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Malaysia & Borneo Holidays
Malaysia is essentially two distinct countries in one: the multicultural Peninsular Malaysia is a heady blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences, while Borneo is wild tangle of jungle, brimming with remote tribes and orang-utans, the two regions cleaved in half by the South China Sea. Extending south from Asia like an index finger, the Peninsular points towards Australia and Indonesia in a clash of dense jungle, fertile plains and steep mountains trickling down to sandy beaches. Malaysian Borneo is divided into Sarawak and Sabah, with the tiny enclave of Brunei in between. Though its jungles may be wild, Malaysia isn't. In fact, it's one of the safest and most stable countries in Asia making it the perfect introduction to the diverse and thrilling continent. And it's certainly diverse: pockets of varied ethnicity, religion and culture have created a fabulously varied population, as well as an incredible food scene. Peranakan 'nonya' cuisine with its Chinese influences, Indian-spiced curries, buffets of astronomical proportions, food stalls and rather good efforts at Western dishes, too. This is not a region where you'll find yourself hungry. Scattered about the land you'll find hugely contrasting microcosms of ancient history and futuristic modernity;in the mirror-like high rises of Kuala Lumpur to the cheery longhouse villages of Sarawak.
Malaysia & Borneo with A&K
It was another intoxicating day in Malaysia's Taman Negara National Park: steamy, exotic and wriggling with life - and that's exactly why A&K's highly professional guide came into his own. One minute he was helping our guests search for the crab-eating macaque and Malayan Peacock Pheasant, the next he had calmly slipped off his shoes and handed them to one of the group.
Clad only in a bikini and towel, she needed to escape a swarm of rampaging honeybees. Emergency over, without a sting in sight, he collected her spilt possessions from the jungle floor, before, with barefoot nonchalance, returning to identify the prolific wildlife for the fascinated guests.
Expecting the unexpected is nothing new for our highly qualified guides. They're the frontline of our large regional team, that has built up a formidable reputation over three decades and can seamlessly link your Abercrombie & Kent luxury Malaysia and Borneo holiday with surrounding destinations. It's a key reason we've hosted an impressive portfolio of guests, including the organisation representing the world's top 8,000 CEOs.
Marauding insects aren't the only thrill on a tour of the country, of course. You can kick back on the peachy beaches of Penang and Langkawi, where sumptuous resorts are swaddled by verdant hills. Alternatively, we can take you inland to the sticky jungle of Taman Negara - the oldest tropical rainforest on the planet - and the cooler Cameron Highlands with its tea estates, orchards and golf courses, or buzzing Kuala Lumpur with its splendid shopping.
Head east across the South China Sea and you'll embark on an A&K Borneo tour. The Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah offer diving over reefs teeming with blizzards multicoloured tropical fish, the famous orangutan sanctuary and canopy walks above the rainforest's ecological wonderland. Just watch out for those rampant honeybees.
Kuala Lumpur/Langkawi (Malaysian Airlines)
11 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +8 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
November - April (Peninsula Malaysia)
March - October (Borneo)
Malaysia's climate is tropical and humid, with humidity high in the mornings and lower in the afternoons. A typical day is warm and humid with balmy evenings. The main rainy seasons fall from November to February.
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
Read about our lastest experiences in our Travel Blog pages.
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