Are you an ecotourist? If you are, then you’ll love the many spectacular natural wonders that Malaysia has to offer. Malaysia is blessed with a great equatorial climate and abundant natural resources - so it is unsurprising that we have some of the world’s best ecotourism destinations! Here are 5 ecotourism destinations we're sure you never knew in Malaysia:
1. Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Pahang
Located in the lush tropical jungles of Lanchang, 160km away from Kuala Lumpur, the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary offers the most idyllic sanctuary for endangered and orphaned elephants that have been rescued from all over the Malaysian Peninsula. The sanctuary is a tranquil home for many orphaned elephants and shelter for raising these majestic creatures. Catch a rare glimpse of the elephants caring for their young, by bathing and feeding them at the centre!
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2. Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Set within the lush, biodiverse rainforest of Banjaran Titiwangsa is Cameron Highlands, a collection of quaint townships perched 1500 meters high on a nest of serene mountains. With amazing vistas and rolling hills of tea plantations, a mossy forest, and peaceful strawberry farms, Cameron Highlands is definitely a place to go for those yearning for an escape into nature. Besides marvelling at the beautiful landscape, you can also learn about the local tea production and agricultural produce.
3. The Royal Belum State Park, Perak
The Royal Belum State Park is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world, dating back to 130 million years ago, making it older than the Amazon and the congo! There's much to see and do around the Royal Belum State Park - trek through numerous jungle trails to reach scenic waterfalls, enjoy a jungle cruise, and of course, relish a chance to observe the wildlife in their natural habitats!
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4. Santubong and Buntal, Sarawak
Did you know that Sarawak is a hotspot for watching Irrawaddy dolphins? In fact, gatherings of as many as 30 dolphins have been sighted before in the area making it the best location to view these critically endangered critters in Southeast Asia! Dolphin-watching tours in the Santubong-Buntal peninsula run from April to November, so check those months off in your calendar for some dolphin-watching action.
5. The Perhentians, Terengganu
The small archipelago called the Perhentians, located in the South China Sea off the coast of Terengganu feature as one of the most beautiful ecotourism destinations to visit in Malaysia! The coast of the Perhentians is home to some of Malaysia’s most spectacular scuba diving and snorkelling sites. Blessed with a tropical climate all year round and unparalleled natural beauty both on land and underwater, a list of ecotourism destinations in Malaysia just wouldn't be complete without these amazing islands.
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*Updated: 7th August 2020