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Draped in some of Asia’s last great rainforests, Borneo is a land of natural biodiversity. There is also a wealth of tribal culture, towering peaks in vast mountain ranges and seas rich in coral and tropical fish. The island is divided into four sections. Kalimantan is the largest part of the island and belongs to Indonesia. The most frequently visited areas of Borneo are Sabah and Sarawak, the two states that make up Malaysian Borneo. The smallest part is the ultanate of Brunei. Throughout Sabah and Sarawak, coastal and inland national parks abound with a vast array of wildlife, from monitor lizards and turtles to clouded leopards, orang-utan and pygmy on the many tropical islands just off the coast. For those seeking adventure, the summit of Mount Kinabalu, presents a breathtaking challenge.

• the orang-utan rehabilitation centre at Sepilok
• the Kinabatangan River
• the diving at Sipadan
• the vast caves of Gunung Mulu National Park
• the longhouses of the Iban tribe elephants
• glorious stretches of unspoilt beaches on the mainland
• many tropical islands just off the coast
• the summit of Mount Kinabalu, presents a breathtaking challenge
• orang-utan rehabilitation centre at Sepilok
• the Kinabatangan River
• the diving at Sipadan
• the vast caves of Gunung Mulu National Park
• the longhouses of the Iban tribe

Borneo is one of Southeast Asia’s few summer destinations as the best time to travel is between March and October. The wet season is traditionally from November to February, but the climate in this part of Asia can be very unpredictable so it is best to accept the possibility of rain at any time. By their very nature, rainforest areas have a wet climate and are hot and humid for most of the year.

 

Currency Malaysian ringgit

Language Due to the diversity of cultures that exist within Malaysia, there are many different languages spoken across the country. Nevertheless, Bahasa Malaysia Malay is the most widespread and native language of the country. English is taught in schools and is efficiently spoken by many locals. In addition, Chinese dialects, Arabic, Portuguese and even some Thai areas are found throughout Malaysia.

Why we love it Travellers will adore the great variety in Malaysia’s cuisine, which can be found in just about every city and town with a variety of local delicacies. We love the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s most extensive hill station, with a collection of peaceful townships perched 1500 meters high on a nest of serene mountains. Cooling resorts, tea plantations and strawberry farms sprawl lazily across lush valleys and meandering hillslopes.

Weather Borneo is one of Southeast Asia’s few summer destinations as the best time to travel is between March and October. The wet season is traditionally from November to February, but the climate in this part of Asia can be very unpredictable so it is best to accept the possibility of rain at any time. By their very nature, rainforest areas have a wet climate and are hot and humid for most of the year.

Social customs and quirks Malaysia is a multi-cultural society. The main ethnic groups are the native Malays as well as large populations of Chinese, and Indians. When visiting the country it is clear that the ethnicities retain their religions, customs and way of life. Handshakes are commonly used as part of the introductions in Malaysia, although in some instances the handshake may only be exchanged with members of the same gender.  Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country, and this fact should be taken deeply into consideration when choosing which clothes to wear when going around. It is advisable to wear conservative clothing especially in rural areas, or when planning to enter a mosque or other places of worship. Ladies are advised to wear loose and long pants or skirts, and long-sleeved shirts especially when entering places of worship.

Festivals and events  Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix attracts thousands of spectators to Kuala Lumpur every March, the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix is one of the best races on the world circuit. The event is held at the Sepang International Circuit to the south of the capital.

Health* The government of Malaysia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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