Orangutans, rainforests, beaches
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Sandakan, Sabah, Sarawak, Kuching
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Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Luxury, Cities, Photography, Birdwatching

Start your trip in cosmopolitan Kuching, making sure to sample Malaysian cuisine before making a day trip to Bako National Park, Sarawak’s oldest national park. Here, you can trek through the jungle and see macaques and proboscis monkeys. Next, head to the Batang Ai river, where you’ll take a riverboat cruise to see the traditional longhouses of the Iban people. Travel back to Kuching before flying to Sandakan and the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary for feeding time and conservation. Continue your orangutan odyssey on the Kinabatangan River searching for semi-wild orangutans building nests and jungle treks. End your trip with a flight to Kinabalu for beaches, resorts and relaxation.

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Kinabatangan River wildlife

Kinabatangan River wildlife

Sabah’s longest river teems with crocodiles, proboscis monkeys and orangutans. Head out on the muddy water, stop in jungle villages and spot some of Borneo’s iconic animals.

Volunteer with orangutans

Volunteer with orangutans

Want to do more to help protect orangutans? Get involved in one of the many conservation volunteer programmes – Sepilok Orangutan Centre is a great option for those wanting to work with orphaned orangutans.

See the legendary rafflesia flower

See the legendary rafflesia flower

Blooming up to 1m in diameter, the world’s largest flower takes nine months to mature and only lasts for a week. Keep your ears pricked for a tip near Kuching or Kota Kinabalu.

Wild encounters in the Danum Valley

Wild encounters in the Danum Valley

The forest is so thick in the Danum Valley that humans have never settled here permanently. This is pristine jungle – and a great place to see orangutans swinging freely in the wild.

Learn about the Iban in a longhouse

Learn about the Iban in a longhouse

Batang Ai National Park is the only place to see orangutans in the wild in Sarawak. While here, learn more about the indigenous Iban people – once headhunters, but now forest conservationists.

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