130 Million Year Old Rain Forest- Taman Negara, Malaysia

Taman Negara is a 130 million year old Rain Forest North East of Kuala Lumpur. After almost 2 weeks in Kuala Lumpur we were ready to escape the City and head into a National Park, and Taman Negara was the perfect spot.

We found a hotel overlooking the rainforest, which was a great place to explore from. A very short 2min boat ride across a river, and we were in the rainforest. After spending 3 day trips hiking around the rainforest as expected, it’s very hot , humid, and wet. Even when it’s not raining, I was sweating buckets. Also, no matter how hard you try, if you spend long enough in the rainforest, you will get leeches latching onto you and sucking your blood 🤷🏻‍♂️. Getting lost and muddy is expected, but it’s all part of the Fun and makes for an awesome adventure!

The last day in Taman Negara was Fun, Challenging, and the most memorable. We ventured out in hiking boots,  waterproof trousers, and jackets both as protection from the inevitable downpours as well as a form of armor from the leeches. The hikes in the rainforest are sometimes on wooden boardwalks,  which are often broken and require slight detours as well as areas where you just hike through the mud and natural landscape. The first section of the route involved some steep climbs along the boardwalks,  being prepared in waterproofs has a downside, we were sweating with the humidity,   and hike and wearing waterproofs just adds to the heat. After a few detours around broken boardwalks and a couple of downpours we reached the top, a little hot and sweating but challenge complete we were at the top, it should all be an easy down hill stroll from here right? 🤔…. Well not exactly, rather than coming down the route we went up we decided to take a different route down, which means it’s more of a loop, but it doesn’t have a boardwalk. As we ventured down through the thick forest, on wet muddy ground clinging to a few trees where it got really slippy. We continued to get muddy and sweaty as we navigated our way down through the forest. We got lost a couple of times as it started to get closer to then end of the day, crossing a few streams, and climbed a few sections of steep muddy hills with the aid of rope that had been left hanging to assist hikers. By the end of the day with not much daylight left in the sky we reached the end, hot, wet, sweaty, muddy and a little tired 😂 we waited for the boat back across the river. After getting to the hotel and getting a cool refreshing shower we found a few leeches had gotten through our armour and we’d suffered a few bites 🤷🏻‍♂️. After dealing with the leeches it was time to grab some dinner from the restaurant next door and relax!

What a day, What an adventure!

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