……….This is our third of three related blogs dealing with naturally beautiful locations in Malaysia. The first explored the spectacular beauty of Pangkor Island, the second featured the stunning beauty of the Cameron Highlands, and this explores the sensational beauty of Taman Negara.
Taman Negara is the oldest and largest national park in Malaysia, with enormous rain forest, fast flowing rivers and mountains for backdrop. Taman Negara’s rain forest is the oldest in the World and strictly protected. It also has the longest canopy walkway in the world.
We are passionate about preserving the rain forest, like in Taman Negara, which is home to a wonderful eco-system of fauna and flora. Sadly, so much of Malaysia has been given over to cultivation of palm trees for palm oil production and the rain forest, together the plant and animal life, is lost forever.
We stayed for six nights at the Mutiara Resort, Kuala Tahan, the headquarters of the national park. We had a comfortable bungalow and our neighbours were monkeys, wild boar, samba deer and porcupines – they were a bit rowdy at night!
For some reason or other, the monkeys chose to use our terrace to bring their stolen food and to eat it there each night, leaving all of their unwanted rubbish behind!
We spent our time exploring the flora and fauna, with excellent guides. The daily sounds, living in the jungle, are quite amazing. This was real “Tarzan and Jane” territory. The jungle though is a true delight for all the senses, namely sight, smell, hearing, and touch.
We saw huge numbers of colorful birds, and heard their amazing song. By day and night we saw many insects, including scorpions and had our first encounters with leaches taking a liking to us! Generally, we only saw small mammals but there are apparently tigers and elephants within Taman Negara’s vast perimeter.
Apart from trekking, we took river trips, explored the vast boardwalk network, and visited the Aboriginal tribes.
It was very hot, humid, with many insects but a week in the jungle was so relaxing. The staff in our lodge were excellent and we would certainly love to return to Taman Negara, given the opportunity.
Our own photos will follow in a later blog.
Let us know what you think, especially if you have any thoughts on preserving the rain forest.
Which type of beauty do you prefer?
- Pangkor Island’s spectacular beauty,
- Cameron Highlands’ stunning beauty, or
- Taman Negara’s sensational beauty (described above)