The Oldest Rainforest in the World

Trip Start Apr 12, 2010
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Trip End Jul 16, 2010


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Flag of Malaysia  , Pahang,
Sunday, June 6, 2010

We woke up early to catch the first boat to the main town with all of our stuff, again. I am so glad none of us fell in!

We walked straight to the Tahan Guest House which was the cutest place ever! It's a very colorfully decorated guesthouse that looks just like a pre-school so I felt right at home :) The only downside is that the bathroom has a squat toilet so I’ll just get some more practice for public bathrooms. It was so nice and so much better from the night before that last night!

Once we got our stuff in the room, we locked up fast because we wanted to make the best of our day. So we met up with the girls downstairs and walked down to the jetty and took a ferry across the river.

We started with the Wildlife Department to get maps and also purchase our park permits. Next, we decided to do the canopy walk (longest in the world) and the viewpoint hike today. Once on the trail, we were immediately in the deep jungle.  Travis was so happy; it was as if he was home, lol! He absolutely is a jungle boy!

It was much cooler inside all the trees but at the same time also much more humid. You are immediately drenched in sweat.

The hike to the canopy took around 30 minutes with the last part pretty much uphill. When we got to the base of it, there were tons of people waiting for their turn. However, it took only 10 minutes after we register for our name to be called.

The canopy walk was lots of fun, we were so high up above the jungle floor. The only bummer was that there were so many people there that you are pretty much corralled through the walk, you cannot stop and really enjoy it. We actually also came during renovations and part of the canopy walk was closed :( Nevertheless, It was still an awesome experience.

Next, we started the hike to the viewpoint, Bukit Terisek, which overlooks most of the national park. It would have been a very nice workout up the mountain but the heat got unbearable at times.  Once we were on the top, we were glad the view was worth it. You could see the mountains for miles.  At the top we rested a bit and then started our way back down. We were a little disappointed in the lack of animals you see on the hikes. Pretty much all we saw were insects and a couple monkeys.

We went straight to get something to eat across the river and then rested the rest of the day. The hikes take a lot out of you in this kind of heat.
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Paula McCowan on

Hi Rosa and Travis
I just spent the last hour or so reading about your trip and looking at most of the beautiful pictures (it's 3:30 am so I will have to get back at the rest later). It looks like you are having a fantastic adventure. Thank you for sharing it. Have a great time with the remainder of your trip. My prayers are for your continued safety.
Paula
Paula

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