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Top 7 National Parks for a Family Outing

Posted on March 18, 2024

There’s nothing like spending some time in nature. It’s a great way to recharge and escape the city buzz. Even better if you do it with your loved ones by your side.

Quality time spent exploring some of the most beautiful recreational parks in Malaysia will certainly do you good.

Here are some of the best recreational parks to visit on your next family outing:

1. Taman Negara National Park

Better be prepared when you go to the Taman Negara National Park as not only there is no shortage of things to do, but this national park spans across three states⁠—Pahang, Kelantan, and Terengganu. It’s a big place you will want to return to time and time again, each time experiencing something new.

You can take your family there for jungle and cave exploration, river cruises, beautiful waterfalls, fishing, scenic views, bird watching, overnight wildlife observation hide stays, and visiting the Orang Asli people. And if you need some refreshments, drop by Lia Restaurant for some roti canai and fresh juices, or Mama Chop—one of the most serene floating restaurants at the park—with a menu that stands out from the other places in the area.

The whole family and all your adventure necessities will fit into your 7-seater Mitsubishi Outlander SUV with ease, so you can enjoy the outing without worrying about space and comfort.

2. Endau-Rompin National Park

Endau-Rompin National Park is another great choice for an adventurous trip with your family. The park is in Johor and offers breathtaking sights of waterfalls, fan palm forest, translucent water of the blue lake, and is home to Orang Hulu people.

You will love this park if you’re into challenging hikes, because this is where you will find Johor’s second highest peak—Gunung Besar. The climb to the top will take effort, but you will be rewarded with a view you and your family will never forget! Pack up all your photography gear or travel light with only your smartphones. Remember to charge up your smartphones in any of the 2 USB slots available to you, so you don’t miss any great photo opportunity!

3. Gunung Ledang National Park

The Gunung Ledang National Park is named after a 1,276-meter-high mountain and is one of the most popular destinations for those keen on hiking and climbing. Reaching the top won’t take you very long—only half a day. It’s not going to be an easy climb, but the view is worth it.

If you prefer less challenging activities, you may always choose the Gunung Ledang National Park as your family picnic or camping destination. Or if you need to relax and cool off, head to the Puteri Waterfalls, which feature a bathing pool.

4. Royal Belum State Park

The Royal Belum State Park is in Perak and offers a variety of exciting activities and experiences for the whole family. Enjoy houseboat cruises on lake Temenggor surrounded by the lush rainforest, go on a fishing expedition, watch some birds, explore the nature reserve, go camping, or simply relax at the Belum Rainforest Resort.

Choose and pick, plan your trip, and expect to spend at least a full day at the Royal Belum State Park. Better yet, return many more times to make memories with your family that will last a lifetime.

5. Penang National Park

Penang National Park is surrounded with some of the best beaches, so if jungle trekking is not your cup of tea, you have the option to enjoy this park by taking a boat. The journey to Penang National Park is a long one, so connect your smartphone to Outlander’s 7” Apple CarPlay or Android Auto head unit, select your favourite app from Spotify, Apple Music or Google Music, turn up the volume and sing!

Once there, a must-visit to the Monkey Beach, Penang Turtle Sanctuary, Muka Head Lighthouse, Kerachut Beach, see a rare meromictic lake where sea and fresh water do not mix, and stay to watch the sunset. And if you wish to camp with your family, the Penang National park offers plenty of great camping grounds.

6. Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve

The Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve is in Perak and offers boat cruises, fishing village and coal factory sightseeing, chalet and floatel (floating hotel) stays, boardwalks, eagle feeding, and even dolphin watching. To get there simply connect your smartphone to Apple CarPlay or navigate via Waze with Android Auto and search “Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve”. When you’re there, the narrow road and parking can be a challenge, but Mitsubishi Outlander is equipped with All-Round Monitor to make parking and manoeuvring easier.

Enjoy fresh seafood around Matang town and learn new things as the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve also offers educational sessions about the mangrove swamp and its importance.

7. Bukit Gasing Forest Reserve

The Bukit Gasing Forest Reserve is in Petaling Jaya and has many hiking trails to choose from. On your hikes there you will encounter a suspension bridge, watch tower, a river, and a Hindu temple.

It’s great for hike-loving families and you may even take your pets along to walk with you. The reserve offers many beautiful photo spots and sights of flora and fauna. There are some steep slopes in the park which are a great practise before taking on more challenging peaks elsewhere.

Ready To Go?

When the choice is made and the whole family is excited for the trip, pack your Mitsubishi Xpander and hit the road. Rest assured, it will be a fun and safe ride. Visit for more details.