Note that the Taman Negara translates as 'national Park'...the correct name for the nearby park is Kuala Tahan National Park.
Jerantut is a small town in Pahang, on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. The town is the main transport hub for visiting the Taman Negara National Park but most visitors do not take accommodation here preferring Kuala Tahan village right on the doorstep of the park, now that it has developed sufficient facilities.
From Kuala Lumpur:
SE Bus Express Departure Time: 10:30AM 12PM 5:30PM
Shuttle bus of NKS travel agency. Book through them. Departure time: 8:30am
Public transport is not difficult even though this is a small town. From Bus Station they have buses to Mela, Kerambit and Kuala Lipis at 6h15am, 10h30am and 3h30pm, to Temerloh, Benta, Kuala Tembeling (Jetty to National Park), Bandar Pusat Jengka and longer distance services to Kuantan, Kualla Lumpur. and the Cameron Highlands
There are many public cabs available to any location from local district to other district and inclusive to Kuala Lumpur or Kuantan (capital city of Pahang).
Public buses to Kuala Taman (for Kuala Taman National Park) leave from bus station at 5:30am 8:00am 1:00 pm and 5:00pm returning at 7:30am 10:00am 3:00pm and 7:00pm. Price is RM7 each way and trip takes about 1hr30.
NKS also have two express buses a day on same route for RM15 along with direct onward travel to most tourist destinations. (Cameron Highlands – RM65, Jetty for Perhetians – RM65 etc)
NKS buses are more expensive than public transport though if you are on a tight schedule, they can take all of the organising out of the equation for you. The NKS websites may not be working but you can contact the Jerantut office at Hotel Sri Emas or phone 09-2601777, 2601773, 2664488, or 2664499. There's also an office in KL at the Hotel Mandarin Pacific (Petaling Street, Chinatown), tel. 03-20720336.
Jerantut is a dead town at night except for Saturday night when a local night market (Pasar Malam) is held. On Sunday a flae market is quite interesting to look into.
Jerantut is the main town nearest the gateway to the Taman Negara nationaal Park. Other interesting places in the area are
Local famous food that can be taken during lunch or dinner will be plain rice with silver catfish in durian paste or locally known as "Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak". It is a popular and very savory dish and is in fact a traditional dish in the state of Pahang. Its popular in the inland riverine areas as the Patin fish is found in abundance in the rivers of Pahang, especially in the Sungai Pahang.
It will cost you in a region of RM5-15 per dish for a reared wild silver catfish, but don't get yourself caught by surprise as a single slice from the wild silver catfish dish quite can cost you around RM40-50 per slice.
Few eateries and stall available at evening/ night in Benteng where you can savour mostly with Thai like food, western and local food. Chinese food are also available at Sungai Jan and other parts of the town. Indian foods are available and scattered in various part of this small town.
Kentucky Fried Chicken is available in front of Jerantut's bus station.
Local fruits like durians, duku, langsat are relatively cheap but only available in season.
As an Islamic town, alcohol is not available in many of the resteraunts in Jerantut. Of an evening, Chinese resteraunts are the most similar thing you will find to a regular bar and many people go there just to drink withoput ordering food.
There are several Chinese outlets selling bottles of local and imported beer and spirits around the town to take away (one close to the bus station).
There is one in the Tom Yam food court area at Jalan Bandar Baru and many more in the 'China Town' area of Jerantut just in the outskits of town along the C9 road.
For an afternoon or early evening beer, Chong Heng Hotel which is two doors up from NKS Cafe / guesthouse has cans of Tiger for RM6.50 and the owner is also very friendly and informative about the area.
Jerantut has varied accommodation options that cater to all types of guests, from foreign backpackers to local tourists.