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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!

Istana Balai Besar, Kota Bharu

It is not easy to miss the Istana Balai Besar palace as its unique traditional and cultural finishing catches your eye right in the middle of the Kota Bharu town.

Istana Balai Besar can boast being the oldest place in Malaysia. Its unique Great Hall is still used for royal ceremonies such as the crowning and coronation ceremonies. The palace also serves as an institution to preserve Malay heritage and tradition. Muhammad Salleh, a craftsman from the neighbouring state of Terengganu, is accredited for the fine works of Istana Balai Besar. Touted as the “most skilled craftsman in Kelantan” then, Muhammad Salleh was commissioned to produce a structural piece of art. His superb craftsmanship and the wonders of his works can be admired until today as they have remained unharmed by time.

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Work on Istana Balai Besar first began in 1842 and the palace was completed shortly two years later in 1844 during the rule of Sultan Muhammad II. Built on a land spanning 1.6 hectares, the palace was constructed to replace the old one located on the Saba Island at the east coast of Sungai Kelantan. Saba Island was the centre of the Sultanate ruling in Kelantan before the year 1842 but due to erosion caused by flooding which was an almost annual affair, the centre of the ruling was shifted to Kota Bharu.

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Close by the palace is another attraction – a house which served as a workshop to produce bunga emas (“golden flowers”). These bunga emas are presented to the Burmese every three years back then as a token of friendship. As Istana Balai Besar is unfortunately not open to the public, pop by the workshop and also, just admire the craftsmanship of the palace from afar. It is worth seeing even from across the street as its massive walls are beautifully engraved in smooth and unique carvings.

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Map Istana Balai Besar

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