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Taman Negara/Pahang

Taman Negara National Park

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Central Peninsular Malaysia, spread over the states of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu. About 200 km (124 miles) from Kuala Lumpur to the main park headquarters at Kuala Tahan.

When to go

Any time of the year, but best outside of the rainy months (November to March). The best period for wildlife is during the forest-fruiting months (approx. mid-year to around September).


Other access routes into the park can be made via Tasik Kenyir (Terengganu), Merapoh (Pahang) and Kuala Koh (Kelantan). The usual route is overland via Jerantut (TR 64) to Kuala Tembeling or by train to Kuala Tembeling station (on the Singapore-Kota Bahru line). Thereafter, by boat to Kuala Tahan and the park HQ on the Tembeling river (2-3 hours). It may now be possible to fly directly to Kuala Tahan (flights are only available from KLIA) or to drive directly to Kuala Tahan (unsealed roads, suitable for 4X4 vehicles or a "seasoned" village bus). The alternative access to the park is overland via Merapoh (TR 8) or by train to Merapoh station. At Merapoh, from the main road, there is a short 6 km (4 miles) road that leads to the park HQ. For access into the Terengganu part of the park travel overland to Kuala Terengganu. Proceed to Kuala Berang, and on across the Terengganu River Bridge. Approximately 1 Km from the edge of the town, you will arrive at a T-junction. Please turn left at this junction and follow the road to the Main Dam of Kenyir Lake and the main jetty. The nearest town to fly to would be Kuala Terengganu.


Required, but can be obtained at the park HQ at Kuala Tahan (for entrance, camera, and fishing fees). Boats and accommodation can be booked through the Tourist Information Centres in KL or Kuantan. Alternatively, just book the park boats before hand and pick your choice of accommodation when you are at Kuala Tahan. For Merapoh, permits can be obtained at the Merapoh ranger station or at the park headquarters . It is advisable to book ahead for accommodation and guides.


Light clothing for the most part. Basic camping equipment, warm clothing and sleeping bags are necessary if you are thinking of climbing Gunung Tahan, one of the most popular forest treks. At the park HQ, some basic gear (e.g., hiking, camping and fishing) can be rented).


Reception and information center, chalets, campsite, restaurants and multi-purpose shop. Lodges and fishing lodges. Hides and canopy walkway. Forest trails. More basic facilities at Merapoh (rooms, dorms and campsite). Limited restaurants and shops, but these are available on the main road at Merapoh.


Lowland Dipterocarp forest up to Upper Montane forests. Good birding opportunity in the lowland forest and other parts of the park. Elephants and other large mammals. Bats, snakes and smaller wildlife in caves.

Visitor Activities

Bird watching and wildlife watching are the main highlights. The area is also suitable for trekking, cave exploration, swimming, river trips and mountain climbing. The park is large and most of the trails closer to the park HQ are heavily used, the others which are generally quieter, offer some good wilderness experiences.

Further information

Updated: Feb 2002



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