The region’s national and state parks offer everything from easy-going nature trails to challenging hikes into the heart of virgin rainforests. There are also mountains to climb, caves to explore and tropical seas teeming with marine life to dive, as well as other aquatic-based activities such as surfing and white-water rafting.
Top Wildlife-Watching Spots
- Taman Negara Malaysia’s oldest and most prestigious national park is home to everything from fireflies to elephants.
- Royal Belum State Park Home to 10 varieties of hornbill and the majority of Malaysia’s big mammals.
- Sungai Kinabatangan Spot wild orangutans and pygmy elephants along the banks of Sabah’s longest river.
- Bako National Park The park’s coves and trails are one of the best places to spot proboscis monkeys.
- Deramakot Forest Reserve Sabah home to leopard cats, civets and deer.
- Singapore Zoo One of the world’s best, along with the Night Safari and the River Safari experience.
- Ulu Temburong National Park Breathtaking views from canopy walkway in Brunei’s Temburong region.
Hiking & Trekking in Singapore & Brunei
Singapore is so small and well developed that trekking off the beaten track isn't really an option. That said, the island state does offers up several hiking possibilities, along well-marked trails: the country’s National Parks Board manages 10% of the island’s total land area, which comprises over 300 parks and four nature reserves, including Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
Only 1 sq km of Brunei’s 500-sq-km Ulu Temburong National Park is accessible to the public but what a treat it presents being one of the most pristine slices of rainforest in the region. The only way to gain entry to the park is on a guided tour.