Estimated to be an astonishing 130 million years old, this virgin rainforest spans three states – Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan – and is Malaysia’s largest national park. Most visitors begin their journey through Kuala Tahan in Pahang, which is a small village near the Tembiling River. Taman Negara is wellequipped with various types of accommodation including a boutique jungle resort within the park, and budget hostels nearby. Jungle trails are well marked and can be done on your own, although it’s strongly advised to get a guide, and there are strategically located wildlife observation hides, so visitors can observe wildlife unobtrusively.
The Canopy Walk is a 510m suspension bridge between the treetops and the world’s longest canopy walkway. The park is also home to Gunung Tahan, the highest mountain in peninsular Malaysia. Exploring caves, going on a river cruise, visiting an Orang Asli village of the Batek and Semokberi tribes, and hiking to waterfalls are just some of the exciting activities you can experience here. There are over 250 species of birds that call this jungle home including the rare Malayan Peacock Pheasant, alongside other animals like the Asian elephant, Malayan tiger, tapir, wild boar and different types of monkeys.
Kuala Tahan, Pahang (tamannegara.asia)