Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia, located partly on a peninsula of the Asian mainland and partly on the northern third of the island of Borneo. Malaysia has diversity in landscapes, culture and activities. It is often overlooked in favor of its Asian and Indonesian neighbors such as Thailand or Bali.
Here are some Must-See places in Malaysia.
Gunung Mulu National Park is a protected rainforest in Malaysian Borneo. It’s known for its dramatic peaks and caves, including the huge, bat-filled Deer Cave.
The park is dominated by Gunung Mulu, a 2,376-metre-high sandstone pinnacle and the property is the most studied tropical karst area in the world. The geological Melinau Formation contains a remarkable concentration of caves, revealing a geological history of over more than 1.5 million years
Most people think of Kuala Selangor attractions as just fireflies and monkeys but there is a lot more to see.
Kuala Selangor Nature Park, or “Taman Alam” as it is locally known, is a state park that hosts over 200 hectares of wetland and woodland. It is managed by the Malaysian Nature Society and is a widely known attraction for nature and outdoor enthusiasts, as it is a harbor for a huge variety of flora and fauna. This is because of the large mangrove swamps present in its wetlands, that works as a natural shield for the Kuala Selangor coastlines and a breeding ground for wide marine life.
Apart from that, the forest is also an abode to the Silvery Lutung Monkey, an endangered primate species and also wildlife like mudskippers, eagles, iguanas, king crabs and fiddler crab.
Along with Pasir Penambang and Kampung Bukit Belimbing, Kampung Kuantan is one of the three places in Kuala Selangor where you can watch fireflies in spree. Called as “kelip-kelip” by locals, fireflies habitats along the banks of Selangor River and along the mangrove trees.
Visitors to Kampung Kuantan get to travel on a sampan, a traditional non-motorized wooden boat, along the river and through the swamps to see the fireflies in close. Sampan is used so as to reduce reduce air, water and noise pollution, all of which impacts adversely on the natural habitat of the fireflies.
Ipoh is a city in northwestern Malaysia, known as a gateway to the Cameron Highlands hill station.
Originally a village, Ipoh began to grow rapidly in the 1880s after huge deposits of tin were discovered within its vicinity. In the recent years, Ipoh's popularity as a tourist destination has been significantly boosted by efforts to conserve its British colonial-era architecture. It is also very well known for its cuisine and natural attractions, such as its limestone hills and caves within which Buddhist temples were built.
One of the top reasons to visit Ipoh is to experience the Ipoh’s breathtaking cave temples. This space was found by the Chinese Buddhists inside Ipoh’s limestone cliffs to be the ideal environment for a temple. The exterior looks like any other Buddhist temple, but the inside vibes a mystical air as the bronze statues and religious decorations surround the stalagmites and stalactites.
During Perak’s tin mining boom, the Britain had a strong influence in Ipoh. Witness the colonial legacy with the beautiful architectures such as the Railway Station, Birch Clock Tower, Ipoh Town Hall and the Old Post Office. While the colonial architecture isn’t as strong as in Penang, it does offer an insight into the city’s prosperous past. Follow the Ipoh Heritage Walk, which covers approximately 6.5 kilometres (four miles) around the city, to experience the best of Ipoh’s colonial charm.
The Banjaran Hot Springs is undoubtedly a peaceful health and fitness getaway with its naturally heated swimming pool and geothermal hot springs. The entire resort of Banjaran Hot Springs is a geothermal lake surrounded by 25 self-contained villas. Traditional Malay healing rituals as well as ayurvedic therapies are available at the eco-friendly spa, adding to the relaxation that we all need.
The Cameron Highlands is a district in Pahang, Malaysia occupying an area of 712.18 square kilometres. It is approximately 85km from Ipoh or about 200 kmfrom Kuala Lumpur. Its eight settlements are: Ringlet, Tanah Rata (the administrative centre), Brinchang, the Bertam Valley, Kea Farm, Tringkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja. Enjoy the cool climate and the fantastic scenic viewpoints.
Deer Cave is simply huge – When you reach the cave entrance you are left in no doubt that you are about to enter the largest cave passage in the world. It is just over 2 kilometers in length and never less than 90 meters high and wide. The main chamber, which is partially lit by sunlight, is 174 meters wide and 122 meters high. This is the area where deer used to shelter so the local Penan and Berawan people name it the Gua Payau or Gua Rusa( Deer Cave)
The cave leads to the Garden I Eden, a hidden valley and waterfall enclosed by limestone cliffs.
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