Malaysian Borneo is known the world over for its extraordinary natural gifts. It lies to the East of the Malaysian Peninsula, separated by some 650km of South China Sea, and is formed by the states of Sarawak and Sabah.
It’s home to vast swathes of primary rainforest – barely touched by the world outside – making it one of the last great wilderness for adventure and exploration. Lightfoot Travel offer you the chance to explore this remote region in luxury with your own highly-personalised itinerary.
You’ve got the shy orang-utans that lurk in trees of Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, the flamboyant rafflesia – the world’s largest flower – in Gunung Gading National Park and endangered turtles that lay their eggs on the beaches of Talang-Satan marine reserve.
And that’s just for starters. With a luxury holiday to Malaysian Borneo, you’ll find jungle treks, canopy walks and diving excursions that allow you to get up close to some of the world’s rarest and most reclusive wildlife. Of course, washing the mud off at your luxurious beach or eco resort’s spa afterwards is a pleasant way to wind down the day too.
We suggest that one thing you don’t miss on your tailor-made journey is a trip to the Unesco-listed Mulu Caves. They’re a colossal network of caverns with the largest of them al, the Sarawak Chamber, capable of housing eight jumbo jets!
Sabah forms the northeast corner of Borneo. Although smaller than Sarawak, its geography includes thousands of square kilometres of rainforest, imperious mountains and cascading river torrents. Terrain that makes it perfect for adventure sports and activities, from mountain biking to rock climbing.
Outdoorsy types have the opportunity include a luxury trek to the summit of Mount Kinabalu as part of a bespoke itinerary. It’s Borneo’s highest peak at a staggering 4095m. Sabah is also where you’ll find Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, the most famous of all Borneo’s sanctuaries.
If you prefer beach lazing to jungle trekking, the coastline of Sabah is nothing short of sublime. Think long, secluded stretches of sugar white sands – fringed with casuarinas and palms – with barely a footprint in sight, let alone another soul. It’s a world-famous diving location too. Particularly on the island of Sipadan, where offshore a mesmerising network of rainbow-coloured reef teems with tropical fish, schools of barracuda and little reef sharks.
Whether you’re looking for jungle adventure or wildlife-spotting, beach life or scuba diving, our impartial specialists will be on hand to help design your perfect tailor-made itinerary to Malaysian Borneo.