Regions in Malaysia & Borneo

In Malaysia, hit Kuala Lumpur hard for a fab few days before heading to lush tea plantations and colourful markets in the Cameron Highlands. Jet off to one of the jungle-clad Malaysian islands for beaches that take your breath away, such as the stunning Langkawi, the cultural oasis of Penang and the dazzlingly serene Pangkor Laut.

Alternatively, travel to Borneo to visit the orangutan rehabilitation centre in Sepilok where you can catch a glimpse of the ‘man of the jungle’, Borneo’s most famous resident. A trip to the Kinabatangan Basin may be rewarded with hornbill or pygmy elephant sightings, whilst further afield, huge monitor lizards prowl the jungles in the Danum Valley, and proboscis monkeys can be spotted in the treetops in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Selingan Island is a real treat for those wishing to explore life beneath the waves, and turtles can be spotted laying eggs throughout the night on the shores of the appropriately named Turtle Island. The most adventurous visitors can conquer the looming Mount Kinabalu, which is brimming with wildlife, while those in search of tranquillity may be more inclined to relax on Pulau Gaya's pristine beaches. 

Sarawak, meanwhile, is Malaysia’s largest state, and here you can discover the colourful temples and sophisticated cuisine of the capital, Kuching, before exploring the longhouses of the Dayak head hunters in Batang Ai and the striking caves of Gunung Mulu National Park. Named after the 2,000-metre Mount Mulu, the park is home to striking limestone pinnacles above ground and huge cave systems below, which are quite a spectacle.

Action, scenery and wildlife – Kota Kinabalu and its surrounds have it all. Many visitors head to this incredible region in Borneo’s Sabah state to climb south-east Asia’s tallest peak, Mount Kinabalu, while Kota Kinabalu itself is a bustling gateway city and a worthy stop on a luxury holiday in Sabah - and just offshore from the city, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is perfect for an idyllic island getaway.

Wandering the squares of the colonial centre and the sari shops and restaurants of Little India, immerse yourself the energy of Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. The temples, squares and mosques of beautiful Malacca have earned it UNESCO world heritage status and it’s a truly delightful city in which to explore street markets and enjoy some fantastic seafood. The tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands produce some of the world’s best brews and are a must. 

A city rich in history, style and modern sophistication, Kuching is the state capital of Sarawak. One of the most multi-cultural cities in Malaysia, the grand Sarawak River separates the commercial Chinese residence of the south from the old Malay character of the north. A fascinating kaleidoscope of culture and crafts, Kuching is a heaven for tourists, as it is small enough to walk around, but big enough to keep you interested for days.

The islands off Peninsular Malaysia are extraordinarily lush, with beautiful beaches and glistening clear waters. The islands of Langkawi also offer pristine jungle that is best explored on a canopy tour or by zipline, as well as waterfalls and natural pools, rice fields and beautiful gardens. The island of Penang is ornately decorated with sprawling Buddhist temples, colonial buildings, paddy fields and rivers lined with mangrove trees.

These distinct but equally spectacular rainforests in Sabah are where to go for an unforgettable jungle adventure holiday in Malaysia and Borneo. Here you can explore the exotic forests by trekking through the jungle, going for night excursions or learning about the area with a rainforest tour - all the while keeping your eyes open for the unique wildlife both on the ground and in the verdant branches above. 

Whether you're after a relaxation break in the deep rainforests of Borneo, an adventure holiday climbing through expansive caves and towering summits, or a combination of the two, Gunung Mulu National Park, one of the most majestic and thrilling nature parks in south-east Asia, has it all. Located in northern Sarawak, the park spreads over 52,800 hectares, with mighty limestone pinnacles, thick untouched jungle, and an Abraham Lincoln-shaped outcrop dominating the scenery.

The Kinabatangan basin is a stunning natural wonderland. The river, which is the second-longest in Malaysia, is flanked by mangroves and lowland rainforests which are a haven for wildlife, including crocodiles, pygmy elephants and proboscis monkeys - not to mention orangutans! Meanwhile, don't miss the chance to see turtles hatching on Selingan Island. 

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