24 Photos to Stoke Your Wanderlust for East Malaysia

24 Photos to Stoke Your Wanderlust for East Malaysia

The lush natural landscapes of Sabah and Sarawak are otherworldly. Glimpse into what these two beautiful Borneon states have to offer.

Located across the South China Sea from the concrete jungles of Kuala Lumpur and the endearing street food markets of Penang, is the lesser-known region of East Malaysia. Despite being a haven of cultural heritage and unmatched natural beauty, Sabah and Sarawak have somehow slipped under the travel radar, even amongst some Malaysians.

Well, it’s time to change that and as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. From lush tropical greens to enchanting limestone caves, here are 24 spectacular photos of beautiful East Malaysia. Hang on to your passports, because you’re about to be hit by the wanderlust bug!


Ever wanted to visit the tip of Borneo? Then head to Simpang Mengayau in Kudat, Sabah!

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While you’re there, why not catch the sunrise too?

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In contrast, watch the sun dip under the horizon at Tanjung Aru Beach

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Immerse yourself in nature at the Danum Valley Conservation Area

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Cool off with a refreshing dip in the Mahua Waterfall in Tambunan!

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Say hello to aquatic life as you dive at Sipadan Island

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Maybe even go boating in the crystalline waters of Mabul Island

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Or simply laze the day away on Manukan Island’s pristine beaches

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Marvel at the magical reflection of Kota Kinabalu City Mosque in the water

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Nope, that’s not the Swiss Alps. That’s Mount Kinabalu as seen from Desa Dairy Farm, Kundasang

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However, nothing beats the view from the top of Mount Kinabalu!

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Seriously, nothing comes close…

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Check out the enigmatic Pinnacles of Gunung Mulu National Park

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And its enchanting entrance at Deer Cave

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The Niah Caves in Niah National Park exude a similar mystical atmosphere

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What about the fairytale vibes of the Similajau National Park undergrowth?

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Sunset at Similajau is just as awe-inspiring!

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Speaking of sun, have some fun in the sun at Damai Central Beach

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Fancy a picnic by the waterfall in Lambir Hills National Park?

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Don’t forget to check out the rock formations at Bako National Park, best viewed on a boat!

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Trace Sarawak’s heritage to its roots and visit traditional longhouses

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While in Miri, hike up to the top of Canada Hill and cast your eyes on the cityscape below

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Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the Kuching Waterfront to round off your day

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You could also visit Tusan Beach at night to view the special blue tears phenomenon

And there you have it! 24 stunning photos that capture some of the most beautiful scenes in East Malaysia. I’m sure there are even more beautiful sights that I’ve missed out, but this goes to show just how much there is to see in that area! So, what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to East Malaysia now and see these wonderful sights with your own eyes.

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Darren Yeoh
Darren Yeoh

Darren enjoys the finer things in life and loves exploring unfamiliar places on foot, guided with nothing but instinct and a good-old fashioned map. He enjoys cultural experiences and exciting adventures and is not a stranger to travelling alone. When he's not putting his travel experiences into words, he's probably sitting behind his laptop, planning his upcoming adventure.


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