Malaysia nature photos

[last updated 23-Dec-2022]

Most of Malaysia's remaining rainforests are found on the island of Borneo—peninsular Malaysia's primary forests are presently limited to a few national parks. The extent of the forests of Borneo (Sarawak and Sabah) was seriously reduced during the 1980s and 1990s when large amounts of timber were exported from the states of Sabah and Sarawak.

Despite these losses, today Malaysia has a number of forest-oriented tourist destinations including Danum Valley in Sabah and Taman Negara in peninsular Malaysia. Most of these pictures were taken in these locations. Malaysia is also known for its world-class snorkeling and diving both off the peninsula and the island of Borneo.

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Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country known for its diverse and beautiful natural attractions. Located on the island of Borneo, the states of Sabah and Sarawak offer a wealth of ecotourism opportunities for visitors.

A popular destination for nature lovers in Peninsular Malaysia is Taman Negara, a national park that spans over 4,300 square kilometers. It is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including some of the world's tallest trees. Visitors can explore the park through activities like jungle trekking, river trips, and birdwatching.

Sarawak is home to a number of nature reserves, including Bako National Park and Mulu National Park. The Bako National Park is home to a variety of ecosystems, including mangrove forests, cliffs, and sandy beaches. It is also home to a variety of wildlife, including proboscis monkeys and hornbills. The Mulu National Park is home to the world's largest cave chamber and is a popular spot for caving and rock climbing.

Sabah is arguably the crown of Malaysia's nature-based tourism. Highlights include:

  • Kinabatangan River: The Kinabatangan River is home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, orangutans, and proboscis monkeys. Visitors can take a river cruise to see these animals in their natural habitat.
  • Sipadan Island: Sipadan Island is a popular diving destination with crystal clear waters and abundant marine life. Divers can explore a variety of dive sites, including shipwrecks and coral reefs.
  • Mabul Island: Mabul Island is another popular diving destination, known for its colorful coral reefs and diverse marine life.
  • Sandakan War Memorial Park: The Sandakan War Memorial Park is a historical site that commemorates the lives lost during World War II. Visitors can learn about the history of the region and pay their respects to the fallen soldiers.
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre: The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is a sanctuary for orphaned orangutans. Visitors can learn about the rehabilitation process and watch the orangutans being fed.
  • Mount Kinabalu: Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia and is a popular spot for trekking and rock climbing.
  • Crocker Range National Park: The Crocker Range National Park is home to a variety of ecosystems, including forests, mountains, and waterfalls. It is also home to a variety of wildlife, including orangutans and hornbills.
  • Danum Valley Conservation Area: The Danum Valley Conservation Area is a protected rainforest that is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including endangered species such as the clouded leopard and the sun bear. Visitors can explore the rainforest through activities like jungle trekking and birdwatching.

Overall, Malaysia is a great destination for ecotourists looking to experience the beauty and diversity of Southeast Asia. The states of Sabah and Sarawak, in particular, offer a range of activities and attractions for nature lovers.

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