A walk in the park
Nobody does national parks quite like Sarawak. The state plays host to a whopping 30 national parks, four wildlife sanctuaries and ten nature reserves – oh, and a rainforest the same size as Austria.
Gunung Gading sprawls across four jungle-clad mountain peaks with a dense primary rainforest that’s traversed by crystalline streams and tumbling waterfalls and is one of the best places in the whole of Asia in which to spot the giant Rafflesia plant. Bako is Sarawak’s oldest national park and a wildlife-lovers dream packed full of pendulum-faced proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards, otters, bearded pigs and long-tailed macaques. And the Gunung Mulu, a park that became a UNESCO Site in 2000, in recognition of its natural diversity, beauty and geology, is famed for its extraordinary caves – the monumental limestone karsts are striking, with deep gorges and blade-like peaks.