For our very first holiday, we went on a trip to Taman Negara, the world’s oldest tropical rainforest.
We stayed in the beautiful Balai Serama guesthouse, which is a few kilometres from Kuala Tahan, the entrance to Taman Negara.
The ride from KL took about 3,5 hours. After a great dinner at the guesthouse, the driver brought us to Kuala Tahan where we met our private guide for three days, Abdullah.
Together we crossed the river in a small boat for a night walk in the jungle.
We saw snakes, spiders, scorpions, millipedes and other insects. The sound of the jungle by night is indescribable.
After a good night of sleep we met Abdullah again at the riverside for the canopy walk and a jungle walk. He told us about wild animals, plants, insects and how to survive in the jungle.
On the river there were many floating restaurants serving local and western dishes. We had lunch in the Taman Negara Floating Restaurant and the food was delicious.
In the afternoon we made a boat trip to Latah Berkoh for another jungle tour. At the end of the tour, we went for a swim in a natural jacuzzi.
On the third day we visited a Orang Asli village. Orang Asli means ‘original people’. They live in small tribes in the jungle and hunt with blowpipes made from bamboo.
To get to the Orang Asli village, we had to go on a rocky boat trip upstream. When we arrived we were completely wet.
For a 4night/3day stay in Balai Serama we paid 980 ringgit per adult and 405 ringgit for a child. Children until 5 years old are free of charge. The price includes breakfast, dinner, tours, guide and boat trips. We enjoyed this guesthouse very much, especially the view is amazing.