Rare, precious Borneo is divided into three. Part-owned by Malaysia, Indonesia and the tiny kingdom of Brunei, together, they make up the third largest island in the world. Visit Malaysian Borneo with British Airways to find one of the world’s last truly wild places.
This extraordinary area is a cradle of life and over a third of the plant life is found nowhere else – including carnivorous plants, the largest flower in the world, orchids and of course the oldest rainforest trees in the world. Go like the great explorers before you to trek the rainforests, climb its mountains, and enjoy pristine beaches fringed with coral reef. You’ll meet welcoming locals – people and animals both: Borneo offers the irresistible chance to see orang-utans in the wild. In the evenings, local cuisine at the night markets means you’ll eat new and exciting dishes – take advantage of the jungle’s riches and enjoy durian fruit, and milky tarak fruit. Book holidays in Borneo and have a real adventure.
Sandankan is a great base for seeing Borneo’s amazing animals. In the town of Sandankan itself you can visit a very prim and proper English tea house. Just an hour’s drive out of the city, people flock to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where orangutans are reintroduced to the wild. Just next door, the Sun Bear Conservation Centre is a place to see the smallest member of the bear family – the sweet Sun Bear, alongside curious proboscis monkeys. Off the coast from Sandankan, and reachable only by tiny motor boat, is Turtle Island, where a conservation centre hatches green and hawksbill turtle eggs.
Kuching is the biggest city in the state of Sarawak, on the south west side of Malaysian Borneo. Among its mosques, Chinese temples and markets it has had much modern construction – like its striking assembly building and old colonial architecture. Visit Fort Margarita, which was built to watch out for pirates. Within the bustling city, the markets, ethnology museum and even a strange museum dedicated to cats (Kuching means ‘cat’ in Malay) make up the diverse attractions. But the rainforest is never far off: drift by boat along the Sarawak river to the Bako National Park and enter the jungle.
The capital of the state of Sarawak is surrounded by beautiful coast, where there are many fantastic resorts. Above Kota Kinabalu, Mount Kinabalu - the highest peak in Malaysia - rises out of the jungle. While the ambitious climb it, the even braver can don a harness and take one of the first Asian via ferratas up its rocky slopes. If you’re seeking relaxation, visit the island of Pulua Tiga for paradise among the coral reefs or stay at Gayana Eco Resort. In the town’s streets, enjoy fantastic, inexpensive seafood and exotic fruit from the street stalls and shop for handicrafts.