Cameron Highlands is another colourful avenue worth exploring! This place has neat plantations sprawling across this premier hill resort along with colourful terraced flower gardens, orchards, vegetable gardens and strawberry farms. It is the perfect getaway for tourists seeking refuge from the frantic rush of city life, as it is blessed with an all-year round salubrious weather; abound with lush flora in a restful and serene atmosphere. The climb up the winding roads through pristine rainforests begins at the turn-off at Tapah, the little town nestled at the foot of the hill range. You could take a brief halt at the Lata Iskandar waterfall, a popular picnic spot that has shops selling ethnic souvenirs and handicrafts.
A visit to the Orang Asli village of the Semai tribe in the interiors could drive you downhill to get acquainted with the tribals as you gain an insight into their way of life, skilled handicrafts and transitional medicinal herbs. Witness the astounding demonstration of a blow-pipe! You would also get an opportunity to see the variety of the carnivorous pitcher plants, unique to this area. A short trek to a nearby waterfall for tea and coffee brewed by the intrepid guides would complete the flavour of a visit to such areas. A visit to the Boh Sungai Palas Tea Estate, vegetable farm, rose farm, butterfly farm and a Buddhist temple Sam Poh Wan Futt Chi, would be a satisfying experience! For a very English taste of tea and strawberries: it could almost be Wimbledon –as you take to the trails around the hill station of Cameron Highlands. Amidst the pleasingly geometric forms of the bushes of the tea plantations, stretch yourselves and relax in the cool high-level air for views of peaks and waterfalls.
This huge grey lump of granite looms large over northern Borneo, Mount Kinabalu, because the two-day climb requires steely determination to tackle hours of solid uphill, but dawn views across to the Philippines on a clear morning offset even the most burning thighs. The state of Sabah, on the island of Borneo, is often promoted as an outdoorsman’s paradise, and Sabah’s Semporna archipelago, particularly the island of Sipadan, has been described by Jacques Cousteau as some of the best diving in the world. The teardrop-shaped island is perched atop practically sheer sea walls, that plunge to the bottom of the Celebes Sea and additionally bird species and mammals inhabit the mountain’s slopes.
Outside the protected and Unesco World Heritage, the listed area of Kinabalu National Park, has much of Borneo’s forest logged, developed or replaced by palm-oil plantations. Intact habitat makes the walk from the steamy rainforests to alpine meadows not only an inspiring physical challenge, but a privileged journey through one of nature’s last Edens.
Officially known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah is an archipelago of islands in the Andaman Sea, some distance off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia, and has been given the status of a World Geopark by UNESCO. The ecstatic trip begins as the island is surrounded by the turquoise sea, the interior of the main island being a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. Top dive sites here include diverse underwater geography such as sloping reefs, coral blocks, wall dives, deep dives, drift dives and wreck dives. A dip below the warm sea surface guarantees an astounding experience, with a concentration of vibrant and exotic marine life, rarely rivalled anywhere else in the world. The Underwater World Langkawi is an innovative marine aquarium which houses innumerable species of aquatic life and some mammal and reptiles, as a trip here will definitely enlighten you on the beauty of the island’s flora and fauna both on land and sea. The Atma Alam Batik Art Village and the Pisang Handicraft and Art Village are original design villages with the highlights of the Malaysian art and culture as original batik and souvenirs are available at the main outlet.