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Book a holiday to Borneo to experience exceptional wildlife: Asian elephants, clouded leopards, proboscis monkeys, rhinoceros hornbills, green and hawksbill turtles and most famously, orang-utan. You can also see fascinating indigenous cultures such as the Iban Headhunter tribes.
Bako National Park
The smallest but oldest of all Sarawak’s national parks, it is home to a variety of wildlife, including bearded pigs, over 150 species of birds and the rare proboscis monkey.
You get to Batang Ai via 'longtail' boats, and once there you will witness the distinctive lifestyle and experience the ancient culture of the local Iban people.
Over 70% of Brunei is pristine rainforest which is perfect for exploring. Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital, is home to splendid mosques and some impressive museums. It is also the official residence of the Sultan.
Meaning 'Beach of Peace', Sarawak’s best beach is a short distance from Kuching on the tip of the Damai Peninsula. Nearby, Sarawak Cultural Village has some excellent examples of traditional houses and costumes.
The Danum Valley Conservation Area is nature lover’s paradise where it is possible to spot wild cats, orang-utans, macaques, gibbons, red leaf monkeys, pygmy elephants and possibly, the very rare clouded leopard.
The Garama Wetlands are home to many proboscis monkeys as well as macaques, river crocodiles, silver langurs and countless species of bird life. It is a worthwhile excursion from Kota Kinabalu.
Gaya Island is the largest island of the islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. It's home to some interesting wildlife as well as the Marine Ecology Research Centre.
Kapalai is now an underwater island, emerging at low tide as a sand bar on the Ligitan Reef. It is ideal for its marine life and diving sites.
Kinabalu National Park
Kota Kinabalu National Park is home to many lowland trails through the rainforest, an area boasting more than 1,000 species of orchids, carnivorous pitcher plants and rare rafflesia - the largest flowering plant in the world.
Sabah’s longest river is home to an impressive array of wildlife and is a real highlight of any trip to Borneo: it is home to macaques, monitor lizards, elephants and, most famously, the proboscis monkey.
Kota Kinabalu is the entry and exit point for flights to Sabah. The city has a few historic buildings and museums but is best enjoyed for its wonderful tropical islands.
Kuching is the capital of Sarawak. Highlights include Sarawak Museum, and the excellent Semenggok Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, one of few places in Sarawak where you can see orang-utans.
The little-visited Kudat Peninsula is home to many of Sabah’s last remaining Rungus tribes. Here you can experience a homestay in a traditional longhouse, or visit the bustling Sunday market at Kota Belud.
Lankayan is a perfect getaway and a genuine desert island experience. The diving and snorkelling is fantastic, and depending on the season, you may have the chance to see green or hawksbill turtles.
Maliau Basin is Southeast Asia’s 'Lost World', an area almost the size of Singapore, home to one of the most diverse collections of flora and fauna on earth.
Shaped like a boomerang, the island’s 21 hectares are thick with jungle, with nature trails making it easy to explore. There are several beaches and superb diving, snorkelling and swimming.
Arguably one of the most attractive islands, Mataking is the ultimate island paradise. This eco-friendly resort is a great option for both divers and those who simply wish to relax.
Miri, Niah Caves & Lambir Hills National Park
For most, Miri is simply a stopover en route to the world-famous Gunung Mulu National Park, Lambir Hills and Niah Caves. Inside the Niah Caves human remains were found dating back some 40,000 years.
The soaring peak of Mount Kinabalu, at 4,095 metres, is the highest in Malaysia. Two days of hard trekking with a night en route will get you to the top, or take a scenic helicopter flight.
Mulu National Park
Mulu National Park has the world’s largest limestone cave system. The park is home to an abundance of fauna and flora, including gibbons, cicada, hornbills, bats and frogs.
Sandakan is an interesting place to spend some time, particularly for the war memorial in memory of the 2,400 Australian Prisoners of War who died here and in the death marches of World War II.
Sepilok is most famous for its orang-utan sanctuary, which has gained a worldwide reputation for its conservation work. Regular feeding times ensure spotting these creatures is almost assured.
The city of Sibu is the gateway to Borneo's interior on the mighty Rajang River. Jungle treks, for all levels, are a must as are long boat trips on the many waterways.
Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai Islands
Approximately an hour’s boat ride from the Eastern town of Semporna, the islands of Kapalai, Sipadan and Mabul, offer some of the finest coral reefs and dive sites in the world.
Tabin Wildlife Reserve
Tabin Wildlife Reserve, in the eastern part of Sabah, shelters an incredibly diverse range of flora and fauna. Orang-utans, civet and leopard cats, hornbills and pygmy elephants can all be spotted.
Tanjung Datu National Park
Tanjung Datu National Park is the smallest national park in Sarawak but it's also regarded as one of the most beautiful. Being so isolated and difficult to get to it has remained largely untouched but the handful of trails into the rainforest and around the coast make it well worth visiting.
Turtle Island National Park
Also known as Selingan Island, Turtle Island National Park has been designated a national park to protect the newly laid eggs and vulnerable hatchlings from predators.