5 Phenomenal National Parks To Visit In Malaysia As Featured In Forbes
The nation’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, is a major urban component to the country’s newfound success, but when it comes to pristine natural beauty, rich biodiversity, and off-the-grid exploration, nothing quite compares to Malaysia’s national parks.
Deep in the heart of Peninsular Malaysia, lies the oldest national park in the country, having been established in the late 1930s, Taman Negara. Back then, it was known as King George V National Park.
The reserve stretches across three states and this offers visitors to explore the world’s oldest rainforest, dated back over 130 million years. If you love nature or a wildlife enthusiast, the park offers the opportunity to spot native residents such as the gaurs, elephants and even tiger!
One of the activities that you shouldn’t miss is definitely to trek using the park’s Canopy Walk; a rope bridge that hangs over 1500 feet at the treetops. It is one of the longest ropewalks in existence.
Gunung Mulu National Park
Gunung Mulu National Park is home to some of Borneo’s most stunning geological features, a quality that has caused this unique stretch of land to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Apart from its karst formations, which makes this park famous is the massive collection of caves that are rich in biodiversity including bats, birds and plant species.
On top of the recognition by UNESCO, Gunung Mulu National Park is also home to Deer Cave, the largest cave passage on earth, as well as Clearwater Cave, the lengthiest cavern system in Southeast Asia.
Endau-Rompin National Park
Endau-Rompin is the second-largest national park on the Malaysian Peninsula and it split between two states; Johor and Pahang. The reserve is home to some ancient natural features which is the oldest tropical rainforest and ancient geological formations dated roughly 250 million years old.
The pristine jungle is a haven for Malaysia’s indigenous species, with tigers, leopards, elephants, tapirs, monkeys, and countless other beasts freely roaming the area.
Known as a paradise for nature lovers, Sabah is home to the much-beloved Mount Kinabalu. Kinabalu Park has around 5,500 plant species (with a variety of orchids and pitcher plants), about 326 bird species, and more than 100 mammals.
One of Malaysia’s most popular tourist destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic preserve was established in 1964 to protect the land surrounding Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain on the island of Borneo.
Niah National Park
This ancient collection of limestone caves is a must-see for anyone interested in early Malay civilization. The caverns have served as a treasure trove for archaeologists, with axes, pottery, jewellery, and 40,000-year-old human remains all having been discovered throughout their passages.
The park has a size of 3,138 hectares of forest and limestone karst areas. It was first gazetted as a National Historic Monument in 1958 and on 23 November 1974 was gazetted as National Park and open to the public on 1 January 1975.
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