Taman Negara National park
Taman Negara National park is a unique place on our planet, because there, is preserved the oldest rainforest in the world. Furthermore, this natural area is the oldest national park on the Malaysian Peninsula. It is located in three western Malaysian states, Pahang, Kelantan and Trenganu.
Covering an area of 4500 square kilometers Taman Negara is a place that is totally subject to the laws of nature. Tourists here must seek permission from the local department of wildlife conservation and national parks. The only way to reach the territory of the protected zone is by water - the first move to Kuala Tembeling and from there, take a water shuttle to Kuala Tahan. The easiest way to get to the reserve is organized agency in Kuala Lumpur.
When you arrive at Taman Negara, the first thing you will notice is the lack of any roads or hiking trails. If you really want to experience the beauty of these rainforests, you will have to fight through them yourself. Another way is to go by boat on the rivers that pass through the park.
This area’s unique nature exists since 130 million years ago, almost entirely intact. This means that while other parts of our planet were under the influence of ice age climate here, the earth was able to maintain its shape since the days of the dinosaurs.
Flora and fauna of the park are extremely varied. Here are found several rare protected species like Asian elephants, tigers, leopards, tapirs, Sumatran rhinoceros, Malayan bears, and more. In protected areas you can see the Taulung, the tallest trees throughout Southeast Asia.
The beautiful Gunung Tahan Mountain occupies the northwestern part of Taman Negara. It reaches 2187 m above sea level, making it the highest in the western part of Malaysia. Interesting for tourists is the so-called transition or "canopy trail", with its 430m length, it is the longest in the world. It connects the individual trees, reaching heights over 50 m, and transition presents opportunities for many unique views.