Taman Negara Day 03: Lata Berkoh then balikkkk!

So Day 03 in the perceived wilderness, yay!
We didn’t manage to get the night cruise on our 2nd night.
Which was a bummer, as it would have been fun.
But the Cina in me kept calculating cost per person etc.
Didn’t seem quite worth it…!
Then I looked at other activities.
There was one for ‘Lata Berkoh’. Quite pricey leh.
RM180 per boat up to 4 pax. We have 2 here, so RM90 each.
But I googled and it seemed to be popular and a must-do.
Close my Cina eyes and just do it lah!

I thought it was worth it lor :)

Taman Negara trip May 2012 - boat ride to Lata Berkoh

The boat ride to Lata Berkoh (Berkoh Falls) was lovely and scenic. I can’t describe exactly how it felt, but it had a strong calming effect on me. It was more in touch with undisturbed nature than the jungle ‘trekking’ the day before. The boatman went through a few rapids which were more exciting than the rapid shooting ride we had on our second day. His navigational skill was very impressive.

We were often rewarded with scenes like these:

Taman Negara trip May 2012 - beautiful river boat ride
Trees forming archways

See a video of us on the boat going through rapids:

We reached the entrance to Lata Berkoh. There were already a few boats parked, indicating earlier visitors. To get to the waterfall, we had to get off the boat and walk about 1km through a very easy trail. No worries there except for leeches..! Damn I hate leeches!

Taman Negara trip May 2012 - going to Lata Berkoh

But the view was worth it :)

Taman Negara trip May 2012 - Lata Berkoh

Here’s a video of Lata Berkoh for a much clearer picture:

Apparently quite dangerous to swim there as the currents are very strong but still some visitors do (mostly non-Asians). Quite untouched as no boats are able to get past this point, actually they would have been stopped earlier down the river.

We stayed for about an hour, just chilling under the hot sun until there was nothing left to chill (err, hot sun? :P ) so we went back.

If you’re going to Taman Negara, I highly recommending a trip to Lata Berkoh. Bring food, have a picnic, whatever. It’s probably the last easiest activity that really feels back-to-nature, so to speak. Anymore than that, you’d have to hike to Gunung Tahan, heh.

Checked out of the hotel, decided to have lunch in Jerantut. Again didn’t really know what to eat in Jerantut but Joyce located a place selling chicken via Foursquare, ‘Ayamui’. Seemed to be popular!

Taman Negara trip May 2012 - Ayamui in Jerantut

Ayamui turned out to be Chinese people selling Malay-style roast chicken with Chinese-style condiments, such as braised eggs, tofu and gizzard. Not bad indeed, the homemade tofu was really good.

Love the view while driving back to KL.

Taman Negara trip May 2012 - journey home

Love you, Banjaran Titiwangsa :) Will do a road trip to see more of you soon.

Comments

  1. Hi… I happened upon your blog while searching for activities in Taman Negara. Did your package include all the activities or did you book once you arrived there?

    I am trying to figure out if it is cheaper to book ahead online or just book at the jetty.

    Thanks!

  2. Hi Fawn, our package included the rapids shooting + jungle trekking + canopy walk fee. We paid to go to the waterfall ourselves, RM180 for a boat that can carry up to 4 people.

    Honestly I didn’t find the first rapid shooting very fun; in fact when we went to the waterfall, we went through a more exciting series of rapids.

    There’s an activity to visit the Orang Asli settlement. We skipped that too.

    The prices at the centre is quite reasonable. Take the Lata Berkoh as example, it’s RM180 for one boat that can carry 4 people, then calculate from there.

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