Malaysia is rife with exciting hiking trails, each dotted with fabulous views and amazing scenery. Get out of the cities and you’re in the realm of mesmerizing peak views and luscious plant life and exciting wildlife.
The trails themselves are spectacular, while being challenging enough to give you value for money. Here are some of the best trails in Malaysia, so come join us as we take you on a journey of exploration.
1.Bukit Gasing Forest Park
The Bukit Gasing Forest Park has numerous hiking trails that are perfect places to hike. This park is located in the Petaling Jaya suburbs. Six of the trails will take you straight to a watchtower or a Hindu temple. Don’t miss the terrific view at the top of the hill, which is a 45 minute hike from the bottom. The trail is steep in places but there are plenty of signboards and directions to help you.
2.Cameron Highlands Trails
Malaysia’s beautiful Cameron Highlands is strewn with hiking trails. The highlands comprise of many jungle-covered mountains, valleys and plateaus where many large tea plantations are present. You’ll find any number of hiking trails crisscrossing the landscape, each leading to a scenic hiking destination. If you want to hike in the Cameron Highlands, be sure to enquire about Malaysia tourist visa requirements today.
3.Bishop Trail, Fraser Hill
Bishop Trail is for the nature lover, with its incredible rainforest comprising of thick foliage, ferns, trees and wildlife. You will soon reach Ledegham Road, whether you take the left to Muar Cottage or right to Glen Bungalow and the Paddock. It’s a 1.5km hiking trip that’ll take you through rocky, narrow paths; you can enjoy a lovely view at the watchtower and check out the active monkeys, squirrels, and other animals.
If you want to do some Malaysia mountain hiking, check out Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia. It is also one of the toughest trails and takes about two days and one night to reach the top. There are several routes to the summit, but the best known are Ranau Trail and Kota Belud Trail. It’s good to have a local hiking guide along. Your reward along the hike will be the beautiful wildflowers and the wildlife that abounds in the mountain.
Also known as Bukit Lalang, the Broga Hill has three peaks, each of which offer incredibly scenic views of the Semenyih Township and nature. You can enjoy amazing views of the sunrise from the first and second peaks. It takes about 45 minutes to climb to the top of the hill. The most challenging is the third peak, as there are huge rocks strewn in the path. Hikers challenge themselves on hiking adventures to climb to Gunung Tok Wan which is 3.1km from Broga Hill.
If you love waterfalls, then head straight to one of the most exquisite hiking spots in Malaysia – Rainbow Falls. Head there early in the morning and you’ll be rewarded with a fabulous view of the sunrise with the water droplets sparkling in the sun rays. To get to the waterfall, you’ll have to hike for about 45 minutes along rocky paths, using the handy ropes to balance yourself.
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7.Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)
Hiking in Malaysia to the top of the Penang Hill from the Penang Botanic Gardens is truly rewarding. Whether you choose the garden path or the road, the hike is a steep one, and you’ll need two to three hours to reach Penang Hill. You may see some local wildlife when you get there. At the end of your hike, be sure to stop for some exquisite coffee at Kopi Hutan.
8.Bukit Tabur, Taman Melawati
Bukit Tabur is a limestone ridge that has five peaks which present varying levels of challenge to hikers. Also known as ‘The Dragon’s Backbone’, Bukit Tabur’s East and Far East trails are made of rocky terrain, suitable for more experienced hikers. Be prepared for an amazing sunset view across the tranquil Kluang Gate Reservoir, which is surrounded by verdant green forestry.
9.Saga Hill/Apek Hill
The Saga Hill/Apek Hill Malaysia hiking trails are tough, with Route C being the most challenging of them all. The good news is that along the trail in Saga Hill you’ll find hammocks for resting. Once you reach the top of the hill, you can choose to descend via either Waterfall Trail or Hilltop Trail, with the Waterfall Trail being the more rewarding one!
Semporna’s Tun Sakaran Marine Park in Sabah comprises of eight islands; of them, Bohey Dulang is famous for hiking. You can climb up to the highest peak in Bohey Dulang, which stands at 353 metres tall. The trail takes you through tropical forest and contains a mixture of rocks and mounted steps. It takes about an hour to reach the top of the peak. At the top, you can enjoy the breath-taking views of the Bodgaya and Tetage islands.
Penang National Park’s Monkey Beach is named that because of the macaques that live there. It is one of the most pristine beaches in Malaysia. Enjoy hiking along the 3.5 kilometre long coast for about two hours, revelling in the fabulous sea views and the beach sands. You can spend the night at the beach at the official campground.
Gunung Angsi is yet another mountain in Malaysia. It is one of the easier ones to ascend. The mountain is located in Ulu Bendul Park, and is 825 meters tall. An experienced hiker would take an hour and a half to climb to the summit. It’s a fine trail without too many challenges.
Malaysia is rich in nature – both flora and fauna. Hiking is Malaysia is about more than enjoying an adventure – it’s about falling in love with one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The dramatic mountain ranges, splendid nature, lush rainforests, pristine beaches and wildlife make this country ideal for hiking.