Dan "indiana" Jones and the travel adventures
As We missed Teman Negara on the way to KL We decided to go back up to it and then head to Singapore from there. Teman Negara is one of the oldest rainforests in the entire world, estimated at 130 milion years old. Jurassic park here we come! We had to get up early to get the bus to Jerantut. That went fine and the bus was air con and virtually empty so very comfortable travelling for 3-4 hours. We then had to catch a transfer bus to Kuala Tembeling which took about 30 mins. From there We had to catch a small boat up the Sungai Tembeling river to Kuala Tahan just on the boundary of Teman Negara. It was a 3 hour trip up river and went well except for the boat breaking down about half way! Very scenic though. That night We booked a night safari which sounds better than it was. To start with it was over booked so Em and I found ourselves perched on the roof of the truck not strapped down or anything. Literally just holding on for dear life. Safety was clearly not an issue here. Kind of adventurous though I guess. We saw one little snake and then some animals that could well have been from England. A slight disappointment really. Next day We went on a hike to the Tree Canopy walk way which is the longest recorded canopy walkway in the world. It was really nice. Reminded me of the Ewok village in Return of the Jedi. Not for those with vertigo! In the afternoon We booked what was referred to as river rapids or shooting the rapids. Not really much rapid about it and the only thing that got us wet was the drivers purposefully eratic turning. The following day We went to explore a cave called Gua Telinga which translated means the Ear cave. Apart from having possibly the most annoying guide in the world it was excellent. You had to crawl through small gaps where the roof was full of sleeping bats. Your head was literally brushing against the little critters. Negotiating our way through the nooks and crannies was pretty hairy at times. The most annoying thing (other than the guide) is that I forgot my camera so there are no photos of the coolest thing we did in Taman Negara. Oh well, C'est la vie. That night, which was also our last in TN, We went on a night walk. Unfortunately we didn't see much other than a couple of scorpions. We came to the conclusion that TN didn't quite live up to our expectations but We didn't get to go very deep in the jungle really. By far the best way to enjoy it would be to go on an expedition for a few days and nights but we just didn't have the time. Today We caught the Boat back to Jerantut at 2pm. It arrived at about 16:30. We're now sitting in a hotel lobby waiting for our train down to Singapore which departs at 02:30. It's gonna be a long night.