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Located in the South China Sea, Borneo is a land of steamy rainforests, smouldering volcanoes, glistening beaches, tribal groups and amazing wildlife. Part of Malaysian territory, with Indonesian Borneo to the south, Malaysian Borneo is split into the two states of Sabah and Sarawak, sandwiching the sovereign state of Brunei in between.

Most visits start in the south, at Sarawak’s laid-back coastal capital, Kuching. Set on the banks of the Sarawak River. With an attractive waterfront and close to Sarawak’s pristine jungle, Kuching is a charming place to stay. Inland, the area surrounding Batang Ai is noted for indigenous tribal culture, jungle and wildlife, its National Park is home to a range of flora and fauna and popular with tourists for visits to the traditional longhouses built by the Iban tribe. For the adventurous, trips can be made into the national park in search of wild orang-utans.

In the far north-west of the island lies Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah state. This city offers visitors a wide selection of art galleries, museums, mosques, cathedrals, Hindu, Chinese and Buddhist temples to visit. Take a trip to the reef-fringed tropical islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, trek to the summit of Mount Kinabalu, or relax on one of the nearby beaches. A short flight to Sandakan offers the chance to visit the orang-utan rehabilitation centre at Sepilok, where orphaned Orang-utans are rehabilitated. Walkways provide access to the jungle where you can view these 'people of the forest' in their natural habitat.

Travellers should be aware that Ramadan is celebrated in Borneo for one month. During this time some services may be restricted, for example, drinking alcohol. For full details please speak to your Revere Travel Consultant.

Key Information

Time difference: GMT +8 hours

Language: Malay, Indonesian, English

Capital: Sarawak State: Kuching. Sabah State: Kota Kinabalu

Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) & Rupiah (Rp)

Flight time: Approx 15 hours (flying time) from London – transfer required.

Visa: (UK passport holders) – Check (entry requirements)

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