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2-day 1 night trek in Taman Negara National Park

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We were within one final hour's stagger of the river bank, at the base of one of Taman Negara's many animal viewing hides, and Guatamalan Santiago glared into the towering trees' canopy. "There's something there but I can't see it!" Amen Santiago.

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Our squad of seven -- Santiago, two Brits, two Canucks, an American and myself, along with head guide Aa (pronounced Ah Ah) and his assistant Ali, have been tramping -- okay staggering actually -- through the wilds of Malaysia's premier patch of greenery, Taman Negara National Park. The river, and the boat home, were within earshot. We were all exhausted and it seemed like what were most likely macaques were taunting us, but to be honest we've more than had our fair share of highlights.

Morning at Kuala Taham looking across to Taman Negara National Park. Photo taken in or around 2-day 1 night trek in Taman Negara National Park, Taman Negara, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Morning at Kuala Taham looking across to Taman Negara National Park. Photo: Stuart McDonald

If you're umming and ahhing about a visit to Taman Negara, let me put your mine to rest: you should do it.

Two days earlier, the way the affable receptionist at Teresek View Motel spun it, the trek sounded like a bit of a walk in the woods. She described it as "a boat ride, then some walking, sleep in a cave, some more walking, then a boat ride home". While factually that is all correct, there were some missing adjectives: exhausting, gruelling, humid, steep, slippery, leech infested ... you get the idea.

Time to get started. Photo taken in or around 2-day 1 night trek in Taman Negara National Park, Taman Negara, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Time to get started. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The trip commenced at one of the rafthouses at Kuala Tahan opposite the National Park entrance. It was there we discovered we'd be lugging a good portion of our own kit, including sleeping bag, bedroll, three large bottles of water, canned chicken curry (you may sneer now, but I'd have happily eaten six cans when they fed it to us) and other bits and bobs. We hopped into the longtail and off we went, up the Tembeling River.

The trip upriver had us flanked by a towering wall of National Park forest on our left and a mix of semi-developed or forested land to our right. The swift-running river has a Scandinavian tan to it and while we were occasionally pummelled by minor rapids, we mostly sliced through calm waters passing by Orang Asli villages and ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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