Blogs from Kuala Tahan, Pahang, Malaysia, Asia - page 4


Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Kuala Tahan March 24th 2008

We left Kuala Terengganu a little apprehensive about the journey ahead of us and with good cause. Taman Negara is notoriously difficult to reach and for us it was no exception! Following a 7hr night bus journey from Terengganu to Kuala Lumpur, we loitered in the hotel lobby of the 5* Crowne Plaza Hotel (they were not pleased to see us!) and boarded a second bus after 3hrs that would take 3hrs. Having reached the small town of Kuala Tembeling we embarked on a 3hr boat journey in an uncomfortable wooden long boat and then- finally- having reached Kuala Tahan and the headquarters of the national park, we took one final 15 minute boat journey to our camp. I was really excited to have arrived and, despite the exhaustion, the boat journeys were really scenic and ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Kuala Tahan March 17th 2008

Etter å ha vært på reisefot i nesten 24 timer, hvor vi testet ut så og si all typer transport Malaysia har å tilby, annkom vi endelig regnskgen i Taman Negara. Klokken var 6 om morgenen og vi var trøtte, slitene, skittne, sultene, men humøret var likevel på topp - endelig var vi i regnskogen, jungelen! Vi nynnet på ”Hakuna Matata” fra The Linon King, mens vi vandret fra gjestehus til gjestehus, det holdt motet oppe da vi fikk det ene avslag etter det andre. Det første gjestehuset var fullt, turen til neste gjestehus var lang og det var ett utrolig nederlag da vi oppdaget at de enda ikke hadde åpnet. Videre vandret vi til Durian gjestehus, oppkalt etter Asias ekleste frukt (som faktisk er forbudt på togstasjonen i Singapore - så ekkel er både lukten ... read more
David on Tree Platform
Canopy Walkway
Nina is Jane

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Kuala Tahan March 17th 2008

Taman Negara 17th & 18th March Up bright and early and yet another long journey through the windy roads and rain forest of malaysia. This time our transport was a mini van. The whole of this journey to Taman Negara was an adventure but not an enjoyable one it was scarey as hell! First we were behind a wagon and it was obvious the wagon in front had no brakes and at one point going around a tight corner i was sure he was going to go off the road and plumet possibly to his death. How he managed to keep it on the road and on 4 wheels i do not know. To add to this it was obvious that our vehicle wasnt in much better condition and the suspension was making these loud knocking ... read more
Taman Negara
Taman Negara
Taman Negara

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Kuala Tahan March 16th 2008

Taman Negara is one of the oldest rainforests in the world, estimated to be 130 million years old. The entire park is about 4,343 sq km (or about 2,692 miles). There can be found tigers, elephants, monkeys, tapirs, birds and insects as well as interesting plants and flowers and loads of German tourists. There are hiking trails, caves for explorations and a canopy walk. For the extremely adventurous, they offer huts that are out in the middle of the jungle (it took one guy 6 hours to hike there) where you can stay overnight in an observation hide (sticks stuck in the ground with a tarp on top basically). At one of these hides you might be able to come in contact with one of the afore mentioned animals (except the German tourists- they are not ... read more
View from jungle side
River view
View of town from park side

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Kuala Tahan March 3rd 2008

Bats, germans, and the oldest rainforest in the world! It doesn't get any better than this. As already mentioned this week I was adopted by Germans, and not the weird kind, these guys were cool. Phillip and Thomas were my new friends, and I had to say bye to them today, but they may feature in a later epidsode of this blog. The german fun started as we got off the bus together and tried to find a place to stay; which was not easy. We heard about a nice hostel but getting there involved a 20 minute hike, at night, with all our gear. It did turn out to be a cool place but no one was there. The Lights were literally on but no one was home. So after hiking back some French girls ... read more
Me and Thomas album front cover
River before crossing into Rainforest
This is bat country

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Kuala Tahan February 22nd 2008

Lying back in the humid air, sweat dripping of our faces and plagued by numerous insect-life, we eventually left the hostel and were picked up by a coach which would take us to a small town on the outskirts of Taman Negara National Park, from where we were organised into Long-Boats for the 2 hour journey upstream to the heart of the park. Having been sat on trains and buses, the freedom of travelling by motor-boat with the sun beating down and a cooling breeze in our faces it truly was an amazing couple of hours. Despite occasionally nodding off with the gentle bobbing of the boat, we saw monkeys, birds and huge 4-5ft Monitor Lizards patrolling the sand banks. A good introduction to the rainforest, we thought. After being allocated to our room - we ... read more
Boat to Taman Negara
What a Boar...!!!
Sunrise in the Rainforest

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Kuala Tahan February 21st 2008

Taman Negara, the jungles of Malaysia are over 3 billion years old and supposed to be amazing for trekking, but they are only half our story. To get to the jungle "HQ" we took the famous Jungle Train which leaves Kota Bharu at 9 in the morning and takes about 6 hours through the Malaysian countryside, forests and lots of tiny little villages. Luckily it was a Thursday when they ran a special "express train". Otherwise we would have had to get the normal train that stops at every single village and takes about 10 hours. We met 2 friends along the way, an Englishman called Harold who joined us for a trek the next and a Malaysian pensioner called Mohammhed who was on his way to see family in KL.The journey was really amazing, gorgeous ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Kuala Tahan February 1st 2008

February 1st: Semi-recovered from the previous day's long trek, we decided to go to Gua Telinga (the Bat cave) which was supposedly a 2 hour hike each way. We set out early so we could catch the afternoon bus out of the jungle. After breakfast we took the ferry across the river and started on our trek. The sign said it was 2.8 km to the cave, but we were skeptical. The first part was also a really long, really steep section that made it feel longer than it was and had us worrying that if the whole trail was like this, we might not make the bus. We went as fast as we could, which really wasn't very fast, but luckily the trail flattened out after two hills. It took about an hour to get ... read more
Snail and Catfish

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Kuala Tahan January 30th 2008

January 30th: Today we hopped on a bus out of the city to Jerantut (3 hr ride) where we then hopped on a boat to Taman Negara (another 3 hours). The catch is that between the two we had 2 1/2 hours to kill for lunch, which we drew out by typing up a long blog entry of our time in KL which disappeared into nowhere when we lost our connection and we also nearly missed our boat - luckily we were close to the takeoff point and the tour lady found us before they left. The boat was a long narrow wooden boat with aluminum sheet metal strapped to some 2X2s as a roof, which was nice shade from the hot sun. The ride was great for the first half hour - beautiful scenery, smooth ... read more
Group shot with BIG tree
River Crossing
Where are the drinks?!?

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Kuala Tahan January 19th 2008

We're at the end of our jungle adventure and it's been really quite good! We set off for the scenic river trip from Tembeling at around 9am on the 18th and we arrived in the National Park's village at around 1pm on the same day. The river trip was something that was highly recommended as it's very quiet, tranquil and the chance to see some wild animals is quite high. For the latter, the reality is quite different, but the other descriptors are true - the journey is very peaceful and it's a great introduction to the laidback way of life in the jungle for the people that live there. After a bum-aching three hours, we arrived in Taman Negara and quickly found a very cheap place to stay - unfortunately, that place stunk so we ... read more

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