5 national parks in Malaysia and around the world to visit one day

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Visiting a national park is a great way to relax and unwind. You may have to walk through a jungle, climb a hill, or wade through the shallows of a river while visiting one, but that’s what makes the experience all the more memorable.

We’ve compiled a list of the world’s most enchanting national parks, including two in Malaysia, that you can visit one day.

Grand Canyon National Park

Recognized as one of the top destinations for outdoor enthusiasts in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best 2022 awards, the Grand Canyon attracts millions of visitors each year.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year. —Tuxyso/Wikimedia Commons

Located in Arizona in the United States, the Grand Canyon is 445 km long and 1.6 km deep. This site is as beautiful as it is vast – with many impressive rock formations, plunging cliffs and slopes.

Tourists would often hike, bike, or drive to the top of the canyon to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Some would even ride on mules too!

Aerial tours (helicopters, small planes) are also offered to visitors who wish to have a panoramic view of the impressive canyon.

Fiordland National Park

If towering fjords and waterfalls are your thing, New Zealand’s Fiordland should be on your future vacation plans.

This park, located just southwest of the South Island, is famous for its two fjords, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.

Dubbed by the English poet Rudyard Kipling the “eighth wonder of the world”, Milford Sound offers perhaps some of the most picturesque landscapes of all time.

Prepare to marvel at spectacular views of glacier-carved fjords, snow-capped peaks and forest-covered cliffs as you cruise along the emerald waters of Fiordland.

Meanwhile, near Doubtful Sound, visitors can spot bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.

From stunning landscapes to adorable animals, the amount of wonders that can be found in Fiordland seems to be endless.

Jim Corbett National Park

Immerse yourself in the animal kingdom and learn about wildlife as you visit India’s oldest and most prestigious national park.

Jim Corbett National Park is where you can find India's critically endangered Bengal tigers.  — Wikimedia CommonsJim Corbett National Park is where you can find India’s critically endangered Bengal tigers. — Wikimedia CommonsJim Corbett National Park covers over 520 km² and includes hills, river belts, grasslands and large lakes.

Home to over 400 species of flora and 550 species of fauna, Jim Corbett Park is considered a magical paradise for wildlife enthusiasts around the world.

A prime spot in the park is the Dhikala/Jeep Safari area, which is known for its scenic valley views and rich wildlife. Here you can spot the protected Royal Bengal Tigers, Asian Elephants, Sambar Deer and more.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can spend a night in one of the hotels, rest houses, or log cabins located around the park.

Mulu National Park

Offering the perfect mix of relaxation and exploration, this national park is nestled in the heart of Sarawak’s lush forests.

The site is famous for its revolutionary underground systems. In fact, Mulu National Park is home to the largest cave passage in the world (the Deer Cave), the largest natural chamber (the Sarawak Chamber) and the longest cave in Southeast Asia (the of Clearwater).

Its rainforest is equally impressive, home to thousands of animal, insect and plant species.

Something you can’t miss when visiting here is “the bat exodus”. Every evening bats can be seen flying out of the deer cave in search of food. So be sure to bring a good quality camera to capture this spectacular event.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Formed from a group of islands – Sapi, Gaya, Manukan, Mamutik and Sulug – Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is only a few minutes from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Sapi Island is only a few minutes from the city of Kota Kinabalu.  — Wikimedia CommonsSapi Island is only a few minutes from the city of Kota Kinabalu. — Wikimedia Commons

Dive into the azure waters of Manukan Island or breathe in the tropical breeze as you stroll along the pristine shores of Mamutik Island.

You can also find the second longest island-hopping zip line in the world in this marine park. The Coral Flyer zipline starts at Gaya Island and travels 250m across the sea to Sapi Island.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is also home to over 30 dive sites, where you can see many beautiful corals, fish, turtles and other sea creatures. If you are not a diver, don’t worry because snorkeling activities are also available on all the islands.

The lucky ones might even spot whale sharks swimming nearby; they are often spotted from February to April.

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