time in the future and also you do it immediately from our map (no matter what you reserve) you’ll do us a favor to proceed offering you with all the knowledge we will


In the event you arrive by Kuala Koh there isn’t any different possibility nearer than Gua Musang. We in Gua Musang stayed in a small visitor home of a Pakistani-Filipino couple referred to as Bella Vista for 40 RM double room.

Our expertise in Taman Negara getting into from Kuala Koh

We, who wish to be a little bit particular (or idiots typically, I am not going to lie) determined to go towards the present fairly a bit and headed to a different entrance to the park, one that does not seem a lot on the maps or within the guidebooks: Kuala Koh . We did it as a result of we noticed that it was not essential to go by boat, we might get there on our personal and we had been additionally on the way in which.

The reality is that we wish to search for various and maybe much less crowded entrances and that’s what we present in Kuala Koh, along with some latest historical past of the nation. It seems that in 2014 there was a big flood within the space that sadly left this park entrance in disuse for a few years. Up to now there have been cabins and rooms the place you possibly can sleep at an inexpensive value proper on the entrance of the park however with the flood many of the buildings had been broken and till the day we went to go to them they haven’t made a lot enchancment.

We arrived and there was hardly any life, a few individuals had been there. Apparently the doorway continues to be utilized by locals, particularly for fishing and that was all we noticed. The paths are usually not maintained or properly marked (thanks once more to maps.me) and there’s a fairly spectacular Cover stroll (I do not know if it’s the longest, if there may be one other one on the south entrance or what) however it’s also in disuse (though it’s doable to make use of it). The buildings are closed however on the similar time the entry to the Cover stroll is “open” (the door of the doorway tower is down). Come on, there’s actually nobody there.

Once we realized that making a path could be not possible, we determined at the very least to benefit from the Cover walks, that are value it. Sadly if it continues in that state of oblivion it’s doable that they grow to be one thing harmful so we wholeheartedly hope that the federal government of Kelantan and of Malaysia on the whole will revive the doorway of Kuala Koh indirectly as a result of we thought it was an ideal various to the overcrowded South Kuala Tahan.

We had been all morning among the many canopies that by the way in which we needed to ourselves through the four hours we had been within the park, we didn’t see a single soul. We ate on one of many platforms and we handled the leeches that we ended up catching affection for. We don’t remorse having performed it for Kuala Koh, we actually loved it, however within the state it’s in we might not advocate it to anybody until you might be simply as particular (or idiotic) as we’re already understanding that it’s It’s doable that since then (February 2018) the state has worsened.

Different suggestions for visiting Taman Negara

Leeches are the order of the day, you are going to hallucinate. I had by no means seen an identical quantity of leeches in my life. In our case it was additionally a little or no traveled space however it was one thing spectacular. The most effective recommendation from an individual who just isn’t very keen on any bug: take it straightforward, fortunately at the very least the bugs do not harm, so you do not discover out till certainly one of them has fallen otherwise you see it caught.

Socks are ineffective neither do the sneakers, they slip in all places. In any case, you probably have lengthy socks, put your pants inside that you could be do one thing. If in case you have mosquito repellent, smear your sneakers and socks and they’re going to additionally aid you and in reality you probably have anti leech socks even higher.

If not simply breathe, take off your sneakers whenever you exit and test that you’re not bringing any items, I mentioned, they don’t harm and ultimately you’ve got enjoyable with them a little bit. That if, don’t take into consideration falling. DO NOT FALL.

Deliver sufficient water for the stroll, within the space there may be not a lot so you have to it. In the event you do the stroll from Kuala Tahan, you’ll have about 5 hours to get again, so calculate your liquids properly

At all times carry maps.me with you.

With all this mentioned, we hope you benefit from the park and the jungle and you probably have one thing else so as to add or any up to date info, we might recognize it should you would go away it within the feedback for future vacationers.


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