After hosting the 1998
Commonwealth Games, for which Malaysia invested over £300 million, sports
facilities have been greatly improved throughout the country and the recent
construction of a new £44-million Formula One racing circuit in Sepang
(located adjacent to Kuala Lumpur International Airport). However, it is
Malaysia's beaches and rainforests which endure as the main attraction for
Located northwest of Kota
Kinabulu, off the coast of Sabah and accessible by air, this coral atoll
consists of 13 coral reefs linked together. Underwater sights include an
amazing array of corals and marine life and cliffs that plunge 2000m to the
Located off the north eastern
coast of Borneo, Pulau Sipadan is Malaysia's only oceanic island. It is
renowned for its wide range of rare marine species.
Sipadan Diving Vacation - Experience the wonders of the underwater realm at the bio-diversity hotspot of Southeast Asia.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine
Very close to Kota Kinabulu (15
minutes by boat). One of the most popular sites in this area is Mamutik and
Sapi.Located in Borneo, easily accessible from Kota Kinabalu. Local marine
life includes manta rays, lion fish and whale sharks (from December to
About 1 hour’s boat ride from
One of the Survival TV series
where shooting here, great place for marine life.
Located north of Kuching, off
the coast of Sarawak, Borneo. Popular dive sites include 'Sea Fan Garden', 'Atago
Maru', a Japanese World War II shipwreck and 'Scubasa Reef', a swallow reef
which provides refuge for migrating turtles during August, each year.
destination. Two wrecks from ships sunk in World War II, and one recent
Located within the Pahang
Marine Parks, consisting of eight islands. One of the best dive sites is
Tiger Reef, which has a particularly high number of sea fans; divers should
note that currents can be very strong.
Home to Malaysia's first
protected marine park, the Terengganu Marine Park, located north of Kuala
Terengganu. The Pulau Redang archipelago contains nine islands. Popular
sites include the 'Mini Mount' (good for both day and night dives), the
'Picture Wall' (dotted with sea fans and corals) and 'Cathedral Arches'
(canyon network with huge arches). 'Turtle Bay', known for its sea turtles,
is at the northern end of the island.
Popular weekend getaway for
Malaysians, located south of Terengganu, accessible by air. The waters are
protected by marine park status.
Pulau Paya Marine Park
Located on peninsular Malaysia,
in the south of Langkawi Island (a busy tourist resort) in the north of the
Eastern Malaysia's northernmost
island group consisting of Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil, located in
the South China Sea, off the coast of Kelantan. Can be reached on a
fishing-boat trip from Kuala Besut, a small fishing village on the mainland.
A fairly isolated region, praised by divers for the giant soft corals, large
schools of pelagic fish and nocturnal shellfish.
Trekking and caving
More than 70% of Malaysia is
covered in forests, of which the rainforest is reputedly the world's oldest
(130 million years). There are many national parks and lot’s of wildlife
reserves and protected areas. Many of the parks offer excellent trails for
jungle-trekking, particularly at Taman Negara National Park (peninsular
Malaysia). In East Malaysia, the best treks are in Sarawak, Borneo and
Gunung Mulu National Park, which is renowned amongst caving enthusiasts. The
recently discovered Sarawak Chamber and the 107km-longest Clearwater Cave
(accessible by boat only) are favourite destinations. Permits for Gunung
Mulu National Park must be obtained in Miri (please before arrival),
reached either by a short flight or a couple of 3-hour boat trips.
Adventurous trekkers may wish
to explore the Kelabit Highlands around nearby Bario, but these are quite
demanding and should only be undertaken in the company of a local guide.
Another famous trekking destination is the Kinabalu National Park, located
in the state of Sabah, whose centrepiece, Mount Kinabulu (4101m/13,452ft),
is South-East Asia's highest peak. Despite its size, Kinabulu is very easy
to climb. No skills are required, but a guide and a climbing permit (which
can be bought on location) are still compulsory. The climb involves an
overnight stay in one of the rest houses along the route. Due to the
altitude, people with high blood pressure or heart problems should not
attempt the climb.
Please refer to the main page
for more details about National Park and forest reserve.
Malaysia has more than 100 golf
courses. The locations vary from coast to tropical rainforest or the
mountainous highlands. The Malaysian Open Golf Championships and
international tournaments are help in Malaysia, attracts many top
Malaysia has many unusual
sports, including Gasing-top spinning (called Main Gasing), which uses tops
fashioned from hardwood and delicately balanced with lead. Wau-kite flying
is a traditional pastime. Sepak Takraw is a game like volleyball, played
with a ball made of rattan strips. Players may use their heads, knees and
feet only but not their hands.
Malaysia's central railway
travels largely through areas of dense jungle. It commences near Kota Bahru
and continues via Kuala Krai, Gua Musang, Kuala Lipis and Jerantut to meet
the Singapore-KL railway line at Gemas. Owing to extensive road building,
this itinerary may change, and travellers are advised to check with Tourism
Malaysia (see address section).
Malaysian 'longhouses', which
are common along the rivers in Sarawak and Sabah, are really entire villages
housed under one single roof, inhabited by native communities.
Lot's of reputation karate
training centres offer regular training sessions under black-belt
instructors. Visitors are welcome to receive free karate training for one
week in any of the centres. A list can be obtained from the Chief
Instructor, Karate Budokan International, Jalan Jubilee, Kuala Lumpur.