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Sabah, the Best of Borneo
Sabah is located on the northern beautiful island of Borneo and is one of the thirteen states which Malaysia is made of. It is the second largest state in Malaysia and shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesian Kalimantan. Kota Kinabalu City is the state´s capital, its economic hub, and seat of its government. As of 2019, Sabah counted a population of over 3.9 million. The state´s other major towns are Sandakan and Tuwau.
Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is located at the centre of the Maritime Southeast Asia. The island is divided between Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. Malaysia’s region of Borneo is called East Malaysia or Malaysian Borneo.
The earliest human settlements in Sabah can be traced back to around 20,000 to 30,000 years ago. Over the centuries, Sabah got influences from China through trade relations and the Brunei Empire, along the 15th century.
Once known as North Borneo, Sabah was under the British colonization during the late 19th century till the early 20th century before Japan invaded the Island during the World War II. Sabah gained its autonomy and self-government on the 31st of August 1963. Sabah, together with Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak formed the Federation of Malaysia on the 16th of September 1963.
Great People and Culture
There are more than 30 indigenous groups in Sabah. The largest non-indigenous ethnic group being the Chinese and the largest indigenous group being the Kadazan-Dusun people. Three other larger ethnic groups in Sabah are the Bajau, Murut and Rungus. Apart from the Sabahans’ very own diverse mother tongues, Bahasa Malaysia (national language) and English are widely spoken. In addition, Mandarin and some Chinese dialects are also widely spoken.
Like all Malaysia, Sabah notably self-prides on its ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity. The state´s official language is Malay and Islam the official religion. However, other religions are tolerated and may be practiced in total peace and harmony all over the state´s territory.
Unique Natural Treasures
Sabah is favored with an equatorial climate with tropical rainforests and abundant fauna and flora species. All this along with a unique underwater and subaquatic ecosystem. Sabah is home to the highest point in Malaysia, the Mount Kinabalu. Moreover, Malaysia´s second longest river, the Kinabatangan River, flows through Sabah. And not forget the Crocker Range National Park, which covers around 1 400 km² and is the largest park in Sabah. It was previously under protection as a forest reserve. The mountainous Park consists of hill and mountain forests, with many species of flora and fauna autochthonal to Borneo. And is home to few unique species of primates as the orangutan, gibbons, and furry tarsier.
Sabah has it all; the world’s largest flower - the Rafflesia, one of the highest mountains in South-East Asia - Mount Kinabalu, and the world’s top dive sites - Sipadan Island. The Bornean state is also famous for its great natural treasures. These include, just to mention a couple, the world-renowned Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin which is Sabah’s largest wildlife reserve.
Unique Travel Destination
Sabah is richly blessed with nature diversity and unique cultures. Visitor is here spoiled for choice. From fun adventures to beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for the adventurous taste buds. Besides its abundant natural resources, including oil, gas and palm oil, Sabah´s economy stakes on export agriculture and ecotourism.
The blue and clear waters of the seas and oceans along with numerous islands, lagoons and bays make of Sabah one of Malaysia´s most perfect and popular destination for tourists to dive and snorkel. Nature lovers can delve into the wilderness of Sabah. Here, you can explore coral reefs, secluded coves, and forests. The flora and fauna here are unique and unlike anywhere else in Malaysia.
Not only will you be amazed by the places to see and things to do here, but you will also be treated with unique Sabahan hospitality. Explore the unique culture and tradition of Sabah and get ready to experience sweet memories to last a lifetime! In Sabah Borneo, people greet you by: “Selamat dating”, meaning welcome and/or Terima kasih to mean thank you, with a smile. Sabah is unique in its culture, nature & Hospitality.
Trip information highlights
Destinations: Sabah Malaysian Borneo
Starting point: Kuala Lumpur
Ending point: Kuala Lumpur
Round-trip flights are included in the trip´s price. We fly to Malaysia with the major airlines, depending on your point of depart. We work more closely with (but not limited to) the following airlines:
- Qatar Airways
- Lufthansa Group
- KLM and/or Air France,
- Emirates Airlines
- Cathay Pacific
- Malaysia Airlines
- British Airways
You may also book only flights. Request a free flight quote: Get a Free Flight Quote
In twin or double rooms in Standard 3-Star, Premium 4-Star or Superior 5-Star hotels or resorts, according to your choice. Single rooms are available upon request and subject to a supplementary fee. You may also book only a hotel room: Get a Free Hotel Quote
Private local professional tour guides and for the tours, experienced drivers and private air-conditioned vehicles which size depends on the number of passengers
Breakfast will be both western and Sabahan at the hotel, lunch, and dinner at local Halal restaurants. Meals will be exclusively Halal certified. For any special request related to other than Sabahan and/or Malaysian cuisines (Arabian, Indonesian, Indian, Pakistani, etc.), please advise us in advance.
Performing Salat/Prayer Service
In different available prayer room and facilities, local mosques and/or masjids
- Infants until 2 years old: free of charge.
- Child price is applicable for children aged 3-12 years. At the time of booking for child, a minimum of 2 passengers of which one adult is required
- Group priceis applicable for minimum 6 passengers and above
- International round-trip flights, depending on your point of depart
- Hotel/resort accommodation with daily breakfast according to your choice
- Halal meals as specified in the itinerary
- Private air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver for land transportation
- Experienced private English language speaking tour guide
- All admission tickets to sightseeing places and scenery spots
- All governmental taxes
- Own travel insurance
- Optional tour & insurance
Gratuities or tips to porters, doormen, tour guides and drivers
- Excursions & activities not included in the itinerary
- Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc.
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