Jerantut

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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.


Get in[edit]

From Kuala Lumpur:

  1. Pekeliling Bus Station (near Titiwangsa station- take the Star LRT or Monorail to get there)

SE Bus Express Departure Time: 10:30AM 12PM 5:30PM

  1. Hotel Mandarin Pacific in Chinatown, Petaling Jaya (near Mcdonald's or Pasar Seni Putra Station)

Shuttle bus of NKS travel agency. Book through them. Departure time: 8:30am

  1. KL Sentral Train Station: Departure: 8:30PM (check http://www.ktmb.com.my for the latest schedules. Online ticket booking is available) Note there is only 1 train a day and it arrives at a time that will suit few travellers!

Get around[edit]

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 Pulau Perhentian – 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 flea market is quite interesting to look into.

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Jerantut is the main town nearest to the gateway of the Taman Negara National Park. Other interesting places in the area are

  • Kota Gelangi - Caving and abseiling
  • Tekam Plantation - Palm oil plantation, fruit plantation and rubber estate
  • Gunung Senyum - Caving, abseiling and flying fox
  • Jeram Besu - Rafting, flying Fox

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  • Lata Meraung Waterfall is a very nice place to go. But you have to charter a taxi for that purpose since no public transport is available.

In Jerantut travellers can also enjoy public swimming pool in local sport arena. This facility is rarely get in small town area.

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  • Local Handicraft is available at reasonable price.

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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.

  • Blue Sky Food & Beverage on 24 Sungai Jan. Fresh hand-made Mee (whilst you wait) in soup. Also, this is the only restaurant in Jerantut that makes Bak Kut Teh: meaty pork ribs simmered in a broth of herbs and spices (typically star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, fennel seeds, and garlic) for hours. This dish is served with steamed rice and strips of fried dough, dipped into the soup. Meals are RM2-12 and drinks are RM 1.5 upwards. (Restaurant closes between 14:00-19:00.)

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As an Islamic town, alcohol is not available in many of the restaurants in Jerantut. Of an evening, Chinese restaurants are the most similar thing you will find to a regular bar and many people go there just to drink without ordering food.

There are several Chinese outlets selling bottles of local and im