- the Orang Asli (=indigenous people) in this village belong to the Batek (Bateq Nigerito) tribe
- Taman Negara is home to two ethnic groups of orang asli: Batek and Semokberi
- an estimated 1,000 members of the Batek tribe live in Taman Negara, some living in permanent communities
- the Orange Asli in the interior of the park mostly still live a semi-nomadic, hunting and gathering lifestyle
- this Batek village moved to the park border at the river side and opened up to visitors from the “outside world”
- the villagers still live there traditional lifestyle (no electricity, bamboo huts, living off the forest for food - fruits, yams and small animals like monkeys, squirrels etc.) but enjoy some of modern world benefits like a village water take, some are going to Kuala Tahan for school and medical care, get tobacco from the local store, accepting gifts from tourists etc.
- their “Tok Batin” or headman speaks Malay so they can communicate with the tour guides hence you can ask questions and get answers
- when you visit the village, an orang asli villager will show you how to use the blow pipe (they traditional hunting tool) and how to make fire
- the visit to the village is part of the the Taman Negara Tour package
a member of the village carrying his baby on the back
bamboo houses overlooking Sungai Tembeling
the village is located next to Tembeling River, Taman Negara National Park starts at the opposite side of the river
demonstration of blowpipe
The bamboo blowpipe is the traditional hunting weapon of the Orang Asli. Visitors also get the chance to try the blowpipe.
how to make a fire the traditional way
kids roaming around in the heat of the day