George Town native Khoo Salma Nasution @ Khoo Su Nin, 55, wears many…
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has set its sights on getting Mount Kinabalu and its surrounding districts listed in Unesco Global Geoparks by 2020.
MELAKA, Malaysia – Being a UNESCO World Heritage site suggests how nicely Melaka has preserved its multicultural society, customs, traditions and townscape as a former colonial town in Malaysia. But this does not guarantee that the heritage of the Malay, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and British in Melaka for more than the past 500 years will last forever. Fifty-four World Heritage sites are on UNESCO’s danger list while the two others – Oman’s Arabian Oryx Sanctuary and Germany’s Dresden Elbe Valley – have been delisted.
GEORGE TOWN: While trishaws are hot tourism attractions in Melaka, in Penang they are in danger of disappearing.
Source: Riding trishaws into the sunset
The world has no shortage of hiking sites and thrilling peaks and Lonely Planet has just saved you some time by sieving through the thousands of peaks and walking trails to uncover 50 most incredible hikes in 30 countries that adventure travelers are bound to love.
Just look at the view.
PETALING JAYA: Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia’s highest peak in the land below the wind, has been listed as one of the world’s 50 most incredible hikes in Lonely Planet’s new guidebook on hiking trails around the world.
From iconic mountain climbs to once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters, Malaysia offers some of the world’s most incredible travel experiences.
There are several standouts that will stay with you long after savouring your final nasi lemak. Here are seven of the best to add to your itinerary:
1. Summit Mt Kinabalu
Rising a whopping 4095 metres above the jungles of Sabah, Mt Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, and offers one of the region’s most popular hikes. The dramatic climb through an array of incredibly diverse ecosystems is typically completed over two days, with hikers overnighting in a mountain hut before making the final push to the summit in time for sunrise. On the way down, you can opt to take the world’s highest via ferrata route, which was fully repaired following the 2015 earthquake.
2. Hang out with orangutans
There are few wildlife experiences more life changing than seeing a fuzzy orange orangutan swinging through the jungles of Borneo or Sumatra.
Bookmark this itinerary to experience the best of the Malaysian coastal state, from heritage sites to its booming food scene.