Best national parks in Malaysia

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Explore the most popular national parks in Malaysia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Best national parks (6)
#1 - Kinabalu National Park
Sabah, Malaysia
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Kinabalu National Park also known as Taman Negara Gunung Kinabalu was established to be Malaysia's first ever national park. Additionally, it is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Malaysia. The most prominent feature in this park is Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain located between New Guinea and the Himalayas. The slope of Mount Kinabalu is home to a variety of flora and fauna. The trek to the peak is challenging however visitors are guaranteed to see exquisite views. Note that Mount Kinabalu is usually done in a span of a few days and the park usually recommends it to be for at least 2 to 3 days for visitors to fully enjoy the experience. Not looking for something that challenging? No worries, this park has more to offer! Check out the other hiking trails or mountain garden. The gardens are open to visitors however the park also offers an interpretive guide during their scheduled times.Show more
#2 - Penang National Park
Penang, Malaysia
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Located on the northwestern section of Penang Island, Penang National Park or Taman Negara Pulau Pinang was created to protect the biodiversity that inhabits the island. Entrance to Penang is free however if visitors want to do the canopy walk, there is a fee. The canopy walk is one of Penang's most popular attractions. At 250 meters long, the canopy walk is built by rope and surrounding trees. Visitors will be able to see views of the rainforests below. Besides the canopy walk, Penang National Park has much to offer! Check out the various hiking trails or hang out on the beaches. A popular one is Monkey Beach, which like its name is inhabited by monkeys. Visitors can also go wildlife viewing, keep an eye out for dolphins, great egrets, otters, and hawksbill turtles!Show more
#3 - Kubah National Park
Sarawak, Malaysia
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Although smaller than others, Kubah National Park has a variety of attractions for the whole family to enjoy! The park features lush forests, stunning waterfalls, and clear bathing pools. Majority of this park is encompassed in mixed dipterocarp plant species and contains an abundance of palms and orchids. Biodiversity here is vast, Kubah is home to a variety of wildlife, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Visitors may not encounter many species as most of them live deep within the forest. Hike within the rainforest to Gunung Serapi, a popular peak for visitors. However the most popular trail in this park is the Waterfall Trail, hikers will have to navigate through swampy lands and sections of plank walks to see views of the gorgeous waterfalls. There are a variety of interesting trails in this park that you will find suitable for your fitness level!Show more
#4 - Niah National Park
Sarawak, Malaysia
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Niah National Park is home to some of the oldest caves in Southeast Asia! Rumors have it that these caves are still inhabited by ghosts of the native Penan tribesmen. These Penan tribesmen use to collect edible bird nests to make a living. They primarily collected nests from swiftlets, these nests are still popular to Chinese gourmets now. Caves in Niah National Park are full of history, relics, and ancient artifacts! Check out the Moon Cave, also known as Gan Kira. Note that flashlights are necessary as the cave is pretty much encompassed in darkness. The Moon Cave also contains fascinating rock formations. Another attraction is the Painted Cave (GuaKainHitam), visitors will be able to see ancient drawings on the walls. This cave contains well preserved graves, bats, and the Niah Cave gecko.Show more
#5 - Gunung Mulu National Park
Sarawak, Malaysia
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Mulu National Park is the biggest park and oldest park in Sarawak. It has been said that the origins of the park goes back 60 million years! Check out the sandstone summit of Mulu's peak or the gigantic caves filled with limestone. With past research, the peaks and caves in this national park were created by an uplift of limestone formation from the sea. Mulu is also home to some of the biggest caves in the world! Visitors can go hiking in the park, or visit the villages where they can learn how to shoot with a blowpipe or support the local handicraft market. Check out the Deer Cave, home to an abundant amount of bats and has the largest cave passage in Malaysia and the world! Other must see caves are the Sarawak Chamber and Clearwater Cave. For the hardcore hikers, challenge the trek up to Mulu's Pinnacles or Mulu Summit!Show more
#6 - Bako National Park
Sarawak, Malaysia
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As one of the smaller parks in Malaysia, Bako National Park has as much to see as its bigger counterparts. Designated as a national park since 1957, Bako encompasses a wide range of environments such as swamp forests, mangrove forests, cliff vegetation, and many more. It has been said that at Bako, visitors will be able to see almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo. Due to its diverse environment, Bako is also home to a multitude of flora and fauna. Visitors are guaranteed to see wildlife when they're here. Keep an eye out for the monkeys and boars! Bako National Park contains a variety of trails ranging from easy to difficult. Check out the ones near the coastline for scenic views of the coves, bays, and beaches! For the avid birder, you're in luck! Bako is home to a variety of birds which include: White-bellied Woodpecker, Black-&-Red Broadbill, and Rufous-backed Kingfisher. Just to name a few! Another attraction that visitors should do is to look at the Sea Stack, a rock formation created out of limestone and sandstone cliffs. Bako is a great place for the whole family to enjoy!Show more