A Giant, Rugged Island
Borneo, a giant, rugged island in Southeast Asia’s Malay Archipelago, is shared by the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, Indonesian Kalimantan and the tiny nation of Brunei. It’s known for its beaches and ancient, biodiverse rainforest, home to wildlife including orangutans and clouded leopards. In Sabah is 4,095m-tall Mount Kinabalu, the island’s highest peak, and, offshore, the famed dive site Sipadan Island. As one of the orangutan’s few remaining natural refuges, rainforest-covered Borneo is a must for any wildlife-focused trip. As you travel by boat along the Kingabatangan River you have the opportunity to glimpse this critically endangered species swinging from the trees above, and you can add in a visit to the Sepilok’s orangutan sanctuary. In the cities of Kota Kinabalu and Kuching you can sample street food as you tour the markets.