After spending a night in one of the ‘nicer’ guesthouses in Taman Negara, we decided to move somewhere cheaper. We managed to find more of a backpacker style guest house called Rippi hostel. It was fairly grotty but it only cost 10 ringgit (£2) a night for a dorm room so we can’t complain.
Once we checked in, we headed to the Taman Negara National Park which is home to the world’s longest canopy walk at 530 metres. It took about 10 minutes to walk to the start of the canopy and with the weather being so humid, we both had a massive sweat on before we had even started the walk.
After paying our 5 ringgit entrance fee (what a bargain!) we began heading upwards. The walk is split into several suspension bridges fixed around 45 metres high in the trees. Only a couple of people were allowed to walk on the bridges at a time. Because we were there out of season, there wasn’t really too much of a wait to get round the canopy. It was a little scary but fun at the same time. It probably took a good 20 minutes or so to complete the course including taking time to take in the view which mostly consisted of treetops.
After the canopy walk, we explored the national park. The park has clear pathways and we just followed one and did a bit of a loop. The walk is not strenuous and we saw a lot of ants on trees and came upon a little open area by the riverside. It was very peaceful apart from when the odd boat would go zooming past. We stopped here for a bit before heading back. By the end of the walk, we were sweating so much! Taman Negara is like an oven! Our clothes were soaked in sweat at the end of the walk and we headed straight for a shower when we got back to the hostel.