A 90-minute flight east of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s share of Borneo comprises the two states of Sabah and Sarawak. Smothered in primary rainforest and with a hinterland of high mountains, the interior of the island remains astonishingly rich in flora and fauna.
In addition to the flagship species, Borneo’s national parks and reserves preserve some of the most spectacular scenery in Asia, from the cloud-swept summit of Mt Kinabalu to the mangroves and sublime coastline of Bako near the capital of Sarawak, Kuching—Trek through the primaeval jungle to the shard-like pinnacles of Gunung Mulu. Spend the night in an Iban longhouse. Or head into the floodplain of Lower Kinabatangan in search of some of the world’s rarest primates.
Borneo boasts some of the richest biodiversity on the planet, and Malaysia’s well-managed national park system provides an efficient infrastructure for viewing some of its varied wildlife while an ever-increasing crop of quality hotels and lodges that ensure basic comfort – even in these extremely remote places.