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Taman Negara

Taman Negara
IUCN category II (national park)
View of Sungai Tembeling from atop the Canopy Walkway
Map showing the location of Taman Negara
Location Malaysia
Nearest city Kuala Tembeling
Coordinates
Area 4,343 km2
Established 1938/1939
Governing body Department of Wildlife and National Parks
View over the canopy

Taman Negara was established at the 2 and has a reputation as the world's oldest tropical rainforest, estimated to be more than 130 million years old.[1][2] Despite the reputation, the title of "oldest tropical rainforest" more accurately belongs to the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland, Australia, estimated to be between 135 million years old [3] and 180 million years old.[4]

Taman Negara encompasses three states, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu, each with its own legislation. The Taman Negara Enactment (Pahang) No. 2 of 1939 is enforced in the state of Pahang, the Taman Negara Enactment (Kelantan) No. 14 of 1938 in the state of Kelantan and the Taman Negara Enactment (Terengganu) No. 6 of 1939 in the state of Terengganu. The enactments have similar contents.

Taman Negara Pahang is the largest at 2,477 km2, followed by Taman Negara Kelantan at 1,043 km2 and Taman Negara Terengganu at 853 km2.

Canopy walkway

The park has been developed into a famous ecotourism destination in Malaysia. There are several geological and biological attractions in the park. Gunung Tahan is the highest point of the Malay Peninsula; climbers can use Kuala Tahan or Merapoh[5] as their departure point. Taman Negara is the home of some rare mammals, such as the Malayan tiger, crab-eating macaque, Northern Sumatran rhinoceros, Malayan gaur (seladang) and Indian elephant. As well as birds such as the great argus, red junglefowl, and the rare Malayan peacock-pheasant are still found here in some numbers. Tahan River has been preserved to protect the Malaysian mahseer (ikan kelah in Malay), a type of game fish.

Others attractions found near Kuala Tahan (Park headquarters for Pahang) include a canopy walkway, Gua Telinga (cave system), Lata Berkoh (rapid). Visitors can enjoy the tropical rainforest, birdwatching or jungle trekking (e.g. Tenor Rentis) and the river views along the Tahan River.

All visitors to the park must get permits from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks.

Contents

  • Transportation 1
    • By bus 1.1
      • Kuala Lumpur 1.1.1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Transportation

Entrance at Kuala Tahan

Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM)'s KTM Intercity and Express trains stop at Jerantut railway station. Visitors to Taman Negara can disembark here.

Local tour operators arrange transportation from Kuala Lumpur to the entrance of the Park at Kuala Tahan. This will involve a 3-hour bus journey followed by a 2.5 hour river boat ride to Kuala Tahan. Entrance permits and park tours are often included in the package.

By bus

Kuala Lumpur

From Kuala Lumpur, buses to Taman Negara leave from Chinatown or Shophouse next to Ceria Hotel, in front of Furama Hotel and 200 metres left corner of Berjaya Times Square Hotel.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.highonadventure.com/Hoa02aug/Malaysia/malaysia.htm
  2. ^ http://travelmalaysiaguide.com/taman-negara/
  3. ^ https://www.transfercarus.com/blog/travel-tips-us/jungle-surfing-in-the-oldest-rainforest-in-the-world
  4. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/weekend-australian-magazine/the-oldest-rainforest/story-e6frg8h6-1226117628781
  5. ^ http://www.junglediary.com/taman-negara-and-sungai-yu-forest-reserve/

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Tourism Malaysia - Taman Negara
  • Department of Wildlife and National Parks
  • Jerantut KTM Railway Station
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