bank negara is national bank. so what is taman negara? yep, you are right, it means national park and it is the first and still most important NP in malaysia on the mainland too (malay peninsula). it was our next stop after kuala lumpur, cambodia, perhentian islands and before we returned to KL and back home to germany via amsterdam.
our jungle stay mutiara taman negara at the tembeling river
mr. tapir came almost every night to our hotel
... and ms. porcupine too (=stachelschwein)
floating restaurants on the tembeling river, kuala tahan
orang asli village
orang asli children
floating houses + restaurants on the tembeling river
also leaving taman negara :-(
what homo sapiens + his industry (his greed?) leave behind :-(
back from cambodia, let's spend a week at a beach in malaysia => let's go to perhentian islands. we have stayed at the smaller ('kecil') island, pulau perhentian kecil.
the is an airport and a lot of malay muslim culture to see in kota bharu, the capitol of kelantan, one of the traditional malay provinces. to the perhantians it is about 1.5 hours drive by taxi and a about an additional hour by the speed boat to the two perhentian islands (kecil + besar)
kuala besut, we had to hurry up for the ferry / speed boat
after visiting the 12th century temples of angkor wat on day #1, we decided to see the holy mountains region Phnom Kulen in north western cambodia, the area where angkor begun. phnom kulen is sometimes written as phnom koulen and means the mountain of the lychees. of course it is a UNESCO world cultural heritage too.