Malaysian Borneo is divided into the two states of Sabah and Sarawak; wildlife watching is very much the highlight of this flora and fauna rich region.
The land of the fabled White Rajahs, the hornbill and the Orangutan, Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia. It is also wonderfully exotic, home to the world's largest flower, the Rafflesia, flying squirrels, insect eating plants and quantities of yet unnamed flora and fauna. More importantly, the ancient virgin rain forest is home to 27 ethnic people, each with their own distinct language, culture and lifestyle.
Although perhaps neither as exotic as Sarawak nor as historically appealing, a most remarkable aspect of Sabah is Mount Kinabalu and its sheer diversity of flora and fauna. Sabah is dominated by Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South East Asia, and travellers who make the technically easy, if strenuous, climb are rewarded with magnificent panoramic views.
The Kinabatangan River is home to the weird and wonderful proboscis monkey. Off the north coast of Sabah lie many idyllic islands perfect for swimming, snorkeling and diving during a warm Malaysian day and, at nightfall, many offer the opportunity to view turtles coming ashore or hatchlings being released. A favoured place by many travellers is Sepilok orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and sanctuary offering a true insight into the lives of this remarkable endangered species.
This fascinating part of Malaysia entices travellers to explore and discover vast national parks and lush rainforests, but its main draw is the wonderful orangutan.
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