For an adventure that is a little more refined and certainly less strenuous, try bird watching. Malaysia's vast expanses of rainforests are home to more than 700 species of exotic bird-life, including some extremely rare ones. Due to its location on the cross-migratory path of certain bird species, Malaysia has emerged as a bird watching haven. This avian extravaganza is one to behold. Scan the treetops, listen for the telltale calls. Look hard. You'll see them all, from the timid and tiny highland species to the bright and resplendent lowland varieties.
Bird sanctuaries have been designated through out the country. These include Taman Negara, Fraser's Hill, and the Kuala Selangor Nature Park in the Peninsular. In Sabah, Kinabalu Park and Pulau Layang-layang (Island of the Swallows) are the spots to seek out. One is certain to sight the likes of Silver-Eared Mesias, Mountain Bulbuls, and Collared Kingfishers. If you manage to see a Mountain Peacock Pheasant or a Malayan Whistling Thrush, you are one of the privileged few, as they are the rarest of birds to be found. Other designated bird sanctuaries are found in Langkawi Island, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Kota Belud Bird Sanctuary, Kuala Gula, and Maxwell Hill.