Formerly known as King George V National Park, Taman Negara National Park, Pahang was established in 1938-1939. But after Malaysia achieved its Independence it was renamed Taman Negara National Park, Pahang which literally means ‘national park’. Governed by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, the Taman Negara National Park in Pahang is spread across a total area of 4,343 square kilometers.
The Taman Negara National Park covers three Malaysian states of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu, each having its own legislation. Among the three, the Taman Negara National Park in Pahang is the largest. One of the most famous and popular eco-tourism destinations in Pahang, Malaysia, the Park features a range of geological and biological attractions. The most attractive feature of the Park is the Gunung Tahan, the highest point of the Malay Peninsula. But this range is not very popular among the regular travelers who prefer climbing the Kuala Tahan which is popularly known as Merapoh.
Taman Negara Park offers travelers, especially the adventurous ones, a never-ending chance to discover and understand the rich natural treasure of Malaysia featuring unspoilt jungles, rivers and mountains. Wildlife lovers will certainly enjoy their visit to Taman Negara National Park in Pahang as it houses few of the rarest mammals in the world. The rare species which can be found at the Park include Indochinese Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Malayan Gaur and Asian Elephant.
Along with the above listed mammals, nature enthusiasts are treated with a variety of fish species including the Malaysian ‘mahseer’, a type of game fish.
But the first aspect of the Taman Negara National Park, Pahang that impresses the tourists is the rich diversity and beauty of the plants and trees species that constitute one-third of all the flowering plants that are found in the country.
Tourists at Taman Negara National Park, Pahang can also indulge in canopy walkway bird watching or jungle trekking or simply sit by the flowing Tahan River enjoying the serenity of the place.
Prior to visitation, the travelers must get permits from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. If one intends to stay at the National Park then no need to worry as there are quite a few quality hostels and hotels near the park satisfying the lodging requirements of the tourists.