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Long-Distance Walks with Mark Moxon

Taman Negara: Preamble

A boat sailing up the Sungai Temering
The only way to get to Taman Negara is to take a boat up the Sungai Temering

Malaysian place names are fairly uninspired. From Kuala Lumpur – Muddy Confluence – I went to National Park; yes, Taman Negara literally means 'Park National', a whoppingly original name for a National Park, don't you think? I wondered if I'd soon be crossing River Sungai on my way up Mt Gunung on beautiful Pulau Island...

Kuala Tahan
Kuala Tahan, home to Park HQ, with Wan's Floating Restaurant on the left

1 Although Taman Negara is properly referred to as a rainforest – as in tropical rainforest, semi-tropical rainforest and temperate rainforest – I think 'jungle' sums it up better. The word jungle is defined in the dictionary as 'thick, tropical forest', and so it applies perfectly to Taman Negara. It's probably less scientific than rainforest, but I want to emphasise how different this place is to the other rainforests I've explored. Taman Negara truly is a jungle.