This photo of a five-a-side football field surrounded by lush greenery in the jungle of Sabah, Malaysia, has been doing the rounds on the internet for the last few days. And for good reason, as it looks like a place that can only exist in someone’s fantasy.
The picture was captured by a teacher at the Longongon National School, in Nabawan, Malaysia, using a Mavic Pro drone. It shows the unreal-looking pitch located on a greenery-covered hillside, with thick vines seemingly encroaching on the playing field. Allowing the thick layer of living plants to completely take over the fencing around the pitch was apparently by design, as this helps cool the players during hot summer days and provides much-needed fresh air.
While children from the school can reach the fantasy football field in just 15 minutes, by trekking through hilly terrain, getting there by car is much tougher. It apparently takes someone driving a 4×4 vehicle around 3 hours to reach the pitch, as they have to take a big detour to find a river crossing and then make their way there on logging roads. That’s probably for the best, as a wondrous place like this would probably be overrun by tourists.
This photo was posted on the Harimau Malaya Facebook page on May 21, and has since then been shared over 14,000 times. It has also been picked up by most news outlets in Malaysia and some international ones as well.