Photo: Up in the canopy.

Eat and meet

The eating options in Kuala Tahan are uninspired. Choose from three main options: the semi-fancy restaurant at Mutiara, the floating raft houses on the river and a cluster of little warungs opposite where the buses and minibuses drop off.

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None of these are particularly good. We tended to grab a cheap breakfast from either the stalls near the bus stop or the un-named café across from Teresek View Hotel, but lunch and dinner from the floating raft houses. There are a half dozen to choose from and all offer a mix of simple tourist food and straight up Malaysian fare. The mini mart next to the un-named café sells plenty of western snack favourites and cold beer.

Do take note that all have steep riverbank drops and rickety plank crossing entryways, which can be especially difficult at night. You probably won’t drown, if the waters are as shallow when we were there, but expect to land in mud and rocks none the less.

Of the floating raft house restaurant options, we give Mama Chop the most credit for their efforts and their food. They also tend to have much better lighting at night and the least hazardous to get to. Located at the bottom of the road from Teresek View Motel, they are the first raft house restaurant on the right. Serving all day and night with a selection of Thai, Malay and western cuisine in addition to cold beer and a jovial staff.

A raft house south is Lia Restaurant, open 07:30 until 22:30. They specialise in roti canai in addition to typical Thai, Malay and a few not-quite-there western dishes, but their smoothies and blended juice drinks are especially excellent on a hot afternoon. A great post jungle-trekking place to watch the river water saunter past.

Lia Restaurant Open daily 07:30-10:30
Mama Chop Open 07:30-12:00, 13:30-16:00 and 17:00-22:30 (lunch menu 11:00 until 15:00)

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Taman Negara? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Malaysia.

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