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Taman Negara

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The superlatives come easy when it comes to Taman Negara National Park. At more than 4,000 square kilometres in size it is the largest national park and home to the tallest peak in peninsular Malaysia. The old-growth forest, mostly untouched by humans, is believed to be more than 130 million years old -- making it the oldest primary forest in the world.

A popular trekking destination, Taman Negara plays host to many endangered species, including the sun bear, Asian elephant, tigers and leopards, and likewise protects a vast collection of flora. While your chances of seeing big game within the park is close to zero, the sheer variety of plants and the incredible towering trees more than compensate.

Within the park's boundaries are spectacular caverns, hilltop viewpoints and the park is delineated by fast-flowing rivers which you can travel along to reach the upper reaches of the park.

Established in 1938 as King George V National Park, the park was renamed following independence from Britain as Taman Negara (which means "national park" in Malay) and encompasses territory belonging to Pahang, Kelantan and Terenggan provinces.

The park is most commonly approached via Jeruntut and Kuala Tahan in Pahang province, which can be approached both by bus or train from Kuala Lumpur and other regional centres via Jeruntut.

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Text and/or map last updated on 22nd November, 2015.

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Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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