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Terengganu’s Dress Code

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There’s been a lot of buzz about the latest dress code for Malaysia’s state of Terengganu, home to the Perhentian and Redang Islands, which are popular with divers and beachgoers. According to The Star online on Sunday (1 Mar 2015), the conservative state had planned to release guidelines for an Islamic dress code, particularly for female tourists, when visiting Terengganu. This would have meant no bikinis, shorts and tank tops in a tourism destination that’s famous for its beaches.

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Monkeying Around in Bako

Rock formations at Bako National Park

Rock formations at Bako National Park

Mention ‘Borneo’ and images of age-old rainforests and rich wildlife come to mind. Unless you have plenty of time to traipse the entire island, the easiest way to experience a snapshot of it is to head to Bako National Park in Sarawak, located at the northwestern tip of Borneo.

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Wagler’s Pit Viper

A juvenile Wagler's Pit Viper

The Wagler’s Pit Viper is perhaps the most prolific arboreal snake that can be found in tropical Asia, and can be spotted all the way from Thailand to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the southern forests of the Philippines. Easily identified by its triangular head, these vipers come in many colour varieties: juveniles are mainly light green with narrow pale bands or spots, and adults are dark green with thicker yellowish bands. As with all vipers, their venom is poisonous, so when hiking in dense rainforests, do watch out for them. They are inactive by day and sleep on tree branches (sometimes pretty low to the ground), so be careful when going through trees.

Proboscis Monkey in a Tree

A juvenile proboscis monkey

Visitors to Bako National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia, sometimes come here to try and spot the park’s celebrity – the proboscis monkey. Long associated with a certain French actor for their trademark schnozz, these pot-bellied primates can sometimes be seen in large troops numbering 20 or so. Very vocal and playful at the same time, you should avoid standing under a cheeky juvenile – in case they decide to show you the meaning of ‘golden shower’.