Sabah, in the north of Borneo, has a rich
ecosystem dominated by the forested slopes
of Mt Kinabalu. Visit Poring Hot Spring to
observe wildlife from the canopy walkway
100 feet above the forest floor and take a
dip in one of the soothing, hot mineral
springs. In Kinabalu National Park explore
the mountain gardens which are home to
many species of orchids, pitcher plants,
birds, insects and butterflies.
Visit the wetlands for a river safari past
the mangrove forest and sago palms.
This is home to proboscis monkeys that
can be observed making their way to the
riverbank as dusk falls.
Also take a leisurely
trip to Mantanani Kechil Island. Relax on the
white sandy beach and keep a look out for
dugongs, also known as sea-cows.
Sarawak, in the north-western part of Borneo,
has a very diverse ethnic mix including
the native Iban people, Chinese and Malay
as well as many other minority groups. To
understand more about these cultures visit
the Sarawak Cultural Village surrounded by
forests and mountains to discover the arts,
foods, music and dance of the region.
There are many opportunities to look for
wildlife in Sarawak. Visit the Bako National
Park where commonly spotted animals include proboscis monkeys, silver leaf
monkeys, long-tailed macaques, wild boars,
monitor lizards and numerous species
of birds. Also Visit Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, an
orang-utan rehabilitation centre that trains
orphaned orang-utans how to survive in
the wild. Learn about the work here and
take a walk to the feeding area to watch
the orang-utans come down from the
trees to eat.