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Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Taman Negara National Park February 3rd 2009

(Day 305 on the road) There are two ways to reach the national park Taman Negara (after getting to the area on the famous Jungle Train from the Cameron Highlands, which was a great journey through lush, deserted, well, jungle): By bus or by boat. Of course, we opted for the three hour boat ride, which lasted for about three hours in a longboat and took us through a pristine jungle environment. And speaking of jungle: This is what Taman Negara is all about. It is actually the oldest jungle in the world, some 130 million years old. It has been largely unaffected by ice ages and other climate changes, and its forest and animals could thus develop undisturbed. After spending a a day exploring the village, we then set out on our main adventure: An ... read more
Jawad on the canopy walk
Taman Negara jungle

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Taman Negara National Park February 1st 2009

Hello there. So since I did the last blog we've been in Malaysia for 2 weeks. From Kota Bharu we got he early jungle train to Jerantut where you get the bus to Taman Negara. The train journey was really cool as it was straight through thick jungle almost all the time, so there was a lot to look out and see. The whole journey took about 10 hours but it flew by for me because of the scenery. The only bad thing about the train was the abundance of cockroaches, there were so many! I saw more of them on that train than all the trains in Inda put together. But after a while I got used to it and me and the cockroaches were cool. So any way when we got to Jerantut we ... read more
Roberto Meditating
Main road at chinese new year

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Taman Negara National Park January 27th 2009

The decision how we would make our way down to Kuala Lumpur was actually quite difficult to make. Part of the problem is the three of us are pretty easy going and happy for the others to make up their minds, but more so, with no time constraint, we had the opportunity to explore parts of the country off the beaten track. Sitting on the beach drinking cocktails, it was easy to glamourize the three day overland journey down to Malaysia and ignore the political troubles affecting the country. Not only was the recent political upheaval an issue, but more importantly, we would be travelling by road through Narathiwat, the volatile southern province of Thailand! Sungai Kolok is the border town in Narathiwat, and is popular among Malaysians for its shopping and infamous entertainment delights. Tourism ... read more
The Jungle Train
The Jungle Train
Malaysia -Taman Negara Park

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Taman Negara National Park November 24th 2008

So after a really fun time in the Cameron Highlands we headed off for the massive national park known as Taman Negara. We purchased our bus ticket which ended up costing 95 Ringgit. This is around 25 US Dollars. This may not sound like that much but it is. There weren't any local buses, or so we were told, so this was pretty much our only option. We were pretty irritated but oh well. We hopped in our mini-van and made one stop before heading out. That stop was to pick up the other individual who would be traveling with us. His name was Clint and he was 70 years old and looked like Santa Claus. He turned out to be a very interesting man. He lived in Maui and worked as a Marine Biologist or ... read more
Writing her thoughts
More Jungle
Swimming hole

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Taman Negara National Park November 24th 2008

Now the real jungle fun begins...Cameron highlands were a good warm up to what we were about to face in Taman Negara. A mini bus ride, that cost waaaaay too much money, into town. Well, sort of a town...more like...a handful of guesthouses, a few floating restaurants, one very small market and a huge jungle... All of it tied together by a muddy river. Our first night in was too late to get any trek started so we decided to get some dinner and play some cards before turning in early. The next morning we woke up in our mosquito nets that seemed to only trap the mossies in the instead of keeping them out. I guess that is good considering there was a huge wasps nest in our room and it managed to keep those ... read more
The Beard is looking healthy!
Night safari snake
i took this myself!

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Taman Negara National Park November 11th 2008

After a blissful couple days in the beautiful Cameron Highlands, batteries re-charged, we were ready to tackle the jungle. After another bus journey that lasted all day, we arrived, tired and narky and in no mood to go traipsing round for accommodation so we ended up paying over the odds to stay at the Woodlands Resort. At a tenner per night, per person it was more than we're used to but the hot shower alone was worth it. Taman Negara National Park is 130 million years old and is the second largest jungle after the Amazon, (yes, we do absorb some facts about our surroundings you know) and in the space of about 15 minutes Debbie had managed to break off one of the branches from a tree that had been standing god knows how long ... read more
Monkey business

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Taman Negara National Park November 2nd 2008

From the Perhentian Islands we took the "Jungle Train" from the Northern end of the Malaysian Peninsula to Kuala Lumpur (KL). We had to spend a night in a tiny town called Tanah Mereh from where we picked up the train the next morning. The only other two western people in town were a French guy and an American who were also taking the train. There was only one small hostel in the town which looked like it had never been cleaned. We wiled away the hours here learning a French dice game called Yams and we also played a bit of frisbee. We caught the train the next morning. It took 12 hours to get to KL, winding it's way through palm oil plantations and eventually into primary rainforest where we could see monkeys in ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Taman Negara National Park October 19th 2008

The last time I wrote I was in Koh Samui, which already feels like such a long time ago to me. On my second attempt I managed to make the journey from Samui to Kota Bharu in Malaysia. The whole journey took me 15 hours by way of bus, ferry, minibus, tuk tuk and taxi. By the time I got into my room in Kota Bharu I literally passes out. My travels continued early the next morning as I made my way to Kuala Besut to catch a speed boat to the Long Beach on Pulau Perhentian Kecil. I stayed at a cool backpackers place called the Matahari, a short concrete walkway from the beach. I stayed here for 2 days, snorkelling, sun bathing, eating, drinking is quite possibly the most beautiful beach I've ever ... read more
From the Long Beach
Chilling on the beach

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Taman Negara National Park October 15th 2008

Hello So here we are Taman Negara the oldest rainforest in the world - over 130 million years old.!! 4343 sq km of pristine primary jungle teaming with life.!! (it used to be bigger but all they do now is cut down trees and plant crappy Palm oil trees) We decided to spend the first day on the famous canopy walkway which is suspended 45m off the ground up in the upper canopy of the trees (supposedly where alot of the action is, some people just don't know how to be quiet so alot of the birds and monkies are scared off!!!) we saw loads of pretty birds and a few strange insects but our camera doesn't Zoom that much!!. We then set off to the top of one of the nearest mountains, a round trip ... read more
Big old tree
Canopy walkway
It really helps Dan, honest!

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Taman Negara National Park September 22nd 2008

Today would be our first full day exploring the oldest rainforest in the world and we were very excited. Promptly at 8am we were at the floating restaurant where we sat down to breakfast. Egg and toast was presented to us along with traditional iced tea, not exactly to rachael's liking, in fact Rachael has developed a strong disliking for egg ever since a 'don't talk about it again' incident back in Vietnam. anyway, 2 portions of egg later and i was ready to go. First on the agenda was a trek up the nearest mountain to a viewpoint near the top. In order to get into Taman Negara we used the river taxi service operated by the restaurant. As the boat drew close the wake wobbled the restaurant making it clear that we were in ... read more

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