Family trips worldwide: Exploring wild rivers of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest


Welcome to our new series, Family Trips Worldwide. In this series we will post short facts about a cool place that is great for a family trip.


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WHAT: a cruise with a traditional long boat on the river tributaries that flow trough the oldest jungle in the world (130 million years old).

WHERE: Malaysia, Taman Negara National Park.  4°23’6.98″N 102°24’6.04″E

HOW TO GET THERE: Taman Negara is located in the middle of penninsular Malaysia, around 3 hours by car from Kuala Lumpur. Once you reach Kuala Tahan, the village by the river, just across the Taman Negara NP visitors center, you can rent a boat for a couple of hours trip.

WHEN: the best time is at the beginning of the dry season, when the rivers are still high (between March and October).

WHAT TO DO: enjoy the boat ride on the river trough the rainforest, do a short hike trough the jungle itself and jump in the clear and cool waters below the Lata Berkoh waterfall cascades. From the Taman Negara NP visitors center there’s a wooden path that leads to the world’s longest canopy walkway, 40 m above the ground level. It’s an unforgettable experience, well worth your time.

ACCOMODATION: If you would like to experience an authentic homestay, try Delimah guesthouse, we really recommend it.

TIPS: on your way back, ask the boatman to turn off the engine and listen to the sounds of the jungle. You can spot some interesting jungle creatures as well.

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