Taman Negara National Park was established in Malaysia in 1938/1939 as the King George V National Park. It was renamed to Taman Negara after Independence, which literally means “national park” in Malay. The total area of Taman Negara is 4,343 km².
Getting To Taman Negara
on the boat on the Sungai Tembeling River from Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan (Taman Negara)
Most travellers will visit Taman Negara from Kuala Lumpur. This journey will include take you to town of Jerantut first. Jerantut is easiest reached by bus (3-4 hour ride). The second leg from Jerantut can either be accomplished by bus (faster, about 1h) or boat (scenic ride on the river trough the rain forest, 2-3h). The boat ride starts in Kuala Tembeling (at 9am and 2pm), a 20-min taxi ride outside of Jerantut. While everything be arrange as you go by yourself (see more information here), there are also a couple of tour providers that will offer the entire journey a single ticket for ease of mind. These tickets can convinient bought only, see the links below.
From Taman Negara (but also the other way around), it is also possible, instead of going back to Kuala Lumpur (in case you came that way), to travel onwards to Cameron Highlands or to Kuala Besut (jetty for the boat ride to Perhentian Islands). Or you take the bus or boat back to Jerantut and the take the train from there which give you the option to go directly to Kota Bahru or Kuala Lumpur or with transfer to another train to Singapore or Thailand.
Book tickets for bus ( & boat) right here online:
Excellent alternative online resources:
Kuala Lumpur - Taman Negara, Kuala LumpurTaman Negara
More information on the combined bus and boat journey from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara National Park and back.
Taman Negara - Perhentian Island, Perhentian IslandsTaman Negara
How to get from Taman Negara to Perhentian Islands
Taman Negara - Cameron Highlands, Cameron HighlandsTaman Negara
How to get from Taman Negara to Cameron Highlands by bus
Boat Ride to Taman Negara, Taman Negara
The scenic 2.5 h boat ride between Kuala Tembeling and Kuala Tahan (Taman Negara Headquarters) makes the trip to the park itself a highlight.
Orang Asli Village, Taman Negara
A village at the park border welcomes visitors during the day and offers a fascinating glimpse in the life the Malaysia's indigenious people.
Canopy Walk, Taman Negara
Taman Negara's spectacular canopy walk is 530m long and up to 40m above the ground
Kuala Tembeling Jetty, Taman Negara
The jetty in Kuala Tembeling is the starting point for the 3h boat ride to Taman Negara
Han Rainforest Resort is the biggest accommodation in Kuala Tahan with private rooms of various standards and also dorm room. All package tours that we recommend include accommodation here.... more
Resort with bungalows, restaurant and swimming pool in Kuala Tahan. With a big parking lot in front, it is mainly catering for tour groups.... more
Budget Accommodation in Kuala Tahan near the jetty... more