- Taman Negara has much to offer visitors, be they young travellers, nature lovers, bird watchers or adventure seekers
But the many attractions in Taman Negara are also suitable for family groups in search of an enjoyable time out together in the gorgeous tropical rainforest scenery, said Kuala Tahan Tourism Operators Association chairman Abdul Jalil Abdul Rahman.
“Keeping children entertained around the clock can be one of the greatest challenges for parents, and parents often think of modern entertainment such as theme parks and malls to keep little ones occupied.
“Taman Negara has plenty to offer in terms of exciting, fun, fresh air and green options for families to choose from.
“Parents can mix learning and fun for their children by bringing them to see wonders of the natural world in Taman Negara, the world’s oldest rainforest at over 130 million years old,” he said that.
He said families travelling to Taman Negara can engage in many types of activities such as canopy walkway, which is touted to be the longest in the world, exploring limestone caves populated by bats, jungle trekking on well-built walkways, river cruising, animal observation, fishing, picnic, swimming, boat trips and jungle night walk.
Local tourist guide Ayah Chu Hamzah said many people had the misconception that Taman Negara was mainly for those looking for the adventurous trek up Gunung Tahan, the highest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia.
“The level of fun remains the same even if you are not here for active hiking and trekking activities.
“Kids would love walking through the tropical rainforest and absorb the sound of nature, be amazed by majestic, tall and large trees, as well as spot animals, such as unusual and colourful birds.
“Exploring the rain forest is made simple with easy-to-follow path and gentle contours. It is a good choice for walkers with children,” he said.
Ayah Chu pointed out that Taman Negara is home to 14,000 species of plants and trees and 380 species of birds, not to mention a countless list of other animals.
Taman Negara is the largest national park in Peninsular Malaysia and the oldest, being established in 1938 as the King George V National Park.