Think you’ve fully explored Malaysia? Our neighbour has plenty of unexpected surprises, even for regular travellers
With its thick forests and tranquil mountains, Malaysia is a mine of glittering natural gems. To the well-travelled, hubs like Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Malacca may have become all too familiar, and you may be seeking out the unexpected on your next journey up north.
Go beyond the ordinary the next time you head across the border. Here are eight surprising experiences waiting for you.
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1. Climb the world’s highest via ferrata
Enjoy Sabah’s popular Mount Kinabalu from a totally different vista by scaling it via ferrata (“iron road” in Italian) using rungs, rails and cables. At 3,800m, Mount Kinabalu’s via ferrata is the highest one in the world.
The via ferrata increases accessibility to rock faces normally only reached by mountaineers and rock climbers, through routes of different difficulties. The beginner’s route takes about two to three hours. Do make sure you meet the requirements for climbing, including being at least 10 years of age, at least 1.3m tall and ready to conquer immense heights.
Mount Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.