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Reviewed January 1, 2017

Taman Negara (one of the oldest rainforest in the world)
Kuala Lumpur to Jerantut
By train to Jerantut
Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM)'s KTM Intercity and Express trains stop at Jerantut railway station. Visitors to Taman Negara can disembark here.
Local tour operators arrange transportation from Kuala Lumpur to the entrance of the Park at Kuala Tahan. This will involve a 3-hour bus journey followed by a 2.5 hour river boat ride to Kuala Tahan.
By bus to Jerantut
Kuala Lumpur bus terminal to Jerantut
Situated at Jalan Pekeliling, this terminal services buses to and from towns on the east coast, including Kuantan, Temerloh, Kuala Lipis and Jerantut (exit point ...
From Kuala Lumpur, buses to Taman Negara National Park , 3 hrs traveling time from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Tembeling Jetty and after that another 3 hrs boat ride upstream to Kuala Tahan.
Prior to the National Park,you might need rubber wellington boot(cheap and affordable,in fact cheaper then rental of boot),just ask to stop at any reasonable hard ware shop along the way to the park to get this boot( note:not available at shoe shop)

Optional travel by land to the Park from Jerantut,by bus,taxi,rental car or self drive.
In actual fact, there are 2 ways to reach Taman Negara park from Jerantut,by(a) river or(b) by road,this information is not widely circulated to the general visitors.

The river journey take about 2.5 hour by the slow boat ride(time schedule apply) or the land route take about 1 hours from Jerantut(No time restriction)
The land route will reach a village by this name Kuala Tahan where there is no shortage of accommodation,to get into the park you just pay Rm1/ for the short boat ride.At the park just go the the ranger office to register yourself for Rm1/(valid for one month to venture into the park) and a payment of Rm5/ for camera.
A map of the park is given out free for moving around the park.
Inside the park>>
Accommodation:inside the park:Mutiara Hotel(Only this one available)
At the village where most people put up at,kuala Tahan village,suggest Han resort,Xcape resort ,and many home stay/inn/motels
Activities inside the park.
1)trekking ,many trails available to suit individual taste
2)Visit to local orange asli village
3)night jungle walk
4)rapid shooting
5)rubber tubing
6)Night safari(nothing grand about this safari only driving around at oil Palm plantation)
7)canopy walk.

The suspension bridge is one of the most popular attractions.You need to walk about 1.5 km from the ranger office to reach the site of the canopy walk.The walk way is a narrow suspension bridge link up by few trees .The walk is quite exciting with the swinging bridge.
This is a one way walk ,a current fee of Rm5/ per person is charged.

At the ranger office or close by restaurant, toilet facilities is up to standard.

Please to forewarned that toilet facilities inside the park proper is not that ideal/favourable.
Elevated platform is provided for the walking trail,certain section need badly repaired to the walkway.

15  Thank leopang
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Reviewed December 26, 2016

Taman Negara is believed to be the oldest rainforest on the planet.

We stayed in the cabins on the forest side of the river. In the dry season, foreigners can walk through the rainforest all day on easy paved trails.

Guides with college educations in the flora and fauna accompany foreigners through the dense forest. They point out details otherwise unnoticed by foreigners.

The forest trails lead to the stairs of the skywalk --- a network of rope walkways 30 meters above the earth. Woven of high-test ropes, absolutely safe, the walkways link platforms constructed in the treetops. Foreigners can look down on the forest floor far below. ( Don't risk the skywalk if a tropical rainstorm approaches. )

After the rainy season, the flow of the river slows. This allows guides to take foreigners upriver to the indigenous villages.

There, the villages demonstrate making fire without steel or chemicals, the technique of the blowgun, and allow the foreigners to walk the pathways through rows of thatched houses.

The poverty of the village is obvious. And I did not see the tour guides paying the villagers.

When the villagers demonstrate their traditional crafts, please pay them.

2  Thank VideoAdventures
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Reviewed December 13, 2016

We went despite the bad reviews we read about it. However we had time to kill and the Mutiara wasn't bad. So do avoid the night safaris. They take you into a denuded forest area - which had no trees and obviously no wildlife. One sighting of an owl and a very sad tree frog desperately clinging onto a stump of a tree. The whole experience made me depressed enough to sign several petitions to try and stop deforestation by greed and corruption.

10  Thank wildfirejc
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Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

This forest is beautiful and wild. There is a village where you can find lots of agencies, all more or less with the same tourist packs. I list my reviews of 4 packs here.

Night walk. That is ok when you arrive the first day in the afternoon, excited for the forest around you, and want to make friendship with your new same disoriented tourists friends. Don't expect too much: one hour and a half easily become less than one with formalities, the walk is short and what you can see is not more spectacular than a garden. Few insects (always the same), night butterflies and (the guide said) if you are lucky some bigger animals. I wonder if you someone has ever been lucky. By the way, is cheap and it's better than stand in bar.

Canopy walk. Malaysia is like Switzerland, if they say that the rain season starts in november, expect it from 1st of the month, as happened to me. Result: some path closed and especially the canopy bridge, which seems to be spectacular. The remaining trekking is quite easy even with the mud, 1.2 km long and you can do it by yourself.

Rapid shooting. This is ridiculous, there are not real rapids, just some part where the river becomes narrow and the water run slightly faster. But the driver and his assistants start to move the boat left and right and put water in your direction, you ll be completely wet, take car of your camera/phones/wallet. It could be better call it just boat trip and avoid games, because the river and surroundings are spectacular and wild.

Orang asli village. I was suspicious because the visits to "native" are usually fake or or just a way to sell you some (probably) manufact. This was quite interesting, especially the story about their lifestyle, religion and so on. Not bad

So, tours are quite disappointing but cheap. Nature is great, people nice.

6  Thank MirkoSpino
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Reviewed November 1, 2016

You'll admire the authentic tropical forest ,its huge ,diverse and wonderful flora and wildlife; but also and first of all ,you'll meet indigene families living in the forest since always,but open mind with foreigners; respectful to them, they will explain to you how they do still live there:tremendous !

Thank DidYOU2014
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