Ten countries, several ethnicities, dozens of fables, scores of cultural symbols, hundreds of places to visit and thousands of delicacies to relish – diversity flourishes across this region of over 628 million people. The Sunday Times highlights five facts each about the regional grouping’s members.
CATCH WORLD’S BIGGEST FLOWER AT GUNUNG GADING
Mount Kinabalu in Sabah comes to mind at the mention of “mountains” and “Malaysia”. But the Gunung Gading National Park in neighbouring Sarawak also warrants a visit.
The mountain, named after the legendary Princess Gading (a guardian of three mountain peaks), is touted as one of the best places in the region to see a Rafflesia in bloom. It is said to be the largest and most beautiful flower in the world. Home to a range of wildlife, the park has three nature trails.
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