Malaysia & Borneo

Malaysia is a culturally and geographically diverse nation combining Peninsula Malaysia, part of Borneo and numerous smaller islands. Kuala Lumpur is surprisingly cosmopolitan; Borneo offers a tropical mix of virgin rainforests, tribal cultures and abundant wildlife; while Langkawi is a great place to relax and enjoy the beaches.

Sabah (Borneo)

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 (Borneo)

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.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, usually referred to as simply KL, is a vibrant modern city and Malaysia’s answer to Singapore. KL’s development is best illustrated by the iconic Petronas Towers, one of the tallest buildings in the world, and still the highest twin towers. The city is a rich mix of many cultures with Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnicity overlaid by colonial and Islamic influences. Kuala Lumpur is the gateway to Malaysia and makes for a great stopover if you are flying via the city.


Langkawi is an archipelago in the Andaman Sea with beautiful beaches and turquoise waters. It's a great place for some relaxation at the end of your Malaysia or Borneo holiday.

As well as taking it easy, you can also enjoy the local scenery and wildlife. Join a boat safari through Langkawi Geopark, a unique ecosystem where you can look out for monkeys, kingfishers, lizards and Langkawi Eagles.

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