The bloodbath of Taman Negara

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
Trip End Nov 28, 2013

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Flag of Malaysia  , Pahang,
Saturday, May 11, 2013

We wake up to the sounds of the worlds oldest rainforest basked in a peaceful sunlight. Nothing but birds and bugs singing away at the top of their voices. We catch a small dug out boat across the river to the national park, buy our permit and off we go into the rainforest proper. Our first stop is the world longest canopy walk- a terrifyingly high treetop walkway. It was brilliant but equally terrifying at the same time but James managed to coax me round the whole thing promised massages, sweets and tea to get me to the end!
We then hiked up to Teresek Hill, at a whopping height of 344 metres! Oh yeah.... It did however provide us with amazing views of the rainforest.
We hadn't seen any major animals yet but sounds of the jungle were so loud! With the birds and bugs going crazy, we hiked down along the river and kept going 3 km's upstream until we reached a hide. At soon as we hit the trail along the river, we spotted dozens of leeches going crazy when they smelt us so the trouser legs definitely went on now. James has standing firm until he saw 4 leeches all hopping towards him and he sharply zipped on his trouser legs!
so we reached the hide after an hour or so walking upstream, we had considered camping out here but oh how I am glad we didn't. It was a perfectly good hide but with zero nets/mesh to keep out the bugs/leeches and giant spiders (which my beady eyes are constantly on the watch for)
We hiked back downstream, taking in a few stops along the way at giant termite mounts or to listen to the ridiculously loud sound of the ants eating the leaves. Towards the end of the hike, we found the campsite where I had camped at 13 years ago exactly the same. I even found the spot where I saw my first panther. No panther here this time unfortunately.

So we are back at our lovely guesthouse, James of course is making tea so I instantly flop on the bed. Out of the corner of my eyes I see something red all over the bed sheets. Thinking I have just squashed a massive bug, I am up like a shot checking for the dead bug. No bug. So I check my back, my leg for blood. Nope nothing there either? We are both scratching our heads a little but when I lift up my arm, it all becomes clear! I have been leeched! My arm and tshirt is literally covered in blood with a very large slug like shape still in blood on my arm where the leech was and then fell off super super full and happy!
I panicked initially thinking it had burrowed into my arms, then common sense took over and James tried to stop the gaping whole bleeding. We have zero idea how long it was there for before falling off. James cannot believe he didn't notice the blood pouring down my body all afternoon so has promised to buy a lighter for if and when it happens again in Borneo!

Leech - 1
K - 0

Fact of the day: Taman Negara used to be called King George IV national park when the Ingerlish had Malaysia
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