Visiting Malaysia as an eco-tourist
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From beach paradises and jungle adventures to thriving modern cities, Malaysia ought to be the next trip on your bucket list. In the news, Malaysia is reportedly drowning in the struggle to protect its diverse environment – a primary draw for tourists. According to the BBC, Malaysia is one of the world’s largest producers of palm oil, rubber, timber and computer disk drives, all of which require exploitative extraction processes. As Malaysia further industrialises, there is great concern that these practices are unsustainable; key areas such as the Borneo rainforest are exploited with more efficiency than ever with advanced technologies. However, there are a multitude of projects across this country offering tourists a chance to support these fragile ecosystems and the local economy, all from the lap of luxury. Relax in plush beach resorts – scuba-dive in the clear azure waters, sunbathe in the glorious Malaysian sunshine and watch turtles lay their eggs under the stars. Indulge in the local food - from flavourful soups and curries to local doughnuts – there is so much to experience. Stay in jungle eco-lodges - watch magnificent orangutans swing through the trees and enjoy your meals with the natural backdrop of the lush rainforest. Malaysia has a lot to offer, so why not make a difference on your next trip away? In a world increasingly fraught with concerns about our suffering environment, a visit to Malaysia can satiate your travel desires as well as aid conservation efforts. Here are a couple of luxurious Malaysian destinations to visit as examples of Malaysia’s innovative environmentally oriented tourism. The Perhentian Islands Put your mind at ease and visit the Perhentian Islands – relax on the beaches and dive into paradise with the comfort of knowing you are helping the local community and environment. These islands can only be accessed by boats from the port of Kuala Besut, half an hour away from the small Kota Bharu airport, and are often neglected by travellers. However, from the minute you step off the brightly painted pier, you step into paradise.
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