PAHANG - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

PLACES OF INTEREST : Taman Negara National Park

Kuala Tahan & Sungai Relau Access Point

 
 

TRACKING IN

KUALA TAHAN

(Access Point)

 

TAMAN NEGARA NATIONAL PARK

 

The Kuala Tahan entry point, either by scenic boat ride via Sungai Tembeling river or driving up the rural road to Kuala Tahan village, is the nearest route from Kuala Lumpur and generally the most popular. This entryway has the most number and choice of accommodation and food, as well as all types of recreational activities and facilities.

 
 

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

Jungle Trekking and Canopy Walkway

See Taman Negara from the largest canopy walkway in the world spanning 450m, suspended 40rn above ground. Maybe not for the faint-hearted!

 

Bumbun (Observation Hides)

Tropical wildlife are by nature shy and camouflaged, and not easily sighted just by jungle trekking. Stay quietly overnight at hides and get a better opportunity to observe wildlife visiting the mineral salt licks nearby.

 

Orang Asli Aboriginal Settlement

Visit the friendly native inhabitants, the Batek, and watch their fascinating blowpipe and fire-making skills which are essential to their lifestyle.

 

Cave Exploration

Explore the unspoilt limestone forest comprising some of the most beautiful stalactite and stalagmite adorned caves such as Gua Telinga, Gua Peningat, Gua Kepayang, Gua Daun Menari and Gua Besar.

 

River and Waterfall Exploration

A boat trip up Sungai Tembeling is one of the most exciting activities. Encounter numerous rapids and get splashed along the way. Take a ride to the popular Lata Berkoh waterfalls, a great picnic and swimming area surrounded by inspiring natural landscapes.

 

Fishing

Check out the cool fishing spots at Sungai Tahan and Sungai Keniam.

 

Bird Watching

Its bird watching galore with 54 per cent of the 650 species of known birds of Malaysia found in Taman Negara.

 

Climb Gunung Tahan

The highest peak in Peninsular Malaysia takes at least 7 days to scale from Kuala Tahan with its steep slopes, and conquering the tricky rivers to get there is part of the adventure.

 
 
 

PERMIT & LICENSE

 

Each visitor must obtain an entrance permit at RM1 per person. A fishing license costs RM10 while a camera license is RM5 per camera.

 
 
 

ACCOMMODATION

 

Kuala Tahan village just across Sungai Tahan located just outside the park has several local homegrown resorts, consisting of chalets, hostels, suites and some bungalows. Camping are also available. The more luxurious Mutiara Taman Negara Resort is situated by the river within the park?s boundary. Seminars and corporate functions incorporating nature activities can be held here.

 
 
 

GETTING THERE

 

The nearest major town is Jerantut, Pahang The journey from Kuala Lumpur or Kuantan by car or public transport takes about 3 hours. From Jerantut, visitors can either take a bus or taxi to the Kuala Tembeling jetty 16km from Jerantut, for the boat ride. Visitors can also take the night train, which stops at the Kuala Tembeling Halt. From Kuala Tembeling Jetty, the boat trip is about 3 hours upriver to reach Kuala Tahan. The boat fare is RM22 per person. Boats leave at 9am and 2pm daily...

 

For more information, contact:

 

Department of Wildlife and National Parks

Km 10, Jalan Cheras, 56100, Kuala Lumpur.

 

Tel: 603 9075 2872       Fax: 603 9075 2873

 
 
 

TRACKING IN

SUNGAI RELAU

or

MERAPUH

(Access Point)

 

TAMAN NEGARA NATIONAL PARK

 

 

The Sungai Relau entry point, of which Merapoh is the nearest small town, is marked by limestone hills with a number of caves. This point is the closest and easiest to conquer Gunung Tahan. Also note that fishing is forbidden here as it is a fish-breeding sanctuary; instead you feed the fish and call them to meals by a unique method.

 
 

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

Climb Gunung Tahan

One main activity here is the climb to Gunung Tahan, which takes about 3 days and fro, less than the 7 days via Kuala Tahan or more from Kuala Koh.

 

Night Walk and Night Safari

Both activities involve guided excursions at night with flash lights, as most animals are more active during the dark.  While one is jus trek-walking, the other involves a 4WD ride further a field. Potentially seen are the wildcat, fox, wild boar, slow loris and others.

 

Cave Exploration

Two interesting caves near here can he explored. Gua Gajah about 5.5 km away is named after the elephants that are often seen in the area. Gua Peningat about 8.8 km away is a honey bee sanctuary.

 

River Activities

The clear and refreshingly cool river water here is ideal for swimming.

 

Fish-feeding

This is a designated fish sanctuary area, especially for kelah species, so fishing is prohibited. A popular activity here is to watch the freshwater fish up close in their natural habitat and to feed them - most amazingly they can be summoned by ringing a bell!

 

Bird Watching

Early morning and evening are the best times to see local birds in the Sungai Relau area, with more than 300 species previously identified.

 
 
 

PERMIT & LICENSE

 

Each visitor must obtain an entrance permit at RM1 per person. A fishing license costs RM10 while a camera license is RM5 per camera.

 
 
 

ACCOMMODATION

 

Besides a 40-bed hostel, l3-room rest house and camping facilities in Sungai Relau, there is a 60-bed hostel in Sungai juram (RM10 per person /night There are also camping grounds that can accommodate 50 campers at any one time at RM1 per person /night. The 4WD transportation from Sungai Relau to the hostel in Sungai Juram costs RM50 per person for a single journey.

 
 
 

GETTING THERE

 

Visitors can either drive or take the public transport, passing through the towns of Kuala Lipis or Gua Musang along the Kuala Lumpur - Kota Bharu main road. Those taking the train disembark at Merapoh Station.

 
 
 
 

PLACES OF INTEREST : Taman Negara National Park

Kuala Tahan & Sungai Relau Access Point

PAHANG - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA