New ideas in Malaysia’s rainforest wilderness

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Taman Negara, one of Malaysia’s top nature destinations is revealing new ideas to add even more excitement and fun for visitors.

The 130-million-year-old virgin rainforest, on the Peninsular Malaysia, was established in 1938/39 as the King George V National Park when the sultans of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan set aside a piece of land covering their three states as a protected area. It was renamed Taman Negara after independence, which means simply “national park” in Malay. Taman Negara has a total area of 4,343 sq km, and after Australia’s Daintree Rainforest, Taman Negara and Royal Belum in Malaysia are thought to be the oldest rainforests in the world.

Attractions at Taman Negara National Park include the world’s longest canopy walkway, visits to an aborigine (Orang Asli) village, trekking under rainforest canopy, climbing the highest mountain on the Peninsular Malaysia, caving, fishing, camping, observing wildlife, and many more. The park has thus developed into a famous ecotourism destination, renowned throughout Asia, and indeed the world.

THREE NEW ACTIVITIES LAUNCHED IN 2018

“We are now also taking guests to a beautiful four-tier waterfall,” explains Mutiara Taman Negara Resort Resident Manager Satiyasilan Maniam, adding, “It is about 20 a minute ride, followed by ten minutes of four-wheel drive, then it’s about a one- and-a-half-hour walk, and we have become experts in this now. What we are doing now is dusk walks, around 6pm. At this time, the insects that one can see are different from during the day or during the night, as it’s a ’switch over’ time, so we have brought in some experts to help people discover new things. We are also introducing early

morning walks – around 6am, which have not been done until now. This is specially for the birds as they become more active.”

According to Maniam, the only way people can really become dedicated to the protection of nature is when they actually have unique experiences such as a visit to Taman Negara

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