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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!

Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square, also known as Dataran Merdeka or the Independence Square, is a place that bears historical value to all Malaysians. The square is actually a grass field where a 100m high flagpole stands erect. So what’s so significant about this field and its flagpole inhabitant? The flagpole, the world’s tallest, was erected at the very spot where the Malaysian flag was hoisted marking the nation’s freedom from the British on August 31st 1957.

The best time to visit the Merdeka Square is on the anniversary of Malaysia’s independence because it is when you’d be able to catch the National Day parades are take place there every year. Watch the uniformed forces and national bodies march past, followed by cultural performances and colourful float processions. If you’re visiting at other times instead, the Merdeka Square has events to offer you too as it hosts various events such as open air concerts and carnivals almost all year round. It is also often the starting and finishing points of international marathons. At times, it is even a venue for cricket matches.

If you want to know more about Malaysia, do visit the National History Museum located at the south end of the square, on the left of the flagpole. The museum was opened in 1996 to allow locals and visitors alike to discover the wealth of Malaysia’s historical heritage through the exhibition of art and artefacts from the past to the recent days. The collection also includes a 510-million-year-old metamorphosed sandstone, a 10,000-year-old homo-sapiens skull and an eight-sided gold coin dating back to the 15th century.

A visit to the Merdeka Square isn’t complete without crossing over to the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Most known for being the ‘Big Ben of Malaysia’, the building boasts of some very artistic Moorish and Islamic influences. A work of British architect, A. C. Norman who had wanted to represent Malaysia’s culture in his design, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is especially pretty all lighted up at night.

It would be interesting to be at the spot that led to Malaysia being who she is today. Many visitors think so too, that groups of visitors are always seen dotting Merdeka Square and its surrounding areas.

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