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Introduction to Malaysian Borneo (East Malaysia)...

800km east of Peninsular Malaysia lies 61% of the country on the northern part of Borneo, which itself is divided into two states with their own distinct cultures, Sabah and Sarawak. Covered in thick jungle, this is where travellers and tourists alike flock to all year round in search of wildlife, national parks and indigenous tribes.

The hottest time of the year in Borneo is between May and September, although there is very little difference between this time and the rest of the year. Humidity is fairly high year-round. Borneo has only two seasons - rainy and dry. Although rain is a possibility year round, the rainy season in most of Borneo is from October to February.

Large male Orangutan in East Malaysia (Borneo)

Less populated and less developed, East Malaysia is home to the five of the country's highest mountains including Mount Kinabalu which claims the title of the 10th highest peak in Southeast Asia! Backpackers with a reasonable level of fitness can attempt the climb of Mount Kinabalu, which should be arranged in the nearby city of Kota Kinabalu.

Backpacking in Sarawak...

Backpackers to Malaysian Borneo usually arrive into charming Kuching, often described as one of the most 'liveable' cities in Southeast Asia. From here you can venture into nearby national parks, such as Bako National Park, head into the jungle to do a homestay at an original longhouse of the Iban people or head into the wilderness on the Upper Rajang River.

If you have more time, travel to Miri, the gateway to Gunung Mulu National Park and the Kelabit Highlands. Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak is the largest cave in the entire World. It's big enough to be a parking space for a Boeing 747-200!

Backpacking in Sabah...

Described by David Bellamy (a famous environmentalist) as “one of the world’s greatest natural theme parks.”, Sabah in Malaysian Borneo is home to the Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world. Most travellers head to Sabah to attempt to climb the highest mountain in Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu (4096 metres) on a 2-day trek. (See our guide to Kota Kinabalu.)

The awesome peak of Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.

Further south, Sandakan is the city base for those backpackers looking to experience some of Borneo's famous wildlife. You can head out to Pulau Selingan otherwise known as Turtle Island to watch the babies hatch and find their way into the sea.

Or, head to Sepilok to visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where you can see our closest relative in surprisingly close proximity! Sepilok is also the starting point for journeys on the Kinabatangan River and treks into the heart of the Borneo jungle. If you've caught the diving bug, Sipidan Island is Malaysia's diving hub and has many times been voted 'The Top Dive Destination in the World'.

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