Taman Negara Is So Underrated. Here Are 7 Activities You Didn't Know You Could Do

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Taman Negara, Malaysia's largest national park, is sometimes overlooked compared to other popular natural wonders.

But, there's a lot more to discover than you might think!

As one of the oldest rainforests in the world, this lush paradise has a range of activities for adventure seekers and nature lovers.

Here are some fun activities you can do in Taman Negara:

1. Enjoy panoramic views on the Canopy Walkway

Said to be one of the longest in the world, the Canopy Walkway is a series of suspension bridges high above the ground.

It stretches approximately 530m and is elevated between 25m and 40m above the forest floor.

You can reach this treetop adventure by either taking a 1.2-km hike (20- to 45-minute trek) or a boat journey from Wildlife Headquarters.

Once there, you'll enjoy an exciting and scenic experience in the heart of the ancient rainforest as the canopy walk provides a unique perspective with breathtaking views of the lush canopy.

Image via Tourism Pahang

Opening hours:
10am - 4pm (Daily)
Closed on Friday and on rainy days.

RM5 for adults
RM3 for children

2. Experience thrilling rapid shooting

Be prepared to get wet! Rapid shooting in Taman Negara is an exciting activity of navigating through the river's turbulent rapids.

This thrilling one-hour adventure involves riding in a boat or raft, skilfully manoeuvring through the rushing waters surrounded by the rainforest.

Watch the video below for a glimpse on what to expect:

There are two trip options available, shared or private.

RM50 per person (Shared)
RM200 per person (Private)

You can book here or here.

3. Enjoy a relaxing river cruise / night boat cruise

If rapid shooting and getting wet aren't your thing, they also have more chill boat or longboat cruises along the Tembeling River or the Tahan River to Lata Berkoh, which provide scenic views and wildlife spotting opportunities.

On your way, you might stop by Kelah Sanctuary (Malaysian mahseer), Lubuk Tenor, and Sungai Tahan.

Note: Morning and evening cruises offer different perspectives of the rainforest.

Boat trip to Lata Berkoh - RM250 for a maximum of four people per boat 
Night boat cruise - RM60 per adult/child

You can book here.

4. Jungle trek or take a night jungle walk

Taman Negara provides a variety of trekking trails suitable for different fitness levels. Ranging from easy walks to more challenging hikes, you can choose a trail that aligns with your preference and ability.

For a unique experience, some tours include night jungle walks, providing the opportunity to discover nocturnal creatures and witness the rainforest's different ambience after dark.

You can check out Asia Camp KT Adventure or Mutiara Taman Negara for info and booking of the different trek tours.

5. Go caving / spend a night in a cave

If you're looking for something that's more adventurous, you can explore limestone caves within the surrounding areas of Taman Negara. Some popular caves include Gua Telinga (Ear Cave), Gua Kepayang Besar, Gua Luas, and Gua Daun Menari.

Caving activities usually involve guided tours led by experienced local guides who provide insights into the geological formations, flora, and fauna within the caves. The tours may also include information on the historical significance of the caves.

Some of these caves have areas for you to set up camp and spend the night too! The most popular spot for camping is at Gua Kepayang Besar, which has a wide-open area with access to lighting and good air circulation flow. 

6. Go on a night safari tour (trek or by 4WD)

You can choose to go on a night safari walk or on a 4WD drive in Taman Negara. It's the best time to spot various nocturnal creatures that become active after sunset.

This may include different species of insects, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals such as the elusive mouse deer, civets, and even some species of owls.

Image via Klook

Check out Han Travel or Mutiara Taman Negara to book a tour.

7. Visit an Orang Asli village

The Orang Asli Tour in Taman Negara provides a fascinating opportunity to learn about and experience the culture and lifestyle of the indigenous people of Malaysia.

The tour typically involves a visit to an Orang Asli village, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the daily lives of these communities.

You get a chance to see the traditional dwellings of the Orang Asli, which are usually built using natural materials such as bamboo, wood, and leaves. Guides may explain the significance of the architecture and the sustainable lifestyle of the community.

The tour may also include demonstrations of traditional Orang Asli crafts, such as the making and using of blowpipes, as well as weaving. 

You can book a tour here.

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