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Bukit Merah – Orang Utan Island & Eco Park

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Surrounded by lush greenery and fronting one of Malaysia’s largest 7,000 acres fresh water lake, the resort is only a 3 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur and easily reached just off the Bukit Merah toll exit along the North-South Expressway.

Being one of Malaysia’s premier eco-tourism destination in the northen region, the resort offers a wide variety of excitement with its Waterpark being the main attraction, the only conservational Orang Utan Island in Peninsular Malaysia and the unique Eco Park with its educational walk-in enclosures, where you can experience nature with eco-friendly animals.

I must say that it wasn’t my first visit to Bukit Merah. Suffice to say that the first visit was on a tight schedule, and I didn’t get to see much of the place.

So out of curiosity and also official business, I head up there again last weekend en route to Penang. What I discovered was nothing short of amazing, despite the shortcomings of the place.

Highlights of the entire 7,000-acre resort include the Orang Utan Island – a 35-acre island in the middle of the lake designated as a breeding sanctuary as well as conservation, research and education centre. Only three such centres exist in Malaysia and Bukit Merah is the only one in Peninsular Malaysia, besides Semonggoh in Sarawak and Sepilok in Sabah.

The Eco Park is what I would call an interactive zoo. Visitors get a very hands-on experience with various animals available in the enclosure.

Do take a look at the beautiful pictures and take some time to visit the area. It’s only about 2 hours fast drive along the north-south expressway from central Kuala Lumpur.


Written by Leo

29 August 2007 at 18:02

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  1. looks like orang utan land!..u knw i was thinkin of nero vivo..maybe a lunch after my exam..on the 4th sept..

    "Joe" who is constantly craving

    29 August 2007 at 20:29

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