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Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail

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 one of the top ten longest caves in the world with a length of over 189km. 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!

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 boards, snakes and many crocodiles.

White Water Rafting

White water rafting is very popular in Malaysia. Not only tourists visit rafting sites; also companies go on rafting trips as part of their team building programs. Rafting can be done on Peninsular Malaysia and on Borneo. There are a couple of rivers that are suitable for rafting in Sabah.

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White water rafting at Padas River

Map Padas River Sabah

One of the most popular and spectacular rivers to raft on in Malaysia is the Padas river (difficulty level III to IV). You can raft about 9 km on the wild streams of the river (Padas River has 7 exciting and tough rapids). After this first part participants will enjoy a nice lunch, and then the 2nd part of the rafting trip starts. The total distance will be almost 30km. The prices are around RM235 per person and the following is included in the day tour: Return transfer, rafting equipment, english speaking guide, BBQ Lunch, insurance and certificate.


White water rafting at Kiulu River

Map Kiulu River Sabah

It is also possible to raft on the Kiulu River, north of Kota Kinabalu. Although this river is not as spectacular as the Padas River it is still very fun to experience. This river is safe enough for young children as it has been rated as a class I-II (difficulty) river. During the rafting trip you will cover a distance of around 15km. The total journey takes about 1,5 to 2 hours total. After the trip you will enjoy a lunch before the trip back to Kota Kinabalu commences. The trip (including lunch BBQ, land transfer, insurance and rafting equipment) costs RM170 per person.


Location Padas River

Below you can see a map of Padas River.

Location Kiulu River

Below you can see a map of Kiulu River.


How to get to Padas River

Old train from Beaufort to Padas River

To get to Padas River you will start with a journey by minivan to Beaufort, from there you will take the train to the river. You will be picked up at your hotel and this first part of the trip takes about 1,5 hrs. The 1,5 hour train ride from Beaufort to Tenom already is a great adventure. In a authentic Diesel train you will pass rice fields and small villages. Unfortunately the train, operated by North Borneo Railway, is out of order as Sabah State Government is currently upgrading the railway station, tracks and bridges along the Tanjung Aru to Papar route. Until the train is back in commission again the only way to reach Padas River is by van. If you book a trip to Padas it will include transport from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu.


How to get to Kiulu River

If you made reservations you will be picked up from your hotel in the Kota Kinabalu area and proceed to Kiulu River, located at Tamparuli area. The journey takes between 1,5 and 2 hours by minivan.


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Things to do on Sabah

Things to do on Sarawak

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Rafting at Kiulu River