MALAYSIA - Oasis Highlights
Malaysia is a diverse nation and has something that will appeal to just about anyone. It is broadly split in to two parts Peninsula Malaysia and Borneo Malaysia.
The capital city is for us a major destination in its own right. Great hotels are coupled with fabulous restaurants serving local, Chinese and Indian fare of the highest quality. The Petronas Towers and the KL Tower are must visit attractions as are the huge shopping malls that sell everything from designer clothes to the latest electronic gadgetry.
Langkawi is Malaysia’s premier beach destination with good reason. The beaches are sublime and the hotels offer some of the regions finest accommodation. There are a good selection of restaurants; from fine dining to local style where instead of plates they use banana leaves but no matter where you choose the food is always fragrant, aromatic, tasty and fresh.
Taman Negara National Park
The journey here is unforgettable alone, after just 4 hours by road from KL you then board a boat for a journey along the Tembeling River to your home for the next few nights in dense virgin rainforest – some of the oldest on the planet. There are both tigers and elephants, both very elusive, but you are certain to see many monkeys and all manor of bird life.
The orang utan sanctuary based in Sepilok is the best place to get sightings of these magnificent primates. Although not completely wild you will see them in their own natural habitat as they are rehabilitated back to jungle life, many after being orphaned or rescued from being pets on the oil palm plantations. We recommend staying near the sanctuary overnight to avoid the larger crowds in the mornings, for a more personal encounter.
Kinabatangan River (Borneo)
A stay in one of the guesthouses on the banks of this mighty river is a sure fire way to get close to the best wildlife viewing in Southeast Asia. Travel by small boat along the tributaries and you will see macaques, monitor lizards and the famous proboscis monkey, with their large droopy noses, jumping across the branches and chattering loudly. if you are licky you might also see herds of wild elephants.
Danum Valley (Borneo)
Waking up to the haunting gibbon calls in the valley is just magical, seeing a herd of wild elephants wadding through the river in the morning is priceless and sighting an orang utan making its nest at dusk, all this is possible (that’s exactly what we saw in our 2 day stay) at this special jungle hideaway. Well worth the effort it takes to get here!
Arguably Asia’s best diving is found off the Malaysian coast, both peninsula and Borneo. From the Perhentian Islands to Sipidan the underwater world in this part of the region is simply stunning. Please ask for further details.