Places to hike in Malaysia and its neighbors
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Apr 24, 2012 9:07 AM Last Post By: ruknoe
Apr 21, 2012 3:29 AM
Places to hike in Malaysia and its neighborsHi,
This is a pretty open-ended question; I'm hoping to get suggestions.
I'll be in Malaysia next month, May 2012, for a couple weeks on business, but I'm planning to take off a week and explore the region before my meetings start. Never been to Asia, so this is a first. I would love to find a place where good hiking is accessible, and I'm wondering if Thorn Tree members have recommendations for the best place to go.
-I like to hike alone if possible, which is to say I don't want to be tied down to a big group of slow walkers who want to stop for pictures and souvenirs every hour. I understand that guides are common here, and I'm not allergic to them, so if I could find a small group of similarly-minded people to split a guide with, that would be fine.
-I'm not planning to bring very specialized equipment, since the focus of my trip is supposedly business, but I've got good boots and a big backpack, and I could probably borrow a sleeping bag.
-Ideal would be day-hiking from a central point where I could crash at night. I'm also OK with an overnight or two, but this isn't a long backpacking trip.
-My location restrictions: pretty broad, essentially anywhere within a cheap AirAsia flight of KL. Cheap meaning $<200, I think.
-Budget: I'd prefer to spend less than say $300 on guides and accommodation during this time. Is this reasonable?
-Mount Kinabalu, Sabah: sounds amazing, but also expensive and bureaucratic. I'd be hiking around May 22 or so, which might even be booked now.
-Cameron Highlands: It's unclear how good this is for hiking, or if it's just little nature trails and such.
-Bako national park in Sarawak: Sounds very jungle-adventurous, and I found a post indicating that guides are the exception and not the rule here.
I would welcome any additions; I don't really know the country that well and am probably unaware of lots of stuff.
Apr 21, 2012 3:53 AM
1Mt Kinabalu is really cool and quite a challenge (nice watching the sunrise at 4100m), but it might be out of scope for what concerns budget and you might have to book quite in advance. Also, unless you pay for your own guide, you'll be sharing a guide with other walkers who might be slow. But you can always leave the group of slow walkers behind and continue walking on your own (as I used to do).
Then the question is what you want to do. Get very high up into the mountains? Then it would be Mt Kinabalu.
Otherwise consider the Kelabit highlands in Sarawak:
Cool, refreshing hikes at an altitude in a pretty remote area, not far from the Indonesian border.
I wasn't overly impressed by the Cameron highlands.
Apr 24, 2012 9:07 AM
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