In this article, I will be highlighting some of Malaysia's most amazing canopy walks or Titian Kanopi in Bahasa Malaysia where some of them are exclusive to staying at the accommodations and others which are easily accessed by just about anyone. Below is the list of canopy walk and skywalks in no order;
Entrance: Currently Free
In general, the longest actual canopy walk in the world is still the Taman Negara Canopy Walk which is made entirely from wood and rope stretching a whopping 510 meters long. The Sedim Canopy Walk is 925 meters long but all in steel. Again, this is an awesome experience if you are a nature lover or bird watcher as you have more ground to cover up in the rainforest canopy.
To get here, it is about 30 minutes drive from Kulim town in Kedah. Sungai Sedim is also known as an Eco Camp offering a variety of outdoor activities and team building.
Time: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm
|Maliau Basin Skywalk in Sabah|
The mother of all canopy walks in Sabah Borneo is the Maliau Basin Sky Bridge Canopy Walk. The main fact is that Maliau Basin is one of the least explored places in Borneo and one of the hardest places to access. It is also known as 'The Lost World of Sabah' and only specialised tour companies make trips here for hardcore nature lovers and trekkers.
The Maliau Basin Skywalk Canopy is located about 15-20 minutes trek from the main study centre and upon reaching here, a journey into another world takes place. The starting point crosses the Maliau River and then leads into a 45 degrees vertical canopy climb to the first tower. From here, you will make your way up cylinder staircases to the main canopy walkway. There is a lookout tower for birders too. This is totally an amazing experience for any nature and outdoor lover or bird watcher.
When I was here in 2014, I managed to see over 20 species of birds and even wild gibbons passing through the rainforest canopy. I was totally mesmerized with this and one thing's for sure that I will come back again! To get here, see Explorer Lifestyle for their Maliau Basin Packages. If I had to rate the best Canopy Walks in Malaysia, this would be on top of my list.
Time: 6.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance: Only for Maliau Basin Guests
|The Penang Hill Canopy Walkway - Image www.perroviajante.com/|
Another new canopy walk is set to open somewhere in 2015 which is the Penang Hill Canopy Walk which is currently undergoing a facelift. This is actually part of the original 290 meter canopy walk which was damaged by fallen trees due to a storm back in September 2008.
A local Penang private company came in to rescue this attraction and to date, there has been no official news on when it would be open. The Penang government issued a press release in mid 2014 about Penang hill getting a makeover of RM15 million. Until an official announcement is made, the canopy walk on Penang Hill is still there, just not open to the public.
Other Info: Unknown
|Canopy walk at the Penang National Park - Image: Synergy Tours|
Located inside the smallest national park in the world, the Penang National Park is the Penang Canopy Walk in the Teluk Bahang area. To get here, you need to go all the way to the end of Batu Ferringhi where it once was called 'End of the World. The main entrance to the national park is here and it is free to enter. However for the canopy walk, you need to purchase a ticket at the entrance and optional park guide.
Once you enter the park, you need to trek along the coast path about 20 minutes to the start of the canopy walk. There are signs along the paths leading you to various parts of the park. It is recommended you go early to try this. There are local public buses to the national park from George Town. A taxi will cost you RM45 to RM45 one way. This canopy walk is highly recommended for anyone visiting Penang as it can be easily done in half a day.
Time: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Close: Friday Closed
*Park Guide Available at extra cost
One of the oldest canopy walks in Malaysia is the Mulu National Park Canopy Walk situated in Mulu, Sarawak Borneo. There are a number of accommodations available at Mulu ranging from budget to luxury and to enter the national park, there is a fee applicable. Most travelers would stay around the park area and take a longboat ride to the park entrance.
The Mulu Canopy Walk is also located about 20-30 minutes trek into the park following the wooden elevated walkways. The canopy walk also crosses a river and joins back the the trail at another section. This tails also leads to the world renown Mulu Caves to see the magnificent caves and also to do bat watching in the evenings. For outdoor and nature lovers, this is one of the highly recommended canopy walks to experience in Sarawak.
Time: 7.00 am to 4.00 pm
Located at the only Hilton Resort in a Longhouse style at Batang Ai National Park is the Batang Ai Canopy Walk. Highly private and remote, this unique canopy walk if found behind the longhouse resort about 30-45 minutes trek inwards the national park.
This is also considered as the shortest canopy walk in Malaysia but the bonus here is the 40 metre viewing platform that lets you absorb in the natural wonders of the national park with amazing views. This experience is generally only for the Hilton Batang Ai guests as no walk-ins are entertained, meaning you need to stay here to try this canopy walk. Many travel agents in Kuching sell this package and you can contact them. Note Batang Ai National Park is about 5 hours drive from Kuching.
Time: 7.00 am to 4.00pm
The Taman Negara Canopy Walkway is apparently claimed to be the longest canopy walk in the world, based on the original specifications of a canopy sky walk made from wood and ropes. However, reports indicate that many sections have been run down and needs repairs.
For anyone going to Taman Negara, this would be on your itinerary as the distance itself is quite amazing while the height if the walkway is way over 40 meters high. In total, there are over 10,000 species of flora and 600 species of fauna available for just about any nature lover. I'd spend a good 3-5 days here given the chance.
Time: 11.00 am to 2.45 pm
Time: Friday 9.00 am to 12.00 noon
Time: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Children (Below 18): RM2.50
Bukit Gemuk Canopy Walk information
|Canopy walkway at Tawau - Image from www.etawau.com|
Another canopy walk in Tawau is the Tawau Hills Park Canopy Walkway which is located in the park and about 1 kilometer from the entrance. However, this canopy walk has been having some problems where it is most of the time closed for maintenance over the last few years.
The best thing to do is contact Sabah Parks or ask at the entrance is the walk is open before heading there. There have been many cases where visitors make their trek there to find the entrance padlocked. Tawau Hills boasts of showcasing the worlds tallest rainforest trees and visitors can see these here at Tawau Hills Park.
|The canopy walkway at Madai in Kunak, Sabah|
The Madai Caves Canopy Walk is located in Kunak, Sabah in the Madai-Baturong Forest Reserve. Located near the famous Madai Caves, this canopy walk is also sometimes closed for repairs and it is best to check with the park rangers or office if it is open on that day when you visit.
Madai is well known for the beautiful Madai Waterfalls which is about 40 meters high and also the Madai Caves which is one of the Birds Nest Caves. Many locals and foreigners come here to experience the rainforest, waterfalls, caves and also the canopy walk which is about 30-45 minutes trek. The Madai Canopy Walk also crosses a river and was closed for maintenance in 2012 with no recent updates. Best to double check before heading here.
|Sabah's Danum Valley Canopy Walk is highly recommended|
There are a total of 15 canopy tree top walks listed here and I have personally been to all but the Sedim Tree Top Canopy Walk in Kedah, Madai Caves Canopy Walk, Tawau Hills Canopy Walk and also the Taman Negara Canopy Walk and these are next on my list when given the chance.
For the outdoor and nature lover, I hope you will have the opportunity to experience some, if not all of the Canopy Walks in Malaysia. If you have visited some of them, do let me know your feedback here.