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Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Batang Ai National Park

A trip to Borneo isn’t complete without a visit to the Batang Ai National Park, regardless of whether you’re a nature lover or not. Although the park lacks a little in terms of facilities, locals and foreign tourists flock here to experience the extensive tropical rainforest that is home to many rare and protected animals. You may spot orang utans, gibbons and hornbills easily at the park, rare species you wouldn’t see on any other day elsewhere on the island of Borneo. A park is not complete without a scenic lake. The Batang Ai National Park has one, though artificially made by mankind, exudes a sense of peace to the animals and tranquility to the humans who are visiting the park.

Getting to Batang Ai National Park is no walk in the park. Since it is located almost in the middle of nowhere some 250 km away from the big city of Kuching in Sarawak, the park is only accessible by boat – definitely a unique and exhilarating experience. Getting out is as difficult as getting in, so just spend a night or two at the Batang Ai Longhouse Resort managed by Hilton. The resort is Hilton’s only property that is managed in a jungle instead of the big city – another experience that you can boast of to your friends. Choose from either a traditional longhouse-style room with lovely garden view or opt for a pampering stay in a two-level suite for luxury and comfort.

If you’re staying at the Hilton’s Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, you don’t have to worry much about making a trip to the Batang Ai National Park as you could request the hotel to make an arrangement on your behalf. Note that a fee might be applicable. After the trip to the park, spend some time with the local inhabitants of Batang Ai who are predominantly Iban. You could visit their homes, the Iban longhouses, which are situated within the area. This local community is also the ones responsible for helping to conserve the park, especially when it comes to the park’s management. Established back in 1991 and governed by Sarawak Forestry, a trip to Batang Ai National Park has become increasingly popular in the past two decades.

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