Taman Negara National Park - The jungle!
Trip Start Dec 27, 2008
50Trip End Jun 27, 2009
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To cut a very long story short, we ended up staying in a 6 person dorm about the size of a garden shed. Our room-mates on the first night were nice enough, friendly and respectful of dorm etiquette. On the second night we were joined by an American chap who brought with him the smell of old vinegar. He'd been staying in the rainforest hide overnight and through sheer exhaustion or through simply being a sociopath he'd neglected to take a shower. That night I fell asleep smelling my own armpit, it was heavenly.
On the first night we did the night safari in a jeep with two lads we met on the bus to the park. This was vastly dissapointing, we saw two birds, a herd of cows, a leopard cat that just looked like a domestic cat to me, two tractors and a bunch of humans.
Like I said, the park was packed with asian tourists on holiday and it really spoilt the first full day. Charlotte and I met up with the two lads from the bus, a group of five girls from various places and a guy they'd met from their dorm (James), we all started the trek toward the jungle canopy walkway.
When we arrived at the sight of the canopy walkway things were looking bad. The surrounding area was filled with people waiting, literally stood bumper-to-bumper. What was more annoying was that the sign in sheet was deceptively short, only on further inspection certain names on the list had written X80 next to their name. Turns out we would be waiting for four hours! Our group slowly dwindled down to just Charlotte, James and I. We sat playing cards and chatting, surrounded by tour groups wearing matching t-shirts and caps.
When the time came we were excited and giddy. The walkway was rickety and only made of ladders bound together by rope, but the views of the forest were awesome, it runs 400 meters and is between 25-40 meters above the ground.
On our second full day the park was calm again, the tourists had cleared off back home in time for work on monday morning, now we could fully appreciate the beauty of the park. The other main activity we tried was the trip down the rapids.
Next we stopped off at the Orang Asli settlement, a tribe of nomadic people that live off the rainforest land. Here we had a chance to fire a blowpipe at a target, I was pretty rubbish and told I could kill a monkey but not a squirrel. The people had some weird and wonderful traditions,
On the third day we moved out of the dorm into a private room only to regret it later. At night our room transformed into a safehouse for various bugs including ants, mosquitos and moths,
Once all the tourists cleared off the park was beautiful and well worth a visit, my only advice to anyone wanting to go is to avoid mayday bank holiday like you would the tigers.
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