Water sports in Malaysia
With pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and a variety of marine life, Malaysia is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts. The most beautiful coral reefs in the South China Sea lure visitors to the east coast. Many snorkelers are drawn to this area. Other nice diving spots are the islands of Tioman, Redang and Perhentian and on the west coast the Payar and Langkawi marine parks. The best surfing conditions can be found between February and March on the east coast. Northerly winds allow waves up to three meters high. You can try white water rafting or kayaking on the Kampar Rivers in Perak or the Slim River. A destination for the whole family is the calmer Sungkai River.
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Kinabalu National Park
The jungle of Kinabalu National Park is the oldest on earth and is located on Borneo. Over suspension bridges you can climb up to the height of the treetops and have a breathtaking view. The park with its granite mountain Mount Kinabalu has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Climbing the mountain in guided tours is one of the highlights. There is a unique flora to be discovered in the mountain regions. Kinabalu National Park is home to over 500 species of birds and more than 800 species of orchids.
The small and historic town of Malacca on the west coast of Malaysia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Remnants of the colonial past dominate the cityscape, such as the former Dutch town hall and the remains of the Portuguese fortress Porta de Santiago. Worth seeing are the Maritime Museum, the replica of the galleon Flora de la Mar and the Chinese-Malaysian culture museum Baba-Nyonya. Malacca is a central starting point for the onward journey to Singapore or to the Cameron Highlands with the picturesque tea plantations.
Mysterious scents, colonial buildings and traditional temples – Penang’s capital Georgetown offers it all. With its historic old town and the small streets that let you feel the traditional life, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. In addition to the many temples, mosques and churches, Chinatown and Little India are also worth seeing. You can explore Georgetown on foot on the so-called Heritage Trail. Past Fort Cornwallis, the decorated house of the Chinese family clan Khoo Kongsi, the Kek Lok Si Temple or the Captain King Mosque, you will discover many beautiful and hidden places.
Mengkabong stilt village
Mengkabong is located in a lagoon in northern Borneo. The small and picturesque village is also known as the city in the water. The inhabitants are descendants of pirates who settled here in the 19th century. The houses are a fascinating sight, built on stilts and connected by narrow walkways. The banks of the Mengkabong River are lined with mangroves and are home to flying fish and monitor lizards, and offer the best views of Mount Kinabalu.
Located off the west coast of Malaysia, the Langkawi Islands are known as the jewel of Kedah. The archipelago with the main island of Langkawi has a good infrastructure and modern hotel resorts. In the natural paradise you will find lonely and beautiful sandy beaches, a black sand beach in the north of the main island, dense jungle, mangrove swamp areas in the east and excellent diving spots. From the main island of Pulau Langkawi, ferries run to Thailand and the island of Penang. An impressive view of the Andaman Sea can be had from the Langkawi Sky Bridge in the west of the island. The pedestrian bridge is more than 600 m high and can be reached by a cable car from the Oriental Village site.
The historic island of Penang, with its capital Georgetown, lies off the west coast of Malaysia. White buildings from the 19th century are reminiscent of the colonial era. Penang has a natural harbor and the world’s third longest bridge connects the island to the mainland. Worth seeing are the ruins of Fort Cornwallis and the colorful Kek Lok Si Temple. Quiet resorts can be found in the north of the island. Beautiful hiking trails lead from there into the jungle, to Monkey Beach or to Batu Ferringghi Beach. Bukit Bendera is the highest point in Penang. From the summit, to which a cable car takes you, you have a beautiful view of the island.