Taman Negara: Kuala Tahan
Taman Negara is the
most extensive protected area of pristine, lowland, evergreen rainforest in the
country. Over 1300 square kilometres of tropical jungle in its natural state
was designated in 1925 "THE GUNUNG TAHAN GAME RESERVE". This became the National Park in
1938 when the Sultan of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan set aside the present
area, and named it the "KING GEORGE V NATIONAL PARK". After Independence, the
name was changed to TAMAN NEGARA. The stated purpose of Taman Negara is "to
utilise the land within the park in perpetuity, for the propagation, protection
and preservation of indigenous flora and fauna".
When you don't need all the luxury of the Mutiara Taman Negara Resort, your stay
in Kuala Tahan will be a good alternative . Anyway, it's much cheaper than the
Kuala Tahan is a little town and the NKS is the ground operator. They don't own
any boat and they work on mutual understanding with the remote villagers who run
the boat and they are the one who run the most responsible, reliable and
professional duty during your tour at Taman Negara.
Remember they are the best swimmer in the river And this is the place, where
they are born. They are very friendly and their attitude is that the "Customer
is always right".
I'm always receiving very positive
mails about the NKS and Kuala Tahan.
The shuttle bus
of the NKS departs from Hotel Mandarin Pacific, Chinatown - Petaling Street,
Kuala Lumpur. The bus stops at Jerantut town before noon to allow passengers to take
their lunch. Passengers will board another NKS shuttle bus at 1.30 pm to Kuala
Tembeling Jetty. When in Jerantut, please feel free to enquire at NKS Office in
Hotel Sri Emas, Jerantut for any assistance or questions.
Bus Daily Departure Time:
8.00 am (Register at 7.30 am at
NKS Office in Hotel Mandarin Pacific)
RM30 per person one way.
From the Kuala Tembeling Jetty it is a scenic 3 hour
(approximately) boat ride up the Tembeling River to the Park's headquarters at
Boat Daily Departure Times:
9 am / 2 pm except Fridays
when only 1 boat leaves at 2:45pm
Cost: RM22 per person one
A look from the Mutiara Taman Negara Resort
across the river to Kuala Tahan. You see the floating restaurants and shops. The
chalets you can rent in Kuala Tahan, are behind the trees.
There's always a boat to bring you to the other side of the Tembeling river. A
boat ride across the river will cost you RM0.50 per person.
The "floating restaurants" on the
river side at Kuala Tahan. Sorry, they don't sell beer in the restaurants. In
the evening i'ts lovely to have dinner on one of these boats.
There are also mini supermarkets, a souvenir shop and a travel agency of the NKS.
Here you can book your excursions into Taman Negara or to the Caves.
The car on the beach brought some people for Taman Negara (on the other side of
Below you see some pictures of the chalets of
Kuala Tahan, supermarkets, the road to Kuala Tahan etc.
I hope you like them.