Before I completely forgotten about this one, I better start typing away. Hehe! This trip was organized by Terence and Ash and I joined in since, well, he asked us. And also, we have never been to Taman Negara.
Fun fact: Do you know the size of Taman Negara is 7 times the size of Singapore? Ya.....
Terence had all the details planned out and we just went ahead. I drove all of us to Jerantut. To get to Taman Negara, you would need to first, get to Jerantut. From Jerantut, you have a choice of taking the 3 hours boat ride from Kuala Tembeling Jetty into Taman Negara or you can also drive into the National Park. We took the boat ride because we thought it would be quite an experience. I parked my car at the jetty which cost us RM4 parking per day.
At the jetty, you will also find the Perhilitan office. Make your way there and apply for the entry permit to Taman Negara. It is only RM3 per person and if you are wondering why do we need to pay to enter, think about the conservation cost involved. If you bring along cameras, you will also need to apply for the permit and it is only RM5. Make sure you bring your permits along everywhere you go in Taman Negara. You will need to present the permit when you book a tour to anywhere in the national park.
The boat ride was at first exciting but after that could get a little boring. I ended up sketching and catching a short nap.
After close to three hours, we finally reached Taman Negara. This was the sight that greeted me. Our jetty is also this floating restaurant.
We checked into the Yellow Guesthouse. I just realized I do not have any picture of the guesthouse but you can click here to find out more about it. Our room came with one queen bed and a single bed which can occupy three people and it was only RM90 per person for all three nights. The room is clean, there is a shower room/toilet attached (not sharing) and it is spacious so definitely worth the money.
|This is the view that greeted me every morning when I stepped out of the balcony of my room|
|This cost me RM8 - 4 slices of bread toast, jam, scrambled egg and coffee|
You can cross the river by approaching any of the floating restaurants that provide the service (most of them do!) and it is only RM1 per way.
|These two are definitely the right bunch to bring along to Taman Negara. Hehe!|
|Dare to be different! Heh!|
|Not for the faint hearted I think.|
|Here's Ash doing her walk|
|There are a few canopy walk to be completed and it takes about 20 to 30 minutes|
I did not manage to take any picture from the night walk because it was dark but I can roughly describe it here. It cost us RM30 to RM45 (sorry, I could not remember) and there will be a guide to follow you on the tour. He showed us the insects. We spotted weird stick bugs, bird eating spider (tarantula-like), centipede, scorpion, gecko and many more. Then we were brought to this watch tower to wait for the animals to come to the clearing at night. We were not in luck as there were no animals gathering at the clearing that night.
However, on our way back, we saw a tapir resting in front of one of the chalets of Mutiara Resort.
A. Freaking. Tapir.
It was too dark so I did not take any pictures but the feeling was awesome.
We decided to book a tour to Lata Berkoh for the next day. To get there, you will need to hire a boat and it's RM180 per boat and only a maximum 4 is allowed on the boat. We decided to sleep in a little bit the next morning and arranged for the boat to meet us at 11am.
I greatly enjoyed the boat ride to Lata Berkoh. It was very scenic and the fresh air is what I missed terribly when I got back to the city.
The boatman dropped at this point where the boat can no longer go any further. So we will need to hike into Lata Berkoh. The hike is about 20 minutes long and it is not difficult at all. You know you are there when you see this sign.
We did not hike further up but I think that is where the waterfall is.