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National Parks in Peninsula Malaysia

Taman Negara

Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu

In 1938/1939, Taman Negara was established in the Titiwangsa mountain range as the King George V National Park. It was renamed to Taman Negara after independence, which literally means "national park" in Malay. Taman Negara encompasses three states, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu, each with its own legislation.

The park has been developed into a famous eco-tourism destination; there are several geological and biological attractions in the park. Gunung Tahan is the highest point of the Malay Peninsula; climbers can use Kuala Tahan or Merapoh as their departure point. Taman Negara is the home of some rare mammals, such as the Malayan tiger, crab-eating macaque, Sumatran rhinoceros, great argus, red junglefowl, Malayan gaur (seladang) and Asian elephant. Among the birdlife, the rare Malayan peacock-pheasant is still found here in some numbers. Tahan River has been preserved to protect the Malaysian mahseer (ikan kelah), a type of game fish.

Others attractions found near Kuala Tahan include a canopy walkway, Gua Telinga (cave system) and Lata Berkoh (rapid). Visitors can enjoy the tropical rain forest, birdwatching or jungle trekking (e.g. Tenor Rentis) and the river views along the Tahan River.

All visitors to the park must get permits from the Department of Wildlife & National Parks. There are quite a few accommodations to choose from nearby. Admission is RM1, a camera permit RM5. If you also want to fish, it is an additional RM10 for your entire length of stay. Permits can be bought at the park headquarters, just across the river from the village in the park, Kuala Tahan.

Endau Rompin National Park

Johor and Pahang

Endau Rompin National Park is a protected tropical rainforest in the southernmost prolongation of the Tenasserim Hills. It is an area south of the state of Pahang and to the northeast of Johor, covering an approximate area of 870 km², making it the second largest national park after Taman Negara, with approximately 26 km of trail. It is also the second national park proclaimed by the government of Malaysia. The park takes it name from the Endau and Rompin rivers that flow through the park. Other rivers that flow through the parks are Segamat, Selai and Jasin.

The park is one of the oldest tropical rainforest complexes in the world and features rock formations some 248 million years old. Apart from that, the park contains the largest remaining population of the threatened Sumatran rhinoceros species on the Malay Peninsula. Gunung Besar which is the second highest in Johor is located in the park.

The most famous trail is a 16 km trail that starts at Kuala Jasin and ends at Batu Hampar. Other sites of interest in the park are Opeh Guling waterfall, Buaya Sangkut waterfall and salt licks around Gunung Tiong.

During the monsoon season that covers from November till March, the park is closed to the public. Further, fishing is banned from September till October during mating season.

There are two entry points to the park with one at Kampung Peta and the other at Nitar.

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