Trip Start Mar 10, 2007
153Trip End Jan 01, 2007
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Waking up early for the trek i came back after breakfast and it suddenly occurred to me that this wasn't going to be the most luxurious of treks
My fellow trekkers were mainly french, with two guys being Portuguese, though I'm unsure of the majority of my fellow trekkers, i guess being leeches they are natives and Malaysian. They were everywhere, every time you checked you were pretty much guaranteed to have one on you somewhere.
The trekking itself wasn't that difficult in retrospect and we made it to our hotel, a cave, with plenty of time to spare. Thats right, we slept in a huge cave with bats and all, was certainly a novel experience and after spending a good few hours trying to convince ourselves that wet wood would burn (it doesn't really), we had a surprisingly good assortment of curries cooked up by our chef (surprisingly good in that it was mostly canned foods) then i had one of the best nights sleep I've had since i left home, on the floor of the cave (Despite the rats salvaging leftover food in the night)
Next day we 'trekked' back to the Kuala Trenggan camp, from where we took a boat to an orang asli village (local people who still live in the jungle) who were being exploited by the local tourist industry. It was very uncomfortable here and the villagers were treated like they were zoo animals, so i didn't really enjoy this too much
So that was my time in the national park. My advice for anyone thinking of doing the same is that unless you enjoy walking, i wouldn't recommend these jungle treks. My reasoning for this is that you rarely see any wildlife and after a while you forget all about the jungle around you and are just concentrating on your footsteps (or de-leaching your shoes), as if you don't you'd end up flat on your face every 2 steps.
Got back to Kuala tahan about 6, showered, got on the 7 bus to Jerantut, then got on the 12:30 train to KL