Malaysia

Malaysia is a melting pot of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Western cultures; of pristine beaches, ancient rainforest, exclusive, luxury hotels, rustic lodges and a futuristic, cosmopolitan capital in Kuala Lumpur. The mix works. Locals are friendly and welcoming, the service is exceptional and the food worth the extra inch on your waistline. 

A country shaped by its inhabitants, Malaysia is on the commercial crossroads between India and China, with stunning architecture produced by these cultures. Formed of a striking mix of colorful temples, rich palaces and colonial style buildings, Malaysia is one of the most dynamic countries in the world. With historic and cultural flourishes in the keystone ports, thick, wildlife-rich jungles in the country's interior, and the impressive delights of Borneo, a luxury holiday here comes highly recommended.

Borneo

Borneo is the place to head for a holiday filled with wilderness, wildlife, and adventure. Pristine rainforests conceal unique endangered species, including orangutans, pygmy elephants and the extraordinary proboscis monkey. Snorkelling and diving is equally amazing in Borneo, with the unique opportunity to swim with whale sharks and manatees, go on night dives amongst graceful manta rays, and even explore unchartered shipwrecks that swarm with yet more marine life. With lush tropical rainforests and crystal clear waters, Borneo is a haven for wildlife and marine life - a ‘must go’ for nature lovers.

The island of Borneo is divided between Malaysia, Indonesia, and the small independent nation of Brunei. Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo, covers over 70% of the island, whilst Malaysian Borneo is split into two states, Sabah and Sarawak. 

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HIGHLIGHTS OF MALAYSIA & BORNEO

Langkawi. Described as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, take your pick of the 99 paradisal islets in the Langkawi archipelago, each featuring turquoise seas, jungle-clad hills and pristine beaches.

Embrace the Malay culture on Penang Island, making sure to walk down the authentic food markets of George Town, an urban cocktail of Chinese temples, Western-style shopping complexes and British Raj architecture. 

The Cameron Highlands. Discover the mountains, forests, waterfalls and tea plantations of one of Malaysia’s most naturally-beautiful regions.

The 130-million-year-old virgin rainforests in Taman Negara National Park in the heart of mainland Malaysia - perfect for travellers who love wildlife spotting, jungle trekking and fishing. 

The white sandy beaches found along Tioman Island and Pangkor Laut.

Wildlife-spotting in Kinabatangan. Tick pygmy elephants, orangutans, and proboscis monkeys off the list in beautiful Kinabatangan Basin in Sabah.

Mulu. The world beneath Borneo’s surface is truly fascinating: explore the mysterious passageways of the Mulu caves, which have spent several millennia forming some spectacular rock formations.

Mount Kinabalu. Clamber up the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago in time to see the sunrise illuminate the incredible surrounding landscape.

Borneo’s islands. Wildlife lovers do not want to miss Selingan Island for a spot of turtle-watching, and there’s no better place than Pulau Gaya (Gaya Island) for luxuriating on pristine beaches, backed by tropical jungle - enjoying total seclusion and staying in luxurious island retreats.

Jungle adventures. Head deep into the mist-shrouded rainforests of Danum Valley and Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah to encounter rare wildlife species and walk between the treetops on the canopy walkways.

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