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There is something for everyone in Malaysia, from adrenaline pumping activities to historical city tours. A tour of the Gomantong Cave and Kinabatangan River is a must, and is something that many tourists that visit Sabah do. The intricate cave system sits in the lower part of the Kinabatangan River inside Gomantong Hill. This is the largest limestone hill in the area, with the cave being split into two parts; Simud Hitam (Black Cave) and Simud Putih (White Cave), with the latter being larger, though the former is more accessible. It only takes a few minutes to walk to the entrance of the 40-60 metres high Simud Hitam, which is open to the public. Simud Putih, however, is not, and can only be explored by those with caving equipment and caving experience. One of the main draws of the Gomantong Cave is not the caves themselves, but the swiftlet nests that are inside of them, which are collected for bird's nest soup. Kinabatangan River is the country’s second longest, and in addition to housing the Gomantong Cave is also known for its fantastic wildlife. Crested serpent eagles, proboscis monkeys, Asian fairy bluebirds and Bornean orang-utan can all be seen in the area, though today much of the orang-utan are living in the conservation centre in the village of Sukau.

No visitor should go without going on a ride on the North Borneo Railway. This historic steam train railway line travels from Tanjung Aru to the town of Tenom, passing through Kinarut along the way. Passengers riding the train will get to see some magnificent scenery, as well as traditional villages, paddy fields and buffaloes grazing around. The train can accommodate 180 passengers in its five colonial-style carriages, where a Tiffin-style lunch is enjoyed on the four hour journey. This train only runs twice a week, so it is highly advisable to book tickets at least one day in advance.

There are also numerous magnificent national parks throughout the country where visitors can enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of Malaysia. Kinabalu Park is the most famous, as it was Malaysia’s first ever UNESCO World Heritage site. The important biological park is home to over 4,500 species of flora and fauna, which includes over 200 bird species and around 100 mammal species. It is one of the country’s most popular destinations, with over 400,000 visitors coming to the park each year.

Gunung Mulu National Park is another UNESCO World Heritage site. This 520 square kilometre park is famous for its incredible caves, with over 20 expeditions being available through its cave system. The park is also home to a tropical rainforest and the towering Mount Mulu, in which it was named after. This sandstone mountain rises 2,376 metres above sea level and is accessible by going on a four day hike. There are three camps set up along the way where shelters, cooking facilities, toilets and water is available.

Those that prefer history to nature will not be bored in Malaysia, as there are two historic city centres that are listed as important cultural sites; Georgetown and Malacca City. Historical city tours of these cities are an extremely rewarding way to visit main attractions within their old centres, like the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and Armenian Street in Georgetown, and Heeren Street and the Dutch Square in Malacca City.

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    Fishing Trip in Langkawi

    Langkawi, Malaysia

    Love fishing but don't know the best spot to fish? Join this fun tour! You will be taken to the best fishing spots in the north eastern part of Langk...

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    Cycling in Kundasang Highland

    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

    Test yourself to see how far you can go when booking this tour. Go to Kundasang Island for a more spectacular view of Mt. Kinabalu and its terrain. S...

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    S$90.10 / person

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    Padas Whitewater Rafting

    Beaufort, Malaysia

    Your tour will start with a pickup at your accommodation. Afterwards, you and your guide will travel 1½ hours to Beaufort. Beaufort's name is derived...

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    S$58.40 / person


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    E-ticket to LEGOLAND Malaysia

    Johor Bahru, Malaysia

    Lego is every child's all-time favourite, and you can fully experience it at LEGOLAND in Johor Bahru. Open for children and adults alike, it's the fir...

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    S$28.20 / person

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    The Lost World of Tambun is a premiere destination in Malaysia that promotes an action and adventure-filled getaway with family or friends. Located in...

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    S$9.80 / person

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    Penang 3D Trick Art Museum

    Georgetown, Malaysia

    Penang 3D Trick Art Museum is a two level interactive museum that takes visitors to experience different activities and interactions with art. At the...

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    S$3.40 / person


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    Snorkelling Tour at Mantanani Island

    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

    Go on an Snorkelling trip to Mantanani Island. It is located northwest off the shore opposite Kota Kinabalu, it is 45 minutes by speedboat from the ma...

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    S$45.89 / person

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    The Journey takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Our first stop is the Aborigine Settlement. Kuala Gandah Elephant conservation was established in 1...

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    S$65.20 / person

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    Located off the coast of Kota Kinabalu and known for its five islands, Tunku Abdul Rahman National Marine Park is a popular tourist destination among...

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    S$62.60 / person


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    Amazing Penang Local Food Tour

    Georgetown, Malaysia

    Penang is known as one of the best food destinations in Malaysia. It's a fusion of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Indonesian cuisine. It's also popular fo...

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    S$26.70 / person

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    Hop on a train to the old town of Ipoh, where heritage and tradition stand still alongside a plethora of culinary delights that will certainly tickle...

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    S$100.99 / person

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    This tour starts with pick-up from your hotel and transfer to Penang Hill Funicular Railway station. You will ride the funicular with a nice view of t...

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    S$40.10 / person