Why travel to Malaysia and Borneo
Malaysia is one of the most vibrant destinations in modern Southeast Asia, offering experiences as contrasting as its multi-ethnic population is diverse. Pristine beaches, jungle-draped hills and mountains, cities holding a wealth of exotic architecture, craft traditions and wonderfully eclectic cuisines – all can be sampled in even a relatively short tour.
Created in 1963 from a patchwork of erstwhile colonial kingdoms, Malaysia is divided into two distinct regions separated by the South China Sea: the Malay Peninsula in the west; and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo to the east. Between the Peninsula and neighbouring Sumatra stretch one of the world’s busiest seaways, the Straits of Malacca.
From the early 15th century onwards, European powers jostled for control over the lucrative trade in spices and other valuables from the Far East which passed through the Straits. The Portuguese, Dutch and British all established colonies here at one time, adding their influence to the rich mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian which had already taken root.
Today, it’s precisely this same blend that makes this such a fascinating part of the world to explore. Wander through the atmospheric back streets of Georgetown, with its wood-shuttered shop fronts, Chinese temples, evocative colonial-era buildings and stalls selling flavour-packed Tamil street food; or soak up the headlong modernity of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s great melting pot, whose skyscrapers and shopping malls remind you that you’re at the heart of a booming Asian-tiger economy.
At the other extreme lie the remote, interior jungles of Borneo, which you can experience from the comfort of a luxury river cruiser, or the great mountain of Kinabalu overlooking the coast of Sabah, whose pale-grey granite summit soars above a tract of rainforest where orangutans still roam free.
Highlights of Malaysia and Borneo
Tropical rainforests with exceptional biodiversity
Gorgeous beaches – Malaysia’s breathtakingly beautiful islands offer tranquil alternatives to crowded Thailand
Vibrant cities – fascinating melting pots with richly decorated Chinese temples, Hindu shrines and striking mosques
Sophisticated cuisine – Malaysia’s spicy, aromatic cooking reflects its multi-cultural makeup
Colonial chic – hill stations retaining heaps of old-world charm
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14 days from £ 3000 per person
This two-week tour focuses on Malaysia’s colonial legacy, starting in the capital and progressing to the cooler climes of the Cameron Highlands, before exploring the decaying mansions and period architecture of Ipoh. You’ll finish in Penang – an isl...
17 days from £ 3100 per person
Malaysia is often mistakenly regarded as an urban nation, but as this 17-day trip across the peninsula vividly demonstrates, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The country’s national parks form the backbone of the route, which covers the full ...
17 days from £ 4170 per person
Explore Sarawak and Sabah’s world-renowned wildlife parks, staying at luxurious eco-lodges in the heart of the rainforest. Spot Borneo’s varied species of tropical animals – including proboscis monkeys and orangutans – deep in the region’s finest re...
16 days from £ 3900 per person
Mystical Borneo takes you deep into the interior of Sarawak, an area still well off the radar of most travellers to this island. Explore Sarawak and neighbouring Sabah by road and boat, stay overnight in tribal longhouses, and walk through jungle to...
Borneo Family Adventure
15 days from £ 2800 per person
Share unforgettable wildlife encounters, sleepovers in a tribal longhouse and a blissful stay on a tropical beach in the course of this 15-day family-oriented tour. The optimum time for visiting Sabah is between April and September – perfect for the...
Wonders of Borneo
10 days from £ 1545 per person
On our tour of Malaysian Borneo venture into some of the world's oldest rainforests, teeming with a wild array of exotic flora and fauna as well as canopy walkways and mysterious cave systems. One of the largest islands in the world, Borneo offers a...
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