Travel Malaysia Itinerary: Perak and Jungle Challenge Tour
Malaysia’s wealth of national parks provides many challenges for the adventurous traveler. Top of the list is Taman Negara, the country’s showcase national park; there are excellent trails and waterways to explore and good facilities. From the inside of the park, you can climb Gunung Tahan, Peninsular Malaysia’s highest peak; this would be a nine-day trip. Also on the peninsular are the Kenong Rimba, and Endau-Rompin national parks. Endau-Rompin has Malaysia’s largest surviving population of Sumatran rhinos, although don’t count on spotting these elusive beasts.
Malaysian Borneo has 16 national parks to choose from, including the marine reserves and the rarefied heights of Mt Kinabalu; you will need to set aside three days to reach this summit. In Gunung Mulu National Park allow four days to tramp the Headhunters Trail and climb to the jagged Pinnacles. A day is sufficient for Niah National Park with its interesting giant caves. Give yourself two days in Boko National Park to hunt out exotic flora and fauna, including rare proboscis monkeys, and to enjoy walks along the rugged sand- and mangrove-fringed coastline.