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If you're in search of an adventurous vacation, look no further than Malaysian Borneo, the northern slice of the island of Borneo. Made up of two states — Sarawak and Sabah — this is the Malaysia of mighty rivers, dense jungles studded with deep, mysterious caves, coral reefs and shipwreck-littered oceans. Towering over them all is Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, at 13,435 feet Malaysia's tallest peak and a World Heritage Site. Set aside two days to conquer Kinabalu — it's a tough but steady climb that any fit person can accomplish. Other Sabah highlights include amazing dive sites and the Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center. In Sarawak, follow ...

If you're in search of an adventurous vacation, look no further than Malaysian Borneo, the northern slice of the island of Borneo. Made up of two states — Sarawak and Sabah — this is the Malaysia of mighty rivers, dense jungles studded with deep, mysterious caves, coral reefs and shipwreck-littered oceans. Towering over them all is Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, at 13,435 feet Malaysia's tallest peak and a World Heritage Site. Set aside two days to conquer Kinabalu — it's a tough but steady climb that any fit person can accomplish. Other Sabah highlights include amazing dive sites and the Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center. In Sarawak, follow the Headhunters' Trail, scale the jagged limestone Pinnacles or delve into a series of giant caves in the Gunung Mulu National Park. Relax in Kuching, Sarawak's historic capital, and arrange a visit to a longhouse, preferably accessed off the 398-mile-long river Batang Rejang. Such an expedition would introduce you to the intriguing mix of tribal cultures that make Malaysian Borneo such a distinct place from Peninsular Malaysia.

Simon Richmond
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Simon Richmond has written Rough Guides to Malaysia and Japan; Lonely Planet guides to India and Russia; and adventure travel guides for Frommer's on Australia, India, South America, and Southeast Asia.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: East Malaysia consists of the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, located on the island of Borneo to the east, across the South China Sea from Peninsular Malaysia
  • Language: Malay
  • Currency: Ringgit
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Anytime. Heaviest rainfall is from November to February.