Your guide to Taman Negara, Malaysia
Taman Negara, Malaysia is one of the world's oldest rainforests. If you are travelling in Malasyia, it is a must-do on any itinerary, and there are good options for backpackers and luxury travellers alike. Here we take a look at getting to Taman Negara, accommodation options and things to do while you're there.
Taman Negara is arguably the world's oldest tropical rainforest, and it covers an area that is twice the size of Luxembourg. However, almost all visitors to the park base themselves in the small town of Kuala Tahan.
Getting to Taman Negara
The best way to reach Taman Negara is to take the train to Jerantut. Jerantut is connected to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via the Jungle Line railway. From Jerantut, you can take a taxi or arrange a transfer at one of the guesthouses to Kuala Tembeling. At Kuala Tembeling, board a boat for a beautiful 60km journey along the river to the park headquarters at Kuala Tahan.
Accommodation in Taman Negara
There are a number of guesthouses, hotels and resorts in and around Kuala Tahan. Your main decision is whether to stay at the brilliantly located but overpriced Mutiara Taman Negara resort, or to stay across the river at one of the other (cheaper and often better quality) accommodation options in Kampung Kuala Tahan. Either way, you will probably find yourself crossing the river a couple of times a day.
Taman Negara is home to tigers, Asian elephants, leopards and rhinos, but your chances of seeing any of these endangered creatures is very low. You are, however, likely to come across snakes, monkeys, deer, lizards and a wide variety of bird life.
Hikes and boat rides are the main activities in Taman Negara. You can arrange a guide for overnight journeys, where you can camp out in hides. Nocturnal tours of the park can be booked at the headquarters beside Mutiara Taman Negara resort. Cave exploration, fishing, river rafting and cultural visits can also be booked here.