Breathe the fresh mountain air at Kinabalu National Park The East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak contain some of Borneo’s greatest wonders. Covered in thick jungle, the region is known as a sanctuary for endangered wildlife. Float up the Kinabatangan River on the look out for crocodiles, macaques and hornbills, and watch as families of rather comic-looking probiscus monkeys feed at a local sanctuary. Borneo also offers the rare opportunity to get close to the much loved – yet sadly disappearing – orangutan, an experience that stays with many travellers for the rest of their lives.
Breathe the fresh mountain air at Kinabalu National Park
Kinabalu is brimming with lush native flora. Stretch your legs on the walking trails, keeping your eyes open for exotic birds.
Spy the Wildlife at Kinabatangan River Reserve
At this incredible national park, the wildlife spotting opportunities are endless. Lucky travellers see crocodiles, cheeky monkeys and tropical birds in their natural habitats.
Local culture of Borneo
Borneo’s East Malaysian states are ethnically diverse, comprised of various indigenous tribes including the Iban and Dusun people, as well as Chinese Malaysians. Although the original inhabitants were animists, Islam made its imprint in the 1400s, and later, Christianity and Buddhism were both introduced. Today, East Malaysia is made up predominantly of Christians and Muslims, and is a culturally conservative place. Cultural awareness is advised as things like bare shoulders for women, public displays of affection and alcohol consumption are frowned upon by most of the population.