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Mike’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 10 May 2006

Location: Taman Negara, Malaysia

MapTaman Negara - The World's Oldest Rainforest

This was an amazing experience and we had such a fantastic time. Upon our arrival in KL we went to a travel agents who specialise in trips to the rainforest. We booked a 3 day, 2 night package for 350 ringit, approx 55 quid! This included transport to and from the park, accomadation in a fan dorm, all meals, the service of local guide, activities including trek, canopy walk, night walk, visit to aboriginees and boat ride through the rapids. Oh yes and how could I forget a free T-Shirt.
It started when we left KL by coach to head for Jerantut. This is a horrid l'il place where we got all vouchers for trip and lunch. Then transfer to jetty to get cmall omg tail boat to village of Kuala Tahan, the entrance to rainforest. This boat ride took 3 hours, and was so but numbing! Upon arrival we headed for our guesthouse, this was such a trek. We had to head along the riverbank and then up the steepest hill I have ever seen, and we arrived at the hostel dripping with sweat!
For the evening we headed to our floating restaurant on the riverbank who served us all our meals. They were brill and always gave us loads, and it was noodles and rice brekkie, lunch & dinner. We met our guide Mr Ayob who was a legend and were then taken to see film about the park, & then on a short night walk to a local viewing hide. There was nothing to see as moon was shining brightly, however Ayob tryed to point out as much as poss, we saw a stick insect, lady bug and moth, woooh!
Next day it was an early start to head out on the jungle trek. We trekked for 2 and half hours to Bukit Terresek for fantastic views over the whole rainforest. The journey up was amazing, very sweaty and Ayob was explaining all the way about the flora and forna. We then went to the longest canopy walk in the world, this is 25m off the ground and 500m long. Unfortunately my camera decided to stop working & Jen's ran out of batteries, can you believe it. The views were fantastic though and the bridges were great fun to walk across, r.wobbly!
After break in middle of day we headed down river in boat to visit aboriginees, the Orang Asli. Here we were shown how to start fire with just wood and friction. As well we got to use a blowpipe and fire blow darts at target, Jen was deadly with these the locals gasped as her 2 efforts flew right through the target! Then it was back in boat and down through the rapids, which got us really wet. We then stopped beyond the rapids and were allowed to get out the boat and swim in the river. I never thought I would swim in a river in the rainforest, it was amazing!!!
That evening we had to pack and left early the next morning and we headed back to Jerantut. We had to stay here for one awful night, there is nothing to do and it's a horrible place!!! The only good thing was the night's accom and our bus to Melaka the next day were included in the package.
Thanks if you read this whole entry, I know it's a long one, but I really wanted to let you all know how fantastic it all was.