Where & What to See in Pahang Rainforest
As the state of Pahang is Peninsular Malaysia's natural repository of rainforest, there are plenty of gazetted rainforest reserves and parks.
These places offer visitors a glimpse of Malaysia's rich and extraordinary flora and fauna - truly a sight to behold!
Recognized as the second–largest national park in Peninsular Malaysia, the 800,000 hectare Endau-Rompin National Park is swathed in dense jungle, waterfalls and rich flora and fauna. One of the last remaining lowland dipterocarp forests in the world, the park straddles the Pahang - Johor border and is home to the nearly-extinct Sumatran rhinoceros, tigers, elephants and tapirs. Read More...
- Highlights: Extinct Sumatran rhinoceros, tigers, elephants and tapirs.
- Location: Pahang
Gunung Senyum Recreational Forest
The Gunung Senyum Recreational Forest is located in Temerloh, Pahang. Its name comes from the Malay word for 'smile'. Its primary attraction is the multitude of caves found within the forest. Chief among them is the Gunung Senyum cave which is actually a hill with more than 20 caverns. Another popular one is the Jebak Puyuh cave, which has about seven caves. The caves are not just popular with tourists, but also with archaeologists as ancient fossils and a tomb have been found here.
Apart from the caves, the wildlife and flora are simply amazing. There are many species of birds, mammals and insects found here, which provides for a great camping or trekking trip.
Gunung Tapis Park
The Gunung Tapis Park is a beautiful patch of rainforest located a mere 16 km away from Sungai Lembing. The park is a popular spot for camping. Visitors can also shoot the rapids at the rivers, soak in the hot springs or fish for the amazing game fish 'Kelah'. There is one resort in the area for those who want convenient accommodation.
The Kenong Rimba Park is a protected forest reserve that is 121 sq km in size located just southwest of Taman Negara. This scenic valley is rich in unique tree specimens, wildlife and even mythical folklore.
Deep within the park are some magnificent limestone caves to discover, including the famous Gua Batu Tinggi, which resembles a dug out boat. A river flows beneath this cave and legend has it that the cave was formed when a boat carrying the King's messenger from Pekan was turned to stone. At approximately 120-150 meters above sea-level, the cave has an abundance of vegetation from orchids to fig trees and epiphytes to moss.
Outside, nature lovers will be able to spot a variety of trees, such as the 'Tualang', which is a massive tree that grows hundreds of feet high, the tallest tropical tree species. Another interesting tree is the 'Pokok Ara', which is often described in local folklore and poems.
Known as the ‘green lungs’ of the Malay Peninsula, the 434, 350 hectare Taman Negara is a 130-million-year-old ecotourism park that is blanketed with dense jungle and a diverse range of plants and animals. Over the course of its lifespan, the park has been spared major geological upheavals such as earthquakes and volcanic activity. As a result, it is acknowledged as one of the oldest jungles in the world. Read More...
- Remarks: Please note that Taman Negara is a restricted area. All visitors to the park MUST get permits from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks.