For travellers who are seeking an original tourism experience, I have come up with a list of 10 natural wonders of Malaysia that is undeniably beautiful.
This list was created personally by me, and now being recommended to anyone who wants to experience the best natural tourism destinations in Malaysia.
These natural wonders are not man made, but purely nature made, so places like Cameron Highlands Tea Plantations or even Putrajaya and others do not qualify in this list.
10 Natural Wonders Of Malaysia
|Abraham Lincoln silhouette at Mulu National Park in Sarawak|
1. Mulu National Park in Sarawak
This famous national park in Sarawak is probably the one place where you can find the most number of natural wonders in Malaysia. Established in 1974, the massive park covers an area of 526 square kilometers.
|Inside the massive deer cave|
The Mulu National Park also offers the famous limestone pinnacles of Mount Api. Though it is beautiful, but in reality, visitors need to trek there and back in three days. It is not a commercial tourist spot where you can see in half a day.
To Get Here: Fly in via MasWings from Miri and Kuching in Sarawak, and also from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.
|The exterior of Batu Caves in 2018, but the highlight is inside the cave temple|
2. Batu Caves in Selangor
This is no doubt one of the best natural attractions nearest to Kuala Lumpur, and considering that the facade is man made, it is the interior of the cave temple that is fascinating.
Batu Caves dates back to the late 1800’s when it was discovered by British explorers, and a temple was built up in the caves for worship. Over the last century, Batu Caves has become one of the most iconic natural destinations in Malaysia.
To Get Here – From Kuala Lumpur, it is only a 30 minute drive to Batu Caves via taxi or Grab. Alternatively, you can take the Kommuter Train from KL Sentral which stops at the Batu Caves Station. Best to do this in the mornings before lunch time.
|The Horse Rock at Tusan Beach|
3. Tusan Cliff Horse Rock in Miri, Sarawak
Relatively unknown to many, Tusan in Miri, Sarawak is one of the hidden gems of Malaysia, and you can find a very unique horse shaped cliff with an arch here.
To Get Here – From Miri City, it is a 45 minute drive to Tusan Cliff. Best to rent a car and do your own trip, so you can take your own time.
|Mount Kinabalu view seen from the Kinabalu Park entrance area|
4. Mount Kinabalu in Sabah
For those planning to explore around KK city, read my list of free things you can do in Kota Kinabalu if you are on a budget.
To Get Here – Anyone can self drive from Kota Kinabalu by renting a car, or you can just book one of the Kinabalu day trip tours from KK City. You can also do this in a day trip and be back in KK City for dinner.
|The stunning pinnacles of the Mulu National Park|
5. Pinnacles at Mulu National Park in Sarawak
Not your regular trek, the Pinnacles of Mulu are one of natural formations that attract serious trekkers and hikers. This beautiful spot is located in the Mulu National Park in Sarawak and requires a three day trip to experience it.
To Get Here – First, you need to get to the Mulu National Park, and then from there, your three day trek begins. Around the national park, there are homestays, basic accommodations and even the Mulu Marriott Resort.
|Magnificent Sipadan Island seen from a boat|
6. Sipadan Island in Sabah
For any scuba diver, this is truly the mecca of diving spots in the world, where Sipadan Island in Sabah is also listed as one of the Top 3 dive spots in the world for any diver. Honestly, I have dived here at least 6 times already.
|Scuba diving with a school of barracuda’s at Sipadan Island|
To Get Here – From Semporna Town, it is a 40 minute boat ride, while from Mabul Island, it only takes 20 minutes. From Kota Kinabalu, you need to fly to Tawau City, then drive down about 90 minutes to Semporna Town where you catch your boat to Mabul Island.
|One of the cave entrances at Niah National Park|
7. Niah Caves in Sarawak
|Traders Cave in Niah, look at the people in the photo|
To Get Here – It is 90 minute drive one way from the city of Miri, and you will need a tour company to arrange for this. Park fees and guide is a must, as the caves are huge and you may even get lost exploring.
|Glimpse inside the Mossy Forest of Cameron Highlands|
8. Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands, Pahang
The forest is accessible via road by trekking or even taking a tour company service to explore this place. Located just out of the Brinchang town area, it takes about 30 minutes drive or a two hour trek there.
|Moss growing everywhere in the forest|
To Get Here – Self drive, hike or engage a local tour service with guide from Brinchang Town in Cameron Highlands. From Kuala Lumpur, it is a four hour drive one way to Cameron Highlands.
|A scale model of Maluai Basin outside the visitor center|
9. Maliau Basin in Sabah
This is one place that not many people have ventured into, and is highly recommended for extreme nature lovers, trekkers, hikers, campers and even bird watchers.
Maliau Basin is also known as the Lost World of Sabah, credit to this place being one of the least explored places in Malaysia. The Class One Protected Forest is off limits to walk in tourist, and one needs to engage tour companies that specialize in trips here.
|The Maliau Falls, a 7 tier waterfall taken from a helicopter|
From the studies center, it is a 23 km trek through thick rainforest and park rangers are required to bring you through one of the most amazing rainforest in Southeast Asia.
To Get Here – From Kota Kinabalu City, it takes about four and a half hours drive to the entrance. From Tawau, it only takes you three hours drive.
|The amazing cobra sea stack at Bako National Park|
10. Cobra Sea Stack at Bako National Park in Sarawak
Visitors are only allowed to see the sea stack from the boat, and you are not permitted to climb onto it as the currents and waves are pretty strong. While seeing the cobra sea stack here, your guide will also show you some other unique rock formations in the vicinity.
To Get Here – You need to book a Bako National Park tour in Kuching, and from Kuching, it takes about two hours to get to the national park. From the Bako Jetty, local boatmen will take you to the national park, and just before reaching, they will bring you to the cobra sea stack for a photo, depending on the tide of course.
|Silhouette of Mount Kinabalu. Photo taken from Crocker Range|