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Containing 1,677 square miles of jungle considered to be more than 130 million years old, extraordinary Taman Negara National Park is the green heart of peninsular Malaysia. Here you’ll find the world’s largest flower, the rafflesia, giant ferns and mammoth trees as well as wildlife ranging from elusive herds of elephants and lone tigers to the more easily spotted monkey, deer, snakes and a million insects. The park’s headquarters are at the Mutiara Taman Negara resort where's there’s a range of accommodation; across the Sungai Tembing is Kampung Kuala Tahan with more backpacker options. Activities naturally include all manner of treks from ...

Containing 1,677 square miles of jungle considered to be more than 130 million years old, extraordinary Taman Negara National Park is the green heart of peninsular Malaysia. Here you’ll find the world’s largest flower, the rafflesia, giant ferns and mammoth trees as well as wildlife ranging from elusive herds of elephants and lone tigers to the more easily spotted monkey, deer, snakes and a million insects. The park’s headquarters are at the Mutiara Taman Negara resort where's there’s a range of accommodation; across the Sungai Tembing is Kampung Kuala Tahan with more backpacker options. Activities naturally include all manner of treks from hour-long leisurely day and night guided strolls to a tough nine-day ascent of Gunung Tahan, the peninsula’s highest peak at 7,175 feet. The best chance of spotting wildlife is to reserve a place at one of the hides farthest from the park headquarters. The canopy walkway suspended high in the trees is justly popular as is floating down the river network on boats or innertubes. With a permit fishing is also possible and, on a tour, you can visit a settlement of the tribal Orang Asli.

Simon Richmond
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Simon Richmond has written Rough Guides to Malaysia and Japan; Lonely Planet guides to India and Russia; and adventure travel guides for Frommer's on Australia, India, South America, and Southeast Asia.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Located in Peninsular Malaysia
  • Language: Malay
  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    The park is best visited in the dry season (February to September). Avoid the peak tourist season of April to August.