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27 – 30 Jun 1998: Taman Negara, Malaysia

We were looking for some adventures – this equates to jungle trekking, boat riding and sweat. After doing some reseaches, one location finally fits our plan – Taman Negara or The National Park (when we translated the name from Malaysia Bahasa). Even though there are many other national parks elsewhere in Malaysia, Taman Negara remains the patriarch of them all. Afterall, it reigns as the oldest rainforests in the world, estimated to be at least 130 million years old. The abundance and diversity of nature is phenomenal and it is equipped with one of the world’s most complex and rich ecosystems. 

The adventure started with a eight-hour night train ride from Singapore. We reached Pahang Jerantut Railway Station at the wee hour and quickly checked into Jingjing Hotel for a quick nap. When the day breaks, we took a short transfer to Kuala Tembeling Jetty.

After our breakfast, we stepped onto the boat for a two-hour ride to Kuala Tahan along the yellowish, mudddy waters.  



 After 12 hours of traveling, we finally reached our adventure ground.




Lata Berkoh 

The afternoon was just a relaxing boat trip up Sungai Tahan to the Lata Berkoh cascades, a popular picnic and swimming area for the local and the tourists. As the sampan glided through the rocky water-bed and cool clean water, we were greeted by fern-covered trees towering along the river. 






After an hour or so, we finally reached Lata Berkoh.. still looking fresh! 


Bukit Teresek 

We went for beakfast at 7.30 am and was surprised that there was little food left for consumption. We fueled up our energy with a few pathetic bananas. But after a good night rest, we were ready for more adventure up along the jungle trail to the steep ridge of Bukit Teresek.  


The one and a half hour of trekking took us to the peak, at about 334 m above the sea level. The view of the park was spectacular with light blue sky and dark green forestation. 

Canopy Walkway 

In the late morning, we sent to the famous Canopy Walk, touted to be the world’s longest canopy walkway at 530 metres, strung up to 40 metres high above the forest floor. The walkway has nine bridges and ten resting platforms. It was built by the the staff of the Wildlife & National Parks Department without any nails driven into the trees. 




To be continued …


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27 – 30 Jun 1998: Taman Negara, Malaysia

Tabing Hide

In the late afternoon, we made our way to Tabing Hide. We are spending the night at this tree-house hide, built for night observation. The amenities within the hide was very basic with 4 standard double-decker beds (not sure when was the last time they changed the bedsheets) and a toilet (before you thank God, look inside). If we were lucky, there was a good chance that we could see a deer or wild boar drinking the water from the stream nearby. So, the guys were on a “patroling” clock to look out for the animals from the watch-out area.

At about 3 o’clock, I shone my torch and saw a pair of glowing eyes. Excited, I screamed: “Leopard!” When the crowd squinked their naked eyes intensely, they chuckled: “It’s a deer!”


We beat the sunrise for our way out of the Tabling Hide. Perhaps, we were too early and the boat shuttle service did not start until a long wait. We killed time by playing “Heart Attack” at the jetty.


The Floating Restaurant of Taman Negara

The eateries in the park were all floating restaurants. In fact, we need a boat ferry to reach them. Not wanting to eat more bananas, we went for breakfast at one of the floating restaurants. It was steaming hot Roti Canai with spicy curry.

Ear Cave

Another highlight of this trip was the Ear Cave, a ten minutes boat journey to Gua  Telinga and another 30 minutes walk from the riverbank. 

The cave was only 80 m long but there were a few narrow and difficult stretches that poses some challenges to us.

The cave is home to bats, frogs, insects and snakes. Bats are the most commonly found animals here and this was the first time I had such “close” contact with countless of  them. They were everywhere, hanging silently above your heads.

As we departed from the Ear Caves, JL found “something” that was stuck on her leg. Something small but refused to be just swept away by naked hands.

“Leech!” These slimy little vampires were commonly found in the Malaysian jungles. When we tried to pull it off, the little parasite held even tighter.

“Let me help”, a veteran hiker passed by and burnt it with his cigarette. Within seconds, the leech fell off, lying lifeless on a leaf. Apart from the shock, JL was practically unhurt from this incident.

After dinner, we packed our bags and made our way home. Again, the boat ride back to Jerantut where we spent the night at Jingjing Hotel again.

At 1.30 am, we boarded the second class sleeper train home. This marked the end of our adventure. Period.

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