Tuesday, 15 July 2014

12th June Taman Negara National park, Malaysia

 12th June
Taman Negara National park
exchange rate   5 ringgits..... £1
 weather hot and sticky

From the Cameron Highlands we took a 3 hour mini bus and then a 3 hour long-boat to Malaysia's largest National Park

  The drive down the other side of the highlands was much less windy and crowded, no one was sick this time :-)  but it was a shock to see that so much of the natural forest had been destroyed and replaced with palm olive plantations. There was also a lot of mining in this area and many hills were being slowly eaten into.
They seemed to be in a habbit of carpeting the hilly areas near roads with short grasses.
Soon though we left the industrial areas behind and headed into natural forests again.
  At Kaula Tembeling we swapped bus for boat and began a  gentle ride up river, I loved having time to relax and look at the lanscape and trees in peace.

The long boats on the river

 How relaxed are we :-)

 Views from the Village 

We were staying in Luala Tahan the closest village to the National Park. one side of the river is national park the otherside not.  You need permits from the department of wild life and national parks. 
Taman Negara was established at the Titiwangsa Mountains, Malaysia, in 1938/1939 as the King George V National Park. It was renamed to Taman Negara after independence, which literally means "national park" in Malay. Taman Negara has a total area of 4,343 km² and has a reputation as the world's oldest tropical rainforest, estimated to be more than 130 million years old.

It is the home of some rare mammals, such as the Malayan Tiger, Crab-eating macaque, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Malayan Gaur (seladang) and Asian 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.... see below
But to see any of the big animals now you would have to join a 2 -6 days plus days trek into the deep jungle.

 We ate in floating restaurants on the river. They are on floating bouys because the river can rise up to the town, meters above.  

 Enjoying river life
We joined a night tour in the Jungle. 
seeing spiders, snakes, lizards and many creepy crawlies ....oh my   

scary eyes in the jungle ;-)                                                                 Ants, Ants everywhere
Don't shake the tree, you don't know what might fall out of it !

Stick insects ...Now you see it, now you dont.   
                                                           Giant Ants  ....Sooo big !!
Gives you an idea how big this bird-eating spider was, Ive cropped the original photo seen here eek!
Im well chuffed with my canon camara (18mm-55mm lens) for capturing it in the dark.  

Day 2 trekking 
The next day we took off on our own and did a trek through the Jungle heading towards the canapy walkway. Most of the path was on a wooden walkway which kept us from damaging the  undergrowth and also kept us from being eaten by the creepy crawlies. ..great..  Think black and red very posionous Centipede crawling under the leaf.

Such wonderful colours seen in the animals and plants
These butterfly loved Andys hat they kept coming back to it

This is the flower the ginger root.                                Bamboo tree

Funny looking and beautiful what ever it is? ..... I would have stood on this but for alishas sharp eyes  phew  ....

Its hot work trekking and Photographing everything that moves in the Jungle ;-)

The  Jungle

The View point at Bukit Teresek 
I got stung on my leg by a hornet here, it iched like crazy and the area swelled and got quite hard, it took ages to go down. 

It was a beautiful place to sit and contemplate life and hornets. 

Dragon fly
Our last night in the Jungle,   Alisha and seb had great fun swimming in the river 

Ready     Steady     Go    

Im loving watching their confidence grow in the water its been one of the highlights of this trip

crossing the river
                                  Saying good bye to the Jungle
 All to soon it was time to say goodbye to the jungle.  we had hoped to catch a bus to the local train station and then take the jungle train down to Singapore. But with it being the holidays the train was unbelievably booked for the next five days. 
So in the end, (in a small town with heavy bags) we decided to wait 4 hours in KFC ( at least it had wifi ) then we took a bus to Kuala Lumpur.  
From there we Jumped on a train to Johor Baru the city just outside Singapore arriving at midnight ...the long way round.    

waiting for our bus.
True travellers sleep any where
Its been a fantastic experience we loved seeing so much wild life 
Bye for now see you in Singapore and Lego land  xx