5 must-see national parks in Malaysia


Malaysia is home to many amazing national parks. If you’re a true lover of nature and the outdoors, they are the ideal places for your holiday.

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Bako National Park

Bako National Park is the oldest National Park in Sarawak, gazetted in 1957 with coverage area of 2,727 hectares. This is the smallest national park in Sarawak, contains almost every type of plant can be found in Borneo. With the rainforest, wildlife, stream, waterfalls, tropical plants, inhabited beautiful beaches, unique rock formations, Bako is a great place for you to experience rainforest and coastline of Borneo.

Located only 37 km from Kuching, this natural beauty park is very accessible and it makes one of the most popular parks in Sarawak.

You can get there by Bus Petrajaya No.6 or by taxi from Kuching. Alternatively you can get there  by speedboat ride.

Mulu Cave National Park

Mulu Cave National Park (via Laurenceourac)

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak with coverage area of 528.64 km sq. The iconic of this park is, it amazing caves system.  The Sarawak Chamber, is believed to be the largest caves in the world by volume at 30,347,540 cubic meter and has been said, able to accommodate 40 of Boeing 747 aircraft. The Clearwater Cave length about 189 km is the 8th longest cave in the world. The pinnacles at Mount Api is a magnificent panoramic and stunning to witness. Mulu was listed as a World Heritage site in November 2000 because of it spectacular scenery and its biological significance.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park comprises a group of 5 islands; Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. This marine park is located between 3 to 8 km off Kota Kinabalu, the park is spread over 4,929 hectares, two-thirds of which cover the sea. Departure and arrival to and from Tunku Abdul Rahman Park via Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal, Kota Kinabalu. To stay at the park, check in at a few good resorts such as Gayana Eco Resort, Bunga Raya Resort, and Gaya Island Resort in Pulau Gaya.

Kinabalu Park

Kinabalu park (via borneopackages.com)

Kinabalu Park established as national park of Malaysia in 1964. In December 2000, UNESCO designates as Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site. With coverage area of 754 sq.km, Kinabalu Park house huge number of flora and fauna. Estimated 4,500 – 5,000 species which is more than total found in Europe and North America. On top of it, there are more than 300 birds species and 100 mammal species. The park is one of the most popular tourist spots in Sabah and Malaysia in general. In 2010, more than 196,275 (domestic tourists) and 70,401 (domestic tourists) visited the Park. One of the main attraction to the park is Mount Kinabalu which attract thousand of climbers every year.

Taman Negara National Park

Taman Negara is the oldest National Park in Malaysia.The park was established in 1938/39 as the King George V National Park and rename to Taman Negara after independence from British. With total coverage area of 4,344 sq.km makes, Taman Negara is the largest national park in Malaysia. The main attraction for tourists is the nature specifically the rainforest.

Take the opportunity to enjoy park activities such as Canopy Walkway, Visit Kg. Orang Asli, Rapid Shooting, Caving, Fish Feeding, Animal Observation, Trekking and many more. The infrastructure in Taman Negara is well developed that including many choices of accommodation types, such as resort, chalet, guesthouse, and hostel. Taman Negara is accessible either by boat from Kuala Tembeling, Jerantut or  by land transfer.

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