Highlights of Sabah

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Malaysia, Borneo

Best time to go: June to September

9 Nights | from £2,325pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Swim with dazzling tropical fish in the South China Sea
  • Watch orangutans emerge from the dense rainforest
  • Meet the former headhunters of the Kadazan tribe in Monsopiad Village
  • Cruise snaking rivers watching for proboscis monkeys and crocodiles
  • Relax on pristine beaches at exclusive resorts


Day 1 UK / Kota Kinabalu
Maximise your time on Borneo by taking an overnight flight from the UK to Kota Kinabalu, via Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2 Kota Kinabalu
Welcome to the jungle –well, the edge of the jungle: just outside the city of Kota Kinabalu, Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort &Spa nestles amid lush gardens on its own mini-peninsula. Just steps from your luxurious room (and the pools, spa and range of restaurants), the turquoise South China Sea beckons and, just a short boat ride away, the protected waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park lap against five tropical islands. Cool off with a dip, or don a mask and flippers to snorkel or dive among dazzling tropical fish flitting around the coral.
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Kota Kinabalu

Just as Borneo's wildlife makes the jaw drop, its cultural diversity is astonishing, too. Once you've recalibrated to local time (that is, very relaxed), get a feel for the island's ethnic diversity with a visit to the Sabah Museum, wandering around the Heritage Village and poking your head into tribal houses. Admire the city's landmarks –the magnificent State Mosque and -lofty Tun Mustapha Tower, like two tin cans stacked on a pebble –en route to browsing the colourful handicraft market.
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Kota Kinabalu
Here be headhunters! Or, more accurately, ex-headhunters (we hope) –the Kazadan and Dusun peoples no longer decapitate their enemies, but you can gawp at some they made earlier at Monsopiad Cultural Village. Get hands-on with a host of traditional activities –try your hand at blowpipe-shooting and sample lihing (rice wine) –among the village dwellings, and brave the House of Skulls to see the gruesome trophies reputedly harvested by the legendary warrior Monsopiad.
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Kota Kinabalu
Time for a last ocean dip before heading south-west to the steamy Klias Wetlands, lair of crocodiles, profuse birdlife and the cartoonish proboscis monkey. Cruise along the snaking Klias waterway, keeping an eye out for those elusive long-nosed monkeys and other tree-scamperers –rare silver leaf monkeys and mischievous macaques. As dusk falls, and the flickers of fireflies dance in the gloaming, watch for two pinpricks that indicate a log is… well, not a log –but a crocodile lurking on the riverbank. Dinner tastes all the finer enjoyed to the natural soundtrack of wildlife all around.
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru | Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Kota Kinabalu / Sandakan / Pantai Dalit

To get a feel for just how wild Borneo is, gaze down from your early morning flight east to Sandakan: beneath you unfolds endless swathes of emerald laced with writhing waterways –but virtually no roads. This forest is the precious habitat of the 'wild man of the forest' whom you'll meet at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Take a short stroll through the dense greenery to the observation deck to watch young apes, learning to survive in the wild, emerge from the jungle to be fed by the rangers. Even the drive back to the airport is an eye-opener: pause to drink in the view across Sandakan from the magnificently adorned hilltop Buddhist temple Puu Jih Shih before boarding your plane for the short hop back to Kota Kinabalu and your home for the next four nights, Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort.
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Pantai Dalit

The highest mountain in Malaysia looms 4095 metres above its namesake national park: Mt Kinabalu, its craggy peak surrounded by verdant skirts of rainforest. Drive through and over the densely forested escarpment of the Crocker Range to Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to trek in the foothills. The forest might look like green, green and more green, but it's packed with a dizzying variety of plants, many unique to Borneo and not all harmless –at least, to insects and small mammals: the carnivorous Nepenthes (pitcher plant) digests small beasts, as you'll discover on a guided walk among rhododendrons and orchids and across a lofty canopy walkway.
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria | Meals: Breakfast

Days 8 - 9 Pantai Dalit
How active are you feeling, on a scale of one to ten? One might be lazing on a secluded beach, six is sailing or kayaking on azure seas, a round of golf or a horseriding session, and 10 is windsurfing. Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort offers a packed menu of sports and experiences – though with a luxurious spa, restaurants dishing up Malay, Japanese, Indian and other cuisines, and that tempting beach there's no need to move a muscle.
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria | Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Pantai Dalit / Kota Kinabalu / UK
Tear yourself away from your tropical retreat to head to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Meals: Breakfast

Want to stay longer...? Add on more of Malaysia
If you itch to explore more of this diverse country, it's easy to extend your trip –perhaps relaxing on a tropical island off the coast, discovering the cultural treats of Penang or Malacca, or enjoying more wildlife-watching in Taman Negara National Park.

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 10 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,325 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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Useful info

malaysia

Fly to

Kuala Lumpur/Langkawi (Malaysian Airlines)

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +8 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

November - April (Peninsula Malaysia)
March - October (Borneo)

Weather

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.

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