When you hear Malaysia, you may only be familiar with the Petronas Towers, which are the country’s landmarks. The tower, which is located in West Malaysia, precisely on Peninsular Malaysia, which borders Thailand to the north, makes West Malaysia better known than East Malaysia, which is located in the north of the island of Borneo.
Make no mistake, East Malaysia also has tourist objects that are no less interesting than West Malaysia, especially nature tourism. You can also make tourist attractions in East Malaysia your travel bucket list when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
Curious, what are the natural tourist objects in East Malaysia? Come on, see the following list!
- Sipadan Island
To the east of the state of Sabah has a very exotic island called Pulau Sipadan. This island was once a dispute between Indonesia and Malaysia before the UN Supreme Court ruled that this island belonged to Malaysia in late 2002. This island is the best diving destination in Malaysia. You can do scuba diving and snorkeling to see turtles, sharks, rays, barracuda fish tornado formations, and other colorful fish.
So that the natural ecosystem is not disturbed, this island does not have lodging, and visitors are limited to 176 people per day. If you want to stay overnight, you can choose a resort on the nearest island, namely Mabul Island, which can be reached in 45 minutes by motorboat from Sipadan Island.
- Mount Kinabalu National Park
This national park, which is part of Mount Kinabalu, is located in the state of Sabah. This place should not be underestimated because it has been designated as the first World Heritage Site for Malaysia. The challenging activity in this place is climbing Mount Kinabalu which is the highest mountain in Malaysia (4095 meters).
Other attractions include Poring Hot springs, butterfly breeding, and seeing the rare flower of Rafflessia Arnoldi, and Rothschild’s Slipper Orchid which is the most expensive orchid in the world. Guaranteed not to be bored here!
- Gunung Gading National Park
This national park is located 90 km from Kuching, the capital of the state of Sarawak. Initially, this place was a conservation zone for rare plants, then it was opened to the public in 1994. Just like the Mount Kinabalu National Park, in this place, there are also Rafflessia Arnoldi flowers.
Most tourists come to see the flower because this place specializes in its captivity. In addition, here you can also do trekking and see several waterfalls.
- Gunung Mulu National Park
If you are looking for a national park that offers natural beauty that is different from other national parks, you can come to Gunung Mulu National Park. This national park, located in Miri, Sarawak state, is famous for its beautiful karst rocks. The beauty of this stunning landscape has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In addition, this place has one of the longest underground caves in Southeast Asia, namely the Clearwater Cave which has a length of 227.2 km. Guaranteed you will not lose visiting this place!
- Miri-Sibuti Reef National Park
The city of Miri in the state of Sarawak still has a natural tourist spot, namely the Miri-Sibuti Rock National Park. This national park is different from the previous list description because this place is water conservation, namely conservation of coral reefs and other marine creatures. You can freely dive to see the beauty of the fish swimming around the colorful coral reefs. It’s very comfortable diving here and being able to enjoy areas that haven’t been touched at all.
Also, pay attention to the time of your visit to this place because the best time is April to November.
- Similajau National Park
Similajau National Park has located 30 km from Bintulu City in the state of Sarawak. This national park is a unique recreation area because there are land and water tourism, such as rainforests and several beaches facing the South China Sea. This place is also the habitat of several protected flora and fauna.
If you like the atmosphere of the mainland, you can hike in the rainforest by crossing a wooden bridge. On the other hand, if you like the atmosphere of the water, you can snorkel to see marine life. Guaranteed you will be satisfied traveling here!
- Kelabit Plateau
The Kelabit Plateau is a mountain range located in the northern part of Sarawak. You can hike and explore 14 traditional villages in the area. It is recommended that you start hiking between Bario Village and Pa Umor Village because it has the shortest hiking trail so you don’t get tired quickly.
If you have strong stamina, you can hike up to Mount Murud which has a height of 2,423 m. You can also enjoy the beautiful view of this area from a height.
Wow, it’s amazing the tourist objects on the list above. So, have you made a travel bucket list to visit it?