Destination: Malaysia’s National Parks
Malaysia is ranked as one of the planet’s most diverse regions, featuring virgin, pre-historic rainforests that sprawl for hundreds of kilometres that are home to millions of flora and fauna. In this issue, we invite you to go back to nature and explore our country’s wilderness.
GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK, SARAWAK
The Gunung Mulu National Park is an important landmark for its biodiversity and karst features. At the heart of the park, is majestic Gunung Mulu, 2,377 metre with rock pinnacles that look otherworldly. The park is also rich with seventeen vegetation zones, exhibiting some 3,500 species of vascular plants. There are 295 km of explored caves here, which millions of cave swiftlets and bats call home. It’s an amazing sight to witness the mass exodus of these bats at some point of the day. The Sarawak Chamber, which is 600 m by 415 m and 80 m high holds a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most voluminous known cave chamber in the world. So get your trekking shoes. Do note that the remoteness of the Mulu National Park requires a short flight from Miri.
NIAH NATIONAL PARK, SARAWAK
The spectacular caves in Sarawak are wonders of their own, gaining international reputation for their beauty. Among the state’s many caves, nothing showcases these geological wonders better than the Niah Cave. This conservation park is also known as the site where the remains of a 40,000 year old human were discovered and it offers jungle walk, Iban longhouse and cave experiences. Take a guided tour and be amazed by the natural rock formations and Borneo’s biodiversity such millions of squeaking bats hanging overhead in the cave.
DANUM VALLEY CONSERVATION AREA, SABAH
Sprawling over 438 square kilometres, the Danum Valley Conservation Area in Sabah is home to an extensive diversity of tropical flora and fauna, including species like the rare East Sumatran rhinoceros, Bornean orang utan, gibbons, mouse deer, clouded leopards and over 270 bird species. This ecological haven is perfect for jungle trekking, river swimming, canopy walks, bird watching, night jungle tours and excursions to nearby logging sites and timber mills. Accommodation includes a few lodges, one of the more established ones being the Borneo Rainforest Lodge.
TAMAN NEGARA, PAHANG
Taman Negara is Malaysia’s natural pride and joy. It is the oldest tropical virgin rainforest at 130 million years old. It straddles three states — Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu, covering 2,477 km. This is your chance to get back to nature by experiencing walking on the world’s longest canopy walkway, visiting the aborigine village, trekking under a canopy of rainforest, climbing the highest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia, caving, fishing, camping, observing wildlife, and many more. This national park prides itself for its rare mammals, such as the Malayan tiger, Malayan gaur (seladang) and Asian elephants as well as birds such as the great argus, red jungle fowl, and the rare Malayan peacock-pheasant.