July 17, 2014


Malaysia is the ideal destination for those wanting a holiday with a multitude of experiences. Whatever it is you’re looking for, you are bound to find it in Malaysia.

Just over eight hours flying time from Sydney, the possibilities for adventure are endless. Malaysia’s diverse culture and landscapes offer a broad range of activities to choose from. Whether its climbing the highest peak in South East Asia, exploring exotic island retreats, making friends with an orangutan, or revelling in the melting pot of the culinary delights available, the choices are endless.

HYjer-k-FL8wP5zLzFq-N3SxN2RmAtYIIBjB-YRmlXcOne of the most thrilling experiences would have to be trackside at the Formula 1 Grand Prix. The Malaysian Grand Prix takes place each year at the Sepang International Circuit just outside Kuala Lumpur. Visitors can watch the action at one of the most impressive tracks in the world, with its extreme hot and wet conditions proving a challenge for even the most experienced drivers. There is also an added bonus of it being one of the cheapest races on the circuit, ensuring it’s an affordable option in terms of ticket prices.

The incredible “Sky Bridge” in Langkawi gives visitors the experience of walking above the rainforest. The suspension bridge in the mountains is around 100 metres above ground and 125 metres in length, giving spectacular views throughout the entire walk.

Enjoy the experience of high tea in a tea plantation. The Cameron Highlands, located on the Titiwangsa Range, 1,500m above sea level, are home to a vast range of produce, including tea, flowers and strawberries. At the tea plantation, visitors can relax and admire the picturesque views across the rolling hills, while enjoying all the trimmings of a high tea.

Getting up close to an orangutan would have to rate as a pretty special experience. Sepilok is home to the orangutans. These beautiful creatures are native to Malaysia and make their home in the orangutan rehabilitation centre in Sabah. The centre occupies around 43sqkm of protected land at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve and was turned into a rehabilitation site for the apes. Currently it is home to around 25 young orphaned orangutans housed in the nurseries, in addition to those free in the reserve.

Another fantastic experience in Sabah is watching pygmy elephants playing in their natural habitat, while at the same time experiencing other large and small wildlife. The Kinabatangan River also plays host to proboscis monkeys, orangutans, sumatran rhinos and clouded leopards, along with countless rare birds such as the hornbill and the Oriental Darter as well as pygmy elephants. Crocs can also be spotted lazing along the riverbank.

TurtleFor those wanting to watch baby turtles hatching plus experience peace and calm while enjoying a perfect place to unwind, the tiny island of Lankayan in the Sulu Sea, with its white sandy beaches, is ideal. Around one and a half hours north of Sandakan by boat, it’s the preferred turtle spotting destination with its own turtle hatchery. The Green Turtle and Hawksbill Turtle make regular appearances as the new hatchlings of baby turtles are released to the sea from June to September.

Sandra Tiltman