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Kubah National Park/Malaysia

Introducing Kubah National Park

Mixed dipterocarp forest, among the lushest and most threatened habitats in Borneo, is front and centre at this 22-sq-km national park, which more than lives up to its clunky motto, ‘the home of palms and frogs’. Scientists have found here an amazing 98 species of palm, out of 213 species known to live in Sarawak; and they have identified 61 species of frog and toad (www.frogsofborneo.org), out of Borneo’s more than 190 species. In 2012 researchers identified what they believe to be a new species of frog, adding it to a list that includes the aptly-named (but oddly shaped) horned frog and a flying frog that can glide from tree to tree thanks to the webbing between its toes. Kubah’s jungles are also home to a wide variety of orchids – and seven semi-wild orang-utans.

Kubah’s trails are much more shaded than those at Bako National Park, making the park ideal for the sun-averse. And when you’re hot and sweaty from walking, you can cool off under a crystal-clear waterfall.