Borneo Holidays: An Overview

One of the most alluring destinations in the Far East, the island of Borneo offers an unparalleled diversity of activities and cultures, and is a destination in its own right, even when not combined with mainland Malaysia.

The two Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak make up roughly the northern third of the island, the rest being part of Indonesia. Comprised of dense rain forest, unique fauna and flora, white sandy beaches and remote islands the regions are mainly known for their versatile landscapes and wildlife species, including the wonderful and rare orangutans, proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants.

As well as exploring some of the best wildlife spotting locations in Southeast Asia visitors can also include an interesting cultural aspect in their trip, as the regions are both home to many different ethnic groups.

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The Danum Valley

With 43,000 hectares of pristine tropical rainforest, The Danum Valley is one of the largest areas of protected rainforest in Malaysian Borneo. Home to all manner of weird and wonderful wildlife, this is a must-do for any wildlife enthusiasts. Notably, the valley is one of the few remaining natural habitats of the orangutan, so spotting one of these majestic creatures in the wild is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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See Endangered Sun Bears

Visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sabah for a chance to observe the world's smallest bears in their natural habitat. Threatened by forest degradation, illegal hunting and poaching, the centre aims to provide a natural environment suited to their needs and facilitate their rehabilitation back into the wild.

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Gunung Mulu National Park

Located in the state of Sarawak, Gunung Mulu National Park is the world's most studied tropical karst area, characterised by dramatic cave systems home to millions of cave swiftlets and bats. There are an impressive seventeen vegetation zones in the park along with the grand Gunung Mulu sandstone pinnacle and one of the largest known caves in the world.

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A Note on Price

There is a great deal to do in Malaysia, and there are some fantastic hotels to stay in too. For two weeks, prices start from around £3,500 per person, including flights.

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