Enjoying our time at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Taman Negara, Malaysia – Fun and Adventure in the World’s Oldest Rainforest

Taman Negara Visit Highlights

Aboriginal Village – Malaysia’s Original People

Canopy Walk – World’s Longest

Jungle Trek – World’s Oldest

Shooting Rapids on Tembeling River

 

Best Moment

We had a private blowgun lesson, from real aborigine hunters, who live in the world’s oldest rainforest.

The Travel Ninjas at Taman Negara, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nature Lover’s Dream – Unique Cultural Experience

Taman Negara is a nature lover’s dream AND a unique cultural experience. Taman Negara is a vast, protected jungle in Malaysia. It’s a staggering 130 million years old and considered the world’s oldest rainforest. It’s a favorite day trip from Kuala Lumpur, but there’s a hotel in the jungle if you want to stay a few days. Taman Negara has lots of outdoorsy fun like a canopy walk, trekking, wildlife spotting, boating, etc.

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Taman Negara is also home to an aboriginal tribe, the Orang Asli. They are hunter-gatherers who have survived in this rainforest forest for countless generations. Their small village is open to a limited number of visitors, offering a glimpse of their way of life.

Visiting Taman Negara is a special opportunity. On one hand, Taman Negara is a fun chance to play Tarzan in an ancient jungle. On the other, it’s is a rewarding chance to meet aborigines who have actually mastered that jungle.

We loved all the activities, but we want to start with our favorite, meeting the Orang Asli.

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Orang Asli Aboriginal Village

Meeting Pawe at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Meet Pawe – An Orang Asli Elder

There are 2 requirements for meeting the Orang Asli. 1.) Your visit must be prearranged with park officials and the tribe. 2.) You must be accompanied by a certified nature guide. Our guide was awesome and extremely helpful as a translator for our survival lessons. He also took care of all the pre-arrangements.

The continued existence of the Orang Asli is a marvel. The government keeps pushing them to modernize, but they have fought to keep their traditional lifestyle. The Orang Asli are fully aware of the modern world. They even wear some modern clothes, but they survive as hunter-gathers in the rainforest. Their survival skills are literally death-defying. Most of us wouldn’t last a night in the wild rainforest. They have thrived there for millennia.

Hanging out at the Orang Asli Village at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Orang Asli Village – Jungle Fruit – Fire Starter

Our visit included a short village tour and eating some foods harvested from the rainforest, but most of our time was spent on practicing some survival skills.

Learning to make fire and shoot a blowgun at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

First Fire From Scratch – View Down The Blowgun Barrel

Our lessons focused on 2 essential skills, starting a fire and shooting a blowgun. We had never started a fire without matches or a modern lighter. It was also a very hot, humid day, so we didn’t know if we could do it. It turned out to be surprisingly easy using their “primitive” techniques and tools.

Learning to shoot a real blowgun at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Real Blowgun with Kill Notches – Real Poison Dart

The blowgun lesson wasn’t as easy. The lesson began by showing us some real poison darts that they actually use in hunting. It was very exciting, but we were reluctant to even touch them. We didn’t use the real poison darts for our lesson, but we did use an authentic blowgun. Our teacher, Pawe made the blowgun and had used it to hunt lots of game. There were several notches along the barrel representing the kills. We could feel them as we held the blowgun, and it was a bit eerie.

Getting a Blowgun lesson from Pawe at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Blowgun Lesson From Pawe

Then Pawe put up our target, and we all had a good laugh. Our “prey” was a little stuffed animal. Pawe was a great teacher, but we couldn’t hit the target until we cheated. For our last shots, we walked up super close to the target. Despite our horrible aim, the lesson was so fun. Pawe put us at ease with his warm personality and laughter. Of course, he was laughing at us, but we still built a bond. Meeting the Orang Asli was an unforgettable experience.

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Canopy Walk

The Canopy Walk at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Taman Negara Canopy Walk

Taman Negara has the longest canopy walk in the world. It’s 1739 feet long and has a height of 132 feet. The canopy walk is a series of rope bridges that connect at several treetop platforms. Some of the sections are quite long and can get very wobbly.

Canyon Walk at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Tickets are about $1 – Unlimited Wobbles are Free

We enjoyed the wobbles, but it made taking steady photos difficult. You need to hold on with at least one hand for balance. And the bridges are never completely still.

Looking down from the Canyon Walk at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Looking Down From 40 meters

It was also great fun to try to balance while peeking over the side. 132 feet may not seem that high, but staring down from the swinging rope bridge can give a touch of vertigo and a mild thrill.

Enjoying the Canyon Walk at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Stable Platforms a Nice Break from Wobbles

The platforms are very useful for breaks and for photos. The platforms encircled the trunks, so there were great views in all directions.

Watching the birds and butterflies from the Canyon Walk at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Checking Out Birds And Butterflies

The Canopy Walk is popular and can get crowded. We were lucky to have it all to ourselves that day, so we took our time. We tried to spot some wildlife, but it was the middle of the day. Most of the animals are only active at night. We did see lots of birds and butterflies.

Jungle Trek

This is one of many massive old trees at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Massive Old Tree in Taman Negara

 

Looking at the signs at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Signs and Boardwalks Make for Clean, Easy Hikes

There are several different jungle treks available. Most trails are well marked and suitable for the average person. The elevated boardwalks make for an easy walk above the mud. No guide is needed if you just want a fun nature walk, but the guides can make the treks more interesting and informative.

Yellow Meranti Trees - Bamboo Trees at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysa

Yellow Meranti Trees – Bamboo Trees

 

Rattan, Medicinal Plants, and Ancient Trees at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Rattan, Medicinal Plants, and Ancient Trees

Our guide had many cool facts to share. The prickly plant on the left is used to make Rattan furniture. The plant in the middle is used as medicine by the Ornag Asli. The tree is estimated to be 400 years old, but they’re not exactly certain. There are no seasons in the rainforest, so they can’t count the rings. They estimate age by size.

Observation Tower and Salt Lick at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Observation Tower and Salt Lick

That tower is a “hide” used for wildlife spotting. There are many scattered in the park. The tree in the middle of the clearing is next to a salt lick that draws the animals. Deer, reindeer, tapir, wild boar, and many smaller creatures can be seen there. The prime-time for wildlife observations is at night, so we didn’t see any animals. There are several Night Observation Tours available in different areas of the park.  Some are close to HQ and some are in very remote wilderness. 

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Shooting the Rapids

Enjoying the Rapids at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Flying Water Freeze Frame

Shooting the rapids is a great way to cool off in Taman Negara. It’s not as intense as white water rafting, but shooting the rapids offers some wet and wild fun.

  Boating down the Tembeling River at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Boating down the Tembeling River

The long boat moves fast, but most of the river is smooth going. It’s easy to enjoy the jungle scenery, the fresh air, and the wind in your face. The rapids are a different story. There are 7 sections of rapids that are surprisingly powerful and splashy.

Smaller splashes at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Smaller splashes

 

Bigger splashes at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Bigger splashes

We got completely drenched and had a blast. Luckily we were prepared and had a change of clothes.

Travel Info

We definitely recommend visiting Taman Negara if you’re in Malaysia. You have 2 options:

  • Day trip from Kuala Lumpur – Taman Negara is about 4 hours from KL, but it’s totally doable as a day trip. It does require an early start at 4:30am, but you can just sleep on the way. Tours usually include breakfast near the park and lunch at a floating restaurant. We had a full day of activities and made it back to Kuala Lumpur by 7:30pm. It was a long day, but it was amazing.

 

  • Stay at the Rainforest Hotel – If you’re serious about hiking, wildlife spotting, and camping, you can spend a few nights in Taman Negara. You can even go on a week-long hiking expedition through the Taman Negara. There’s a rustic resort and enough activities to keep you busy for days.

 

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Rustic Resort at Taman Negara near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

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82 Comments
  • Jasmine | Little Limelight
    Posted at 02:02h, 02 January

    Oh wow what an adventure! I visited Malaysia once but didn’t visit this rainforest.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:11h, 02 January

    Hi Jasmine. Malaysia has a great rainforest. Its great that a huge section is protected from development. It’s also a fun place to visit.

  • Wendy Maes
    Posted at 02:44h, 02 January

    I am just posting my article about my trip to Malaysia too. You just gave me a reason to go back 🙂 If you loved this trip, you should go to Borneo too.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:46h, 02 January

    Hi Wendy. Yes. That’s funny we have plans to visit Borneo this year. We live in Vietnam so travelling around Southeast Asia is easy, and fun.

  • Ang
    Posted at 04:07h, 02 January

    What an amazing place! Thank you for sharing!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 04:11h, 02 January

    Hi Ang. Thanks. It was a amazing place to visit.

  • Hayley
    Posted at 04:54h, 02 January

    This looks like so much fun! I would love to travel Malaysia a bit more and will put this on my list!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:00h, 02 January

    Hi Hayley. We loved Malaysia. We recommend visiting and plan on visiting again ourselves.

  • Amber Myers
    Posted at 08:37h, 02 January

    This would be so much fun. What an exciting adventure. I’d try out those rapids.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:44h, 02 January

    Hi Amber. It was all so fun. The rapids were wet and wild.

  • Author Brandi Kennedy
    Posted at 09:01h, 02 January

    Looks like you had an amazing time!! I have a list of places around the world that I’d like to visit one days, and Kuala Lampur is on it. Nice to know things like this are so nearby.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:08h, 02 January

    Hey Brandi. Kuala Lumpur really deserves to be on your list for many reasons. Day trips like Taman Negara is a great one.

  • Imani
    Posted at 09:46h, 02 January

    Do you guys put together group travel trips?? I would love to be notified when you do!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:55h, 02 January

    Hello Imani. We’ve have some other request to put together some group travel and we’re considering it. We’ll let you know if we arrange anything.

  • Steven Goodwin
    Posted at 10:20h, 02 January

    Looks like you had a great time! Would love to visit myself.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:25h, 02 January

    Hi Steven. Taman Negara is a great time. Hope you can visit and enjoy it.

  • Chiera
    Posted at 11:08h, 02 January

    The canopy trek looks equally awesome and terrifying! What an amazing trip this looks like. I’ve never been to this part of the world before but it looks incredible!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:11h, 02 January

    Hi Chiera. The canopy is rich experience with thrills, beauty, serenity. Its a great place to visit.

  • Sheila Moon
    Posted at 12:32h, 02 January

    World travel is definitely on my list for the next few years. Malaysia here we come someday.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:44h, 02 January

    Hi Sheila. World travel is life changing and fun. Good luck and enjoy it.

  • Jimmy and Tina
    Posted at 14:35h, 02 January

    oh wow, I love this and just wow, I would love to learn a blow gun lesson and learn more about the aborigines, this is truly a unique and fascinating article! Love it and great photos!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:44h, 02 January

    Hi Jimmy and Tina. Thanks. It was a special experience for us to meet and learn survival skills from the Orang Asli. Hope you take the opportunity too.

  • Mihaela Echols
    Posted at 18:09h, 02 January

    I love that you guys got to try new things that they do!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:11h, 02 January

    Hi Mihaela. Thank you. These new experience are some of our best moments.

  • chen
    Posted at 21:03h, 02 January

    Awesome post with great images. Would love to go there one day 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:11h, 02 January

    Hi Chen. Thanks. We loved the experience and hope you do get the chance to visit too.

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 22:41h, 02 January

    That canopy walk looks amazing, but the blow gun would terrify me. The boat ride really looks like a thrill though. You must have had an amazing time.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:44h, 02 January

    Hi Stephanie. It was an amazing time for us. Thank you.

  • Christina Sanders
    Posted at 01:19h, 03 January

    WOW all of these photos look like it was such an amazing and fun adventure!! Thanks for sharing, I have not traveled much yet in my life so this is awesome to see and read about!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:21h, 03 January

    Hi Christina. We hope you get to travel as much as you like.

  • Anne
    Posted at 01:27h, 03 January

    Looks like a fun and adventurous place. Beautiful greenery all around. I loved the canopy walk. So much fun.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:33h, 03 January

    Hello Anne. Thank you. It is a fun and adventurous place to visit.

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 02:15h, 03 January

    This is perfect for the more adventurous travelers! There’s so much that they can enjoy here! I would love to give this a try if I find myself in Malaysia someday!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:17h, 03 January

    Hi Elizabeth. Taman Negara is a prime location for adventure. It’s also great for nature lovers who just want to appreciate all the natural beauty. Hope you enjoy your future visit.

  • Rob Taylor
    Posted at 02:18h, 03 January

    For sure the rapids would be my favorite part. I got to do the tropical jungle and rapids combination in Jamaica and loved it a little too much, so pair that with being in Malaysia and I can’t imagine the time I’d have!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:22h, 03 January

    Hello Rob. We lived in Miami for years and visit Jamaica many times. We loved it too. Malaysia is different but also an awesome place to visit.

  • neha
    Posted at 06:46h, 03 January

    The hotel looks gorgeous and the river rafting stunning. That boat ride looks nothing less than a roller coaster ride 🙂 Would love to experience

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:00h, 03 January

    Hello Neha. The rapids were so fun. It was like a rollercoaster – there were calm moments of anticipation and wild moments of excitement.

  • Debra Schroeder
    Posted at 12:28h, 03 January

    I haven’t been to Malaysia yet but would totally check out this rainforest. That canopy bridge looks cool.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:33h, 03 January

    Hi Debra. Malaysia is rich and diverse place to visit. We recommend visiting and will visit again ourselves.

  • Allison
    Posted at 16:39h, 03 January

    Wow, those photos are so incredible! The trees remind me a lot of the trees in Cambodia around Angkor Wat – so stunning. What an amazing experience, I’m totally adding this to my list when I revisit Malaysia!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:40h, 03 January

    Hi Allison. You are absolutely right! There are many similarities between the trees in Malaysia and the ones in Cambodia. Hope you get back to Malaysia sometime soon.

  • Emma white
    Posted at 17:19h, 03 January

    Malaysia looks and sounds such a beautiful place! I would love to go for a nice walk around the rainforest there it looks so wonderful and that boat ride looks like so much fun to!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:22h, 03 January

    Hi Emma. Walking in the world’s oldest rainforest is a wonderful experience. And the boat ride was very fun way to cool off.

  • Angela Zimsky
    Posted at 20:18h, 03 January

    What an exciting experience!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:19h, 03 January

    Hi Angela. Thanks – It was an exciting experience.

  • Airina Desuyo
    Posted at 00:52h, 04 January

    Wow I haven’t been to Malaysia but will surely keep this in mind. Great post!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:00h, 04 January

    Hey Airina. Malaysia is so accessible in Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur is a major air hub with so many cheap flights. Definitely keep it on your list.

  • R U S S
    Posted at 05:41h, 04 January

    I am so going to make sure that I go to Taman Negara next time I visit Malaysia. This is the perfect description of ‘the great outdoors’. It’s my kind of adventure whenever I’m traveling.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:45h, 04 January

    Hello Russ. Good to hear. We think Taman Negara is fantastic place to visit.

  • katrina gehman
    Posted at 12:35h, 04 January

    looks like a blast. i would love to go some day. sending this to a friend as she’s planning a trip.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:38h, 04 January

    Hey Katrina. Thanks for sharing this with your friends. Hope you can visit too.

  • Caitlin
    Posted at 12:40h, 04 January

    What an AMAZING place! Thank you for sharing all your beautiful photos and experiences.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:42h, 04 January

    Hello Caitlin. It is an amazing place. Thanks for the kind words.

  • TColeman
    Posted at 12:43h, 04 January

    I have always wanted to visit a rain forest. This trip looks like it was all around fun!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:44h, 04 January

    Hi TColeman. Thanks. It was a really fun trip.

  • Divine Mwimba
    Posted at 16:10h, 04 January

    Looks like a fun trip. The photos are amazing. There is no way I would have done the canopy walkway. I am so scared of heights. Haha! This is great. Thank you for sharing.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:22h, 04 January

    Hey Divine. The canopy walk may not be the best for those scared of heights, but it is also a safe way to conquer that fear too. The bird songs and beautiful scenery will give you lots to distract yourself and help you enjoy the experience as you conquer the fear.

  • Wildish Jess
    Posted at 19:20h, 04 January

    I’m so jealous! I’d love to go visit one day but that bridge I’m not so sure of!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:22h, 04 January

    Hello Jess. The canopy walk is fun and wobbly but safe. Hope you can visit and enjoy it.

  • Kait
    Posted at 22:29h, 04 January

    What amazing photos! I’d love to take adventure like this one day

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:33h, 04 January

    Hi Kait. We hope you have all the amazing adventures that you want.

  • Angela Zimsky
    Posted at 00:51h, 05 January

    You’ve made me want to make the trip happen.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:55h, 05 January

    Hello Angela. Good to hear. Enjoy your trip when you do make it happen.

  • Deb dutta
    Posted at 00:57h, 05 January

    Looks like a super exotic place! Thanks for the tips I’m planning to visit soon!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:58h, 05 January

    Hey Deb. Taman Negara is an exotic place. Let us know if you’d like more tips on Malaysia. And enjoy your trip.

  • Hannah @GettingStamped
    Posted at 08:09h, 08 January

    We love exploring rain forests! The last one we went to was in Thailand.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:11h, 08 January

    Hi Hannah. Funny, we are planning to visit Thailand again soon.

  • Agnes
    Posted at 13:05h, 08 January

    Awesome things to do! I hope the aboriginal village will stay exactly the way they are. Would be a pity if they would modernise. The Canopi walk looks great too, but I am a little afraid of heights so not sure if I would do it. Seems pretty scary. Shooting the rapids would be something really fun and enjoyable, though

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:11h, 08 January

    Hi Agnes. All the activities were so fun. I guess the canopy walk would scare those afraid of heights, but it is well maintained and safe. The best moment was meeting the Orang Asli, for sure.

  • Izzy
    Posted at 21:21h, 08 January

    Wow, this is definitely something I’ve never heard about before and you explained it so thoroughly! I love suspension bridges, although getting that camera steady is truly important for me as a blogger 😛 I was a bit skeptical about hearing of an aboriginal village as nowadays, there are as many human circuses as there are animal circuses but the fact that you have to have a precertified guide and it seems there are no gimmicky alterations is really important.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:22h, 08 January

    Hello Izzy. We agree about “human circuses” being sad and bad. The Orang Asli village is not like that. They’re not actors – They’re for real. They know about the modern world, but they choose to live in their traditional ways. They also like to share their traditional ways because they are proud of them. We feel lucky to have met them.

  • Hannah @GettingStamped
    Posted at 23:09h, 08 January

    We love exploring rainforests! The last one we did some hiking in was this past November on the island of koh Adang in Thailand.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:11h, 08 January

    Hey Hannah. That’s a great tip. We’ll have to check out Koh Adang on our upcoming Thailand visit.

  • Hendrik
    Posted at 17:20h, 09 January

    Great post, one of your best in my opinion so far!
    To be in a rain forest with aborigines… this sounds absolutely adventurous and obviously you have seen many amazing things there. I like this tiny orange there, are they really that small? Rafting tour also looks amazing, great tour all in all!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:22h, 09 January

    Hello Hendrik. Thank you very much. It was such a wonderful experience and we loved sharing it.

  • neha
    Posted at 09:03h, 10 January

    I totally love that bridge and the greenery of the dense rainforest. Visiting a rainforest is high on my bucket list. I think I will plan for this one only as it looks quiet beautiful and seems you had a great time here

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:05h, 10 January

    Hi Neha. Great to hear. Taman Negara is a great rainforest to visit, very fun and beautiful.

  • Laveena Sengar
    Posted at 09:25h, 10 January

    From what I have seen and read, such experiences are meant to last a lifetime. They are so different from the usual Traveling experience. That bridge is pretty amazing.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:33h, 10 January

    Hey Laveena. Thanks. These were special memorable moments for us to be sure.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 08:41h, 26 January

    This is really a lovely place. So much of nature blended with some adventurous and thrilling activities. Makes for a great experience.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:44h, 26 January

    Hi Sandy N Vyjay. Taman Negara does blend it all into a great experience.