A land of stunning views and prehistoric rainforests, Malaysia provides limitless chances for a trekker. The wilderness of the its national parks and nature reserves give an opportunity to feel the magnetism of nature.
Trekking through the jungles in Malaysia provides a rich and satisfying experience.
Seasoned trekkers can refuse from the painstaking 7-day trek to the top of Gunung Tahan in Taman Negara. Beginners may practice at FRIM, standing for Forest Reserve Institute of Malaysia in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysia Agriculture Park at Taman Bukit Cahaya in Shah Alam, Selangor or Air Keroh Recreational Forest in Malacca.
Famous trekking sites in Sarawak comprise Niah National Park, Lambir National Park, Mulu National Park. In Sabah other good trekking destinations can be found such as the Kinabalu National Park and Danum Valley.
Hills with thick vegetation, quick rivers, and steep forested areas present the diversity of terrain here. Tropical habitat is of particular interest to campers therefore it is such a popular place and many campers from all over the world come to explore the rainforests here. They are really unique for its wildlife characteristics.
Mangrove forests stop the erosion of the coast here and are very important as breeding grounds for fisheries.
Complicated and diverse ecosystems found in Malaysia attract attention of scientists and ordinary campers. Variety of plant species with palms and climbing vines big roots, which make the stability for rainforest trees, is interesting to observe in person.
Jungle trekking is a popular activity and takes from one hour to several days. This is up to you to decide. The dry season begins in March and lasts up to October and this is the best time for trekking in Peninsular Malaysia, while Sabah and Sarawak have wet seasons from July to October.
National Parks in Malaysia have a lot of jungle camping sites. Numerous mountain sites and beach sites fit for camping perfectly. When you choose the camp site, do not forget about the weather conditions and the camping equipment required for proper camping.
When the season is rainy one can have no chance to get to some camp sites. Check such things in advance.
If you plan to spend time in humid areas of lower altitudes of jungle, then good ventilation is a must. It is better not to choose cotton tents because they absorb water and nylon tents are recommended.
But for high altitude areas places protected from wind are advised. Keep away from the peaks where there can be thunderstorms. Choose tent with aluminum poles and stakes if you are going to camp in the mountains.
In case you are going to camp on the beach, then you will need only the basic camping setup for it. Sometimes having just a hammock or sleeping bag is enough. Take camping gear with you or you can rent the basic necessities in the national parks of Malaysia and private facilities for campers.