Taman Negara Malaysia: 5 Wild Things You Can Do In This 130 Million-Year-Old Rainforest

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Taman Negara is the main national park in Malaysia and sits across the states of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu.

The park is simply one of the best places to visit in Malaysia, which encompasses a sprawling tropical rainforest that’s said to be 130 million years old. Amazing!

You might need a few months to fully explore the whole area, but if you don’t have the time, check out these activity highlights:

P/S: Expect to see some of the prettiest unspoiled flora and fauna when you go there.

1. Jungle Trekking

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If you truly want to explore the inside of the park, away from the crowds, then this is an experience not to be missed!

From Park HQ to Gunung Tahan – 7 Days, 6 Nights

The mountain is around 53 kilometers from the central park headquarters in Kuala Tahan and this is also known as the Tenor Trail.

As you would expect, this is the longest and most difficult trail in Taman Negara. So make sure you have a strong level of fitness and go with a licensed guide.

From Kuala Juram to Gunung Tahan – 4 Days, 3 Nights

Or, you are looking for a (slightly) easier hike, then there is also a trail from Kuala Juram to Gunung Tahan which is 32 kilometers long and takes four days and three nights.

From Kuala Trenggan to Kuala Keniam – 2 Days, 1 Night

Besides that, Keniam Trail is also another popular overnight trip in Taman Negara. 2 days total of 19KM trekking, sleep in the cave, river crossing, basically it’s back to the Flintstones-style.

Jungle trekking licensed guide available here

2. Fishing at Kuala Keniam

Kuala Keniam is located around 25 kilometers away from the main park headquarters and you can get there via a scenic boat ride in around two hours.

This is a great spot if you want to go fishing, where you’ll find some of the biggest local species!

Some of the famous fish that swim in these waters include Ikan kelah, baung, gohok, lampam, krai and tapah.

3. Visit The Waterfall

Teras waterfall is located somewhere middle trail of Kuala Tahan – Kuala Trenggan. This is also a popular 1-Day trek in Taman Negara!

4. Night 4WD Safari

If you’re not up for a midnight trekking, opt for the Night 4WD Safari instead! You will be driven through the thick forest in search of a range of nocturnal animals.

Some of these include leopard cats, snakes, owls, and even wild boar and you may also see monitor lizards and hornbills.

Book a one-day tour which includes 4WD Night Safari here.

5. Explore The Caves

Gua Kepayang Besar

It takes around two hours to trek to this cave from the central park headquarters but once there you can explore the inside of the cave at your leisure.

Some of the residents of the cave that you can expect to meet include bats, racer snakes, and a whole host of insects.

One of the big draws here is that you can even set up camp at the cave and stay here overnight for a truly unforgettable experience.

Gua Telinga

Gua Telinga is around 2.6 kilometers away from the Wildlife Headquarters which makes it the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a half day excursion.

After you have trekked to the cave, you will be fitted out with caving equipment including a helmet, lamp and battery pack and can then crawl and climb down into the main chamber.

Take this chance to explore & sleep in the beautiful caves ~ Book here.

6. Learn the Ways Of Orang Asli

The national park are also home to Batek and Semokbori ethnic groups, orang asli or aboriginal peoples whose nomadic way of life hasn’t change for thousands of years.

Canoe tours often include a visit to an aboriginal village consisting of simple structures of bamboo and thatch. One can learn how to start a fire employing simple friction of natural materials, as well as how to use a blowpipe – a vital tool for hunting animals like monkeys, squirrels and birds for these forest-dwelling tribespeople.

Learn the ways of Orang Asli here.

7. Rapid Shooting

Jungle Adventurer

This is one of the most exciting activities in all of Taman Negara National Park.

In order to take part in Rapid Shooting, you will board a wooden boat and then float down the Sungai Tembeling River.

As you cruise along, you will encounter seven different areas of rapids and this can be quite a ride so make sure that you hang on so you don’t fall out of the boat!

Enjoy a relaxed trip to Taman Negara with rapid shooting activity here.

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