Where to go in Malaysia: three trips to suit your travel style


3. For nature lovers

Malaysia’s rainforests are abundant. Your journey will be enveloped by a diverse flora and fauna in Taman Negara from the start. Jungle flourishes through this rainforest, one of the oldest in the world, in the heart of Peninsular Malaysia. In addition, it is almost entirely untouched. Here you can take a day trip above the trees, along the longest canopy walk in the world, which offers a bird’s-eye view of the forest.

If you are adventurous, stay overnight. Embark on the Keniam Trail and start with a boat ride along the cappuccino-colored Tahan River. Overnight you sleep in caves, accompanied by the cacophonous singing of the night jungle. You still need five days to get to the boat back to Kuala Lumpur. During this time, hike up the forested slopes of Mount Tahan, dodging swarming bats. Remember to keep your eyes open as you are in the territory of tigers and elephants hiding in the shady interior of the jungle. It’s a tiring endeavor, but worth it.

Away from the mainland, Malaysia is home to some of the wildest areas in Southeast Asia. Home to the states of Sarawak and Sabah, Borneo is an adventurer’s dream. A short domestic flight from Kuala Lumpur takes you to the edge of the jungle, landing in Kuching in Sarawak or Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. Many tour companies offer one-day or multi-day jungle tours from the city, including the chance to see orangutans dangling in the treetops.

If you want to experience the less-visited areas of Borneo’s jungle, you can explore the ancient cave systems of Gunung Mulu National Park. As you wander through the thickets of the forest, you might spot the giant porcupines or the cackling monkeys soaring overhead. Accessible only by air, small planes fly daily to the park from Miri, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.


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