Monday, December 8, 2008


For those who have a yen for adventures off the beaten track, this remote and undisturbed dipterocarp forest at the border of Malaysia and Thailand is sheer paradise. The Ulu Muda Eco Park is situated within the Ulu Muda forest, a reserve that sprawls some 120,000 ha. It blankets nearly one third of Kedah's forested land. Said to be one of the richest in the country in terms of wildlife, the area is haven for nearly 109 species of mammals, 174 species of birds, 54 species of reptiles and 33 species of fish. Elephants, tigers, rhinoceros, seladang (gaur), sun bears and tapirs roam free in the dense wilderness and the nine salt-licks here provide an opportunity for visitors to see their footprints. Careful and patient observers might even catch a glimpse of the wildlife. Ulu Muda is also touted to be one of the best bird-watching spots in the country. Some 200 species including the Red-crowned Barbet, Large Wren Babblers and Hooded Pitta make their home here.


Hidden deep within the Ulu Muda forest, this is another one of Kedah's natural attractions. The remote forest is also an ideal playground for adventure-seekers to try their hand at river rafting, jungle-trekking and mountain-climbing.Teambuilding activities sych as flying fox, obstacle training, orienteering and map reading can be arranged for groups.


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