Bako national park
The oldest national park in Sarawak, which can only be reached by a boat ride from Kampung Bako village, has a rich variety of wildlife. Though it is one of the smallest national parks, it is one of the most popular since its attractions and activities range from gorgeous waterfalls, secluded beaches and trekking trails and apart from other avian and simian species, one could catch sight of very rare proboscis monkeys and four species of carnivorous pitcher plants. All the exquisite white sandy beaches, fringed with picturesque limestone and sandstone cliffs, are meant for those opting for serenity and idyllic moments spent in seafront shacks or snorkelling amid pristine coral reefs. The various jungle trails offer multiple options for adventure-seekers that range from fullday jungle hikes, overnight camping opportunities to mild forest walks.
Malaysian Grand Prix
For petrol heads who love the sound of revving engines as they travel through the various gears and screeching tyres in the racing circuit, the Malaysian Grand Prix at the country’s Formula One track, the Sepang international circuit, is bound to set your pulse racing. Climatic conditions at this circuit, which has witnessed the rise and fall of legends such as Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, etc, vary from scorching hot days to torrential rain-storms. The next time you plan a visit to Malaysia, remember to include this F1 circuit in your list of places to visit. A selfie with machines racing in the background could be part of your take-home souvenirs.
Malaysia offers shades of paradise in everything and its palette ranges from charismatic tourist sites, soaring skyscrapers and varied terrain ranging from mangrove swamps, wild jungles and sandy white beaches. In terms of activity, tourists could visit the colourful, food stall-lined streets for an opportunity to gorge on Indian, Chinese and authentic Malaysian cuisine, which are a feast for the eyes and the stomach, or opt for terrific hiking trails, mountain biking, rafting, head for the best birdwatching sites, indulge in diving and snorkelling, participate in the vibrant night life, splurge on local souvenirs, window shop or just take a heritage walk through the oldest Malay settlements in the city. So whatever your age or taste, Malaysia has something for everyone and it might turn out to be your dream destination. |SP
Some dos and dont’s:
Opt for a good guide, don’t feed wildlife and especially don’t litter, never leave without water, maps, sturdy walking shoes and mosquito repellent.