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[Watch] Rompin State Park: The Hidden Gem In One Of The World’s Oldest Tropical Rainforests

[Watch] Rompin State Park: The Hidden Gem In One Of The World’s Oldest Tropical Rainforests

Rompin State Park is a major conservation area in Peninsular Malaysia and the largest national park after Taman Negara.

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The Taman Negeri Rompin (TNR) is a hidden charm of enchanting tropical rainforest with its own treasure.

Located in the Endau-Rompin Forest Reserve, TNR is one of the world’s oldest and best-preserved rainforests.

The rock formation there dates back around 248 million years old, while its pristine tropical rainforests span a wide range of forest types.

TNR, which was established in 1993, has an area of 48,905 hectares. (Credit: Fernando Fong) 
The state park is equipped with modern facilities at the Kinchin Base Camp. (Credit: Fernando Fong)

The unique landform features of Endau Rompin have given rise to numerous waterfalls.

They range from boulder-strewn rapids, to slow meandering rifts and all the way to impressive thunderous cascades pouring down over rocky cliffs. 

The contrast of cascading water, rocky outcrops and tropical greenery make TNR waterfalls a visual treat.

The magnificent 50-meter high Mahkota Falls in TNR. (Credit: Fernando Fong)

A Nature’s Paradise Reborn

TNR was closed for three years from 2017 to 2019 for the purpose of upgrading by the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC).

Among the facilities added is an 800-meter suspension bridge and a 15-meter high observation tower to take in the scenery of forests, rivers and rocky rapids found there.

Roads have also been upgraded to make it easily accessible by normal vehicles.

For those who are interested in obtaining various information related to TNR and the Endau-Rompin Forest Reserve, an exhibition hall equipped with modern facilities such as video screenings, animal replicas and video games are also provided.

Other activities include river canoeing and jungle trekking.

The Pahang Forestry Department (JPNP) work hard to protect the rainforests and the biodiversity within them.

Emphasis is put on the sustainable management of tropical forests, restoring degraded land surrounding forests, and protecting rivers and streams.

TNR offers comfortable accommodation right in the heart of the rainforest. (Credit: Fernando Fong)

Amazing Rainforest Flora And Fauna

The TNR have rich biodiversity and many species inhabit the rainforests, such as the dusky leaf monkey.

Preciosuly, the area was known for having the largest remaining population of the highly endangered Sumatran rhinoceros before it became extinct.

Other animals that live in the national park are the white-handed gibbon, Malaysian tiger, Asian elephant, wild boar, tapir, slow loris, deer, long-tail macaques and even and remarkably ambitious giant ants. 

Visitors also have the opportunity to see several types of forest birds such as hornbills and kingfishers.

In the evening, knowledgeable guides are at hand to take visitors for an adventurous night jungle walk in the rainforest.

Those who are lucky will get to see wild animals such as leopards and elephants that usually appear at night.

Chances on spotting them are slim as they have ample space to roam around within the park boundaries.

TNR is home to a diverse mix of flora and fauna. (Credit: Fernando Fong)
A calm and serene night at TNR. (Credit: Fernando Fong)

Tourists from outside the district and foreigners will be charged entry fees according to the new rates set by the state government.

The fees are RM10 and RM30 for children, RM30 and RM50 for adults and RM15 and RM30 for senior citizens aged 60 and above. 

No entrance fee is charged to visitors with disabilities (OKU).

Groups of more than 30 students in one group were charged RM100 and RM300.

The sun sets at TNR. (Credit: Fernando Fong)

Getting There

TNR is located South of Pahang and North East of Johor.

The best way to travel to TNR from Klang Valley is by private car.

It takes a 4-5 hours journey through the East Coast Highway.

Vehicular access is available all the way by tarmac road into Kinchin Base Camp via Selendang near Rompin.

TNR is easily accesible with normal vehicles. (Credit: Fernando Fong)

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