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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!

Kinabalu National Park

The Kinabalu National Park, which covers an area of 75,400 hectares, is one of the greatest attractions of Sabah. In 2000, it was declared Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its biological splendors.

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The park, which is also the Centre of Plant Diversity for South East Asia, features more than 5,000 vascular plant species, an estimated 1,000 orchid species, 621 fern species, 29 Rhododendron species, 9 Nepenthes species and two Rafflesia species. It is also home to some 21 bat species, 90 lowland mammal species, 22 mountain mammal species, 326 bird species, 62 frog and toad species and a large population of the 850 butterfly species available in Sabah.

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The Kinabalu National Park will definitely not fail to delight visitors with its many wonderful natural treasures.

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On top of the abundance of flora and fauna, the Kinabalu National Park also features the granitic massif of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Southeast Asia.

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Standing at 4095.2m, it is Southeast Asia’s greatest challenge for mountain climbers and the venue of the annual Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon. At least three days will be required to scale the mountain and climbers must possess a climber’s permit which can be purchased at the park. Adult fee is RM50 and the fee for children below 18 years old is RM20.

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Other than mountain climbing, visitors can also experience exhilarating adventures of Mountain Torq, the world’s highest and Asia’s first Via Ferrata or ‘iron road’ at 3,200 meters to 3,800m above sea level. There are also various other activities for visitors to partake such as sports climbing, abseiling and rope ascending.

From the tired city dwellers to the restless mountaineer and to the nature lovers, the Kinabalu National Park has much to offer to its visitors. It is open at all seasons and is self-contained with all the facilities for the casual visitors as well as campers. There is also a variety of accommodation available within the park and its surrounding areas including basic hotels and chalets. Surrounding the park are numerous other attractions where visitors of the park can drop by. For example, the Kinabalu Natural History Gallery is a great place to familiarize with what the Kinabalu National Park has to offer through a fascinating exhibition on the flora, fauna and geological make-up of the park. Approximately half an hour from the Kinabalu National Park headquarters is the Poring Hot Springs, a great place for visitors to soak up in therapeutic hot springs while enjoying nature.

A drive to the Kinabalu National Park takes approximately an hour and a half from the city of Kota Kinabalu. Of course, upon your descend from the mount, take time to explore what Kota Kinabalu has to offer too.

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  1. […] Kinabalu Park, Image Credit: Wonderful Malaysia […]

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  2. 10 Largest Forests in the World | Largest.org
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    November 27, 2018 at 4:48 am

    […] Home to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain peak in Borneo’s Crocker Range, and the highest in Malaysia, Kinabalu National Park is also Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site. This astounding forest also provides a habitat for the world’s largest pitcher plant along with over 5,000 other vascular plant species and 1,000 different species of orchids. This impressive variety of plants has earned Kinabalu National Park its title as the Centre of Plant Diversity in Southeast Asia. […]

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