Sepilok Orang-utan Centre
Located on ten thousand hectares of tropical lowland rainforest, this is the best place you will ever get to see this fascinating primate in action. While you may well have seen Orang-utan in a zoo back home this is an opportunity to see the animal in its natural jungle environment. You get to see them build places in which to sleep in the unique fashion that only they use. If you get there between 10.00am and 2.30pm you also get to see the animals feed. The Centre is situated about twenty-five kilometres outside Sandakan and is served by public transport. The area is also home to the Asian two-horned rhinoceros which is an even rarer species than the aforementioned Orang-utans and is one of only four such animal refuges in the world.
Situated fifty-six kilometres from Kuala Terengganu on Malaysia’s east coast, Rantau Abang is one of only six beaches in the world where you can watch the fascinating giant leatherback turtles come ashore to lay eggs. The turtles which can measure up to two and half metres in length and weigh over three hundred and seventy five kilograms are an endangered species and the work being carried out at the beach is an attempt to protect the animals. So, if you’re in the country between May and September it really is a unique sight and one well worth visiting. For a guaranteed sighting, however, make your way there in August. And, if you’re thinking of taking an egg as a souvenir, think again.The Terengganu Government have made it an offence to do so.
Located just outside Kuala Lumpur, the caves are home to the festival of ‘Thaipusam’ which takes place every year. Consisting of three main caves and a number of smaller ones, the area is also home to the Temple Cave. Built in 1892, this cave is 400 metres long and 120 metres high with a flight of 272 steps leading up to the temple. Eight hundred thousand people make their way to the Batu Caves fro the festival every year making it the largest gathering of Hindu devotees in the country. But, if you can’t make it in late January or early February, the caves still serve as one of Malaysia’s top tourist attractions. And, as well as the temple, there is also a huge bazaar within the vicinity of the caves where you can pick up numerous bargains.
The Danum Valley Conversation Area is home to a sixty million year old rain forest where you will see thousands of plant and animal species in their natural habitat. Located just over eighty kilometres southeast of Lahad Datu, the valley offers a unique opportunity to step out of the present day and into the world as it was all those millions of years ago. Wild Orang-utans, bearded wild pigs, flying squirrels and frogs, Asian elephants and howling gibbons are among some of the more unusual species which you will encounter during your trip making it one which you’re not likely to forget in a while.
Kek Lok Si
One of the oldest Buddhist temples in Malaysia, Kek Lok Si is located in Penang in some of the most immaculate gardens you will ever visit. If you have never been to a Buddhist place of worship before prepare yourself. The number of Buddhas which adorn this particular temple is guaranteed to shock you. Sculptures of all shapes and sizes are positioned throughout the temple and the site is also home to the beautiful Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas. If you are in Penang during your Malaysian trip, a trip to the temple and the gardens offers the perfect opportunity to escape from city life even for just a few hours. After all, everyone needs to take time out to relax every now and again and this is the perfect place to do so.