With a huge abundance of biodiversity, Malaysia is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. The country houses 15,000 species of flowering plants, 150,000 species of invertebrates and 4,000 species of fishes. While exploring the biodiversity of Malaysia, you can also experience outdoor activities such as rock climbing, jungle trekking and cave exploration.
Over 30 national parks
The Mulu Caves National Park is home to one of the longest networks of caves in the world. Inside these caves are the homes of millions of bats and tropical limestones. Hikers will also love The Pinnacles, which are the deep-cut limestone canyons with razor-sharp pinnacles. Another option is the Endau-Rompin State Park which covers a whopping 80,000 hectares. Upon entering, you will come across the Orang Asli Aboriginal village where aboriginal peoples continue to live a hunting and gathering lifestyle and tell myths and legends about the jungle. Inside the park, explorers can see leaf monkeys, white-handed gibbons, tapirs and much more. For a destination closer to water, the Langkawai Mangroves offer boat tours, high tide swims and jungle trekking amongst its intricate network of streams and coves.
Bird watching paradise
You’ll be captivated by the hundreds of bird species that can be found in Malaysia’s rainforests, mountain forests, coastal mangroves and freshwater swamps. Situated 1,500 metres above sea level, the Cameron Highlands is a well-known site for visiting bee and butterfly farms. Bird watching and trekking are also popular activities. Visitors to the Sedim Recreation Park in Kedah can enjoy the longest canopy walk in the world. This 950 metre long walk will let you experience rushing rivers and incredible fauna and flora from a height of 50m. For a beautiful experience in the evening, go firefly watching in the Sungai Lebam Wetland Preservation Area where you can see fireflies’ blinking lights on trees around the mangrove swamp.
From mangroves to rainforests and mountains to limestone caves, Malaysia is the destination to be for a connection to nature. You’ll be amazed by the sheer diversity of wildlife you can find.
Learn more about the story of Sabah’s Wildlife Rescue Unit and its conservation efforts in Sabah—a state of Malaysia on the northern part of Borneo Island.
Written By: Refined Travellers Staff