Sunday, January 9, 2011

Malaysia : 10 Great Outdoor Adventures

I'm pretty sure by now everyone (in M'sia) is talking about last night Anugerah Juara Lagu 25 (AJL25) performance. Honestly, i am quite frustrated that my favorite:
Faizal Tahir | Yuna | Bunkface | API didn't win any of the Top 3.

Thank goodness Faizal Tahir the Super Rockenstein saved the day by winning the Showmanship Category, tho i honestly think he deserves more than that. But anyway, i'll talk more about this later (macam biasa, kalau saya rajin. hehe)

For now, let's talk about this post title, okay? :)

I saw this link tweeted by Lonely Planet and i thought of sharing this with you guys.
Check it out!

10 great outdoor adventures in Malaysia
Paul Bloomfield
Lonely Planet Author

There’s more than one Malaysia. There’s the modern, well-ordered state boasting the Petronas Towers, those twin rocket-ship behemoths in capital Kuala Lumpur. There’s bustling multicultural Malaysia, an ethnic and culinary mélange into which Malays, Chinese, Tamils and numerous indigenous groups contribute cuisines and customs. But there’s still – thankfully – wild, untamed Malaysia: jungle and reef, mountain and rainforest, river and ridge. Few countries in South-East Asia – or anywhere – match the range of opportunities for getting adventurous outdoors.

1. Dive the Semporna Archipelago, Sabah - Checked!

Any spot described by scuba supremo Jacques Cousteau as ‘an untouched piece of art’ is pretty special. A submarine adventure around Sipadan – an elliptical island atop an oceanic pinnacle – takes the breath away: whale, hammerhead and reef sharks, manta rays, barracuda and turtles are regular dive buddies.

2. Surf the breaks of Cherating and Tioman Island - Checked!

The swells of Indonesia to the south grab the headlines, but there’s ample action on Peninsula Malaysia’s east coast, too. Breaks around Cherating and off eastern Tioman see waves from across the South China hold five or six feet – plenty for both beginners and more-ambitious surfers.

3. Go batty in the caves of Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak

It’s a fine three-day trek through rainforest to the pinnacles, but the showpieces of the park are subterranean: the vast caverns, including the largest open to tourists – 2km-long Deer Cave. Come to discover what two million bats look (and smell) like.

4. Hike through the jungle of Endau-Rompin National Park

Tigers. Elephants. Tapirs. Leopards. Endangered Sumatran rhinos. They’re all here – though admittedly tricky to spot among the 870 sq km of lush lowland forest. A hike isn’t about ticking off species but, rather, camping in the primordial woodland, ducking under remote waterfalls, and watching for birdlife and monkeys.

5. Raft the Sungai Padas, Sabah - Checked!

The Class I-II rapids of the Kiulu River are a mere nursery for the big adrenalin-pumper: Padas, with whitewater pushing III-IV over the 30km course. During breathers, grab the chance to gaze into the rainforest lining the river.

6. Wander among the tea plantations of Cameron Highlands

For a very English adventure – tea and strawberries: it could almost be Wimbledon – take to the trails around the hill station of Cameron Highlands. Amid the pleasingly geometric forms of the bushes of the tea plantations, stretch your legs in the cool high-level air for views of peaks and waterfalls.

7. Spot orang-utan from boat level on the Sungai Kinabatangan, Sabah

You could spot your ginger-mopped primate cousins at the rehabilitation centres of Sepilok or Semenggoh – but there’s nothing like delving into the jungle for some real wildlife-watching. Take an early morning boat ride on the Kinabatangan River for the chance of spotting shy pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and vivid birdlife.

8. Hike to the longhouses of the Kelabit Highlands, Sarawak

The chance to meet the indigenous inhabitants of Borneo and stay in their traditional longhouses is one of the key reasons for trekking into the steamy interior. Headhunters they may no longer be, but meetings with Borneo’s tribespeople still offer unique insights into fast-eroding cultures.

9. Snorkel the reefs of the Perhentian Islands - Checked!

These almost stereotypically tropical-paradise islands off the peninsula’s north-eastern coast tempt with sand and snorkelling. From the fine beaches it’s the work of a moment to don mask, snorkel and flippers and drift over colourful coral. The islands are also a great place to learn to scuba dive, with varied sites and reasonable prices.

10. Summit Mt Kinabalu, Sabah - Checked!

This huge grey lump of granite, soaring to a sharp 4,095m peak, looms large over northern Borneo; the two-day climb requires steely determination to tackle hours of solid uphill – but dawn views across to the Philippines on a clear morning offset even the most burning thighs.

TTJL says:
Just so you know, Malaysia consists of 13 states and 3 federal territories. Each state has it's own amazing and interesting places to go to. and gosh! this is so embarassing; eventhough i've been to 12 out of 13 states (Sarawak, wait for me, yeah!) there are still a lot more places that i have yet set my foot on, including Cameron Highland! iskh. memalukan sungguh. ;p

Cameron Highland is not far from Kuala Lumpur, fyi. entah bila entah nak sampai sana. *sigh*

6 comments :

fara-D said...

i LOVEEEE this post! and u already did FIVE of them!! *jeles mode ON!*

haha! thanks, i can add these into my to-go list! ;)

{ w33da } said...

I LOVEEEE it too! hehehe. baru 5 je. i still haven't gone to Cameron Highland. iskh. buat malu je. haha.

btw, if u are an adrenalin junkie, pls pls pls try the white water rafting. serious best! :)

fara-D said...

haha! that's the top on my to-do list!tgh kumpul org kampung nih! :P

{ w33da } said...

i wish you good luck, finding the org kg. ;)

..blindart.. said...

fyi, dah buat no 1,6,9 & 10... bila la nak buat yg lain2... nak share dlm blog i bleh?

{ w33da } said...

mmg utk share. i sndri pun kopipes drpd lonelyplanet. hehehe