Malaysia is a heady mix of thriving cities, long empty beaches, verdant jungle and flourishing rubber and tea plantations, whilst East Malaysia on the island of Borneo has the added attractions of Mount Kinabalu, tribal tradition and nature in abundance.
Its colonial past gives it the added twist of familiarity and the mix of cultures gives Malaysia a charm all of its own. The huge variety makes for a holiday offering countless experiences in just one country. Put simply, this is a beautiful country with a huge diversity of character, scenery and culture, which captivates all who visit.
Kota Kinabalu - Kota Kinabalu offers you colourful street markets, traditional Malaysian cuisine, gorgeous coastline and amazing cultural shows with native male dancers in warrior attire! Or you can just relax and take it easy people watching. There are many fine restaurants in Kota Kinabalu where world class chefs whip up award winning dishes, giving you the opportunity to savour the gastronomic wonders in this part of the world. But don’t forget to try the stalls in the night markets too; they are also well worth a try, as what they offer can really take you to food heaven! As you would expect from this city by the sea with its stunning beaches and long fishing tradition, fresh seafood is excellent value.
Borneo - The island of Borneo is a mixture of three countries. It is home to the two East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak as well as the independent kingdom of Brunei, ruled by one of the richest men in the world. The remainder of the island, Kalimantan, belongs to Indonesia.
In Sandakan you will find the famous "wild man of Borneo". One of the world’s most adored animals, the orang-utan, can be seen in the sanctuary at Sepilok, where the orphaned young are carefully rehabilitated and then released back into the jungle. Sandakan is also home to fascinating wildlife along the banks of the Menanggol River where you will witness the cheeky monkeys, hornbills, monitor lizards and the long nosed proboscis monkey.
Kuala Lumpur - The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (or KL as it is affectionately known) has moved way beyond the original settlement, which was given the name Muddy Estuary, to become a dynamic city and the main gateway to Malaysia. Its skyscrapers, monorail system, sports stadiums and modern shopping complexes continue to rise and change the traditional skyline whilst cosying up to mosques and temples. Cosmopolitan KL offers a unique blend of East and West.