Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia travel.
Malaysia travel attractions
Sabah province(northeast Borneo island)
Sabah gets direct international access via Kota Kinabalu. The nearby beaches are some of the best in Borneo, while the islands off the coast offer beautiful resorts and spectacular diving. This is the best wildlife safari destination in Asia with the possible exception of India, offering orangutans, proboscis monkeys, turtles, hornbills, leopard, Sumatran rhino and other exotic creatures on land and in sea. More Sabah
***Kinabalu National Park – Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in south east Asia at 4, 100m, rises dramatically from the jungle canopy and has an easy-to-follow 8km path to the summit.
**Kinabatangan River – with good prospects for seeing turtles and proboscis monkeys etc. by riverboat.
***Kabili-Sepilok Rainforest Reserve is a first rate sanctuary for rescued orangutans and an ideal way to see them up close and responsibly in their natural habitat.
**Danum Valley – aerial walkways through an extensive protected wildlife habitat.
**North Borneo Railway – the real deal, colonial steam train style between Kota Kinabalu and Tenom in the south.
***Sipadan diving and snorkeling – sensational big fish and colourful coral off the eastern coast. More Sipadan
Sarawak province(west Borneo island)
This province also offers direct international access from Miri and has many national parks and the world’s most extreme diversity of flora and fauna.
Mountains range above extensive jungle waterways, edged with gorgeous beaches. Tattooed Iban headhunters (they’re not too keen on pasty tourist heads), birds and and other wildlife are in abundance. The traditional longhouses and planked walkways are a local speciality. More Sarawak
***Gunung Mulu National Park – has three eroded mountains, a buzzing rainforest and stunning, world-beating limestone cave systems – the biggest cave, the biggest chamber and the longest cave in the world. Millions of bats cloud from the entrance of Deer Cave in the evening.
Groups here are much more cost-effective than individuals. More Gunung
**Kuching – on the Sarawak River offers lots of colonial heritage, is reasonably attractive and walkable.
**Matang and Semengok Wildlife Centres – best at feeding time to see rescued orang utans.
*Gunung Gading National Park – to see the world’s largest flower (up to 1 metre) of the Rafflesia.
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling: some of best places for diving in the world. Pretty good east coast dives are around Tioman, Redang and Perhentian islands, while the east coast of Sabah (Borneo) at Sipadan is really outstanding.
Beach life: See Malaysia Beaches
Wildlife: Orang utans, Proboscis Monkey and other less bizarre monkeys and turtles, leopards, rhino, lots of plants and birds, especially the cute hornbill, and fish of all sizes depending where you go – all very diverse, but the big ginger ape of Borneo is definitely the jungle VIP.
Caving: there are some spectacular caves on Borneo at Gunung Mulu National Park. See right.
Trekking/Climbing: moderate trekking can be undertaken in the coolish Cameron Highlands or Taman Negara NP on the mainland, but for really sweaty jungle adventure and bigger views head for Borneo and try the area around Mt Kinabalu as well as the three peaks at Gunung Mulu NP in Sarawak.
Whitewater Rafting: many rivers range from moderate to extreme on the mainland, such as Sungai Selangor near KL, and Suingai Telom in the Cameron Highlands. In Borneo there’s Sungai Pudas.
Road options are plentiful on the mainland with well-organised car hire, city-to-city taxis, buses and train services. Buses are cheapest, naturally, and peninsula coverage comprehensive.
Train transport is limited to two main lines.
Airlines in Malaysia are relatively expensive, and except for serious pond hopping, e. g. to Borneo island, probably not required. Deeper exploration of Borneo is usually by 4×4 and riverboats.