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Amazing Tourism Malaysia . Trekking in Malaysia

Natural forests cover almost three-quarters of Malaysia's land area. The enrichment of rainforest is sure to bring rewarding experiences to the trekkers. The wilds of the country's extensive national parks and wildlife reserves presents an opportunity to rediscover the allure of nature.

These longer hikes can be exhausting for visitors from temperate countries not used to the heat and humidity of the lowlands, and leeches can be a temporary problem. Most people, however, find their encounter with Malaysia's tropical jungle a humbling experience well worth the hardship. On some of the remote treks, it's wise to go with an experienced guide. Trails in the jungle may look all the same, but a wrong turn can have disastrous consequences, or the water level may rise unexpectedly after a sudden downpour.

Bako National Park, Sarawak

Just 37 kilometres by road from Kuching Sarawak, Bako is easily visited in a day. But you will miss much of Sarawak's oldest national park if you don't stay overnight in one of it's comfortable huts. Bako National Park is rich with an abundance of flora and fauna with at least seven major types of vegetation typical of Sarawak. Although it is one of Southeast Asia's smallest national parks it contains almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo.

Not only is Bako compact, it's easy to explore. Jungle trekking is the best way to fully absorb the richness of the park's treasure. The proboscis monkey, only found in Borneo, may be the star of the wildlife show but it has a supporting cast of long-tailed macaque monkeys, usually patrolling the park headquarters, silvered leaf monkey monitor lizards and squirrels. Bird watchers are spoiled for choice. More than 150 species have been recorded at Bako, including some rare varieties.

Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak

Iban longhouses and wild orang utans are among the many attractions of this park on the banks of a 24-square-kilometre lake. You can travel by boat up the rivers that flow into the lake or trek on the jungle trails looking for the wildlife. On your travels you can stay at Iban longhouses and sample their traditional way of life.

It may be Sarawak in the wild, but you can see it all in the lap of luxury while staying at the unique and prize-winning Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, a Hilton hotel in the jungle.

Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak

The Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak is not only renowned for caving activities, but jungle trekking as well. The Mount Mulu is enriched with 1,500 species of flowering plants including 170 species of orchids, 67 species of mammals, 262 species of birds, and 281 species of butterflies. From the summit, you will be treated with the breathtaking view of the park's surrounding. The journey normally takes about four days through the moderate jungle terrain.

Kinabalu National Park, Sabah

Kinabalu National Park, located 138km from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, is covering an area of 754 sq km. The focal point of the Park is, of course the majestic Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain between Northern Burma and New Guinea.

The Kinabalu Park also houses numerous unique plants such as the pitcher plant, about 1000 orchid species and the largest flower in the world, Rafflesia. More than 250 bird species have also been recorded in the Park. For visitors with more time to spend in Kinabalu, there are graded paths leading through rich lowland forest to mountain rivers, waterfalls, and tumbled bat caves.

Danum Valley, Sabah

Located 83km southeast of Lahad Datu in Sabah, the 438-sq. km. Danum Valley Conservation Area is one of the last remaining pockets of primary lowland rainforest in Asia. The 60-million-year-old rainforest perserves many plant and animal species found only in Borneo. It is home to over 275 bird species, 110 species of mammals including Orang Utans, five species of deer, giant flying squirrels, gibbons, bearded wild boars, flying frogs, Bulwar pheasants, the Asian elephant and the Sumatran rhinoceros.

Endau-Rompin National Park, Johor

Endau-Rompin, located north of Johor and south of Pahang, is the second National Park proclaimed by the Government of Malaysia. It covers an area of approximately 50,000 hectares of rich flora and fauna, encompassing the watershed of the rivers Endau and Rompin, from which it derived its name.

Endau-Rompin is an unique collection of lowland and montane rain forest which is home to the largest population of endangered animals in the country. The Sumatran rhinoceros, tigers and elephants are among the protected species in Endau-Rompin. Upon entry to this park, trekkers will be guided by forest rangers to ensure safety at all times.

Taman Negara, Pahang

Straddling the borders of Pahang, Terenggganu and Kelantan, Taman Negara is a totally protected area of 4,343 sq. km., and is home to one of the richest and most complex ecosystems in the world.

A must-try attraction here is the canopy walkway, 30m high and stretching a distance of 500 m. It gives visitors a rare opportunity to view the jungle from above. Throughout the park, there are wildlife observation hides near saltlicks, where animals come to supplement their mineral intake. The network of the trekking trails are clearly marked, so it is easy and safe to trek in the jungle and surround yourself in the virgin jungle. The best way to see the animals is to stay overnight at the hides.