Faces of
Malaysia
Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

Taman Negara, Malaysia

Taman Negara

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.

Taman Negara, water buffalo
Taman Negara
water buffalo
Taman Negara, plants of Taman negara
Taman Negara
plants of Taman negara

 

Taman Negara in a nutshell

  • national park in in one of the world's oldest rainforests
  • one of the world's most bio-diverse regions
  • park permit: RM1 per person, applicable to all visitors.
  • fishing license: RM10 per person
  • camera licence: RM5 per camera
  • peak season: April - August
  • low season: November - Februar (more rain, but also less crowded, possibility of occasional park closures due to flooding)
  • the 2-3h boat ride from Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan is recommended
  • park headquarter is in the village of Kuala Tahan (all traveller necessities are here: laundry, restaurants, travel information / tour booking, smalls, hotel and hotels)
  • it's a rainforest and that means it is really hot and humid
  • bring enough cash, there are no money changers, banks or ATMs in Taman Negara. Some bigger places like Han Rainforest Resort or Mutiara Resort accept credit card
  • you will see an abundance of plants and insects, but don't expect to see bigger wild animals, they retreated deeper to the interior of the National Park
  • fun activies: jungle walks, canopy walk, rapid shooting, meal at floating restaurants

 

Getting To Taman Negara

boat 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:

to Taman Negara: 
Kuala Lumpur - Taman Negara  
Cameron Highlands - Taman Negara
Kuala Besut - Taman Negara
(jetty to Pulau Perhentian / Perhentian Islands)

from Taman Negara: 
Taman Negara - Kuala Lumpur
Taman Negara - Cameron Highlands
Taman Negara - Kuala Besut
(jetty to Pulau Perhentian / Perhentian Islands)


Excellent alternative online resources:

Kuala Lumpur - Taman Negara

More information on the combined bus and boat journey from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara National Park and back.

Taman Negara - Perhentian Island

How to get from Taman Negara to Perhentian Islands

Taman Negara - Cameron Highlands

How to get from Taman Negara to Cameron Highlands by bus

Things to Do & See

Boat Ride to 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

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's spectacular canopy walk is 530m long and up to 40m above the ground

Bukit Teresek

Easy to reach high point with great views over the National Park

Kuala Tahan

Kuala Tahan is the small village just opposite the entrance to Taman Negara NP at the other side of Sungai Tembeling river. All accommodations are located here.

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Transport

Kuala Tembeling Jetty

The jetty in Kuala Tembeling is the starting point for the 3h boat ride to Taman Negara

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ACCOMMODATION

Han Rainforest Resort

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. 

Xcape Resort Taman Negara

Resort with bungalows, restaurant and swimming pool in Kuala Tahan. With a big parking lot in front, it is mainly catering for tour groups.

Agoh Chalet

Budget Accommodation in Kuala Tahan near the jetty

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Hotels in Taman Negara

Julie’s Hostel

Hostel in Kuala Tahan

Teresek View Motel

Small multi-storey budget hotel near the jetty in Kuala Tahan