Heard about Malaysia opening from 1st April? All set with your Malaysia visa, and have a planned itinerary ready, but worried about the crowds and rush of tourists that will now visit Malaysia? Or are you just a frequent visitor who wants to enjoy some privacy or see more than just Petronas Twin Towers, Genting Highlands, Kek Lok Si Temple, Batu Caves, Gurney Drive, or Legoland Malaysia? Well, we’ve got your back!
We have come up with a list of offbeat places that are unique and undiscovered in Malaysia. We assure you, you will love every minute of the journey through these hidden gems and places undiscovered.
Read on to know more about the 10 offbeat places in Malaysia you must visit on your next trip:
1. Walk among the stars in Kuala Selangor:
Love star gazing? Then this is surely an opportunity for you to take a walk amongst them! As the night falls and hundreds of thousands of fireflies start glowing, you will surely be mesmerized by the sight. A visit to Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park, where you can ride a sampan (a non-motorized traditional wooden boat) in the Selangor River and witness the dancing and flashing fire flies in their natural habitat, should definitely be on your trip to Malaysia.
2. Dive in at Sipadan Island:
Malaysia is blessed with a beautiful coastline and several exotic islands! It will be a shame to not to take advantage of them. Sun, sand and beaches are loved by all, but what truly takes the breath away is unmatched beauty found under the water. If you have an adventurous streak and love going to offbeat places then head on to Sipadan Island – which used to be an active volcano, located in the east of Malaysia where you can go scuba diving and explore the colorful and brilliant aquatic life hidden underwater.
3. Explore Port Dickinson:
From ancient carved monoliths and a 15th century tomb at the Fort Kempas to a 16th century light house, Port Dickinson has a lot to offer to history buffs. If it interests you, you can also visit the Army Museum that charges no entry fee and displays army vehicles and various memorial artifacts dedicated to heroes of by gone era.
4. Gunung Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site:
The Gunung Mulu National Park is not your average run of mill park, with flora and fauna spread all over and animals scattering about. This offbeat park is the home to the Mulu Pinnacles that will be a delight for hiking lovers, with limestone formations that are jagged and look other worldly, any one can have an out of this world experience. Another hidden feature, the Mulu Cave System, the longest in the world by surface area has been attracting a lot of scientists, but is generally hidden from tourists. Various caves full of stalactites and stalagmites; consisting of old coral structures and home to large colonies of bats are just some interesting sights you ought not to miss.
5. Orchid Garden in Kuching:
The state of Sarawak has beautiful waterfront in Kuching, alongside an amazing garden with over 75,000 plants of 82 genera solely dedicated to orchids. With eye catching flowers such as Lady’s slipper and flowers that stink like Bulbophyllum Beccarii, you will come across many orchids that are on display here. Apart from the display area the garden also has a nursery in the 15 acre space of the property. Don’t forget to grab your cameras to capture the beauty of flowers and cherish them forever.
6. Get enchanted in Entopia:
After visiting flowers it’s now turn to visit butterflies! With 400 different varieties of flora and fauna, Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm is a utopia on its own. Entopia has 2 worlds – The Natureland and The Cocoon. The Natureland lets you observe varieties of invertebrates and animals in their natural habitat and has the largest butterfly garden in Malaysia, where more than 15,000 butterflies roam around freely throughout the day. The Cocoon on the other hand is a learning exhibition where interactive self edu-stations and walk through experiences educates the visitors about various species of animals and plants housed in the facility.
7. Come face to face with history at Niah Caves:
With history of human habitation from 40,000 years ago, Niah Caves are a popular archaeological site in Malaysia. With clear evidence in the form of cave paintings and several remnants of mammals and humans gone by found in the huge underground caves, this is a great place for trekking. If you are looking to appreciate the beauty of nature in solitude, this offbeat historic location should definitely be on your next Malaysia holiday.
8. Sky Mirror:
Salar De Uyuni of Malaysia, located off the coast of Jeram Fishing Village this offbeat beach turns into a huge mirror twice a month – on new moon and full moon. The crystal clear waters and the island’s sandy beaches give a perfect mirror like reflection during these days. If you like photography take some toys along and pose for interesting pictures using forced perception and have a fun filled day at the beach.
9. Blue Tears in Pulau Sembilan:
Pulau Lalang and Pulau Rumbia are the places to be if you want to experience the “Blue Tears” phenomenon first hand. The luminescent plankton phenomenon that emits a blue glow, was once harmed and now is fully recovered and has been gracing the white sandy beaches of Pulau Sembilan with its presence. You definitely don’t want to miss it. Apart from this the island has rich marine life in the surrounding waters.
10. Beautiful Borneo:
Malaysian Borneo is a heaven for nature lovers. Extensive greenery, beautiful beaches and home to various special species such as Rafflesia flower (world’s largest flower with a very peculiar stinky scent), last surviving Orangutans (last great apes) in Asia, Sun Bears with their unique markings at the chest, Proboscis monkey (males have a very distinctive nose to attract females), Asian Elephants and also the Malaysian national bird – Rhinoceros Hornbill (a species of Toucans), Borneo is a world of its own. Add to it the Mount Kinabalu and you have everything from sea to mountains untouched in its all natural glory.
It is no doubt that Malaysia is filled with beautiful and breathtaking places, and being a hot favourite among travellers, its bound to be crowded during most of the year. So take the road less travelled, go offbeat and experience Malaysia’s untouched beauty.
Apart from the above list, there are many unexplored places and hidden gems in Malaysia that are away from the crowd and just waiting to be explored. How about dropping a comment and letting us know of any such offbeat place that we missed to cover? We sure would love to hear from you!
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