Taman Negara – Kuala Tahan

Date: 13 June 2000

Information of some activities is updated on 21 June 2002

Canopy walk

Canopy walk in Taman Negara, Kuala Tahan (December 1999)

Taman Negara is the biggest as well as the most popular national park in Peninsula Malaysia. The whole area sprawls across the states of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu. The part of the park most visited is in Pahang, via Kuala Tahan. The two other entry points are Sungei Relau and Kuala Koh but both are less accessible and less visited. The facilities found in these two more remote campsites are much less than that in Kuala Tahan.

In Kuala Tahan, there are many facilities and activities for visitors of Taman Negara. It is also very accessible especially with the opening of a road that leads all the way from the Jerantut town to the area opposite the bank of the main resort. A boat is always parked at the bank to ferry people across for 50sen. There is a small village at the bank opposite the main resort offering cheaper food and accommodations.

Taman Negara is a nice place to rest and relax and to engage in some light trekking and activities. Popular activities in Kuala Tahan include caving, tubing, rapid shooting, jungle trekking, fishing and the canopy walk. Although there are many things to see and do there, they really pale in comparison with similar activities in other part of West Malaysia with the exception of Gunung Tahan, the highest mountain in West Malaysia which is located within Taman Negara. Nevertheless, Taman Negara is a good place to have a taste of the many varied activities offered by West Malaysia.

Getting There

From Singapore to Jerantut
Bus
Take a bus 170 from Singapore to Larkin terminal in Johor BahruTake an Express bus from Larkin to Jerantut
OR
Rail
Take train from Tanjong Pagar (Singapore) railway station or from Johor Bahru railway station to Jerantut railway station
Bus/ Van travels from Jerantut Railway station to Tembeling everyday at 0700hrs

Motorised sampan

Motorised sampan for ferry service (December 1999)

Ferry service from Tembeling to Kuala Tahan and vice versa

Jet boat : RM30 per person per trip
Duration : 1 hr
Motorized Sampan : RM25 per person per trip
Duration : 2 hrs
Getting across Kuala Tahan river to Taman Negara Resort
Boat
Cost : RM0.50 per person per trip

Return from Taman Negara Resort (Kuala Tahan) to Jerantut railway station
Van
Cost : RM150(for the whole van)
Max capacity : 12

Permits
Entrance fee to park : RM 1
Camera permit : RM 5
Fishing permit : RM 10

Eating places
Generally, the food on the floating restaurant is cheaper than those at the resort.

Cost of food at floating restaurant : approx RM4.00
Cost of drinks at floating restaurant : approx RM1.00

Places to stay
There are many lodges and guesthouse at the bank opposite the main resort area. The charges are generally from RM10 onwards.Teresek View Motel

Taman Negara, Kuala Tahan 27000 Jerantut, Pahang D.M

Tel: 09-2669744(O)

E-mail: del_tvm@yahoo.com

Room rate:

Hostel – RM10 per person

Chalet – RM60

A hut – RM40

A/C room – RM80

Some of the Activities

Tubing

Tubing down the river (May 2000)

*Tubing : approx RM25 per person for about 2 hrs (min 4 person)
Canopy walk(Entrance fee) : RM5.00 per person

Bats in Gua Telinga

Bats in Gua Telinga (May 2000)

Gua Telinga : Free
Duration in cave : approx 40mins
Walk from riverbank to cave : 30 mins
Remarks : Beware of bat shit and bats flying overhead.
: There is a rope that leads the way from the entrance of the cave to the exit thus a guide is not necessary. Upon emerging from the cave, there is a route that goes straight for about 8 metres before turning left and then back in the direction of the entrance of the cave.
: The cave can also be reached from the resort by a land route.
*Chartering of boat(motorized sampan) : RM30 per trip for the whole boat
Max capacity : approx. 12

(ie: RM60 for return journey)

* Can be arranged at the floating restaurants

Other activities:

Updated 21 June 2002

Rapid Shooting

Experience the 7 major rapids along the meandering Tembeling river. At the same time, enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna along the river bank. Water baffaloes are a common sight along the banks but make sure you do not go too near them!

Price : RM25 per person
Includes : Boat
Minimum : 4 person
Maximum : 12 person
Attire : Shorts, T-shirts and cap

Aborigine Settlement Visit

Visit the “Batek” Orang Asli who continues to live a normadic lifestyle in the Taman Negara. Batek are a gentle race of people with dark skin and tight curly hair.

Price : RM35 per person
Duratiob : 1.5hrs
Includes : Guide Boat, Blow pipe demonstration and Token gift
Minimum : 4 person
Maximum : 12 person
Attire : Shorts, T-shirts and cap

Lata Berkoh

Swim in the spectacular cascades of spring water that flows down the Tahan mountain.

Price : RM45 per person
Includes : Pack lunch
Minimum : 4 person

Night Jungle Walk

Price : RM15 per person
Duration : 1.5hrs
Minimum : 4 person
Maximum : 12 person

Contacts
MalaysiaAkbar MM Naturezone

Taman Negara Pahang

Kuala Tahan, 27000 Jerantut

Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia

Tel: 09-2671993

Email: akbarmmnaturezone@hotmail.com or manmas_my@yahoo.com

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