Located near the equator, Malaysia is blessed with tropical rainforests and mountain ranges. Among these paths less travelled by, lay numerous gems that we can call “heaven of earth” to be found. Thus, let’s hike for the sight!

East – Panorama Hill

Moving on to the East Coast region of Peninsular Malaysia, I would like to introduce our humble Panorama Hill. Located at Sungai Lembing, Pahang, among other notable mountains and tropical rainforests, it will take your breath away with its– you guessed it right, panorama! Start hiking as early as 5.30 a.m. to witness a beautiful sunrise painting an orange hue on a bed of misty clouds.

View from Panorama Hill, photo courtesy of suanie.net

Difficulty level: Easy
Duration (to peak): 15 to 45 minutes
Cost: Free

And if that’s not enough, there is another treasure in Sungai Lembing for you to hunt. However, this needs a more proper planning on your end as you will need to book a 4WD ride to bring you to the treasure!

Most visitors prefer to spend a night prior at the homestays nearby as the rides usually take off as early as 5.45 a.m. The one-hour ride will bring you to a hiking trail and you will be assisted by a tourist guide. A 45-minute hike will finally bring you to the waterfall, where the treasure resides.

Now, revealing the treasure…

Rainbow Waterfall, photo courtesy of abcdilayz.blogspot.com

A rainbow that forms every morning by the mist-like waterfall! Sungai Lembing’s Rainbow Waterfall is definitely a must-visit for both locals and tourists. Now, you can finally find out if there really is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!

North – Pintu Wang Gunung

Next, I will bring you to the very north of Malaysia, our beloved Perlis. Here lays Pintu Wang Gunung, situated between Malaysia and our neighbouring country, Thailand. At the end of your hike, you will find a unique rock formation as a reward.

Pintu Wang Gunung, photo courtesy of allevents.in

This gem that the locals of Kangar share with their Thai neighbours constitute mostly of stones connected to the formation of Machinchang, Setul, Kubang Pasu, and Chuping.

From the peak, you can also witness a panoramic view of limestone formation from several hills nearby, including Bukit Keteri. Perlis’ Timah – Tasoh Dam would also be within your eyeshot.

As the kids now would say, very Insta-worthy!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Duration (to peak): 2-3 hours
Cost: RM5 permit by Perlis Forestry Department

Bukit Keteri, photo courtesy of grahamandsue.blogspot.com

Also, if you have the chance, do not miss Bukit Keteri as it is also a must-visit when you’re in Kangar, especially if you’re an adrenaline junkie! Rock-climbing and cave exploration are the two main activities here, enjoyed by both local and international climbers.

A lot of visitors are up to the challenge as the peak rewards a view like no other. It is famous for its sunset view alongside a beautiful display of lush greenery of paddy fields. Not the usual scenery you can find anywhere, if you ask me!

South – Mount Pulai

Now, let’s head to the very south of Malaysia. In Kulai, Johor, we have the mighty Mount Pulai that hides a magical blue lake. So blue that you’d think the photo below (or any other photos you’ll find of this lake) is photoshopped!

Blue Lake at Mount Pulai, photo courtesy of chillout-soulout-freakout.blogspot.com

A permit of RM150 (for 15 pax) was first introduced last year but was lifted shortly after. Hence, hikers are encouraging the public to take on the trail before any changes are made again!

Be sure to make space in your camera roll before your hike, as you’ll be taking pictures from all possible angles you can get, although I’m sure any angle would turn out just as surreal.

Difficulty level: Easy
Duration (to peak): 1 to 2 hours
Cost: Free

Borneo

Last but definitely not the least, I would like to bring you to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. However, we are not heading to the majestic Mount Kinabalu. Instead, I would like to introduce you to her bald little sister, Bukit Botak, or the Bald Hill.

Bukit Botak, photo courtesy of nikonclub.com.my

As you can see, she receives the name from her treeless summit and grasslands. And that, is the sight that you will be hiking for. A serene view of an almost flat greenery that makes way for a sea of blue sky.

Not only that, you will also get a view of Sapangar Bay, Kota Kinabalu city, and the Crocker Mount Range. Her big sister Mount Kinabalu might also be visible on good-weather days!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Duration (to peak): 1 to 2 hours
Cost: Free

Hope you guys enjoyed this brief compilation of our precious, isolated gems. Do you have your own favourite? Or any suggestions on other hiking spots around Malaysia? Do let us know!

** It has come to our attention as informed by our beloved readers that Tabur Hill is currently temporarily closed until further notice. This space will update on any changes on the closure.