Taman Negara

Travel Guide Asia Malaysia Pahang Taman Negara

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Introduction

Taman Negara

Taman Negara

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One of the most popular places to visit in the Malaysian state of Pahang is Taman Negara, situated at Jerantut. The national park receives millions of visitors from around the world every year. Taman Negara is believed to be one of the oldest rainforest in the world. There are 4 entry points to the park. Kuala Tahan and Sg Relau near Merapoh in Pahang; Kuala Koh in Kelantan, and Tanjong Mentong in Terengganu. Kuala Tahan is the most used entry point. You have to pay an entry fee of RM1, and a camera permit is RM5.

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Geography

Taman Negara has a total area of 4,343 km² and has a reputation as the world's oldest tropical rainforest. Taman Negara spans across three states, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu, each with its own legislation. The Taman Negara Enactment (Pahang) No. 2 of 1939 is enforced in the state of Pahang, the Taman Negara Enactment (Kelantan) No. 14 of 1938 in the state of Kelantan and the Taman Negara Enactment (Terengganu) No. 6 of 1939 in the state of Terengganu. The enactments have similar contents. The rainforest is estimated to be 130 million years old. The national park was previously known as King George V National Park.

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Sights and Activities

Taman Negara

Taman Negara

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There are many activities that travellers can do while visiting Taman Negara such as the canopy walkway, rapid shooting, jungle trekking, night safari, fishing, boating, caving etc. The trails around Kuala Tahan are signposted and you do not need a guide.
You can also climb Gunung Tahan, the highest mountain in Peninsula Malaysia, at 2,187 metres. The Kuala Tahan trail is the oldest and takes about 7 days. The trail from Sg Relau near Merapoh is shorter and takes 3-4 days. Or you can go a Kuala Tahan - Gunung Tahan - Merapoh route.
From Sg Relau you can visit the Kelah Sanctuary and feed the fish in the river. There is also an observation tower with good views over to Gunung Tahan.

Wildlfie

Taman Negara is the home of some rare mammals, such as the Malayan Tiger, Crab-eating macaque, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Great Argus, Red Junglefowl, Malayan Gaur (seladang) and Asian elephant. Among the birdlife, the rare Malayan Peacock-Pheasant is still found here in some numbers. Tahan River has been preserved to protect the Malaysian mahseer (ikan kelah in Malay), a type of game fish.

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Events and Festivals

  • Thaipusam - This annual Hindu festival commemorates the birthday of Lord Murugan. Over a million devotees and visitors throng Batu Caves on this eventful celebration, every year.
  • Chinese New Year - Chinese make up about a quarter of the total population and in honour of the Chinese New Year, Malaysia has declared the first two days as public holidays. In the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, a date between 21 January and 20 February.
  • Hari Raya Aidil Fitri (Eid ul-Fitr) - This Muslim festival marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is celebrated by 60% of the population. The first two days are public holidays, and most people take extra days off to spend time with family and visit relatives and friends.
  • Mid-Autumn Festival - Alternatively known as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the full moon day (15th day) of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar – usually in September.
  • Deepavali (or Diwali) - A significant Hindu festival also known as the Festival of Lights, celebrating the victory of good over evil. Based on the Hindu luni-solar calendar, Deepavali typically falls between mid-October and mid-November.
  • Christmas - This joyous day is declared a public holiday in Malaysia. Year 2000 census indicates that almost a tenth of the population are Christians.

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Weather

Taman Negara has hot and humid conditions year round, typical for tropical regions. Temperatures are mostly around 30 °C during the day and around or above 20 °C at night. Being a tropical rain forest, you can expect some rain.

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Getting There

By Train

Trains from Kuala Lumpur to Jerantut leave on a regular basis and cost around RM20. To get to the Sg Relau entrance, take the train to Merapoh. From there it is 7 kilometres to the park, and there is no public transport or taxis.

By Car

Travellers can drive from Kuala Lumpur straight to Taman Negara, it takes around three and half hours. To drive to Merapoh from Kuala Lumpur takes about three and half hours, then it is another 7 kilometres to reach the Sg Relau entrance.

By Bus

In order to reach the park, travelers can take an express bus from Kuala Lumpur to Jerantut for two and half hours. From Jerantut there are two bus companies to Taman Negara which cost around RM10. The name of the bus companies are Pengangkutan Latif and Lin Siong bus. Buses travel directly to Kuala Tahan and this is a cheaper option than the boat mentioned below.
To get to Sg Relau take an express bus to Merapoh.

By Boat

After arriving in Jerantut, you have to take a taxi to the jetty at Kuala Tembling, costing RM16. The river boat leaves from the jetty at Kuala Tembling at 9:00am and 2:00pm for Kuala Tahan. The 60-kilometre-long journey takes 2-3 hours, and costs RM35.

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Eat

Travelers can enjoy their lunch or dinner at a floating restaurant, normally their cuisine would be a traditional one or local dishes.
At Sg Relau there is no restaurant, but you may be able to organise meals if using an agency. There is a small shop at Park HQ, and there are small shops and restaurants in Merapoh.

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Sleep

Don't worry about accommodation, there are several resorts and budget guesthouses at Taman Negara. The main resort at Taman Negara is the Mutiara Taman Negara Hotel. Other resorts are theWoodland Resort and the Rainforest Resort. For backpackers, they can choose to stay at budget guest house such as Liyana Hostel, starting from RM10 for a dorm bed.
You can also sleep in the hides and watch for animals at night.

At Sg Relau there is an aircon dorm, and fan and air con rooms.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are available in cities and major towns. Wi-Fi hotspots can be found in shopping malls, restaurants, food courts and cafés. Many of these hotspots are provided free-of-charge. Internet cafés can also be found in cities and towns.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Malaysia is on the GSM 900/1800 and UMTS (3G) mobile network. If you have an "unlocked" GSM band mobile phone, you can buy a prepaid SIM card and use it with your phone here for cheaper rates instead of roaming here. Prepaid mobile SIM cards are available cheaply at mobile phone shops and 24-hour convenience stores.

Below are the area codes in Malaysia:

01Mobile Phones (nationwide)
02Singapore (special access code to call Singapore)
03Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor
04Penang, Perlis, Kedah
05Perak
06Negeri Sembilan, Malacca
07Johor
080Brunei (special access code for use in Sabah and Sarawak only)
08xSabah, Sarawak (x determines the region)
09Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan
1-300Non-geographical numbers (local call rate)
1-800Non-geographical numbers (free call from landline, local call rate from mobile phone)

Area code is not required when calling a number of the same area code. However, it is mandatory when calling from a mobile phone.

There is no charge for receiving calls on any Malaysian phones. Only the caller is charged for the call made. However, if you're on mobile phone roaming service, you will also be charged for any calls received, by your operator.

To dial out of Malaysia, use the international access code 00 (zero zero), followed by the country code, followed by the area code (remove the preceding 0, if any), and finally the telephone number.
e.g. To call London, United Kingdom, dial 00-44-20-xxxx xxxx; or to call Dallas, Texas, United States, dial 00-1-214-xxx xxxx.
For mobile phones, the plus sign "+" can be used as the international access code.
e.g. Using the previous scenario, type +44-20-xxxx xxxx or +1-214-xxx xxxx and press the call button.

The country code for Malaysia is 60. To receive calls from overseas, that person will have to dial the country's international access code, followed by 60 for Malaysia, followed by the area code (remove the preceding 0), followed by the phone number.
e.g. If your prepaid mobile number is 012-1234567, and someone in the United Kingdom were to call you, the number to dial is 00-60-12-1234567. Those calling you from the United States and Canada will have to dial 011-60-12-1234567.

The emergency number is 999 and can be dialled from any phone, free of charge. The worldwide standard emergency number for GSM mobile phones, 112, can also be used on a mobile phone, even without a SIM card. Calls to 112 will be routed to 999 centres.

Post

Pos Malaysia is the national postal service of Malaysia. Rates for sending a standard letter locally is 30 sen (20 gram) to 40 sen (up to 50 gram). International airmail has minimum rates ranging from RM1.00 to RM2.00, depending on destination. It costs 20 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme locally, or 50 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme to anywhere in the world.

Expedited Mail Service (EMS), branded locally as Poslaju, is available for both domestic and international destinations. Domestic EMS has a next day delivery guarantee. International EMS guarantees mails and parcels to be delivered out of the country by the following day. The time required to arrive at its destination will depend on clearance by authorities and the postal service of the destination country. For most countries, delivery of documents can be done in 3 to 5 days.

If you need to receive mails or packages from home, there is Poste Restante service available at all General Post Offices (GPO) in the country. There is one GPO in almost every capital city of every state, and in all federal territories. Mails sent from Singapore and Brunei will be retained for one month while mails from all other places will be kept for two months, after which if unclaimed, will be sent to the Dead Letter Office.

Generally, post offices are open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday, except the first Saturday of the month. They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Electricity

Electricity voltage in Malaysia is 240V AC 50Hz. The UK 3-pin plug is the standard used in Malaysia. European 2-pin plug can also be used on the 3-pin socket by inserting a screwdriver (or any hard object that fits) into the earth pin hole to open the live and neutral shutters. However, this practice can be hazardous.

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