Once there was a time when most of East Malaysia on the island of Borneo was covered with the natural vegetation along with lowland rainforest, mangroves along the coast as well as with montane forests at high altitudes. Most of the natural areas still remain the same as it was and today now it has become accessible. But there are cases when you do need long road travel or a river journey. So, here are some Natural Best Places to Visit in Malaysia that you should put in your travel list:
1. Bako National Park, Sarawak
Bako National Park, Sarawak is one of the Natural Best Places to Visit in Malaysia. It is situated 37 kilometers away from Bako which is a Sarawak capital of Kuching. Most of the plant communities that are found in the states are supported here along with dipterocarp forest, grasslands, mangroves, health forests, peat swamp forests. Also, one can see pitcher plants thriving in the nutrient-depleted soil. Visitors will find around dozens of trails to walk ranging from a few hundred meters to the various kilometers in length. One may have the basic option of having accommodation for the overnight. But most visitors return to their hotels for staying.
2. Kinabalu Park, Sabah
It is not only a recognized Centre of biological diversity but also a venue for adventurous and daring activities in nature. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the daring activities includes reaching Mountain Kinabalu which is the highest mountain in Malaysia having 4095 meters height. It is one of the biggest challenges. The challenge nearly takes two days and that is why there is a comfortable accommodation for the overnight stay. This stay is operated by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Laban Rata.
Most climbers start early in the morning to conquer the summit before or at the time of sunrise. Don’t worry the climbing does not ask for the mountaineering skills but the person who is climbing needs to be in perfect shape. All the groups are always supported by the guide. Travelers are asked to take warm clothing along with them as the temperature at the summit can be cool.
3. Lower Kinabatangan, Sabah
You can reach here within a four-hour drive from Sandakan. It is worth exploring the Lower Kinabatangan River of Sabah as it offers various plant communities. Lower Kinabatangan River(560 km) is the second-longest river in Malaysia. It is the popular destination for travelers who are willing to immerse themselves in a richness of biodiversity and watch the most iconic wildlife of Sabha. The area is known for its high-biodiversity habitats such as riverine forest, salty mangrove swamps near the coast, dryland dipterocarp forests, and many more.
4. Mount Mulu National Park, Sarawak
With the height of 2376m, Mount Mulu is the second-highest mountain in Sarawak. Mount Murud is the highest mountain in Sarawak. Mount Mulu is a sandstone as well as a shale mountain. It is present within the boundaries of Gunung Mulu National Park and thus named after it. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Mulu National Park is protected for its amazing limestone formations including mountainous peaks and caves. Even though it is present in the isolated location in Northern Sarawak but it is one of the most accessible parks of Borneo.
Visitors can ascend the two mountains Mount Mulu (2,376m) and Mount Api (1,750m). Experienced climbers can climb either one or both the mountains with the help of a guide. It is important to have a guide as the tracks near the summit of both are treacherous so one needs to have a high degree of fitness and experience. Also, both the climbs require several nights of sleeping in jungle camps. Four public caves are available in Mulu- Deer, Lang, Clearwater, and Wind. Deer Cave is the world’s largest passage and Sarawak Chamber is the largest chamber in the world.
5. Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah
Tabin Wildlife Reserve is a natural Reserve which was created in 1984 in Sabah to preserve disappearing wild animals. It is the largest protected area in Sabah which covers an area of 122,500 hectares northeast of Lahad Datu in eastern Sabah. Among one of the Natural Best Places to Visit in Malaysia, this reserve is rectangular in shape. Tabin Wildlife Reserve is mostly covered with lowland dipterocarp forest. It was declared a protected area due to the existence of three of the largest mammals found in Sabah: the Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros, and Banteng (a species of wild cattle). It is home to a variety of birds. With its rich biodiversity, Tabin Wildlife Reserve as gained a reputation is an excellent place for nature-based activities, especially wildlife watching. A unique feature that Tabin Wildlife Reserve offers is several active mud volcanoes that are rich in minerals. They serve as salt licks which help in attracting a range of wildlife.