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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!

Seven Wells at Langkawi Island

The Seven Wells (Telaga Tujuh) is a great attraction on the island Langkawi. The name of the water fall originates from the seven natural water sources which lie on top of the mountain. You can find the Seven Wells in the northwestern part of the island of Langkawi. After the ascent of a 600 meters high staircase you end up at the Seven Wells. If you are lucky, the wells are filled with water. If this is the case, take your swimming suit with you, so you can chill in one of the wells for a while. If you are not so lucky (especially during dry season) you will only find seven big dried up holes, with a small current. Nonetheless it is always a fun experience to get to the top of the staircase.

Seven Wells waterfall Langkawi

Halfway the staircase there’s a junction to the left; here a path leads to the waterfall. Again, if you’re lucky you’ll find a great waterfall with an enormous amount of water falling down.

During your excursion to the wells or waterfall you may encounter some monkeys. Always be alert when you are face to face with them. The macaques that live here can be very aggressive at times. Always keep an eye out for your belongings, since the monkeys are eager to steal them. One time we witnessed a monkey stealing a bag from a tourist. In a flash the macaque ran with the bag into the surrounding forest. Only after a long search the guy found his bag and its contents. Lucky for him all his precious items were still there. The monkeys did however steal all food and drinks that were in the bag.

My own experience with the macaques at the Seven Wells was rather funny. At the beginning of the staircase you can find a couple of small shops where you can buy food, drinks and ice-creams. I bought a ‘Cornetto’ and was enjoying my ice-cream in front of the small shop. I was having a conversation with the store-owner and without noticing anything at all I suddenly realized my ice-cream was gone. I only had the wrapper in my hand, the cornetto was vanished. Nobody noticed at first where my ice-cream had gone, until the shop-owner looked up in the tree and noticed the monkey with my ice-cream. It all happened so fast, I didn’t feel or hear a thing. Again a good example that shows you should really be alert when you’re around monkeys in Malaysia.

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  1. Malaysia 2014: Day 2 | Dutch by Briony
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    May 13, 2014 at 8:56 pm

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