Shopping, sightseeing, savouring good food and having a whale of a time at the beach sounds like everyone’s idea of an ideal vacation, but a close to nature holiday may just make an invigorating difference. One can certainly find an abundance of verdant natural beauty, flora and fauna in Sarawak’s many parks and reserves.
If you are looking for a destination that offers a wide variety of attractions including amazing nature, excellent beach resorts, diverse culture, and contrasting cuisines, look no further than a Malaysia vacation. Malaysia covers two landmasses. One is Peninsula Malaysia, which is sandwiched between Thailand and Singapore and the other is situated to the east …
Over the past few months, an oil palm plantation located in the vicinity of Sarawak’s Mulu Rainforest has caused widespread concern among locals and environmentalists alike. The Mulu rainforest, part of the Gunung Mulu National Park, is…
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.
Are you looking to explore a unique and diverse Southeast Asian country? If you are seeking breathtaking beaches, multicultural cities with extraordinary architecture, and the greenest highlands and rainforests on the planet, then you need to head to Malaysia!
When we say a country has it all, Malaysia offers destinations such as the unique city of Kuala Lumpur, the incredible greenery of the Cameron Highlands, the crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches on Tioman Island, as well as the delicious street food of Penang.
Let’s take a look at 10 wondrous places you should visit during your exploration of Malaysia.
When traveling to Malaysia, one place that is a definite must is its capital and largest city, Kuala Lumpur. KL is such a unique city that you should make sure you dedicate a couple of days if you are to get any sense of what makes it so unique.
Two of the top attractions in Kuala Lumpur are Petronas Twin Towers and the adjacent KLCC Park, which has fun nightly water fountain shows at Lake Symphony. The Twin Towers are actually the city’s icon.
Explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison recalls in his new book how he discovered a network of caves in Borneo’s Gunung Mulu National Park – a magnificent place where humans had never before set foot.
I once found a Garden of Eden. The world is full of little Edens, if you just take the trouble to look for them, but many have been destroyed through man’s greed and ignorance. Sometimes it feels as though the whole planet has been so polluted and ravaged that there are no Edens left, but they are there to be found by those who step off the beaten track, and some are protected in national parks and by their inaccessibility.
So it was with mine. The scientific expedition I was in charge of was to the newly gazetted and almost completely unexplored Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Borneo.
With more than half of its 329,758 square kilometre surface covered in tropical rainforest, Malaysia is a top nature and ecotourism destination for outdoor lovers and adventure seekers. It boasts the oldest rainforest in the world estimated at 130 million years old, the third highest peak in all of Southeast Asia (and the country’s highest at over 4,000 metres above sea level) and massive caverns believed to be among the largest in the world.
Taman Negara / Gunung Tahan
Malaysia’s Taman Negara (National Park) is located in the centre of the peninsula spread over three states, more than 4,000 square kilometres in size. It is also home to the peninsula’s tallest mountain, Gunung Tahan, with its peak at 2,187 metres.
The park’s rainforest is the world’s oldest primary forest at 130 million years old, and it is where one can find the best trails for all levels of trekking.
KUCHING: Sarawak Tourism Ministry is looking into the feasibility of improving accessibility to Mulu where Mulu National Park, a Unesco World Heritage, site is nestled.
Its Assistant Minister Datuk Lee Khim Shim said in this regard, the state government had in mind the existing logging road from Long Bedian-Long Terawan-Long Iman and two-hour boat ride to Mulu National Park headquarters.
He said promotion of the park, being a prime state tourism product, was being carried out constantly.
“Other short, medium and long term strategies to promote Mulu National Park include a tactical campaign to put Miri as one of the preferred destinations to visit.
“The component of the tactical campaign is by positioning Miri and Mulu National Park as a twin destination,” he said when answering a question from Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew (BN-Piasau) at the State Legislative Assembly here today.
If you didn’t already think of Malaysia as one of the most beautiful countries in the world, you will now.
Split by the South China Sea, Malaysia is like two countries in one—Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo—with islands thrown in as an added bonus. Throughout the Southeast Asian nation you’ll find towering mountains, pristine beaches, limestone caves, and some of the most beautiful tea plantations in the world. This level of natural beauty, in addition to cutting-edge cities and culture, makes Malaysia one of the world’s best places to visit (and one of the best places to live). Don’t believe us? Here are 15 photos we think may change your mind.
With its seven-tier pagoda and thousands of bronze statues, George Town’s Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Malaysia—if not the entire world.
Thinking of a vacation in Malaysia? Here’s a list of things to do (see wildlife, go to an island) and what to eat (milo, claypot chicken rice).
For years, Malaysia cruised under the tourist radar, overshadowed by its more popular Southeast Asia neighbors such as Thailand and Singapore.
Yet, steady economic growth and a particularly catchy “Malaysia Truly Asia” tourism campaign have helped lift the country to prominence.
Malaysia is a tapestry of diverse cultural influences, drawing from its local indigenous, Malay, Indian and Chinese communities as well as its colonial heritage.
It’s also a story of contrasts — a place where smooth highways lead to both modern cities and lush rainforests, where street vendors set up shop in the shadows of skyscrapers and hipster cafes operate next to traditional kopitiams (coffee houses).
Accessible only by boat or plane, the wilderness of Mulu National Park covers about 544 square miles, an area equal to the size of Singapore. It is home to some of the largest documented cave systems on the planet, and populated by bats and other rare wildlife. After a former successful collaboration, the National Park Management asked CTG Security Matrix, a Bosch Integrator, for advice on how to best monitor the area’s remote sites. Taking all of the camera requirements and environmental factors into consideration, three Bosch MIC IP starlight 7000 HD PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras were the perfect choice for this harsh environment.
Conditions could not be more challenging than in Borneo’s tropical rainforest, where temperatures reach up to +30 degrees Celsius and humidity can be as high as 100 percent.
IT was indeed my lucky week in mid-May, when the distant planets of the universe conspired and brought together three of my favorite things—diving, caving and jazz music (in that particular order).
The fact that it happened in the charming resort city of Miri in Sarawak, Malaysia, during the Borneo Jazz Festival made it a consummate and multisensorial experience.
Located on the northern central part of Borneo island, which boasts of a rich biodiversity, Miri is one of the unheralded diving havens in this part of the world.In between the sizzling performances in the two-day jazz fest, the event organizers took us to Miri’s underwater world via Co.Co. Dive, Sarawak’s one and only Padi 5-Star Dive Center.
Malaysia is often dubbed a melting pot of culture, and it is due to this characteristic the country has gained a lot of tourism potential. This Southeastern country is replete with several activities that can leave a visitor awe-struck. Right from opulent history to stunning architecture, both ancient and modern; from happening nightlife to pristine and surreal beaches and islands that offer incredible adventure activities; and from amazing amusement parks to wildlife-rich national parks, everything that Malaysia features, has fun and exoticness and of course an experience that one can never forget.
Here are top 20 places to visit and things to do in Malaysia that can make your trip quite a thing!
Must Visit Places in Malaysia
Dubbed tropical paradise, Langkawi can be any beach lover’s dream holiday destination.
Much of East Malaysia on the island of Borneo was once covered by natural vegetation like lowland rainforest, montane forests at high altitudes, and mangroves along the coasts. Many natural areas still remain today, and most are reasonably accessible, but in some cases do require long road or river journeys.
Here are five fabulous natural places to put on your list of East Malaysian travel destinations.
1. Bako National Park, Sarawak
One of Sarawak’s smallest national parks (just 2,727ha) punches way above its weight class in terms of wildlife. Located 37km from the Sarawak capital of Kuching, Bako supports stands of most plant communities found in the state with mixed dipterocarp forest, mangrove forest (where it’s possible to see Proboscis Monkeys), grasslands, peat swamp forest, and a very unusual kerangas, or heath forest, where pitcher plants thrive in the nutrient-depleted soil.