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8 Family-friendly attractions in Malaysia that will get you closer to nature

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08.06.2024

By Adrianna Haris

Edited by: Amanda Fung | Featured Images: The Habitat | Dream Forest | ⁠Farm in the City
8 Family-friendly attractions  in Malaysia that will get you closer to nature

Malaysia is home to a plethora of local excursions that will not only enrich your appreciation for nature but also create lasting memories for everyone in the family. Especially useful for our long weekends, these little adventures are perfect for a quick getaway from the mundane (or stress!) of everyday life. Plus, they’re great for kids too with their family-friendly attractions. Whether you want to try skiing in the tropical setting of Penang or enjoy an enchanting night stroll in Langkawi’s Dream Forest, here are eight spots to explore for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike.

 

1. The Habitat, Penang 

In the UNESCO Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve, The Habitat offers unparalleled access to views of the island and its lush rainforest. Visitors can traverse the Langur Way Canopy Walk, which happens to be the world’s longest double-span ribbon bridge and reach Penang’s highest public viewing point, the Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk. Along the 1.6km trail, you’ll discover all sorts of plants and animals, including the Spectacled Langur, while also gaining insights into their rainforest conservation efforts.

Address: Jalan Bukit Bendera, 11300 Bukit Bendera, Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: 9am to 7pm (weekdays) | 9am to 8pm (weekends)

Contact: Call or WhatsApp +6012 454 1255

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2. ⁠A Little Farm on the Hill, Janda Baik  

A Little Farm on the Hill is a cosy six-acre farm located in the hills of Janda Baik, about a 40-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur. Here, you and your family can participate in gardening and cooking classes, yoga retreats, and more. Food lovers can also make a reservation for its ever-popular Farmer’s Lunch Club, which centres around the produce grown on the farm. It’s an idyllic escape perfect for diving into farm-to-table experiences and embracing community. 

Address: Lot 161, Tanarimba, Persiaran Enderong, Kampung Janda Baik, 28750 Bentong, Pahang

Opening hours: 12.30pm to 4pm (Thursday to Sunday) | closed on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Contact: +609 233 0194

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3. ⁠Farm in the City, Seri Kembangan 

Located just 30 minutes from the capital, Farm in the City isn’t your average petting zoo. It’s a unique destination, where you can feed and interact with over 100 species of exotic animals. Better yet, you’ll also get to know over 60 species of tropical fruit trees, plants, and vegetables. From playful porcupines to adorable farm animals, this family-friendly attraction provides a hands-on way to learn about different wildlife, agriculture, and nature for kids and grown-ups alike.

Address: Lot 40187-40188, Jalan Prima Tropika Barat, Bandar Putra Permai, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor 

Opening hours: 10am to 6pm (weekdays) | 9.30 am to 6pm (weekends and public holidays) | closed on Tuesday (except school and public holidays)

Contact: +603 8941 3099

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4. ⁠Dream Forest, Langkawi

Dream Forest provides you and your family with a magical multi-sensory journey through the island’s folklore. Take a nighttime stroll through the magical rainforest, where interactive technology and gripping tales combine to immerse you into the world of myths and fairytales that shaped Langkawi. You’ll hear all about local legends like Tun Teja, Princess Dayang Bunting, and Merong Mahawangsa, all brought to life with digital illuminations and enchanting soundscapes.  

Address: Lubuk Semilang, Mukim, Jalan Padang Gaong, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah 

Opening hours: 7pm to 12am (daily) | closed on Wednesday (except school and public holidays)

Contact: +6013 487 3277

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5. ⁠Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh

The Lost World of Tambun is packed with 88 attractions across 10 themed areas. It includes water rides, an adventure park, hot springs, and much more to cater to all ages. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you can tackle the rope course and kayaking. For a more laidback day, look no further than the wave pool and Hot Springs Night Park. In terms of food, there are halal food options available at Dulang Tea House, a picturesque café surrounded by limestone cliffs.

Address: 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 11am to 6pm (weekdays) | 10am to 6pm (weekends, school, and public holidays) | closed on Tuesday (except on school and public holidays) | 6pm to 11pm (Hot Springs Night Park, open daily) 

Contact: +605 542 8888, Ext:208 / 202

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6. ⁠Escape, Penang

 

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Penang’s Escape is a 44-acre eco-friendly adventure park filled with outdoor fun and physical challenges. Divided into Adventureplay and Waterplay zones, it features Malaysia’s first-ever ski slope. In fact, this very attraction holds the Guinness World Record for the longest inner tube waterslide in the world. Other activities include obstacle courses and zip-lining, making it the perfect spot for folks who love excitement and families who want a full day of action-packed fun.

Address: 828, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: 10am to 6pm (Tuesday to Sunday) | closed on Monday for safety maintenance 

Contact: Call or WhatsApp +6017 797 7529 

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7. Bongawan Mangrove River Cruise, Sabah

 

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Embark on a serene journey through Sabah’s natural wonders with the Bongawan Mangrove River Cruise. During your cruise, you’ll glide through the mangrove forest, encountering animals such as the iconic Proboscis Monkey, river otters, and even twinkling fireflies. It’s perfect for photographers wanting to get shots of the local critters or for curious minds looking to soak in the magical ecosystem of the mangrove at sunset.

Address: Kampung  Seri Serbang, 89709 Bongawan, Sabah

Opening hours: 2pm to 8pm (daily)

Contact: +6018 961 6194

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8. ⁠White Water Rafting, Kuala Kubu Bharu

 

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Cool off from the tropical heat with an epic white water rafting expedition on the Selangor River, one of Southeast Asia’s best rapids. An hour away from Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Kubu Bharu’s white water rafting adventure is a convenient escape for city dwellers. It’s especially ideal for groups of friends looking for a thrilling adventure. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced rafter, the rapids guarantee a rush of adrenaline in the heart of nature.

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