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Area (sq km): 328,550
Population: 23,953,136
Nationality: Malaysian
Local Name: Malaysia
Language: Malay,
Chinese,
Tamil,
English
Time Zone: +8 GMT
Currency: 1 ringgit =
100 sen
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Dialling Code: +60
Electricity: 240V/50Hz
Internet Code: .my
Religion: Muslim,
Buddhist,
Daoist,
Hindu,
Christian
Climate: Tropical Equatorial
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Inoculations: None
Driving: Left
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 9.30-16.00
Major Airports: Kuala Lumpur(KUL),
Kuching(KCH),
Langkawi(LGK),
Penang(PEN)

Malaysia villas and Hawksbill sea turtles

Discover the abundant Malaysia national parks and the beautiful Hawksbill sea turtles when you rent Malaysia villas. Highlights include Turtle Islands National Park, Taman Negara National Park and Bako National Park.

Hawksbill turtle
Hawksbill turtle

National Parks

The gorgeous Turtle Islands National Park is a wonderful place to visit from Malaysia villas. Turtle Islands National Park is home to Hawksbill sea turtles and is comprised of three islands called Pulau Selingan, Pulau Bakungan Kecil and Pulau Gulison.

Also known as the Pulau Penyu National Park, the Turtle Islands National Park is off the coast of eastern Sabah on Malaysian Borneo. The islands are so close to the Philippines you could actually swim there if so inclined.

Hawksbill sea turtles

The treasures of the islands are its natural and protected residents, the green and Hawksbill sea turtles. The best time to see the green turtles is during their egg laying season between July and October. The Hawksbill sea turtles come ashore from February to April.

After they lay their eggs the team of trained staff collect the eggs and transport them to the hatchery where they are protected. This is all in an effort to increase their dwindling population. Hawksbill sea turtles are a wondrous sight to behold in their natural habitat and the knowledge provided by the guides is invaluable.

Taman Negara National Park

On Peninsular Malaysia is the country’s premier park, Taman Negara National Park. The area is so enormous it covers three states with the main area for travellers residing in Pahang state.

The park is rich in wildlife including tapirs, rhinos, tigers, elephants and copious amounts of birds and insects. The jungle is dense so sightings of the larger animals are actually quite rare.

The most amazing thing about the park is its spectacular natural wonders. Taman Negara is the oldest jungle rainforest in the world. Because it is not subject to volcanoes, ice ages and other natural forces it has remained the same for over one million years.

The grandeur of Taman Negara National Park can be enjoyed on a guided boat ride on the parks many rivers. Trekking in Taman Negara will certainly get you close to nature and there are opportunities for over night treks which are encouraged. After an overnight stay, return to the luxury of Malaysia villas.

Bako National Park in Sarawak

In the western corner of Sarawak, abutting the South China Sea, is Bako National Park. The best jumping off point to get to Bako National Park is historic and charming Kuching, which in itself is worth a visit.

The entirety of Bako National Park is a fascinating ecosystem with beautiful beaches, sandstone escarpments, jungles, awesome botany and mischievous monkeys. Day trips and overnight stays are both common, but the park has so many great things to see it may better to arrange to stay overnight.

Bako has great walking trails. There are over 30km of tracks from long to short, and challenging to relaxing. While trekking through the park keep an eye out for the impressive pitcher plant.

The wildlife is also divine. Look for monitor lizards, silver leaf monkeys, macaque monkeys, bearded pigs and the amazing flying lemurs. Seeing the proboscis monkey is often everyone’s favourite part. To ensure that you do, check at the park headquarters for the best place to go.

National Parks in Malaysia

When Malaysia was in the hands of the British Empire land for the first national park in Malaysia was set aside. Today there are 18 national parks and 16 of those are on Malaysian Borneo.

Mt. Kinabalu is ideal for climbing and trekking while providing magnificent vistas. The caves at Gunung Mulu are excellent. Wildlife and waterfalls bring many visitors to Endau-Rompin each year.

Marine parks in Malaysia

The marine parks in Malaysia are quite impressive too. The areas are all protected from fishing and other activities that disrupt the ecosystem. Besides the wonder of the Hawksbill sea turtles around the Turtle Islands check out Pulau Kapas, Pulau Tioman and Seribuat Archipelago. Set yourself up in style at Malaysia villas near the natural park you are most interested in visiting.

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