The famous fireflies of Bukit Berembang are still one of the most popular attractions in the country. In the area nicknamed Kampung Kelip-Kelip (Firefly Village), a sunset cruise down the river will leave you mesmerised. The view of thousands of fireflies lighting up the sky is indeed a sight to behold, as each glowworm emits a unique light pattern. Located just two hours from Kuala Lumpur, the surrounding area is also renowned for many good restaurants along the waterfront – perfect for a quick bite beforehand.
Located just off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, the Pulau Payar Marine Park is a coral reef teeming with tropical fish and was the first marine park created in Western Malaysia. It is easily accessible from Kuala Kedah, Langkawi, and Penang and so has become one of the west coast’s most popular diving sites, it also boasts a myriad of marine life including feather starfish, rainbow runners, barracuda, and ghost fish. Aside from the colorful fish there are sea turtles, sea anemones, reef sharks, and octopus to keep you company beneath the waves, as well as an old fishing boat wreck to explore.
Towering as it does over the eastern state of Sabah at 4,095m above sea level, Mount Kinabalu is the fourth-tallest mountain in the Malay Archipelago and attracts travellers from the world over to climb its slopes in search of the perfect sunrise. This UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site is recognised as one of the most important biological sites in the world: an estimated 6,000 plant species call the mountain and its surrounding National Park home, including 326 species of birds and over 100 mammals.
Established in 1989 within the Krau Wildlife Reserve, the sanctuary is managed by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks and located near Lanchang town in Pahang. Since inception, the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre has been at the forefront of raising, rehabilitating, and relocating elephants to larger national parks throughout Peninsular Malaysia
Surrounded by the pristine waters of the South China Sea, the Satang Turtle Island National Park is a sanctuary for rare Hawksbill turtles who return each year to lay their eggs. Visit the turtle conservation and hatchery area and learn about the conservation program on the island.
The ocean also plays home to an abundance of coral and marine life and it is possible to swim with these beautiful creatures as well as partake in a guided stroll through the National Park’s jungle-filled interior. The Park can only be visited on an organised tour as certain areas are off-limits to the general public – conservation is of utmost priority in these parts.
Established in the Kabili-Sepilok rainforest reserve in 1964, the rehabilitation centre is one of only four places in the world set up to preserve and protect orangutans. These lovable creatures are cared for at the rehabilitation centre until they are strong or old enough to return to live independently in the Borneo jungle.