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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!


Taiping is a rapidly developing town in northern Perak which holds many places of attraction to enjoy. With an annual rainfall of about 4,000mm, it is the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia with a fertile collection of flora and rain trees. Many of Malaysia’s ‘firsts’ are found in Taiping, recording a total of 40 firsts mostly including the first location for open tin mining activities in the peninsula, the first hill resort built, the first port built, the first lake gardens built and the first firefly festival held. Among the favorite spots of tourists visiting this quaint quiet town are:

Taiping Lake Gardens

Established in 1880, the 62-hectares park also known as Taman Tasik Taiping is one of the oldest gardens in Malaysia. The main feature of the Taiping Lake Gardens is its tranquil man-made lake transformed from a former tin mine. The Taiping Lake Gardens, which encompasses a lake, a recreational park and a Japanese garden, offer well-preserved lush greeneries and an astounding variety of flowers, birds and insects waiting to be discovered. Taiping Lake Gardens is an ideal stop if you are nearby at the Taiping Zoo or Bukit Larut. At the lake you can do some water cycling on swan like boats.

Taiping Taman Tasik 1

Taiping Taman Tasik 2

Taiping Taman Tasik 3

Taiping Taman Tasik 4

Taiping Taman Tasik 5

Right next to the park there is a nice food court, with ample parking space.

Taiping Food Court along Taman Tasik

Bukit Larut

Located approximately 10 km from the town of Taiping is a popular highland destination, Bukit Larut. Bukit Larut is also known as Maxwell Hill and is the oldest hill station in Malaysia. The hill lies at an altitude of 1,250 m above sea level, offering visitors the preserved quiet atmosphere of a colonial hill station. Those for a penchant for tranquility and the environment will find it relaxing to stroll along the nature trails and the verdant flower gardens to discover the numerous species of Bukit Larut’s flora and fauna. An enchanting view of the West Coast of the peninsula can also be seen at the summit of the hill.

Taiping Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill) 1

Taiping Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill) 2

Taiping Zoo and Night Safari

When visiting Bukit Larut, be sure to drop by the Taiping Zoo and Night Safari which is located at the foot of the popular hill resort, just next to Taiping Lake Gardens. The 34-acre zoo is the oldest zoo in the country and is home to more than 1,300 animals including many species of birds, mammals and reptiles protected in their natural habitats. The zoo is open to the public every day including on public holidays from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. while the night safari, which features a variety of nocturnal animals, is open from 8.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. Adults would need to pay RM5 as entrance fees to the zoo while it is RM3 for children. On the other hand, the entrance fees for the night safari are RM10 and RM6 for adults and children respectively.

Taiping Zoo & Night Safari 1

Taiping Zoo & Night Safari 1

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Matang Mangrove Swamp

Another attraction for visitors is the Matang Mangrove Swamp. Covering an area of more than 40,000 hectares, it is recognized as one of the most well-managed expanse of mangrove swamps in the world. The state of Perak has received various international awards for the well-maintenance of this mangrove. The Matang mangrove forest offers an experience different from rain forest expeditions. Explore this coastal habitat that supports water birds, fisheries and charcoal production by walking along the boardwalks into the mangrove swamp for a closer observation of the forest structure. When night falls, take a boat ride down the river for an amazing view of twinkling fireflies.

Taiping Matang Mangrove Swamp

Map of Taiping

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1 comments on Taiping

  1. Andralyn
    8 months ago
    November 14, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Such a deep anrsew! GD&RVVF


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