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“Not what I expected...disappointing”

Taman Negara National Park
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Day Tour National Park (Taman Negaran Rainforest...
Ranked #11 of 172 things to do in Pahang
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Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

We were excited about visiting a rain forest even though it meant a really early morning start and a long drive (3 hours) but this visit was totally disappointing. Before booking I asked the agency (Justexplore Travel) if there would be a lot of uphill walking as that is something I wouldn't be able to manage over long distances and they assured me that it was mainly flat but uneven ground. Imagine my look of horror when we got there and were faced with around 300 steps to climb! Bracing myself I managed to finally get through it and made it to the top. All this for a walk over some hanging walkway where all you see is trees and more trees. No animal, insect or any kind of widlife to be seen! Such a waste. After that we had to ofcourse walk down the steps (maybe around 150) to go back to the canoe and over to the Orang Asli village, where a small band of indigenous people live by the river's edge. It was interesting seeing how they make fire and use the blow dart for hunting.
Then it was on to the 'white water' rafting that was not what you would imagine. It's the same wooden canoe that goes over small rapids. It was a nice ride down the river but nothing exciting. At the end of the ride we were taken back to the floating restaurant and given lunch of rice and chicken. As we finished quite early we opted to just be driven back to the hotel rather than stop again for dinner. Overall very disappointing and if it's a true rainforest experience you're after this is not it.

Thank Revel1910
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Reviewed February 7, 2017 via mobile

I hiked gunung tahan solo without a guide. It's possible but you'll need navigation. Here's how I did it: hikegunungtahan dot blogspot dot my.

3  Thank Alfred H
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Reviewed February 3, 2017

We had a great time whilst exploring Taman Negara National Park.

From Georgetown we took the 101 to the park which costs under £1 one way (can't remember exactly how much) It takes about 45 minutes but it's definitely worth the travel.

Upon arrival i realized we had forgotten our passports and i was frustrated because i read you had to bring them.. however you just need to know your passport number to add to the log and luckily I have a photo of it on my phone. In January the canopy walk was still closed (gutted). The main two walks are monkey beach or turtle beach and we decided to trek to Turtle beach instead as we thought the beach was more beautiful and you can see Monkeys all over Malaysia anyway.

The walk was insane. It's not for the faint hearted as you're climbing hills often but it's so worth it. The forest is incredible, with sounds and smells and sights for sore eyes. We came across a few people on the walk all in high spirits. There's more options for walks within the forest but we stuck to one. Turtle Beach (Pantai Kerachut) is beautiful, tbh there isn't much to see of turtles.. we saw 5.. but the walk and beach is worth it. We slightly regretted when we got there that we hadn't arranged a boat to take us back like other tourists but the walks worth it.

Highly recommend this beautiful hike in this beautiful forest

Thank Emilie F
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Reviewed February 2, 2017 via mobile

After considering a second night and what to do n Tamara Negara we finally decided to only stay one night in Kuala Tahan. That is perfectly sufficient to see the most interesting sights if the summary of our tour book and cross-reading TripAdvisor is to be believed. The started right after breakfast to go to the Canopy walkway which is definitely worth a visit! We followed this up by hiking up to Bukit Terisek. This means unfortunately to go up a seemingly endless amount of stairs and on the way back walk mostly on a natural path. Therefore I would recommend to take the clockwise tour from the Park Center and go to Bukit Terisek first, then down to the Canopy Walk. We didn't do any of the other activities as none of them seemed to appealing.

1  Thank felixsf
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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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