Sitting in the Titiwangsa Mountains in the centre of peninsular Malaysia is the world’s oldest tropical rainforest and a famous ecotourism spot. Taman Negara is massive, at 4,343 square kilometres and spanning three states, as well as being more than 130 million years old. It is a true natural experience that is popular among foreign, Thai and Malay tourists.
The wildlife and rainforest is the only reason to come to Taman Negara, with most visitors staying at least one week, especially if planning on going on a jungle trek.
The stunning nature and wildlife is what Taman Negara has to offer, with attractions here including the Tahan Wildlife Observation Hide, Lata Berkoh and its beautiful waterfalls and the Kelah Fish Sanctuary.
If you want to enjoy the activities available in the national park try these; the 530 metre high Canopy Walk, caving in Gua Telinga, climbing the 2,187-metre high Gunung Tahan or fishing in Sungai Tahan. Jungle trekking is by far the most popular activity and can last from one to nine days. To add in some culture, visit some of the aboriginal Orang Asli settlements.
Restaurants and Bars
There is not a huge selection of eating and drinking options in Taman Negara, but what is here is adequate. There are some good restaurants along the riverside that serve local delicacies as well as a selection of Western dishes. There are also a few floating restaurants that are a must. For the most up-scale dining, head to one of the more high-end resorts. Sirup Bandung (rose syrup and milk) is the local drink of choice, though alcohol can be had at one of the guesthouses.
Shopping is scarce to non-existent other than a few staples available in the guesthouses and resorts. Local handicrafts can be purchased in the nearby town of Jerantut, but otherwise it is best to do your shopping in Kuala Lumpur.