The Oldest and the Longest

Trip Start Jan 23, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, June 6, 2006

A Penang local advised us not to visit Teman Negra but enticed by "the worlds oldest and longest" * oldest rainforest, longest canopy walkway, we headed south-east to the national park. We booked a tour bus to the park which was expensive at 15 pounds each but possibly the easiest way of getting there. The journey was long, hot and tiring, not helped by the fact that we were still hung over from Penang.

All of the accommodation in Teman Negra was either full or below even our standards of living. After a few laps of the small village we decided to reside at the Teresek View Hotel, a shabby style Travel-lodge. It was getting on for 8 by the time we reached the hotel, we picked up our park licenses from the tour operator and headed for one of the floating jetty restaurants. Fancying something exotic we ordered the 'Kampung Fish', although we wish we hadn't! The sauce was made from Durian fruit which is renowned for its foul stench and acquired taste and the fish itself was as brown as the muddy river we were floating on.

The following day we headed over the river in search of the canopy walkway, a short 20 minute walk through the jungle. Unfortunately for us it appeared that the whole of Malaysia was having a team building day and we had to wait behind hundreds of locals as they climbed up four at a time. We eventually made it up and precariously walked along the rickety planks of wood and ladders suspended by dodgy knotted rope, certainly not the safest place in the world.

The walk itself took about half an hour as we took it in turn to walk to each of the platforms fixed high up in the forest. It was interesting to see the jungle from a different angle. Afterwards Jo took a rocky steep path 1km up to the top of Bukit Teresek whilst Steve relaxed under the shade of the jungle canvas. On the way back to Tanah Rata, the village we were staying in, we walked through the main Taman Negra resort where we spotted a wild boar aimlessly roaming around the grounds in search of food. The resort was very Disneyfied and extremely touristy, not what we had hoped for. So the following morning we decided to move on to the capital. A journey which started with a 3 hour slow boat from Taman Negra followed by a 5 hour bus journey to KL.
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