Dating back over 130 million years, laman Negara is the oldest rainforest in the world. Home to elephants, the Sumatran rhinoceros and even tigers, as well as 14,000 species of plants and 300 species of birds, the forest is just three hours' drive from the city of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The best way to reach the national park that surrounds the forest is to take a bus to Kuala Tembeling, from where you can catch a boat down the river to the park gate at Kuala Tahan. This boat journey is a major part of the Taman Negara experience, and makes you realize just how isolated it is from the outside world. Skirting the border of the park, the trip offers breathtaking views of the forest overhanging the water.
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