Since ancient times, adventurers and explorers have come to Malaysian shores, attracted by its diverse natural wealth and embraced by its gentle people.
Today Malaysia is known around the world as a destination for a host of nature-based activities and eco-tourism. Be it from challenging rock-climbing or cross-jungle trekking at different mountain zones to wild rafting in frothing rivers, or diving in calm seas to parasailing in the multi-hued skies – it’s all here. More than half of Malaysia’s 329,758 sq. km surface is covered by tropical rainforests that host a bewildering array of exotic and protected plants and animals. There are treasures such as rare species of flora and found only at Mount Kinabalu or wondrous geological formations such as Mulu Caves. Even the world’s oldest forest., estimated at 130 million years old at Taman Negara, Malaysia’s premier national park, can be found here. Malaysia offers varied experiences to satisfy the adventure and nature lover’s quest. There is an exciting choice of activities for all ages and groups – from amateur and family fun to the serious enthusiasts and on to professionals. The country is increasingly popular as a venue for international nature-based competitions. Even international adventure-themed reality shows or films have found their perfect locations in Malaysia. Adventure and nature are all here in the tropical kingdom of Malaysia. Come and enjoy it to the fullest.
Most National Parks in Malaysia provide jungle camping sites. There are also many mountain and beach sites which are suitable for camping. In picking a camp site, always take note of the weather conditions. The rainy or monsoon season during December to February renders some camp sites along the river trails of Taman Negara inaccessible. Always check with relevant Park authorities first.
The lower altitudes of primary jungles like Taman Negara and Kenong Rimba Park in Pahang; Endau Rompin in Johor; Mulu and Lambir National Parks in Sarawak are humid, so your choice of tents should allow for good ventilation. All enclosed nylon tents with sewn-in groundsheets are not recommended as they tend to condense air inside. Cotton tents get heavy after absorbing water. When camping on high altitude locations such as Gunung Jerai in Kedah; Gunung Korbu in Perak; Gunung Tapis and Gunung Tahan in Pahang, choose a site sheltered from the wind and avoid the higher peaks when thunderstorms occur.
Only a basic setup is needed when camping at the marine parks or beaches in the country, such as Pulau Payar in Kedah; Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan; Pulau Redang, Terengganu; Pulau Tioman and Cherating in Pahang and Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Sabah. A hammock or sleeping bag may do very well. Although most of the National Parks and private tourist facilities furnish and rent out camping gear, it may be wiser to bring along basic camping necessities. Remember to check on restrictions which may apply due to ecological or other reasons. If unsure, contact the park authorities.