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20 Destinations in Malaysia for the Eco-Traveler

Eco-Traveler.

Who, and what exactly. is the
Eco-traveller?

According to the International Ecotourism
Society, eco-travel  is
“responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment,
sustains the well-beings and involves interpretation and education”

It basically begs the question of how we can travel greener? Yes, be that
person who is conscious of their natural surroundings, and strive to minimize the
impact of their presence to the environment.

How can we be ‘greener’?

First of all, educate yourself. Learn about the natural resources and attractions of the area. See how you can create as minimal an impact as possible, keeping the destination or attraction as pure as possible for future visitors.

Canopy Walk in Taman Negara

One very good way to learn is by volunteering. There are many
ways a person can participate in volunteerism,
and this way, the benefits are two-thronged – both parties gain a little from
the experience.

Another way is by incorporating good, ‘green’ habits in your
daily life – reduce use of plastic (drinking straws, disposable
containers),  recycle and reuse as much
as possible, and aim for zero-waste, especially food.

Lush green rainforests cover a large area of West Malaysia and regions in Malaysia Borneo, and Malaysia too is home to an impressive diverse marine life. Love the beach? We have that too, in abundance! All of these places welcome visitors. Responsible visitors, more so! Read on!!

Fancy the Jungle?

Some wildlife within the National Park
  1. Sg
    Yu Forest Reserve, Pahang

Located on the edge of Taman Negara Pahang, Sg Yu Forest reserve is a large forest reserve under the Permanent Forest Estate (PFE) of Peninsular Malaysia that is a mixture of secondary and primary forest. The area is home to a number of wildlife, including elephants, tapir, a few species of deer, as well as a variety of hornbills.

If you feel up to it, you could also opt for a guide to visit some ‘Orang Asli’ Settlement which can be found along the river throughout the Park.

2. Royal Belum State Park, Perak

The huge Royal Belum State Park is located in the northern parts of Peninsular Malaysia, and is part of the much larger Belum-Temenggor Forest Complex which is shared with Thailand. Together with Taman Negara Pahang, they form the oldest rainforest in the world at over 130 million years old! Belum has the huge potential of becoming one of Malaysia’s premier eco-tourism destination choice.

The tree tops of the rainforests

There’s much to see and do around Belum State Park. As many of the attractions are located along Lake Temenggor, exploring by boat would be the best option. There are trails to hike, falls and ponds to dip in and cool off, and wildlife to look out for. Boars, tapirs, the white-handed gibbon and the Malaysian sunbear roam free in these jungles, as well as the elusive Malayan tiger. If you’re in luck, you may even stumble across a rafflesia. And don’t forget to look up, in search of the various hornbills within the area.

The small rapids and gushing falls… hard to resist!

3. Kilim Geopark, Langkawi

Part of the UNESCO network of global geoparks, the Langkawi Geopark Forest is first of its kind in the South East Asia Region. It covers 100 square kilometres of nature reserve and countless nature wonders, including flora and fauna.

The beautiful diverse natural geological, biological and cultural resources makes Kilim unique, especially the co-existence of coastal karst and mangrove ecosystems. One recommended way to surround yourself, and embrace the spectrum of geological and natural heritage, is by taking a kayak tour, with an experienced guide of course!

Kilim Geopark – Kayak Adventure

Apart from the rich mangrove flora and geological wonders, look out also for the Pit Viper, whose natural habitat lays within this mangrove.

4. Mulu National Park, Sarawak

If you refer to Gunung Mulu National
Park’s official website, you will learn that “to qualify for world heritage status a property must meet
one of the four following criteria:”

  • Be an
    outstanding example of the world’ geological history (Caves and cave deposits)
  • Be and
    outstanding representative example of on-going evolutionary processes (current research
    programmes)
  • Be of
    exceptional beauty!
  • Contain
    significant natural habitat for in-situ conservation of biological diversity
    and the protection of threatened species (wide range of cave and forest
    habitats).

And amazingly, Mulu meets all four criteria!

The Pinnacles, Mulu National Park

Needless to say, you will be enthralled with all that Mulu National Park has to offer!

5. Penang National Park, Teluk Bahang Penang

While
you can hike to the National Park, it is advisable to take a boat so that you
can cover more area, and experience the different nature attractions within the
Park. Within the park is a rare meromictic lake, a lake of two separate layers
of salt and fresh water do not mix. Pick the time and season you visit very
carefully because the wrong timing will see the lake rather dry!

Further along the beach, you will find the Penang Turtle Sanctuary. Here, Green Turtles and Olive Ridley Turtles are the two most common species that come to lay their eggs.

Turtle Hatcheries

Perhaps experience a jungle within a
city?

If you are in a rush, and can only squeeze in a quick visit, and yet still wish enjoy a bit of nature, then consider the following in-the-city rendezvous places.

6. National Botanical Park, Shah Alam Selangor

The National Botanical Park in Shah Alam covers and impressive 72 hectares, and is among the favourite destinations for locals to experience a bit of nature and provide some fun education for their kids. There are farm animals, an aviary, and some other common small mammals for the kids to enjoy and interact with.

The National Botanical Park

7. FRIM, Selangor

FRIM, or the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, is one of the leading institutions in tropical forestry research. An introduction in its official website states that 545-ha site “was gazetted as a Natural Heritage Site on 10 February 2009 under the National Heritage Act 2005, and officially declared as a National Heritage on 10 May 2012. FRIM is working towards attaining the recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

Visitors are welcome to picnic, trek or even camp within their grounds, limited to the visitor guidelines issued by the Institute. Bird watching is another encouraged activity within FRIM’s grounds.

8. Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur

Recently renamed KL Forest Eco-Park, the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve is a small patch of rainforest located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, at the base of the KL Tower, one of the tallest telecommunications structures in the world. This small patch of greenery within the bustling city preserves many species and features of the original rainforest that covered Kuala Lumpur a long time ago.

Nature Vs Technology

There are several trails that run through the reserve, but are mainly to one side of the hill. The main entrance is located near Jalan Raja Chulan but it is most convenient to take the KL LRT and proceed on foot from the Dang Wangi LRT Station.

Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur

Fancy a bit of diving? Or just snorkeling?

Sandy beaches, clear waters

9. Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu

Located just off the edge of Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian, which means ‘stopover island’, should not be missed. The island consists of two islands, Pulau Perhentian Besar (literally Big Island) and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Island). Of the two, the Small Island is preferred due to less development and the absence of huge resorts.

Covered largely by unspoilt jungle, gentle swaying palms, sparkling white powdery beaches and the enticing sapphire gleaming waters, Pulau Perhentian is a sanctuary for fishermen, migratory birds and of course, the discerning holiday-makers. The excellent seascape offers endless opportunity for diving and snorkeling, with gentle turtles and fleeting fishes surrounding you.

10. Pulau Lang Tengah, Terengganu

Located between Redang and Perhentian Islands, Lang Tengah is a precious gem, very low key and not as heavily visited. The clear tropical waters surrounding the island, which is also a designated marine park, are teeming with corals and sea life which occasionally include sharks and rays. Green turtles commonly come to nest during the season which starts from April to October, and the hawksbill turtle makes an occasional appearance as well. The island is also covered with primary forest, and has a wide variety of birds, lizards, frogs and insects.

11. Pulau Tiga, Sabah

Gained ‘popularity’, thanks to the Survivor Series, Pulau Tiga is surrounded by the pristine South China Sea. Once there, you can opt to hike in the jungle, visit the nearby Snake Island to spot some wildlife, or choose to camp in the wilderness. Mud pools are also available for that beauty therapy you’ve been wanting to get!

Leave nothing but footprints!

12. Lankayan Island, Sabah

Slightly differing from all the above, Lankayan is a private luxury island, but would still be much appreciated by the discerning eco-traveller who wouldn’t mind splurging once in a while. They offer luxurious beachfront, as well as over-the-water chalets, for that unique holiday experience.

One of the many islands off Sabah waters

There are 4 dive wrecks to choose from if you fancy a bit of underwater activity, and located along what is known as the ‘Sea Turtle Corridor’ you will not be disappointed!

13. Talang Satang National Marine Park, Sarawak

The Talang Satang National Park is a national
park in Kuching Division, Sarawak, Malaysia. It is Sarawak’s first marine
protected area, and covers the four islands Pulau Talang-Talang Besar, Pulau
Talang-Talang Kecil, Pulau Satang Besar and Pulau Satang Kecil and surrounding
coral reefs.

The Park is mainly set up as a turtle sanctuary,
of which three of the islands are known as Sarawak’s “Turtle Islands”.

Or maybe wildlife are more your thing?

14. Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Pahang

The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary,
which lies within the Krau Wildlife Reserve, is the only one of its kind in
Malaysia. The centre’s main objective is to relocate elephants which natural habitats
have been encroached for development, to a safer, more suitable, permanent area
such as the Taman Negara. Orphaned elephants are also raised and given shelter
here.

The centre welcomes visitors, and is open throughout the year, and conducts various public awareness activities. There is no entrance fees, but donations are welcome. For those interested, there are also volunteer programs available.

15. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Set up in 1964, its main purpose was to
rehabilitate orphaned and displaced orangutans before sending them back into
the forest.

Today, the centre also provides medical care and shelter for other species of wildlife as well, including sun bears, gibbons, Sumatran rhinos and occasionally, elephants.

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Visitors are treated to witnessing the feeding of the orangutans twice a day, from a designated platform and viewing gallery which is accessible via a boardwalk through the forest. Here, visitors aren’t allowed any physical contact with the orangutans to help and keep diseases at bay. Sepilok also had a volunteer program, as well as ‘adopt an orangutan’ program for those who are interested.

16. Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah

Tabin Wildlife Reserve is considered the largest wildlife reserve in Malaysia, comprising an area of approximately 300,000 acres! Tabin was declared a Wildlife Reserve mainly due to the large number of animals inhabiting the forests, some of which are highly endangered. Three of Sabah’s largest mammals are found in Tabin, and they are the Sumatran Rhino, Pygmy Elephant and Tembadau, and many other species of wildlife that are protected.

17. Turtle Island, Sabah

Selingan Island, or more commonly referred to as Turtle Island, is
the second largest of the three islands with an area of 8 hectares and is also
the first turtle hatchery in Malaysia.

The number of visitors who can stay overnight on the island is restricted, and you will need to apply for permits to visit the island. Basic accommodation is available, as the best time to see the turtles lay eggs are after dusk, and there is also a visitor centre where you can learn more about the conservation efforts carried out by the centre all these years.

A turtle laying eggs; leave her tracks behind; park rangers place the eggs in hatcheries

Both Green and Hawksbill Turtles come to shore throughout the year to lay their eggs. However, the peak season for the Greens turtles is between July to October while the peak season for the Hawksbill turtles is between February to April.

18. Semenggoh Nature Reserve, Sarawak

Situated
just a short distance away from the city of Kuching in Sarawak, The Semenggoh Nature
Reserve serves as a mostly-temporary home the gentle Orangutans.  Established in 1975, it initially became a
centre for injured and captured orangutans, and has now developed into a place
where visitors can learn about other rare and endemic species as well. The
orangutans are trained to get back to the centre during their feeding times,
but when it is fruiting season and they can forage for food themselves, they
sometimes do not appear.

Rare
flora and fauna can also be found here, and you will appreciate the sounds of
the jungle when you drop by for a visit.

You may also opt for the cooler highlands…

19. Cameron Highlands, Pahang

Cameron
Highlands is easily the most popular highland retreats in Malaysia, offering a
moderate climate ranging between18 to 25 degrees Celcius.

However, this moderate weather also serves as a ‘curse’ to the destination as the environment makes it an ideal location for growing various produce, both for local consumption as well as for export.

Tea Plantation

During
the Colonial era, the British grew tea on the fertile mountain slopes, and
these plantations exist till today. More suited as a family getaway, places
like Cameron Highlands can offer a pleasant surprise to the discerning eco-tourist.
 

Hiking trails and breathtaking views await you!

20. Fraser’s Hill, Pahang

Fraser’s Hill is one of the
oldest, but less popular, highland resort destination located among the mountains
of Pahang. Only 2 hours away from Kuala Lumpur, this cooling retreat offers
nature activities which include jungle trekking

The iconic Fraser’s Hill clock tower sits in the middle of the quaint village town, always a popular photo spot.

Fraser’s Hill Clock Tower

Fraser’s Hill is also hosts the International Bird Race, which has
been  an annual event since 1988. The
main objectives of the bird race is to encourage the preservation of nature,
considering there are over 250 species of birds within the area, as well as to
promote Fraser’s Hill as a bird sanctuary.

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Traveling with kids in Malaysia

Traveling to Southeast Asia with children is not utterly advertised. However, many holidays in segment are ideally suitable for children. Always check previously to establish if a certain orderly outing is age appropriate. Visitors of Wonderful Malaysia mostly ask a doubt if it is probable – and if it is correct – to transport to Malaysia with tiny children. Looking customarily during all fun attractions in a collateral city of Kuala Lumpur, it is transparent that a answer is ‘Yes’. However, as parents, we do need to take certain things into comment that we do not have to cruise about in non-tropical countries. Malaysia is a illusory nation for children. There is an outrageous movement and so there is always something to do. The kids will not get wearied that simply in this country.

Great things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Berjaya Times Square Theme Park

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In each city in Malaysia, there are a few large selling malls and since they also offer as a amicable assembly indicate for a locals (also kids), we will mostly find many fun attractions within a malls. Each mall has a cinema and a large bowling alley. For example, a Berjaya Times Square mall has a bowling alley – Ampang Superbowl – with a whopping 48 lanes. However, a selling mall is generally – universe – famous due to a indoor Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, where a drum coaster with loops thunders past a railings of a balconies of a several levels.

Sunway Lagoon

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Next to a large Sunway Pyramid Mall – that is utterly a stretch from a Kuala Lumpur city core – lays a outrageous aqua thesis park called Sunway Lagoon, unequivocally renouned among a locals and lots of fun as a day outing divided from a large city.

Genting Highlands Theme Park

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One of a biggest (and many hectic) kids’ bliss in Malaysia is about an hour’s expostulate from Kuala Lumpur. Genting Highlands is an party city with many attractions (including countless casinos) and with a outrageous kids’ thesis park. A large advantage of this thesis park is a poise of a highlands; a probable waste are a crowds. We had never seen so many families with kids in one place. The thesis is now sealed for renovations and approaching to open in 2016 as a world’s initial Twentieth Century Fox Theme Park.

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

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Within a pleasing Lake Gardens, a biggest park in Kuala Lumpur, we can find a renouned KL Bird Park. Here we can see thousands of birds. Children will have a good time, and they will learn a lot about all a bird class we can see here too. Especially renouned is a World’s Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary; where we can see birds drifting around we or even have birds sitting on your shoulder.

KLCC Aquarium

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Another renouned captivate for kids is a KLCC Aquarium. Here we can see thousands of fish species, many class can also be found in a seas surrounding Malaysia. This good captivate is located right in a core of Kuala Lumpur, circuitously a outrageous Suria KLCC selling mall.

KidZania

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If we are roving with immature children and are looking for a fun day out in Kuala Lumpur, we should cruise KidZania; an indoor family educational and party core that offers an interactive training and party knowledge for kids in a kid-sized city to broach a first-of-its-kind edutainment fun. The KidZania knowledge is about real-life experiences, empowering, moving and educating kids by role-play. It is located circuitously a good selling mall, so we can mix this with some good selling afterwards.

Adventure trips with kids

Apart from a large cities, we also have many pleasing attractions that are equally pleasing for children and adults.

There is adequate to do on a Malaysian peninsula. Visiting a pleasing National Park Taman Negara is positively a prominence of your trip; nonetheless we will mark few large animals, there are lots of smaller ones, birds and insects. The longboat outing to a inlet haven on a possess will be favourite by a children. The highlands are also good as a change (it is a lot cooler and we can go for poetic walks). Especially renouned are a Cameron Highlands, where your kids can also revisit one of many tea plantations.

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The islands of Langkawi and Penang can also be visited with children, customarily visiting these islands is an glorious culmination of a debate orderly by a transport agency.

At a Oriental Village during Langkawi Island there is an outrageous wire automobile – Panorama Langkawi – that takes we to a tip of a towering to see a pleasing breathtaking perspective of a island. Langkawi has countless other good attractions that your kids will love.

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Penang has a pleasing fruit plantation and a pleasing moth garden. There are utterly a few good temples and countless other sights. The night marketplace in a tiny coastal city Batu Feringghi is also good fun for kids.

If we wish to revisit a best dive and snorkel islands during a dry deteriorate – Apr until October, afterwards we should transport to easterly seashore islands like Perhentian, Redang, Kapas or Tioman. You can snorkel, float and even dive together with a children. Besides many pleasing fish species, there is a large possibility we can float with outrageous turtles (especially abounding in a seas around Perhentian Island).

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Kuala Gandah is a tiny encampment only a few hours divided from a collateral Kuala Lumpur, where we will find an elephant sanctuary. You can feed and rinse a elephants, that is nonetheless another good knowledge for a kids (please do not float on a behind of elephants as they weren’t built for that). Also circuitously Kuala Lumpur is a tiny encampment of Kuala Selangor. Here we can revisit a firefly park (in a evenings) and declare millions of fireflies (lightning bugs) once it is dark.

In Borneo we can for instance simply learn a jungle (basic level). You will select an easy to strech and permitted inlet park instead of a unequivocally tough core jungle trips. A revisit to one of a normal inland people will also be noted for a kids. In a northeast of Borneo (close to Sandakan) we can also revisit Sepilok, a orangutan reserve.

There are also several other attractions, such as a humongous Gomantong bat cave, Turtle Island where we can observe turtles and a extraordinary Kinabatangan stream (3 to 4 hours’ expostulate from Sandakan); where we can see elephants, orangutans, beak monkeys, crocodiles and many other kinds of animals and birds. A loyal journey for children!

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If your kids adore thesis parks, we should cruise a revisit to Johor Bahru in a south of Malaysia circuitously Singapore. Here we have Legoland Malaysia; with over 40 rides, shows and attractions. Highlight is Miniland; where over 30 million bricks of lego where used to reconstruct countless Asian landmarks.

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All in all there is so many to do with children on debate by Malaysia. Apart from all these outrageous attractions, there are mostly also tiny activities that will be of additional fun for a kids. The locals are always unequivocally good and honeyed with children. They will mostly be marred and will get distant some-more courtesy than they need.

A pleasing outline of a unapproachable primogenitor with children

Our kids trafficked with us for a integrate of months, they spent a prolonged time in airplanes and buses though still were easy to handle. Most travelers are astounded when they comprehend that we can still go backpacking once we have kids. Our kids speak to everybody and get a lot of courtesy in return. Observing things with a kids gives we another perspective on a country, since they will notice totally opposite things than you. Children’s morality … A new universe opens up. And if they cry from time to time…it doesn’t matter. Give them some courtesy and they are glorious again. For years a kids have behaved so good on a plane. It is a biggest knowledge in their lives. And since do we travel….because as parents, we suffer it. You wish something some-more than Center Parcs, European beaches or similar. And kids like everything…So, we transport since as an adult we like it, we are doing it for yourself. In a process, we try and make it fun for a children too and we classify some activities that they unequivocally like. So, people with kids, keep flying!!!! Everyone has been immature and has cried before. No reason to skip out on these good adventures…

Malaysia is a protected country

Malaysia is an unusually protected country, though order of ride is not to do or commence any crazy things (the ones that we would also equivocate in your possess country). Driving in Malaysia is protected too, highways are mostly in glorious conditions. Roads in internal towns competence force we to expostulate slowly. Self-drives are utterly renouned during a peninsula.

Protect yourself and your children

You should always be good prepared (for instance during day trips): take adequate water, adequate DEET to strengthen yourself opposite mosquitoes, Dengue does start a lot and it is not pleasing (read: life threatening!). If your family alloy advises malaria treatment, afterwards go forward with it. Only in a few regions in Malaysia there is a risk of Malaria. If we do not like Malaria diagnosis for your children (for instance since they are too immature for it), only equivocate those areas.

It is also critical that we and your children are good supportive in allege per a pleasing regions. Apart from a critical protection, we should also lift object shade wherever we go. Adults customarily get sunburn within a hour, children are mostly a lot some-more sensitive. You can buy object shade in Malaysia too.

Visit Malaysia 2014

2014 will be an critical year for Malaysia, as it has been branded ‘Visit Malaysia 2014‘. During this year there will be many events to applaud Malaysia’s tourism achievements and potential. Many events are also good for kids, so if we are formulation a outing to this smashing country, make certain we do so in 2014.

Have fun in Malaysia.

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