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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!

Carey Island

It was over 100 years ago that E.V John Carey, a Brit, had cleared a land at a mouth of Langat River and planted rubber plants on it. Today, oil palm plantations replaced the rubber plants and the place is called Carey Island. An hour and half drive away from Kuala Lumpur, Carey Island is located in the Kuala Langat district of Selangor state, just off Port Klang near Teluk Panglima Garang. It occupies an area of 38,000 acres, with 28,000 owned by Sime Darby Plantations and the remainder is state reserved. To get to the island, there is a two-lane bridge at a small Malay village connects the island with the mainland.

Carey Island, or Pulau Carey in Bahasa, is an initial settlement area for Mah-Meri (pronounced Mak Miri), one of the Orang Asli tribes in Malaysia. They have assimilated into modern life, with jobs in the nearby plantations and farms but they retain their unique culture and way of life. This aboriginal community is the main attraction on Carey Island. Apart from exhibitions of their traditional dances and music, the Mah Meri people are famous for their handmade crafts. This community of around 1,400 people is particularly known for their finest wooden statues and masks made from a kind of swamp hardwood belong to the mahogany family known as Nyireh Batu. The legends of their ancestors are kept alive through the figurines.

Mah Meri craftsmen can produce over 100 different designs, each with its own significance and purpose in their culture. While Mah Meri men are busy with their sculptures, their women preserve heritage and traditions through handmade woven items. Tourists can enjoy a nipah leaf weaving demonstration at Tompog Topoh workshop, which is the women’s handcraft centre, before trying making traditional decorations on their own. Tourists also can buy the carvings or request them to make one. But bear in mind that they may not come cheap as wood is becoming increasingly scarce and it takes weeks to make a figurine.

The other highlight of Carey Island is its unbeatable, scrumptious seafood. Seafood restaurants are available just before crossing the bridge onto Carey Island on the banks of the Langat River. You can enjoy crabs, prawns and various fishes with many different mouth-watering cooking styles such as meehoon with lala (clams), deep fried prawns and crispy squid. You can even bring a fishing rod along and try your luck while waiting for your meal. There are also local Malay villages nearby that have restaurants that provide good, traditional Malay food for a cheap price.

If you are planning to go there, take the E5 expressway headed towards Pulau Indah. Before you reach Port Klang, take exit when you see a sign for highway 5 towards Banting. When you reach Telok Panglima Garang, follow the signposts to Carey Island.

Location of Carey Island

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