How to Go

Directions

National Park
Taman Negara National Park is connected by land and river routes from major destinations in Peninsular Malaysia, most popularly from Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands and Kuantan. The primary gateway to Taman Negara's entrance lies at Jerantut Town, some 67km away from its southern entrance at Kuala Tahan (or 180km northeast of KL), while smaller gateways at north include Kuala Koh and Merapoh. The Karak Highway connects Jerantut to KL and the east coast by road, which then provides an additional travel option by boat via Kuala Tembeling, a more scenic route travelling by land. There is an airstrip near the park, but no commercial flights available.
Getting There
  • Kuala Lumpur - Take a bus (Pekeliling Terminal, near Titiwangsa Monorail/Star LRT Station) or night train (KL Sentral) to Jerantut (alternatively, visitors can board a day train from KL to Gemas, then transit to the famous 'Jungle Railway' line that makes a stop at Jerantut), then hop on a taxi to Kuala Tembeling for the 2-3 hour boat ride to the park entrance at Kuala Tahan - boats depart twice daily (9am & 2pm, but timing may not always be consistent). Alternatively, you can take a bus or minivan (vans need to fill up first before leaving) from Jerantut that stop at Kuala Tembeling (for the boat ride) or directly to Kuala Tahan. A complete one-way transport (bus & boat/or bus only) package is available from Han Travel at Chinatown (Petaling Street), departing 8.30am daily. If you have your own vehicle, take the East Coast Expressway via Karak Highway from MRR2, exit at Temerloh and follow the signboards to Jerantut (120km), and then more signboards from town to Taman Negara/Kuala Tahan (67km).

  • Cameron Highlands - A popular transit point for backpackers to Taman Negara, minivan transfer to Kuala Tembeling (for boat ride) or direct to Kuala Tahan is available from popular backpacker lodges at Tanah Rata, including Father's Guesthouse and Kang's Traveller's Lodge, and also some tour counters at Tanah Rata's town center, such as Cameron Secrets. These vans usually depart in the morning daily, with tickets costing between MYR60 and 95 per person. Conversely, the boat counter (Han Travel) at Kuala Tembeling arranges minivan/coach transfers to Cameron Highlands.
From Jerantut
  • Kuala Tembeling - Kuala Tembeling is a small town along the river about 16km north of Jerantut that serves as a transit point by boat to Taman Negara National Park. At Kuala Tembeling Jetty (located along the main road), Han Travel operates the only speedboat service upriver to Kuala Tahan twice daily; 9am and 1.30/2pm. A ticket counter is available at the complex opposite the Forestry Office (where you can also get entry permits (MYR1) and camera licenses (MYR5) done - good for the entire trip's duration. The boat ride takes approximately three hours and the seats are simple wooden planks so be mindful that it can get uncomfortable. However, there are picturesque views of villages, jungle and local people along the way.

  • Kuala Tahan - Kuala Tahan is a ramshackle village under the auspices of FELDA, a government rural development scheme. Located at the confluence of Sungai Tahan and Tembeling, the village is perched directly opposite the entrance of Taman Negara National Park across the river. Once at Kuala Tahan, either by car or boat, you need to take a water taxi across the river to reach the park. It costs only MYR1 per person for a one-way trip, and these water taxis are always available (just shout or wave to any pontoon-like boat scurrying around the jetty) from morning till 11pm daily. If you've arrived at Kuala Tahan by car, and wish to spend the night at the park directly, then a large parking lot is available at cheap rates near Xcape Resort. Off the boat, register for a entry permit and camera license at the park office if you have not done so already at Kuala Tembeling.
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