Borneo Travel Guide

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    You may just fall in love with Borneo's orang utans!
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    Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park, Borneo (Sabah)
  • The Floating Mosque, Kota Kinabalu
    The Floating Mosque, Kota Kinabalu (Sabah)
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    Fancy climbing to the top of Mount Kinabalu (Sabah)?
  • Green turtle hatchling, Borneo
    Green turtle hatchling, Borneo
  • Pgymy elephants, Kinabatangan river, Borneo
    Pgymy elephants in the Kinabatangan river, Borneo (Sabah)
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    A distinguished Proboscis monkey, Borneo
  • Floating village, Sabah, Borneo
    Floating village, Sabah, Borneo
  • A traditional longhouse, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
    A traditional longhouse, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

Blowpipes and headhunters, longhouses and lazy rivers, Malaysian Borneo’s untamed forests are teeming with culture and swinging with wildlife, from long nosed proboscis monkeys to long tailed macaques. Whether you immerse yourself in Sarawak’s tribal heritage or snorkel over Sabah’s coral reefs, be sure to visit a reserve or embark on a jungle trek to see ginger-haired orangutans nesting in the trees.

Borneo Floating Village

Sabah

Borneo’s northern state of Sabah is home to tropical jungle, dazzling marine-life and South East Asia’s highest peak. Touch down in Kota Kinabalu and visit the capital’s markets and museums, or bypass urban life and sail straight to an offshore island. Venture east to the colonial mansions of Sandakan city and cruise to the island reserve where just-hatched turtles waddle into the South China Sea.

Habitat clearance is a major threat and forest conservation is key, especially in Sepilok Sanctuary where orang-utans swing through the trees. Swim with schools of barracuda when you dive the coral walls of Sipadan, trek past orchids and pitcher plants as you ascend Mount Kinabalu, or walk across Kinabatangan’s forested floodplains to spot elephants and macaques.

A traditional longhouse, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

Sarawak

Malaysia’s largest state ticks every box on your Borneo list, from steamy jungles and doe-eyed orang-utans to tribal longhouses and swampy backwaters. ‘The Land of the Hornbills’ teems with birdlife and its forests harbour pygmy elephants and endangered rhinos, while the cities give an important taste of daily life. Take a few days in the riverside capital of Kuching to shop for handicrafts, experience the night markets and explore the history of the White Rajahs.

It could be tempting to check into a Damai Peninsula resort and flop by the pool all week but with more than 20 national parks to tick off, you could be swimming in jungle streams and exploring the caves of Mount Mulu or meeting Dayak warriors and Berawan fishermen. There’s also Iban headhunters and illegal logging to learn about, and orang-utans to coo at in Semenggoh Rehab Centre.

  • Population at last count:
    18,590,000
    Time Zone:
    GMT +8
    Currency:
    Malaysian Ringgit (RM)
    Flight time from UK:
    15 Hours

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