Malaysia & Borneo
Malaysia is often described as two countries in one. There is the Malay Peninsula, the vibrant southern conclusion of continental Asia and then across the watery divide of the South China Sea – lush, exotic Borneo.
The peninsula offers a varied mix of cultures and cuisines; from Malay to Chinese and Indian; from the modern and cosmopolitan capital of Kuala Lumpur to the colonial cities of Penang and Melacca; and from the white sandy beaches of Langkawi to the oldest rainforest in the world.
Meanwhile, Borneo is renowned for its steamy rainforests and marine national parks, smouldering volcanoes, remote tribes and diverse wildlife – from orang-utans to proboscis monkeys and newly hatched turtles flinging themselves toward the sea.
The iconic Petronas Towers symbolise the dynamism of this capital city of the leading “Tiger” economy of Southeast Asia. Welcome to a city that has embraced modernity and technology, while retaining a deeply entrenched adherence to the traditional customs and religions reflecting an ethnic crossroads of Chinese, Indian and Malay – the varied cuisine is an obvious and tasty pointer!
The main island of Langkawi is but one of about 100 islands that spectacularly populate the north-western coast of the Malay Peninsula. A superb alternative to Thailand’s Andaman Sea resorts on Phuket Island and Krabi.
The island of Borneo includes the two Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, which are comprised of dense rain forest, unique fauna and flora, white sandy beaches and remote islands. The island is also home to the wonderful and rare Orang Utans.