Why you should visit Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

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Sabah – or Borneo – is one of those travel destinations that elicit dreams of wild adventure and discovery. Borneo’s tropical rainforests and climate provide the ideal conditions for a wide variety of species to thrive. Today our Malaysian guide, David, explains to us what travelers can expect on a visit to his spectacular island homeland.

The world's third largest island after Greenland and Papua New Guinea, Borneo remains one of earth's last great natural frontiers, with a wealth of species and habitats that have intrigued explorers and scientists for more than a century.

For fans of exotic wildlife, Borneo's forests and swamps offer a unique chance to spot some of the world's most charismatic land animals and birds. Despite the threat of poachers and plantations, the island is still fairly rich in larger animals such as pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhinoceroses, orang-utans, bantengs, bearded pigs, sun bears and hornbills. Most visitors, however, probably overlook Borneo's immense wealth of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. It's a shame, as a few minutes of quiet observation by a trail or jungle stream will likely reveal a bewildering variety of small but colourful beasts.

Other important wildlife regions in Sabah include Maliau Basin, Danum Valley, Tabin, Sukau, Kinabatangan, Imbak Canyon and Sepilok. These places are either designated as national parks, wildlife reserves, virgin jungle reserves, or protection forest reserve.

Beyond the coasts of Sabah lie a number of islands and coral reefs that are popular mainly for tourism. Just 10 minutes from the capital city, Kota Kinabalu, is the T.A.R Park Island which is comprised of 5 small islands and is a haven for snorkelers and divers.

Kinabalu National Park or Taman Negara Kinabalu in Malay, was established as one of the first national parks of Malaysia in 1964. The park is Malaysia's first World Heritage Site, designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its "outstanding universal values" and for its role as one of the most important biological sites in the world.

Located on the west coast of Sabah, east Malaysia on the island of Borneo; it covers an area of 754 square kilometers surrounding Mount Kinabalu, which at over 4000 meters, is the highest mountain on the island of Borneo and the fifth highest in South East Asia.

There is so much to explore while sightseeing and experiencing the culture, sights and sounds of Sabah Borneo. Take a trip to Visit Sabah Borneo in your next vacation list. I will be happy to meet you!

If you’re headed to Borneo, definitely take a look at the array of tours David offers travelers. From snorkelling with sea turtles to seeing orang-utans in the wild, David wants to help visitors experience Borneo’s incredible wildlife up close.
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