Taking the boat to Taman Negara National Forest was Rob’s idea. The boat used to be the only option, but now there is a road that runs from Jerantut to Kuala Tahan, the small village at the entrance to the park. The bus runs four times a day and costs only 7 RM each, but Rob thought taking the boat would be a cooler way to enter the world’s oldest rainforest. “C’mon,” he said, “It’ll be like going down the Amazon.”
The boat is a long wooden canoe powered by what sounds like a lawnmower motor. It takes 2 1/2 hours to cruise up the brown colored river to Taman Negara. Although we did stop at a beach and pick up two Orang Asli guides, it’s mostly a gimmick for tourists. I’m glad we did it though, as it was a highlight of our otherwise slightly underwhelming jungle adventure.
|A man and wife fishing in the shallow water
|gorgeous iridescent blue fern
|View from Bukit Indah
We’re headed to Kuala Lumpur, where I’m hoping to get more information about the Elephant Durian. I’ve also been in contact with Stinky Spikes, the guy who runs Dedicated to Durians, a blog all about durian in Kuala Lumpur. He’s got some great maps and information about where to go for durian in K.L., so our job should be easy there. Durian buffet, anyone?