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Mount Kinabalu

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.

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.

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.

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!

Pangkor Island Beach Resort

On the quiet island of Pangkor you will find several beautiful resorts, as well as multiple affordable guesthouses. One of the most popular resorts on the island is Pangkor Island Beach Resort. The resort is located on the north-western side of the island, along a lovely bay with a private beach. It is a beautiful resort; well designed and it has a cozy but also luxurious vibe. The rooms are great and depending on the type of room you have, you also have a stunning view over the bay (the sea, the garden and the pool). The resort is especially suitable for families with children as they offer a great selection of daily fun things to do. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean the resort is filled with noisy kids.

The resort comes with two beautiful pools; the main pool and a smaller pool so guests at the distant wing of the hotel do not have to walk a large distance. From the pool you have a beautiful view across the bay.

The resort comes with several restaurants; where they mainly serve Western cuisine. If you get tired of the food after a couple of days, you can always look for food outside the resort. The resort is not far from a few villages, which will take you 20 minutes maximum by motorbike. Just keep heading south, until you arrive at one of the local restaurants along the beach (for example at Nipah Bay/Coral Beach). At the resort you are also able to grab a taxi. In the evening you can enjoy a cocktail at the lovely lounge bar at the resort. There is a live band on a daily basis which will perform in the big lounge (Golden Oriole).

The resort also organizes several daily activities; including a quite a few activities just for children. Every day a special newsletter will slide under your door into your room in which you can read what you can do during the day. This may vary from a walk in the jungle to snorkeling; or from spotting the beautiful hornbill to visiting Pangkor Village.

The resort has its own jetty service. In Lumut harbor a jetty will leave at fixed times. When you made reservations at the resort, you do not need to buy a ticket. The jetty takes about 30 minutes to get from the harbor to the private resort harbor.

When you want spend a few days on Pangkor Island and don’t mind to pay a bit more to stay at a luxurious resort, we strongly recommend Pangkor Island Beach Resort. The island itself is one of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia. Pangkor is about a 3 hours’ drive from Kuala Lumpur by bus or rental car.

 
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