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10 overlooked eco-tourism destinations

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 30, 2012, 5:31 p.m.
Sabah, Malaysia

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Sabah, Malaysia

It's no secret that Malaysia is a popular eco-tourism destination. Its jungles, river and untouched beaches are attractive to nature-seekers and mainstream tourists alike. One of the best places to be impressed by Malaysia's eco-attractions is Mount Kinabalu, in the state of Sabah in northernmost Borneo. Yes, climbing to the top of this 13,000-foot peak is an ideal undertaking for adventure-seekers, but the forests and foothills surrounding the mountain have some of the most unusual landscapes and plant and animal species on Earth. Trails in the lower sections of the mountain are part of Kinabalu National Park. It is here that you can easily come into contact with Malaysia's most interesting flora and fauna. Sabah also has amazing dive sites, mangrove forests and uninhabited islands.