Thursday, May 28, 2009

May 22 -24: Taman Negara Trip

I had always wanted to go to Taman Negara because I think it's a place worth visiting, plus it's one of the oldest rain forests in the world (apparently 130million years...or so the tour guide claimed.)

Anyways, Peas went there with her two brothers and Guo Chai (my brother's friend), thus making me the "Dai Ga Jie" or Big Sister! Hehe~

We left Klang at the wee hours of the morning, around 6.35am. And the traffic was a breeze! We reached the Kuala Tembeling Jetty around 10am, and sadly the boat ride could only depart at 2.30pm (cause the boatmen had Friday prayers >.<). And so we headed down to Jerantut (the nearest town). And the town was VERY small, and had nothing much to offer. The only place worth visiting was a shop which sold everything for RM2! Yes, believe it RM2. Can drinks like Yeo's Cincau were sold for RM 2 for 2 tins!!! And I even got a cap for RM2^^ Back to story, we took the package to Taman Negara. It costed RM250 per pax, and covers: 1. Return boat ride from Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan. (RM70) 2. Meals (1 lunch, 2 breakfast, 2 dinner) 3. Park entry permit (RM1) 4. Canopy Walk + Bukit Terisik "Climb" (RM30) 5. Night Walk (RM20) 6. Orang Asli Village Visit (RM40) 7. "Rapid Shooting" (RM40) 8. Accomodation for 2 nights in a fan hostel (RM 24) - Afternoons in the hostel is torturous, but during the night, sleeping in the upper bunk was VERY cold! I personally found the package a WASTE of money. It would have been MUCH MUCH cheaper if we didn't take the package and went in ourselves directly to Kuala Tahan. There are two entry points to Taman Negara, one could go directly by a vehicle to Kuala Tahan, or take a 3 hour-long boat ride into Kuala Tahan by boat. The bloody boat ride was so expensive, RM35 one way = = Oh well, we already paid for it, so no point complaining anymore...*sigh* it serves to remind me that IF I'm planning to go Taman Negara again, NEVER take the boat ride! LOL >< (because when you're in Kuala Tahan itself, you'd have to take short boat rides across the river to get into the forests~~ so basically you'll have plenty of chances to sit on a boat once you reach the place) My two brothers acting cool~

The placed we slept for 2 nights~

Night Walk Spottings:

The Orang Asli Village

Shin Shin, the sweet Taiwanese girl and I
We met Shin Shin on the very first day of the trip at the Kuala Tembeling Jetty. The way she approached us was really amusing. As we were boarding the little boat, she came to me with an excited tone asking where I was staying. (I'm secretly guessing that she approached me cause the other people were "ang mohs" and my two brothers look like malays (cause they are SUPER tan ;p). So being the only chinese looking person around there, she came to me^^)

Okies, back to story, Shin Shin is the MOST daring girl I've ever met. Daring in a good way. She's been travelling alone in Asia! She's been to Vietnam all by herself. Been to Singapore. And now she's running around Malaysia, alone! Travelling in Asia alone, is something which I think I would never have the guts to do in this lifetime!

I've always thought that girls who travel alone are those really independent and tomboy-ish kind of girls, but Shin Shin proved me wrong >.<>.< style="font-weight: bold;" href="">here's Shin Shin's picasa album, so that you can see the places she's been! And yea, one more thing, she's actually older than me, but as you can see, I look older than her >.<

A group pic of us, and the ppl we hung out with~

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