Taman Negara

Taman Negara, which translates to “national park” in Malay, is among the world’s oldest rainforests. With gigantic trees and long canopy walkways, it is basically a jungle you can safely explore and enjoy.

Home to several endangered species like the Asian elephant, leopards, and tigers, Teman Negara is well-preserved yet open to curious tourists. While sightings of the said species may be rare, you could still enjoy watching birds, lizards, snakes, and other wild animals. Jungle trekking and elephant tracking are among the things you can do here.

If you’re more on to getting wet and dirty, you might want to try fishing and kayaking. You could also spend a night or two at Kenyir Lake.

Mulu Caves

If you’re tired of beaches and jungles and you want to try something new, perhaps you would want to give cave exploration a try.

The magnificent Mulu caves can be found at the Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo. Aside from these caves, the park exhibits karst formations made of limestone. You could also find here the largest cave chamber in the world, the Sarawak chamber. It has been said that this chamber is so enormous that it could fit London’s St. Paul Cathedral five times over.

When exploring these natural wonders, you might want to avoid Deer Cave when the clock strikes 5 p.m., unless you like being swept away by dark nocturnal mammals. Over a million bats exit the cave at this hour everyday to find food, painting the sky a shade of turbulent black for a little while.

Nevertheless, exploring Mulu caves can be a great alternative to your Malaysian vacation.

Melaka

Considered as Malaysia’s historical city, Melaka stands out with many ancient buildings complemented by different cultural settings.

Once a port located strategically along the Strait of Malacca, Melaka’s edifice has been greatly influenced by the Dutch, English, and Portuguese. The remnants of the past still strongly rise, and it is best to walk when going around this tourist destination.

Some of the historical structures that must be visited here are Stadthuys, Christ Church, A’ Famosa, and St. Paul’s Church. These buildings have successfully withstood the tests of time and weather. They are also a concrete storyteller of Melaka’s colorful past.

Perhentian Islands

When you still want the best even when traveling on a budget, the Perhentian Islands are the place to go.

Situated just off the coast of northeastern Malaysia, the Perhentian Islands offer warm, lovely beaches and amazing diving spots. Whether you are in Perhentian Besar (Big Perhentian) or Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian), or in any Perhentian island for that matter, you are sure to get the same taste of white sand and blue seas.

Looking for cheap accommodation is also not a problem, for rooms in these islands are very affordable. While they may not be five-star hotels, you could expect to have a comfortable abode for your entire stay in this paradise.

Enjoying a beautiful day at the beach, playing with the waves, and watching the sunset don’t have to cost a fortune, and that’s what the Perhentian Islands prove.

Palau Tioman

Once named by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most beautiful islands, Palau Tioman exceeds the expectations of its visitors.

Palau Tioman is a diver’s haven. Surrounded by countless white coral reefs, many tourists have flocked to this island to explore the life beneath its waters. Aside from scuba diving, you could also go snorkeling and feel the warm embrace of the sea.

Turtles come to Palau Tioman to lay eggs, and this is one thing you would never want to miss seeing. You could document and photograph sea creatures as they go on with their everyday life, while you enjoy your own.

Palau Tioman, like other Malay islands, has bountiful flora and fauna. From the depths of its seas to the heart of its forest, no wonder it has been called one of our earth’s most beautiful patches of land.

 

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