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“Great day of trekking. Canopy walk is a must” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Taman Negara National Park

Taman Negara National Park
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$218.00*
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Private Transfer from KLIA to Taman Negara National Park Pahang
Ranked #3 of 28 things to do in Kelantan
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Owner description: The country's largest national park spans across the states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Great day of trekking. Canopy walk is a must”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2012

The national park is beautiful and the canopy walk makes your heart race but offers spectacular views. Saw a family of wild boar and various wildlife. Did get bitten by leeches though so take a lighter or vinegar so remove them - don't pull them off leaving teeth in and risking infection.

Visited December 2011
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“Nature Lover”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2011

Information on the intenet about Taman Negara, Malaysia's 130 million year old rainforest, really inspired me to celebrated my 60 year old Birthday there. I coresponded with Ms Wong from Han Travel, by email and was so pleased with the outcome,, she gave me a 10% Birthday discount , and at KL we were picked from our hotel by one of their drivers, we took the complete 3D2N Full Board & Guide Ex Kuala Lumpur Package, including Deerland & Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation tour, and stayed at Mutiara Taman Negara Resort. - air con chalet, the coach took us all the way there, but on the return we took the longboat , a two and a half hour ride to Kuala Tembeling Jetty, then the coach back to KL. All our meals and guided tours were included, because everything was so well organized, we were both more relaxed to enjoy this wonderful and unforgettable experience, in this green heartbeat of Malaysia. Everything was included in the price, The only extra fees we had to pay was 5RM for our camera. There is a small shop at the resort to purchase small personal items.

Visited June 2011
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“Do it yourself and be rewarded, book a package and be disappointed.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2011

Taman Negara the national park deserves 5 stars. The vast majority of people running tours, the sour faced people charging a fortune for disgusting food and accomodation deserve less than one star.

I first went to Taman Negara 10 years ago, and went again last week. I booked a ticket with local travel desk ( I think NKS Travel) to get me to the park, which included minivan from Cameron Highlands and then a boat to Taman negara.
1. They tell you pick up at 7am and the trip will take 5 hours. Actually, since they opened a new road the traveling time is only 2.5 hours. Instead of telling you to sleep in and get the minivan at 10 or 11 they leave you sitting in the office waiting for the driver who decides that the real pick up time should be 9.30am. All the staff (who arrive to open the office at 8.30am) then tell you the REAL pick up time. I guess they think its funny leaving everyone to sit for hours early in the morning, hungry and confused.

2. You arrive at the pier (Tembeling) around 12, and watch while other travelers depart onto boats.If you have booked a package that includes boat trip you can wait until 2.30-3pm until their other customers have arrived from KL or wherever. Its hot, so go to the restaurant with internet across the road that serves nice food. Under no circumstances eat ANYTHING from the main pier restaurant in front of the Han tour desk. Its totally disgusting and while it looks like they are cooking, they just serve already cooked food that has been sitting out.

My recommendation - since you spend hours sitting and waiting for tour agencies to collect all their people together, save time and book each stage yourself. Its quicker and loads cheaper. We did literally 5.5 hours of travelling time with an expensive package tour took us a total of 12 hours of waiting and waiting.

The accomodation is terrible. You might as well pay 10 ringgit to stay in one of the backpackers because 160 ringet wont get you much better. We originally booked at Woodland Resort and they tried to give us A WINDOWLESS ROOM for 160 rinngit. I cannot believe that anyone, anywhere would spend days to get to a national park to stay in a windowless room. Their main asset - A CAR PARK. Literally acres of carpark. And the pool is closed, dont believe the website. The whole hotel is a disgrace completely at odds with the national park ethos.
- We stayed in Teresek View for 70 ringit. Had air con and a view of a tree but since it was cool we would have prefered a fan and being able to open a window (but could not as no moskito nets or screen). After one night a tour group came through and we got moved to a fan room at back of hotel, which was a mistake because the sunshine heats up the room so hot you cant put your hand on the window and it becomes a sweat box. So the hot sunny rooms that dont have aircon, you need aircon. In the shady cool rooms that do have aircon you need a fan. Go figure.

The people at Rippi Hostel are really lovely. We didnt stay there but they were friendly, happy, smiley, helpful, generous. They were so out of place with the Austere, judgemental and boring lot that were running the rest of the restaurants and hotels. We went to check out a few different hotels during our stay and I swear the vast majoirty of them dont know the meaning of hospitality or SMILING once and awhile. If they hate tourists so much (which most of them so obvioulsy do) why dont they move somewhere else?

Highlight of the trip - nights in the hide, for sure. We spent 5.30pm to 9pm in Tahan HIde (only 5 minutes inside the park) and we saw: wild pig, wild pidgeon, imperial hornbill, huge monitor lizard, barking deer, two tapir (While they are considered to be extremely shy and hard to see these actually came up to us, and licked my boyfriends hand, so I think people are feeding them. They are like a cross between an elephant and a rhino, totally amazing).

I dont know what these other people in reviews are saying about not seeing animals, but it seems to me that the vast majority of people expect the animals to come and jump out waving flags or something. Maybe these tourists are only happy if the animals are being hand fed by them? In this case I would recommend they vist a zoo.

The night we were at the hide, everyone who went on the package night tour saw nothing, and I am not surpised. We literally watched the animals scatter as the guided tours of 10 people and more came crashing through the jungle, the tourists chatting away. Take a highpowered torch, binoculars and a camera and take a walk by yourself or with one or two other people who know the meaning of "shut up, wait and observe closely".

The boat trip up the river to the park was also really really good. Was glad in the end we did it later in the day., if you can do it around sunset you will see a lot more animals. We saw kingfisher and monkeys three times, and wild pig. Those reading books and chatting to their neighbour, again, saw nothing.

The canopy walk for 5 ringit is the best value tourist thing to do I have probably every seen. It was fantastic. We saw so many animals (we went at sunset) and the length of it was amazing. They have put so much effort into it. The location could be better (I dont know why you have to walk 30 minutes and then still be able to hear the engines on the river). But whoever designed and built it really put effort into it and kudos to the national park guys for keeping it so well looked after (and cheap! 5 ringit for the worlds longest canopy walk in the world's oldest jungle... what a bargain).

Taman Negara is a beautiful park, one of the best I have seen. Dont book anything until you get there and wait and see if you can find a nice local guide who will take you for a walk if you arent keen to do it by yourself . if you book anything package, or anything with groups of more than 4 people, I honestly think you will not enjoy it at all. Also, do all animal watching at sunrise and sunset or at night. Animals dont walk around in the heat of the day.

And forget about beer. At 10 ringit a can you might as well just go hard on the fruit shakes, which are mostly excellent. Also, take pack of cards or some other entertainment because besides looking at animal and jungle there is NOTHING else to do.

Visited February 2011
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Jungle trekking, but avoid the tour groups”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2011

Taman Negara is a great place to base yourself for a few jungle treks, wether short day hikes to week long yomps. But it is extremely touristy which tends to ruin the place a bit. The one resort on the place is nice and fancy, but is extremely overpriced and it is not necessary to stay there; it is much better to stay at one of the small, cheap guesthouses across the river. DO NOT get any of the overpriced tours at the visitor centre. You do not need to hire a guide either, not unless you are planning to do the 9 day hike up the mountain (in which case you HAVE to hire a guide). The day hikes are very easy to do on your own, the trails around the main site are easily marked. One of the highlights is the Jungle canopy, yes you will have to queue for it, but it's worth it for the experience.

It is a nice experience eating on one of the many boats along the river, but the menus can be hit and miss (depending wether they have run out of the ingredients or not); unfortunately there aren't many other places to eat unless you count the overpriced and extremely poorly serviced restaurant at the resort. However, when the boats have all the ingredients, the food is great!

Visited August 2010
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Toronto, Canada
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“definitely not worth your time”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2010

We did a tour of the place with Han Travel which is pretty much the only company that has services for tourists wanting to visit the national park. Can't actually remember a good thing about it, so I'll just go ahead and list the negatives.

Cons:

-boat transfer to the park happens in a 1920s junkie of a boat (someting like a large canoe) that seemed like it was going to go under at any moment -this adventure lasts 3 hours (on the way there, and again on the way back)
-the tour package is not really a tour; it's a disorganized mess... all based on a confusing system of vouchers
-when we got in at Taman Negara, no one told us how to get to our hotel
-the restaurant we had been booked for (Mama Chop) served the exact meal for 2 days in a row: chicken + rice
-the activities we're a joke; they called splashing around in canoes with paddles white-water-rafting; the night walk had almost nothing to show as the creatures were all hidden (and on top of that, they managed to somehow crowd the route without properly planning the timing of the different groups)
-during the "safari walk" the guides abandoned the group and told us to meet them on the way back; plus we never got to see the biggest flower in the world which is a unique feature of the rainforest in Malaysia because it was "too far to get to"
-very steep and dangerous walkway at the disembarkation point at the park; no help provided with luggages
-"Rainforest Resort" is a cheap motel full of bugs (i.e. intermittent hot water in the shower)
-tour guides were childish teenagers
-overall a disappointing experience

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