Rough in the Jungle

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Taman Negara canopy walkway
I'm in the jungle :) The oldest rainforest in the world in fact....Teman Negara national park in the north east of Malaysia. We're staying in a small village called Tembeling by the river (which is big and windy and brown) at a guesthouse/homestay. The family give us breakfast and tomorrow night we'll be having a malay meal with them. For other meals we've been trying out the floating restaurants at the rivers edge.... So far I'm underwhelmed by the malay food, it doesn't have a distinct flavour like Thai food and is often greasy. I'll give it a bit more of a chance but I think I'll be opting for Indian/Chinese when I get back to KL instead.
This morning we took a canopy walkway over the jungle which was OK but not as stunning as the Flight of the Gibbon thing I did in Northern Thailand and I certainly didn't see any wildlife, it was too full of noisy tourists.
Mahoosive millipede, ick
I'm hoping we'll see more on the 9k trek we're doing tomorrow but I noticed signs to some bird-watching hides earlier so I'm tempted to go off by myself instead. The place where the trek is should be more remote and we would have a park ranger as a guide though so maybe its worth doing. I just had such a great guide and a brilliant time at Kaeng Krachan that I'm worried its going to be a bit of a disappointment.
I'm sharing with a Canadian called Betty at the moment but looking forward to getting to the perhentian islands as it will be my turn to have a room to myself. I don't mind sharing but it is nice to have more space and privacy sometimes. I'm looking forward to a few days to myself when I get back to KL. Anyway, time to go and get ready for some river-rafting.
Apparently you can have a swim at the end but seeing as we saw a bright green snake swimming in it yesterday I might just give that a miss. Its so brown with tannin from the trees that you can't see a thing. I think swimming in the sea at night was brave enough for me!
That was after mine and Jesse's snorkelling trip from Railay, there was bioluminescence in the water so it was quite an experience, everytime you moved the water would sparkle around you. Oh, and I held a massive Python in Melaka the other day too. It was the first time I've held a big snake and I really enjoyed it, there are tons of photo's of me with a huge grin on my face. I don't like to see animals being exploited for money but I just couldn't resist the opportunity to hold a python. One of the best things on my trip so far I think. I almost held a giant millipede we found earlier but wimped out at the last second when all its legs started moving. Anything more than four legs is too many as far as I'm concerned! Right, I'll shut up. Bye for now!
gejah says:
yes that is what i ment!!! ha ha
Posted on: Mar 09, 2009
bethbackpacks says:
We got the train to Jerantut then a bus from there takes you to a travel agency, from there they take you to the river and we were in an extremely uncomfortable motorised longtail to get to the village. 3 hours sitting on hard wood, not fun!
Posted on: Mar 09, 2009
gejah says:
just a question, if you enter the jungle in Taman negara you have to travel by boat (a kind of kayak) otherwise you can not enter the jungle. Are they still using this transportation? And did you sleep in wooden houses in the jungle?
Posted on: Mar 09, 2009
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Taman Negara canopy walkway
Taman Negara canopy walkway
Mahoosive millipede, ick
Mahoosive millipede, ick
First dinner in Teman Negara, floa…
First dinner in Teman Negara, flo…
the river
the river
Buddhist temple in Melaka
Buddhist temple in Melaka
Muslim graveyard in Melaka, the ro…
Muslim graveyard in Melaka, the r…
In our rather interesting decorate…
In our rather interesting decorat…
the courtyard at our hotel, Baba H…
the courtyard at our hotel, Baba …
Getting acquainted with a python
Getting acquainted with a python
Durian....tried it, once. And neve…
Durian....tried it, once. And nev…
traditional Melaka meal of rice ba…
traditional Melaka meal of rice b…
Remains of a dutch colonial church
Remains of a dutch colonial church
hindu temple in melaka
hindu temple in melaka
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