Things to do in Malaysia, Malaysia: The Best Forests

May 22, 2022 Sheron Bogner

Coordinates: 2°30′N 112°30′E / 2.500°N 112.500°E / 2.500; 112.500

1. Gunung Arong Recreational Forest

Mersing-Endau Road, Endau 86900 Malaysia
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5.0 based on 8 reviews

Gunung Arong Recreational Forest

2. Sungai Kapur

Lahad Datu 91100 Malaysia
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5.0 based on 14 reviews

Sungai Kapur

Sungai Kapur – North Tabin is located within the RAMSAR site and referring it to an “off the beaten path gem” is an understatement! Sungai Kapur is by far Lahad Datu’s “2in1”! To conceptualize, it is as if the jungle of Danum Valley and the Kinabatangan River meets and placed in one area. As such visitors to this coordinate can engage at jungle trekking, river cruising and night safari.

Reviewed By once_in_a_while_84

We did a 3D/2N tour of Sungai Kapur through Bike and Tours last month. It was an incredible and memorable experience! Sungai Kapur is a unique place - it's serene and beautiful and about as untouched an area as you can find in Borneo. Our guides - Simon, Dr Teo and two specialist nature guides - were incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the area. Simon and Dr Teo are also working hard with a local village to reduce plastic pollution, which is great to see. We were unlucky in some respects, not seeing the flying foxes or dolphins, but the animal encounters we did have were very special. Finding mangrove snakes curled up on tree branches, seeing fish jumping in our torchlight, a stunning firefly display, and even seeing a helmeted hornbill and a baby croodile, seeing leopard cats and a moon rat on a night drive, etc. The accommodation was much less basic than we expected - en suite bathroom (cold shower, but that's normal in SE Asia), fan, balcony, etc. Towels, bed linen and toiletries are provided. The only down side is that when the generator is off at night, the room becomes very still and humid so it can be difficult to sleep, but it's the trade-off you make for remoteness. I'd like to give the food an extra special mention - it was superb. The best food we'd had in Borneo so far (with great bread for the on-board breakfast sandwiches!). And the provision of decent New World wine was extremely thoughtful - after 1.5 months of travelling teetotal in SE Asia (I'm not a fan of beer), I was in 7th heaven ???? We travelled in a small local motorboat. My partner is pretty tall and broad-shouldered, so we struggled to be comfortable after a couple of hours of boating, especially as there was just one cushion between us (which I think has now been sorted out). Our boat also sat low in the water, so we got quite-to-totally wet during every journey. This is not to put anyone off - it's a glorious experience overall - but next time we'll bring ponchos and dry bags with us! Simon was the soul of courtesy - always asking whether we needed anything. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone who loves wildlife.

3. Taman Negeri Kenaboi

Jln Kampung Ulu Kenaboi, Kampung Jelebu Malaysia +60 6-765 9849 http://forestry.ns.gov.my
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5.0 based on 2 reviews

Taman Negeri Kenaboi

4. Ayer Keroh Recreational Forest

Jalan Ayer Keroh Malaysia
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Ayer Keroh Recreational Forest

5. Belum-Temengor

Malaysia +60 12-785 7580 http://belum.com.my
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Belum-Temengor

6. Deramakot Forest Reserve

Deramakot Fmu, Sandakan Malaysia 6082248000 http://www.deramakot.sabah.gov.my/
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

Deramakot Forest Reserve

Reviewed By sukiesue2019

I have just spent 7 days in Deramakot and have to say that the wildlife exceeded all expectations. In reference to the last post, yes the accommodation is basic but we all knew that before we booked so it should not have been any surprise. Whilst there we did suggest that a thorough clean prior to new clients arriving should be instigated, but other than that it was much as expected. As to the food, the cooks we took in with us produced very tasty food, especially given the limited kitchen set up available to them, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. And yes we did break down a couple of times - but only for a couple of minutes, and once the battery was sorted there were no further problems. The vehicles may not have been the most luxuriously comfortable, but for being able to see the animals and to photograph them they were ideal. However, you are not at Deramakot for the rooms or food - the wildlife is the draw and this definitely did not disappoint. Our tour leader, Mike (Adventure Alternative Borneo), was a wizard with the spotlight and we had so many great sightings of leopard cats and the highlight was seeing a flat-headed cat posing beautifully on a log. Along with the binturong, orangs, gibbons, three species of civets, colugos, flying squirrels and numerous birds, we were treated to a wonderful collection of the wildlife of the area. I would wholeheartedly recommend Deramakot (and Mike!) to anyone who appreciates wildlife and particularly if you want to see some of the more bizarre animals that you can find in Borneo. I cannot wait to return.

7. Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

Kuah, Langkawi Malaysia +60 12-365 9345 http://www.langkawigeopark.com.my/v2/geoheritage-a-geoforest-park/the-kilim-karst-geoforest-park.html
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4.5 based on 2,179 reviews

Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

Reviewed By Pigletau

We booked the day tour with lunch included thru our resort with Dev's Adventure Tours. It was a superbly informative tour which brought us to the Bat Caves, Crocodile Cave, thru the estuaries, where the very experienced Skipper spotted a Swamp Viper resting and well-camouflaged on the low branches of the mangrove tree. We saw loads of long-tailed macaques along the shores and were then given an informative lesson on the different mangrove tree species and the history of Langkawi and the importance of mangroves. We then proceeded to spot Kites and White-Bellied Eagles where we also witnessed their feeding. The guide also explained why there was feeding and how the feeding is controlled in a way that does not render the birds incapable of hunting for their own food. We then looked at the various stone formations as we traversed along the estuary before heading to Tanjong Rhu Beach for a short 20 mins before adjourning for lunch at a floating restaurant. We were also brought on a exciting ride against the waves of the open Andaman Sea on this trip. It was half a day well-spent and a wonderful history cum geography lesson coming alive thru the rich biodiversity we witnessed. It is highly recommended that you take a morning to explore the Kilim Geoforest and I would recommend that you do so with Dev's Adventure Tour.

8. Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest

15 Jalan Kolam, Bukit Mertajam 14000 Malaysia
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest

Reviewed By mangoh539 - Singapore, Singapore

Good for hiking, I like to hike this place when I came back from singapore, after hiking will go to have ginger tea, herbal egg and steam potato

9. Bukit Pelindung Recreational Forest

Pejabat Hutan Daerah, Kuantan 28000 Malaysia
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Bukit Pelindung Recreational Forest

Reviewed By 251nm - Kuantan, Malaysia

I visited this place by accident, not expected good road but turned out nice trip. The slope is high not easy at all!!!

10. Bukit Bongol

Kota Belud 89150 Malaysia
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Bukit Bongol

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